A couple of days ago, I came home from work and immediately noticed that the workers had removed the window from the room we call the office room. Uh oh, I thought. It's been in the back of my mind, where my mental to do list lives, to remove those blinds from that window. They were a nice set we got from Smith+Noble a few years back, when we redid that room. Nice, as in expensive.
I went over to the room from the outside, stuck my head in and looked around. No sign of them. Walked around the house looking in all the possible places they could have moved them, but nothing. Heard that the dump guys showed up at the end of the day. We concluded that the blinds got tossed.
This incident got me thinking of the way stuff gets treated by the workers. To their credit, when we explicitly tell them something is to be saved, they go out of their way to make sure it gets preserved. But if something gets overlooked, it's most likely a goner.
One example, which is really a trifle, is an outdoor, gray plastic electrical box. It had a weatherproof cover protecting a GFI outlet. The outlet disappeared (those things cost about $15 each) along with the cover, and the box itself is smashed, as though a girder fell on it. Again, this is a piddly example, but still valid.
One other example is the phone line coming from the utility pole on the street, down to the house. The line was simply cut at the house, so it's impossible to hook up a phone to it unless I wanted to rewire the end of that line. Not exactly sure who's gonna deal with it at the end, and it's not a big deal now since we're forwarding our land line to our cell, but it's just another example.
I guess this is just a lesson that we really, really should have taken to heart the General's caution, which was if we care about it , we should move it. Starting today, we're looking at stuff with a bit more experienced eye.
The construction site that used to be our home still pretty much looks like the picture in the entry from 08 August. Some differences are that the entire roof is completely off the top of the house, and only the joists remain, along with ceiling drywall hanging from them in certain rooms.
Work started to pour the new footing that runs under the wall that separates the hall bath from the kitchen, and the two or three other pads that will buttress the transition between the slab and raised floor.
One big issue we found was the new footing under wall would need to be constructed under the wall that has lots of plumbing running through it, as well as the main drain pipe laying directly below the wall. We had our first pow wow with the contractor and the architect at the site this past Friday, and this problem was a main focus. We determined that we'll create a second wall, directly adjacent to the first wall, that will ride atop the new footing. What this means is that we'll lose about four inches (by about 10 or 12 feet) of space in the dining room, as the entire kitchen will be shifted over by that amount.
It's a real bummer that we didn't see this before. We're a bit, um, disappointed that the architect didn't get dirty and crawl under the house, or into the attic, for that matter, when he was doing his design and construction planning work. Seems to be a bit of a cop out, all those "to be verified by contractor" disclaimers seemingly littered throughout the plans.
Things seem to be working out with the general, though. He and/or his crew show up each and every day, get work done, and keep the site clean. So far, a thumbs up experience. However...
The general started talking about the possibility of repiping, in copper, all the water lines in the house. Well, that's been on my radar forever, so why is it a question now, I asked myself. Going back to the contract, I fully expected there to be a mention of it, but alas, there wasn't! I could have kicked myself! This is the time to do it, so I told him to write up a change order.
Speaking of change orders, so far on our list, in addition to the repiping, we also have to put the moving of the sewer pipe under the house, and Rita's been angling for a better closet situation in the existing master bedroom. The only thing we'll be able to do there is open the closet up a bit to accomodate bifold doors.
Former co-worker and buddy Tim Berry got me tickets once again for the Rush concert at Shoreline.
Last time was in 2004, the seats were great, only 15 rows in, along with one seat in the second row that we shared. This time, we were in the second section back, row R. Not as good as last time, but it wasn't the lawn.
Last night's show was to promote their new album Snakes and Arrows. They performed a lot of the new stuff, with an occasional hit from their previous albums. Seemed to me that this time, the band wanted to play more of their newer stuff rather than the tunes they've been playing for years. But it all sounded good, and these guys are masters at their craft.
Not sure if the show was sold out, but the seating sections looked pretty darn full. Good turnout on the lawn up top, too. Interesting was people watching before the show. They get a bit of everything, from teenagers in all their teenageria, to parents coming with their teen and tween kids, to old dead heads, bikers, rockers, surfers, and even the preppy types. Security at the gate was pretty lax, which was a relief from other shows I've gone to where it seems the TSA is running security.
Awesomely killer night, too, with the temps quite mild, just enough breeze to help scatter the near perpetual burning herb scent all around, and Jupiter looking down, watching the show too. Getty's shirt had an image of what looked like a dirt bike jumping over the words, "Don't Ever Stop Doing Wheelies". The oddity on the stage this time was the Henhouse, three side-by-side whole-bird chicken roasters full of what appeared to be chicken cooking; chef even came out to check on them at one point. Last time's oddity were the washer and dryer.
Laser lights, light structures that lowered and twisted to resemble the Close Encounters space ships, and groovy videos all contributed to a typically great Rush concert.
Looking forward to the next time, when we'll see them again.