Monthly Archives: September 2009

Welcome to the new people!

I’m not sure I can take more from these painters. The last time they were here it cost me $6000 to have the f*ck up my wood. They primed the wood that was supposed to be stained, and then stained it all splotchy. That got one guy fired. This time they put all the hardware for my $3000 window on backwards after painting the frame. I’m exaggerating, because really they only seemed to have six of the eight pieces either swapped left to right or on backwards so the window wouldn’t close. I was wondering why that room was so cold and I finally figured it out at 10:15PM that … Continue reading

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Heater weather.

It’s starting to get cold and the heat pump kicked on today. I suppose that means the seasons are changing and we’re getting back to the Oregon I’m used to. On the plus side, this probably also means that the crowds watching the birds will be gone soon. The painters are almost done (they say) and after the carpet gets in, I gain another room! Hooray! I still haven’t gone through much of my dad’s old crap. We’ve resigned ourselves to thinking that most of the stuff he had was cheap, so a big trip to Goodwill is definitely in my future. Anyone wanting weird and probably chintzy Asian stuff … Continue reading

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The punes again.

I was falling asleep at work all day and I’m not really sure why. My stomach wasn’t actually hurting last night, but it doesn’t feel great. That’s what I get for eating oysters off of the sidewalk, I’m sure. I came home early and I had to take a nap and my stomach still felt odd. Didn’t keep me from going to the gym, but after I got back I felt a little lightheaded when I stood up too quickly. And I even saw those fun stars that float around when your brain doesn’t feel like it’s getting the oxygen it deserves. Even worse is that my stupid DVR, which … Continue reading

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Home non-theatre.

All this work and here’s what I’ve been doing all day: watching this TV. Looks like I need to improve my home theatre, huh?

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What’s a single guy do on a Saturday night?

Apparently he tries to clear out his DVR backlog and watches Ghost Town.

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So much for going to sleep early.

I left work early today, but it was a “team building exercise” I bailed out of. I had to get home to do some work on the house before the painters showed up. I bought a circular saw that was delivered today and was thinking I might do something on the room being painted, but I ended up in the basement using all sorts of other tools but not the circular saw. If started plugging a hole that the contractors left and finished wiring some phone lines. I was planning on going to sleep early, but I heard a buddy had been laid off and several of us were hanging … Continue reading

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Fat, Dumb, and Lazy

I think I feel quite lazy after the workout we had at the gym tonight and a set of “max pushups” and then five rounds of rowing and running around the building didn’t do much for my gumption. Not that I know if gumption is even a real word. In any case, I’m cutting and pasting my review of Lovely Hula Hands from the burger blog because I’m feeling fat and lazy at the moment, and not editing it because I feel dumb as well. In summary: the burger didn’t match my expectations, but the dessert was spectacular. Here it goes… Lovely Hula Hands is probably still Sean’s favorite, but … Continue reading

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Message in an iPhone

I found a way to become even more antisocial with my new DirecTV DVR because now there are lots of ways to kill time and hide inside without being bored at home. It’s not about what’s on right now, it’s about what’s on the recorder. I even see ads on TV for movies and wonder how long I have to wait to see them on my HUGE 23″ HDTV. I can be a special kind of hermit. Not too different than the kind of hermit I am already but now I can use a SATELLITE. Technology is speaking to me. I know it’s just a coincidence but both of my … Continue reading

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I hurt myself at the gym, I think.

Great. All those workouts and I hurt myself PUTTING STUFF AWAY at the gym. Figures. I’ll have to see how my back feels tomorrow. This is one of these cases where I say, “Brilliant,” when what I really mean is, “What the f*ck was I thinking?” That’s what I get for putting stuff away. In any case, I’ve got nothing. I’m still accumulating TV shows on my DVR and I’m watching them as fast as I can. Maybe I can be on injured reserve and watch more TV tomorrow. We’ll see.

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Cold turkey means cold turkey.

I gave up bicycling when I got tired of giving it up every winter. The rain in Portland isn’t exactly road biking weather, and I have issues with mountain bikers. Also, bicycling started making me numb in places that I didn’t want to be numb. The last year I rode a lot was probably the last time I participated in Cycle Oregon, 1995, and the last time I remember even being on a bike is riding to the opening of the REI in the Pearl. That was FIVE YEARS AGO. Even after all that time off, things came back pretty quickly and I was able to start getting my feet … Continue reading

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How very odd that I’m not feeling that bad.

So, I’m not sore from the race yesterday, and I already bought new shoelaces to repair the ones that almost killed me yesterday. I wasn’t able to sleep very well, but that’s really neither here nor there. Hung out at some hardware stores with my buddy Greg, then spent the afternoon trying to wire more phone outlets in the house. Somebody (I suspect the contractors) cut one of my pull strings and I had to go through a lot more nonsense to finish pulling wires through the wall. I suppose I should have expected that.

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If I’m dead tomorrow, blame the Oyster Race

I just got back from Courtney’s housewarming and as always, she cooked some terrific food. I stayed until I was sure the birdwatchers were gone and it was fun. But the real fun I had today was running and biking in the rain during the Portland Oyster race. My position on the team was to take the blame and make Melissa look good. Melissa took care of looking good all on her own, so I just had to take the blame. I may be dead tomorrow because I had to eat an oyster off the sidewalk in Old Town, a place where the sidewalk is usually covered in transient urine. … Continue reading

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