Friday, September 8, 2017
No Post Today
All is fine, but we've just been informed by people wielding power tools that we can no longer maintain a computer presence while standing at the bathroom vanity anymore, as a new round of work is to be performed in here (actual work, not just the usual excretions, ablutions, and general bacchanalia with Mr. Bubble).
So we've got to unplug everything and try to find some small piece of level ground elsewhere in the house to set up shop.
Sorry - we'll try to be here on Monday with fresh material! Have a great weekend - and a SAFE one if you're in Irma's path. -Stilton
YOU BE THE JUDGE: Remodeling Progress or Last Line of Anti-Zombie Defense?!
Posted by Stilton Jarlsberg at 12:01 AM
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"How waffle?" Sounds like Battered Humorist Syndrome!
Looks like Irma went thru your house!!
Looks like a fun adventure. I can imagine it finished and how nice it will be.
Hang in there! Remodeling is like having surgery. It is fixing something you needed fixed. It will hurt like hell. There will be a recovery period. Yet, you will, most likely, love the result.
Ooohhh! Get a load of that chair in the "den" photo! Did "That 70's Show" have a yard sale, or is that the one chair they didn't take when they were putting the set together?
Wow! You have a refrigerator *and* a washer & dryer in your den. How lucky! Easy access to cold beverages and healthful snacks, plus you can do the laundry while you blog! Also, a standard blender can be a good document disintegrator, so I'm guessing you can get rid of a lot of evidence in the washer. Mulch those compromising documents right into paste.
Glad to see you have prepared for Hurricane Irma but if it make it to North Texas we will excuse your failure to post Monday.....
On a serious note prayers for all those in the way of Irma .....
Looks like my house - any room - anytime and we ain't remodeling...........
What a syrupticious post.
The den. If that blue chair is your favorite recliner, death to whomever piled stuff in it. The workmen sure have a long way to go. Good luck.
I'll bet you pull bandaids off real slow.
A sofa right in front of the fridge? LUCKY! Come Monday that place might look mighty good to those of us in Florida [insert sad face jpg here] Good luck to my fellow Floridians!
Stilt, your pictures bring me back to the days when we bought our first house and (somebody thought) it had to be COMPLETELY remodeled before we could live in it: all our worldly possessions covered in plastic covered in filth and dust. When my father came to see our "new" house he looked around and said dolefully, "this is what you get these days for $60,000??" Obviously, this was a LONG time ago but keep in mind Dad's perspective: in 1960 he bought a 7 acre farm with house, barn and other small outbuildings for $15,000 - and had a big party when they paid off the mortgage 30 years later. My how things have changed...
There is NO easy to but it but remodeling is a Bitch to live through. I remodeled my kitchen a few years back. Also did it when we first moved it and it was fun when I was 27 but a bitch when I am 70. The only thing they didn't take out was any walls. I was lucky they put up plastic zippered doors to keep most of the dust and dirt confined. Looks like you are having far more done so run for the hills and find a nice Motel that serves breakfast, not the pastry kind but a real breakfast! You will survive the nightmare but probably still have PTSD for a little bit.....
Obviously, you have too much stuff. Time for a nice big yard sale.
It looks like you are going to have all white kitchen cabinets. I cannot let my DW see this, as that is what she has been campaigning for!
@Readers- Enjoying your comments, which is all the more remarkable since I'm not enjoying much ELSE today. After a week and a half wait, the glass panels for our pricey new shower arrived today...and proved to have been measured wrong. So there's another week and a half added to the hilarity.
On a semi-promising note, the contractor wanted to move some furniture back into my office today (yay!) but there's a little hiccup in that our allegedly indestructible new porcelain wood-look tiles are all covered with stains from the painters. The contractor thinks "acetone will clean that right up!" which we'll be finding out within the next hour or so. If it doesn't, then we're back to square one with ripping out the new floors again for replacement - and not on my dang dime.
Had I known before what this would truly be like, I think I'd have preferred to just move. It would almost certainly be faster, cheaper, and easier on my tranquilizer prescription.
Home is where you hang your re-model contractor.
PS Blogspot tells me I am not a robot! Who knew? ;-)
@Stilton, here's something to take your mind off of your remodeling insanity:
Trump DOJ: No plans to charge Lois Lerner in IRS scandal
So will someone please tell me: Just what kind of bureaucratic malfeasance does it take to be charged with a crime if you are working for the benefit of Democrats in Washington? Clearly, using the IRS to suppress political opposition just isn't enough.
So much for "draining the swamp". If we can't clear the bureaucracy of this level of blatant political corruption, there really isn't much hope of reforming anything at all. We are honestly have achieved "banana republic" functionality.
@Stilton said - wood-look tiles are all covered with stains from the painters.
Many decades ago my grandfather, a contractor by trade, said NEVER work from the floor up. Thirty years ago I had a contractor who didn't subscribe to that line of thought who did a kitchen remodel from the floor up while I was out of state for a month. Thanks to his way of doing business I had ruined floor tiles from dropped base cabinets, ruined counter tops from dropped wall cabinets, and ruined wall cabinets from ceiling paint. Then he skipped town without fixing the shoddy work. But at least he was kind enough to tell everybody that I screwed him out of his full bid.
The demented looking waffle lady appears to be wearing camos?
@Jack Colby- "But that would be wrong. That's for sure." - Richard Nixon
@John the Econ- I just posted a cartoon about the Lerner situation over on Facebook. My accompanying comment was along the lines of this killing the last iota of belief I held that the Justice Department has anything at all to do with justice. Seriously, screw the whole lot of them. And sorry, but if Trump isn't going to push this, then screw him too. The "swamp" is alive and flourishing.
@American Cowboy- Yeah, it seemed odd to me to start with the floors and then drip paint all over everything. But I expect that my contractor will make things right. After all, I'm a grouchy old fart with plenty of time on his hands to spread my displeasure all over the Internet if need be.
"...that the Justice Department has anything at all to do with justice."
I think it's worse than that, @Stilton. If the faceless managers of the bureaucracy can discriminately and materially take retribution against any individual or group for no other reason than their ideology while favoring other groups for the same reason without accountability or any real threat of repercussion for doing so, then the republic is doomed. We are no longer a "free" country. Our society can only function efficiently and ethically if all citizens have a certain faith that the managers of the state are doing their jobs in a honest and transparent manner.
But that certainly isn't the case anymore. We now interact with the government out of fear. The message here is clear; should your behavior attract the gaze of the Eye of Sauron or any of his minions, you can now reasonably expect retribution from some arm of the state. Make no mistake, ideologically-driven managers all over the megastate are taking note of this, and know that regardless of who sits in the White House, they are free to act as they see fit.
Another script-reader illustrates why she's a script-reader and not a writer:
Jennifer Lawrence Blames Hurricanes Harvey, Irma on Trump
"Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence seemed to suggest that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are due to Mother Nature showing her "rage" at President Donald Trump and others who do not believe that humans are causing climate change."
That's right. The people who claim to have an exclusive grasp of "science" are arguing that hurricanes are targeting red states.
So answer me this: What did Cuba do to deserve this? After all, one of the blessings of communism is a low-carbon lifestyle that abject poverty bestows. And why does Gaia hate free healthcare for all?
@John the Econ- I completely agree. When government can brazenly (and illegally) use its powers to abuse political enemies with no repercussions - including when a new "clean up the mess" administration is voted in - then we are well and truly screwed. I don't think it's an overstatement to say the republic is doomed; at this point government exists only for crisis management - and specifically the insurmountable crises they've created themselves. The United States is now in hospice.
I read somewhere that police in some localities (maybe all localities?) aren't even fingerprinting the antifa terrorists. Can there be any clearer message that antifa is doing exactly what the puppet masters want them to do? And that law, order, and justice are now archaic concepts?
Regarding Jennifer Lawrence, about whom I'm pleased to say I couldn't name a role she's ever played, is she really claiming that Mother Nature is an entity with feelings?! Why doesn't she gather her Hollywood friends to throw heads of lettuce over the edge of the Earth in hopes of pleasing the giant tortoise who carries the world?
Seriously, these are people with the minds of children. And I don't mean bright children. I mean the kind who need to wear helmets to keep from hurting themselves and think their own crusty nostrils are Willy Wonka's magic candy factory.
Your house is in a bigger mess than ours, and ours is from getting ready to move half way across the country, in three weeks. AAAAAAAAGGGGGGHHH! THREE WEEKS! AAAAAGGGHHH!!
From Washington state, that bastion of self righteousness not quite as bad as California to the blessed state of Oklahoma. Home of the kids and grandkids and maybe a little sanity. I am so not ready, but I'm ready.
You're one mummified cat away from an episode of Hoarders!
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