May 18, 2007

Friday Grab Bag - Home Improvement

It's Spring and a not so young man's thoughts turn to...Home Improvement. We are currently involved in a kitchen demolition and remodeling which has rendered our eating area uninhabitable and our pockets empty.

I learned long ago, that whatever the contractor tells you it's gonna cost, add another 20%. And however long he tells you it's gonna take, well, the 20% rule isn't a bad idea for that either. We've been living in sawdust and plasting sheeting for the past week. After that, I get to paint three rooms (which ain't bad, cause at least I can drink beer while I do that!).

It's not like we're flush with cash. We simply decided that it's easy to spend money when you don't have it! Besides, the world's gonna end soon enough!
As Bobby D sang "when you got nothin', you got nothin' to lose".

Horray for debt!

And you're all invited over for a pool party when that gets installed next week!!!! Oh yeah, where do we live? Right over by The Big W!

The Doors - Break On Through (Live)
Descendents - Suburban Home
Mudhoney - Fix Me (Black Flag Cover)
Adolescents - Rip It Up
Dexy's Midnight Runners - Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache
Bad Religion - The Hopeless House


mrmagoomc4 said...

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b said...

my house has been in a state of perpetual renovation since I was in third grade. I just finished my second year in college, and am back home for the summer. Oh, look, the bathroom is still bare concrete walls and no. . . bathroom things. I think the contractor rule, in terms of the time, should probably be around 60%.

Additionally, my parents are both architects, so you add the time they spend arguing over what should be done plus the time they spend arguing with the contractor because they hate dealing with them. . . Plus all those zoning laws and having to go argue with the douchebags on the council about that wall you want to put in so your dog won't escape but the neighbors are afraid you'll damage the historic tree that sits on the property line, and that, with the Santa Anas, is probably not gonna survive the next winter and will take out a few power lines with it.

I hear ya :]

Great post. I love your blog, always something fun & smart to read here. Thanks!

manicgirl said...

As I've said before, can't wait to get drunk and fall off your new deck.

Last year's party was a rousing success. I know I forgot some of it, passed out and had to have Aaron hold me up in order to fetch a cab. Viva la Absinthe!