Archive for April, 2006

Two pics for each of the first three days of the actual building of our new deck. Note that the new siding was caulked and painted by my lovely wife at the end of day two, so it looks great in the "day 3" pics.
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Kickin’ back in Mexico!

Posted: April 28, 2006 in Uncategorized
No, I’m not there on vacation…I’m still stuck in the Great Northwest. But Mexico is thinking about relaxing drug laws so that individuals can possess small amounts of pot, XTC, coke, and even (gasp!) heroin. Of course, Prezadint Bush and the rest of his old-school, bible-belt right-wingers feel this would strain relations with our two countries. And it can’t get any worse for our white-bread American teenagers and college students: "If Fox signs the measure and it becomes law, it could…increase the vast numbers of vacationing students who visit Mexico."
 
Nooo…really? And for true? You mean, our kidz wouldn’t be going down there just for cheap beer, bad sex and sandy beaches any more? Say it isn’t so…

Deck demolition pics

Posted: April 27, 2006 in Uncategorized
Late because I wanted to do a cartoon style balloon effect for one of the pics. It would have been quite humorous. Tried over and over, referred to multiple Photoshop tutorial websites, all instructions were all different, all instructions failed to help me…one even had a specific style plug-in that completely tanked. Is it just me? Not likely, I’ve always succeeded with photo manipulation in the past…oh well…
Just created an album showing our 24-year-old deck, before the demolition. This is just to give you an idea of what we lived with for the first two years we’ve lived in our new house. Not a bad floor design, it was actually great for summer parties. However, we didn’t know just how bad the wood rot was until the demolition started…damn glad we decided to rip it down before it caused us a lawsuit!
 
Our contractor has been VERY patient with us. Hell, we had finalized six different designs before we finalized a final one. He’s using clear cedar, cuz we don’t like knots…it’s a little extra cost, but worth it. We’re adding a couple-hundred square feet without taking up much more yard space. The upper deck (next to the back door) is getting bumped out 30 inches, as is the mid deck…this gives us much more space to enter/exit the house, and more deck space on the mid deck. Then the lower deck is going to stretch the width of the two upper decks, instead of just being a jutting square, and it’s going to be lower to the ground.
 
In a couple of days, I’ll prop pictures of the demolition process, and add a pic or two per day of the progress as it’s being built.

Kobe the GREATEST???

Posted: April 17, 2006 in Uncategorized
This loon is totally out to lunch: an NBA analyst at Sunday’s Lakers-Suns game remarked during halftime that "Kobe Bryant will go down as the greatest basketball player that ever lived."
 
Puhleeze. It’s impossible for Kobe to ever strip "the greatest" label away from Michael Jordan for one simplistic reason: KOBE’S NOT A TEAM PLAYER. Never has been. He can log 40+ points in a game, and there’s still a significant chance his team will lose anyway…losses like that almost never happened to His Airness. The only reason Kobe’s piling up multiple 50-point games this year is because he’s a friggin’ ball hawg, he doesn’t let the other kids play.
 
This is not some dead-weight analyst, either…this blowhard (Mark Jackman) is a former point guard who has the second-highest assists statistic in NBA history. That’s right…he was a team player.
 
The best part was that this lunkhead made this "glorious pronouncement" while sitting next to Scottie Pippen, who immediately responded, "He’s nowhere near Michael". Well, duh. You could almost feel Jackman’s stomach sink as much as he did.

Please call him “Rummy”

Posted: April 13, 2006 in Uncategorized
Numerous recently-retired generals are suggesting that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to leave the Pentagon. Considering how well the occupation of Iraq has been going for the last couple of years, I would think this is a great idea. However, the White House claims Rumsfeld is "doing a very fine job". But until Bush sez, "Rummy, you’re doing a heckuva job", he’s probably gonna be around a long time…

What’s in a name?

Posted: April 10, 2006 in Uncategorized
Gwyneth. Apple. And today, Moses…all in one nuclear family. But if we have a son, my wife refuses to let me name him Deckard. I mean, c’mon, Deckard is a pretty cool name, right? My wife’s sister and our BIL both like it. And there’s some significance to the name: Deckard had a job to "retire" technology gone bad, never liked "skin jobs", but ended up falling for a replicant. In the end, he accepted the technology. Kinda like how I feel about this damn computer sometimes…