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Thoughts on the Day

  • The puppy woke me up at 4:45 this morning.  The alarm was set for 5.  
  • I was the first customer of the day at both Big Orange Home Improvement Store and Big Blue Home Improvement Store this morning.
    • That may be a personal record.
  • The structural part of the porch refurb will be done tomorrow.  Trim work will happen over the next week or so as I do a little bit every night after work.
  • So far, this, to quote my loving wife, “easy, simple project” has cost us the equivalent of a rather nice rifle or pistol, not counting my time.
    • There better be some really good beer served on this porch.
  • I think I’ve found the limit of what I can do with Black and Decker tools.  When the current crop wears out, I believe I’m going to upgrade to Porter Cable, Dewalt, or Bosch.
  • Today, I was warm enough to sweat, got rained on, got hailed on, and ended up chilled to the bone.  The best thing I can say about the weather is that all my tromping around in the mud is compacting the dirt we displaced to dig the footers quite nicely.
  • Nothing says “I love you” like a woman who makes a batch of chili and a big cup of coffee for her husband while he’s out working in the weather.
  • One funny thing about being dirty, wet, and covered up to my hips in muddy clay is that when I go to the convenience store when all the teenagers and 20-somethings are there on their way to their evening entertainment, the crowds part like the Red Sea for me.
  • For dinner tonight, Irish Woman made a fire in the fireplace and roasted hot dogs with Boo.  Dessert was s’mores.  Is it any surprise I love her so?
  • I taught Girlie Bear a new word today – holodomor.  She read a book for school that was historical fiction about the Soviet Union.  She asked me to explain about Stalin’s genocide.  It kind of saddened me to explain to a 14-year-old girl about just how evil the world can be.


  1. Spike

     /  November 3, 2012

    Kids need to know that there is true evil in the world. and that more often than not, it wears the guise of a man.


  2. I’ve been pretty happy with the assortment of Dewalt tools I’ve accumulated since buying the house. The trick, to me, is knowing when I need pro-grade, and when consumer is fine. End result: several Dewalt cordless tools, Dewalt corded drill, Dewalt circular saw, Kobalt and Craftsman hand tools (I’d actually recommend Kobalt over Craftsman at this point), Kobalt compound miter saw, and so forth.

    A lot of the contractors were switching to Hitachi cordless while I was at Lowes, for whatever that’s worth.


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