Archive for July, 2008

Garage sales

July 22, 2008

This weekend after moving most of our stuff to storage and our new apartment we held a garage sale to get rid of the remaining crap (side note here, I may never buy anything again after living in this small house for 6 years we have amassed an amazing amount of crap).  Spending my Saturday and Sunday standing around and haggling for stuff was about the last thing I wanted to do.  We did make some money but most of that came from the Craigslist ads for bigger things.  Next time I will donate all of the items to charity and take the tax write-off. 
Some highlights from the garage, a man decided to haggle with me on the price of my lawn edger (this is a similar  $214 tool  ) I had the shocking price of $15 on it and the guy asked if I would take $10.  I politely declined and he then left for his car but walked back and said if I could start the edger by the second pull he would buy it for $15.  In hindsight I should have told him to no but in the interest of getting rid of things I pulled and started the edger and then turned it off.  He promptly asked me if it actually would stay running, thankfully my mother intervened and asked him if he was going to buy it which he did.  I would have been much better off cleaning and preparing for demolition than messing around with the people who stopped by. 
On the introspective side I pondered what it is I dont like about a having a garage sale and realized that I am inviting people to judge me and the things I have purchased.  Basically I at one time found enough value in the item to purchase it for retail, I have now asked complete strangers to walk in and offer their appraisal of the items and whether they are worth the little money I am currently asking.  This was not much fun but was a good thing for me to learn about myself.  I think in honesty the reason I would rather have donated the items is because I would have felt magnanimous by giving the items to people who would be glad to have them.  I am starting to think that this build is going to erode what pride I have.


Living space decisions

July 22, 2008

While trying to solve the problem of where to live during the build we had spoken with a number of friend and family some of whom even offered to let us live with them.  We consider our lives to be a small three ring circus (two humans and two dogs) and its loosely controlled chaos, which didn’t seem fair to inflict on anyone else.  Below are the options as we saw them

1.  We could live with family or friends: this might be a good idea but living with other people can be very stressful.  We recognized that the build was going to be stressful enough for our relationship and the added stress of living with other people was not a good idea.

2.  Live on the site: this could be accomplished by building a small ADU (additional dwelling unit/shed) on the property and living there or through the purchase of a recreational vehicle that we would park on the lawn.  In light of the stress of the build we were concerned about living in such a small space as a trailer, having never been in a trailer we decided to visit our local RV dealer.  We met a relatively nice sales person we’ll call him Bob (since I cant remember his name) and he was showing us some models in our price range when we decided to walk through a nice 10′ x 24′ model (that’s a 240 sq-ft living space).  While inside I made the mistake of asking the Bob how you get rid of the black water (that’s RV talk for the toilet waste water, as opposed to gray water from the sinks)?  Bob quickly informed us that since we would be living on the property and have access to a sewer line we could just dump it on site.  At this point we both started laughing and I had to ask Bob to give us a minute, little back story here one of my favorite movies is Christmas Vacation and there is a scene where cousin eddy is empting his black water into the storm sewer (see picture).  This mental image was enough for both of us to realize a trailer would not work.

Cousin Eddy

Cousin Eddy


3.  Apartment:  This turned out to be the winning choice and although it will cost us alot more than living in someones basement it will be much better for us in the long run.

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July 16, 2008


Rose and I have decided (through much prayer) to build a house and many of our friends and family our convinced this will lead to a trip to the sanatorium.  As part of a cost saving measure I am acting as the general contractor (in addition to my day job).  Rose and I will be doing the demolition on the house and smaller projects to save money throughout the process.  In an attempt to keep everyone appraised and prove that we are not yet divorced or crazy we (the royal we) decided to start this blog.  It will be mostly my ramblings about the state of our build and how it is impacting our lives.  We are more than confident this will be an adventure and appreciate your prayers and comments.