July 30th, 2006



House Update! :D

[ :: Newest Video :: ]

And to see the history of video and links to the photo gallery [ :: Casa de Corto web :: ]

You can see the groovy "kick plate" for the central vac in that picture. An exceptionally cool enhancement to a vac. :D

So we met the Culligan man today... We've talked to a distributor of another brand already... ("Eco System")
and we already know we're in for some big bucks to deal with iron, tannins (sp?), and water hardness.
When we elected to use a "constant pressure pump" on our well, it made necessary a more expensive system for filtering... sigh.
I'm gonna write a separate post to solicit possible info on water issues.

We also spent a bunch of time going very carefully over every element of the kitchen, identifying drawers the don't close as they should, or cupboards with have a slight but problematic "bow"... We're in "picky picky picky" mode now.

The big "official inspection" takes place later this week and it's a big deal. We walk through the house with the owner of the company and we'll be asking him about a few of the things we consider to be "outstanding issues".

All in all... make no mistake... the house is a flipping trip. It's gorgeous.
If we werent't so crazy with everything to do with the move, we'd even be wicked excited about the way the house is turning out. :D

Soon... we take possession on August 8.
tick tick tick!!!

Sunday, July 30

Well despite the ongoing warnings of all the weather idiots... still no rain. It clouded up a bit yesterday, but no rain to speak of. :)

We had the water guy come out ... see below... and we went and took another look at front loading washer and dryer sets... the new Whirlpool Duet "sport" models look like they might just be the winners. Good suspension for main and second floor laundry.

Dinner and swimming at my SILs house with the whole family... it was really a nice get together... but man, I'm suffering.

Suffering? why?
Let me explain...
battery acid is dripping down the back of my nose into my throat...
and I have blown enough snot out of my nose to fill a pickle barrel.
I only have "cold caps" in the med box... and they just make me tired and stupid... So I'm off to the store to by some reactine (anti-snot) and hope for a bit of a reprieve from this torture.

Oh yeah... I fixed the problem with the video link in the house update. ;)

~ black ftls
~ dark blue shorts
~ gray t...
~ to go to wally-land... get "reactine" (formyrunnyhead), and several other "oh, you're going to wallmart? I need.... " things.
~ call a few stores I hope are open on Sundays... need to pick up speakers (ceiling of new house family room - rear surround speakers)
~ to to skate park... Geo's acting lazy... we'll see if I go without him. :)
~ no plans for tonight, except watching BB7
~ there were new battlestar galactica's to watch...
~ that the next three months and three weeks .. is enough time for ladyfirelisa to get everything ready!
~ that mags and sarah... (waves to pertinentwires) have a great adventure in Disney...
~ that kitiaraenjoys that new mattress... soooo many jokes... may explode...
~ I had an inspectorjury red bowler with three stones. :)
~ and finally, that debby doesn't get her hands on a hand gun today. :)

So water.
Who knows about well water?
We have 10 times the acceptable iron - makes the water reddish, enough tannins to make the water yellowish (mix it together and we have slightly orange water). No smell yet... but apparently we may end up with a sulfur smell soon. And the bacteria count is "way below" whatever is supposed to be acceptable. So no problem with bacteria ... yet.
We are looking at a settling tank and this "adds alum" system, for the tannins.
A big-ass filter thing for the iron, sulfur and taking out the tannin wrapped alum.
Then a water softener...
And a reverse osmosis thing for a drinking tap by the sink and "in the fridge".
... and dude... all of this is wicked crazy ass many thousands of dollars, expensive.
Is culligan really all that?

I may have to kill myself to stop this nose-blowing...


Oh Widzig The Magnificent, heal me...

k... I feel like absolute ass.
dead people... like Keith Richards... prol'y feel better than I do.

sad realization that it's either a new level of hellish allergy land or ... it's just a punk ass cold.
either way... me = ug!
totally ug.

Made a great dinner though...
bbq'd rainbow trout, corn-on-the-cob ... fresh! and some rice.
On a whim... and cuz they were on sale for 2.99 (!!!!) when I went for groceries earlier,
I put out a shrimp ring before dinner.
Geo had a few... I had a few... Ed started in on them... I turned my back for just a moment...
... and Ed had consumed the rest - save two that I brought to Suz.
That boy likes his shrimp.

Now it's time to go see if there's a good rental out there...

With the time off needed for the move...
OMG I cannot afford to be absent from work and sick like a dog.!!!

I will now pray.
I will pray to Widzig The Magnificent.
I mean... anything less would be kinda hypocritical... :)