(Last updated: 11-15-2019)
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Friday, 11-15-19: Flying to AZ tomorrow!
I've had some coffee brandy and milk, and I'll hang out at the bar for a while. I won't get totally wrecked, F that, but I feel okay with staying up late and having some drinks since we don't even need to be at the nearby Bangor airport tomorrow until 1300. Oh Jesus hell ya! I also feel caught up on my work so that alleviates the stress of many past vacations. Hell who knows I might actually get a little more work done tomorrow before we leave. I can sleep on the plane some, too.
^I did some trim work in my bootleg gym earlier today. I was going to work on Gavin's siding, but F that we decided it could wait. There is still snow on the ground and it was not that warm. Instead I got other things done, and I lost at Rball to both Gavin and Deno before supper. I also lifted some weights. I'm ready for a break from this frozen-ass state. This time of year a southern locale has a great appeal. Maybe one day we'll become snow-birds and just live somewhere warmer for the winter. However, that costs a shitload of money to have two different "base camps" so-to-speak.
Wednesday, 11-13-19: Two good progress days on
my bootleg gym ceiling.
^I used that elliptical today for the first time in a long time; normally I'd still be able to jog outside even into November, but this week has truly been winter. What a bunch of crap! Record cold today high temp only in the 20s, near record cold tonight around 10, and snow/ice still on the ground from yesterday's storm. We got a couple inches of snow, freezing rain, then a little more snow to finish off the day. Thankfully nothing needing plowing yet. Unfortunately the heat bills will suck. A lot. We actually have a fire slowly burning itself down right now, and we have had a fire for most days this week. That will save some $$$$ on our own heat bill for the house. Still plenty of firewood split, dry, and ready to burn on hand. Still plenty of new firewood needing to be split and stacked. Unfortunately I won't get to that until the end of the month, or until the year 2020 if we stay frozen.
I can't finish the gym ceiling this week because I need Bruce to move a couple water pipes. Maybe I could do it myself, but I don't think I will attempt it. I might have Bruce do a few other things for me while he's there; I thought about having some heat installed in that basement/gym so I'll see if he can handle that. I think the boiler there has a spot for an additional zone. Maybe? Hopefully. A couple baseboards down there would be great, just a little heat to take the chill out in the dead of winter. It's 60 in there now so not too cold yet, actually about perfect now, but come January it will be in the low 50s and that makes it tough to get warmed up for a good pump. I'd never want it too warm down there because I'd get too hot when exercising. I just want to be able to grab the barbells and dumbbells in the dead of winter and not have my damn hands freeze. I do have workout gloves, but I prefer not to use them.
In only three days we will be enroute to sunny and warm Scottsdale, Arizona. We fly into nearby Phoenix, grab a rental car, and head to what will hopefully be a decent resort. We'll spend Sunday in Scottsdale near our resort, and then we'll leave Monday morning to go see the Grand Canyon. Neil and Ang have never seen the Grand Canyon before so that is a must-see for their sake. I've seen it twice before in my life, but it's awesome and I'm A-ok with seeing it again.
We'll spend Monday night in Sedona then come back to Scottsdale Tuesday. We might make a day-trip to Tombstone Wed or Thurs, and we fly back home on a redeye, late-night flight departing Phoenix around midnight on Friday night the 22nd. When we get home I'll figure out what my next work-project will be. Hopefully it's finishing Gavin's siding, but with this cold weather seemingly here for a while that might not happen anytime at all this month. Gods damn it!
Monday, 11-11-19: A holiday for me.
I probably would have done more work today if the weather was going to be better. It's a very raw 35 degrees right now at 1230, and the temperature has actually dropped since 0900 when it was 38. What a bunch of crap! We stay cold from now through Friday so I won't be doing much or any outdoor work. Sorry G, your house will have to wait. Snow starts near dark tonight so when I'm in the woods I might see a few flakes before I get to the truck to come home. I plan to do my second hunt of the year, and I'll leave in just under two hours. Tonight we get 1-3" of snow then we get ice, rain, and a mix of shit tomorrow. Gods damn it!
I am a veteran and today is Veteran's Day so this is a holiday for me. Right? I don't do religion so I can't say half the holidays that people celebrate are for me. I work so I guess I can say Labor Day is for me. Hehehe. Or is that one for wommens who pump out kids? [sarcasm] One of my tenants shook my hand and said thanks to me this morning, the same one who usually pays rent late, so I thought he was thanking me for NOT evicting him and his family for sucking at paying timely rent. Turns out he was thanking me for being a veteran. HAHAHAHA. I don't need thanks I just WANT MY FUCKING RENT BEFORE THE 11TH GODS DAMN IT!
Jason got a nice buck on Saturday, and Dad sent me some very good photos. Jason is a fucking awesome hunter. He's a Marine Corps veteran and is a killing machine. I just made that last part up I really don't know if he did killing overseas in the Marines. I do know in the woods he knows what he is doing and gets the job done every year. Passes up good deer until he sees a really nice one, a buck like this guy:
^Awesome job bro.
I should go get my bow out and take a few shots out back shortly. I won't hunt if I haven't shot my bow in nearly a month. F that. Also I need to scoop the dog turds and split up some more of our firewood. We still have a lot of firewood, and we put some of it to use this weekend. Had a nice fire Saturday PM and watched a bunch of The Punisher Season 2 on Netflix. I don't know how to turn on Netflix so thankfully my awesome wife is tech-savvy enough to do it. We watched a little more Punisher yesterday and also had a fire for a few hours before a family dinner and then she had to go to work. I actually went to the Pour House last night for the first time in a long time to see part of her show. The place looks better; it's nice to see the owner trying to make the dive bar less divey. Is divey even a word? I didn't get too boozed up, but I did stay up late and only got a few hours of sleep last night. That means I need to drink a little extra Mio energy water before I go hunting or else I will fall asleep in my blind and then definitely not see any deer.
I don't have a load of work on my schedule for the rest of this week. Oh Jesus hell ya! I will hopefully get some more of my bootleg gym ceiling done and maybe even make time to prep the floor in the final office area at our North Main building. Since we're getting winter this week, real actual winter temps and weather, I'll work indoors as much as possible. We leave Saturday for Arizona. Only 5 days away! Hopefully we get some warmer weather towards the end of this month so I can finish Gavin's exterior work.
Saturday, 11-09-19: A trip to warmer weather
in a week.
I have tennis elbow inflammation bigtime this morning, and I am surprised that I do. My right hand keeps going numb so I am having a hard time writing my useless thoughts to almost no one at all. What a bunch of crap! I must have aggrivated it lifting weights last night before I went to the bar, but I didn't lift extra heavy so I dunno. I haven't played rball in a couple days either. Lately my tennis elbow hasn't been bad so that sucks it's back with a vengence this morning.
I drank last night, but I didn't overdo it so I'm not hungover. It really is sad this happened just down the road from Jester's yesterday PM:
The place was going to be called Whiskey River Smokehouse, a BBQ restaurant and bar, and now it is gone. The Nothing came and took it away like it once took away Caps and the beautiful lake from the Rock Chewers in the North. What a bunch of crap! The place was really close to opening, too. Arson? Accident? Thankfully no one was hurt. Cause of the fire unknown yet.
I wanted to write more, but F this my right hand is too numb so I'm out of here. Hopefully today will be a relaxing day off for my ass. Fucking kitten I gotta go regulate gods damn it that little asshole is up to no good for the 1000000th time.
Friday, 11-08-19: Almost time to go to the bar.
I actually used my gym tonight, and I am very glad I did. I was gonna install a few more ceiling tiles in the gym after I got my swell on, but I decided to just come home to eat a snack and drink a little more before I go to Jester's. I took a nap earlier, and tomorrow we plan to spend most or all of the day inside with a fire and some TV, so for the first time in a long time it is nice knowing I don't have things to do the day following Kat's Friday night gig. I'm not exhausted either because I took a refreshing little nap earlier. Oh Jesus hell ya! Too bad winter already hit. That really sucks. A lot. Especially since in two of the rentals tenants need to keep the temp set at 75 to help get bedbugs moving through the poison that Modern Pest put down 1.5 weeks ago. What a bunch of crap that is!
It is seriously winter now. No joke. The 10-day forecast = pwned.
^WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! Wednesday high temp 28 = gods damn it. I had the furnaces cleaned today, bye bye another $750, and I did a lot of misc work. I'm still behind schedule on all kinds of my stuff, but at least I'm slowly catching up. The fact that my gym ceiling is not done yet is really sad since I started it a year and a half ago. Hopefully I can finish that before I start my tax season in early 2020.
Cinderella, The Road's Still Long. Great tune. Fucking cats all over the place one just dove past my face for some unknown reason. I told Kat last night I'm sick of our animal-planet house and I don't think that went over too well. I feel badly for saying it, but we do have too many pets. I don't even know why Katherine has two cats since she doesn't seem to give a shit about them. I guess for her Failbook photos? Hell if I know she's only 21 and I doubt she even knows. Her two cats hang out with us in the living room/bedroom and not with her, or at least that is how it seems to be. We do boot the cats out of the bedroom when we bivouac or else I really would be 100% certifiable by now.
Last song before I roll on down to the bar is The Cure, Burn. This is a fucking awesome song and if you disagree then I hate you. I probably hate you anyway, but I'll hate you a little more. It's from the movie The Crow where the heel bad guy says "I shanked her pink ass and she lovvvvvvvvvveeeeddddddddddddddd it!" That is such an awesome movie. Too bad the dude died from a gunshot wound that was supposed to be a blank. Wasn't that Bruce Lee's son? Level 6-2 he could not pass.
Oh great the kittens have a cat-toy in here maybe Groot can eat that one and not shit for a week and cost us another $700. I just guessed on that last sum; maybe it was more or maybe it was less. It was A FUCKING LOT either way. I really should like Groot, but I really do want to throw her ass on Craigslist FREE FOR THE TAKING. I am not opposed to hauling on pets because I am emotionally impotent. Groot could be a good dog, but she decides to be like Private Pyle from Full Metal Jacket and fuck up all the time. Where's my psychologist gods damn it? The end. Fin.
Thursday, 11-07-19: I got one bedroom done and
had a nice visit.
Dealing with the deer took a while, and since Dad is 70 years old he isn't as fast as he once was. He does great for a senior citizen, though. Unfortunately it is bittersweet seeing him get a deer because I know one of these years, likely in the near future, he won't be able to shoot and recover his own deer anymore. When Dad can't hunt anymore it will be all bad so I hope for his sake he kicks the can in the woods. One time Dad fell down, broke his rifle, and basically crawled to his hunting blind. Born again hard? Oh Jesus hell ya!
I was peeling ticks off my body and jacket, bigtime. 7 of those mudda fuckas off my jacket collar and 3 off my stomach. One of the ticks actually attached itself and now there is a red bite-mark. What a bunch of crap! That little fucko only took about 20 minutes to dig in. There is no bullseye, just a red mark, and even if there was a bullseye there would be two things I'd do about it: nothing and like it. I don't really want lyme, but I'd rather take my chances than to avoid the woods altogether. I still can't believe I don't have lyme and my wife does. That's a bunch of crap and just a cruel twist of fate from the gods who do not really exist.
I did some prep and painting in what was once my old bedroom, and then Mom and I went to Lowe's on Monday PM to pick out a closet door and some blinds. I got a bunch of trim and a few other things, too. Mom picked out a bifold closet door so that was easier to install than a door would have been, and I got my old room 100% done before I left Wednesday.
^There was 1970s carpet, original with the house I presume, so I had to rip that out. There is a giant hutch-thing in the room that is too big to move elsewhere so I made it work with that thing in the way. Walls painted from yellow to a nice off-white. Yeah, I had yellow fucking walls when I was a kid. OMG What a bunch of crap!
It was a little weird working in the 10x11 room that was mine from almost age 8 to almost age 18. Jason and Doug shared a room with bunk beds until my ass shipped out on November 15, 1993 for boot camp. After that Jason took the room and when I came back to visit on leave I'd bivouac in with Doug. Doug and I got along great back in the mid 90s, and I miss that connection that we used to have. Hopefully we can get it back one day. He and I are actually texting a little bit now so that is nice.
^Mom and Dad picked out/got issued the exact same floor color that we have in our own bedroom and that I have used in some of the rentals recently. It's Allure, Khaki Oak, and at $1.89/square foot it's fairly priced for what it is. A good mid-grade and easy to install flooring product that I highly recommend. Comes in many different colors. When I was a kid I had the bed on the other end, the right side in the photo, and there was a second window on the wall by the bed. That window got hauled on when they built the new addition for Grammy.
^A hollow-core regular interior door, the el-cheapo version, was there before. Gods damned thing was 26" so that is not a standard stock size gods damn it. Thankfully the wider trim evened out the new 24" door size. Normally I'd use the cheaper 2.5" casing, but everywhere else is the nicer 3.5" wide casing so I just matched what is everywhere else. It made doing a smaller door easier, much easier. Plus it looks great.
Mom and Dad are very happy with the remodeled room, and I think it looks fantastic. I accidentally became a mostly competent carpenter and finish worker. Nadia sleeps there when she visits so she should also be happy. If not I'll hang her 8-year old ass off the deck by her feet like Schwarzenegger did to Sully in Commando. Commando is a fucking awesome movie and if you disagree with me then I hate you. I probably hate you anyway, but I'll hate you a little more.
^"Remember Sully when I said I'd kill you last? I lied."
Classic movie makes me want to watch it again. For the record I would just hang her off the deck; I would not actully drop her.
I got home yesterday and was able to go for a terrible, lame-ass jog in the cold. I didn't even make it two miles without walking some. What a bunch of crap! Too bad because I had been doing great with my occasional jogging. Now it's too fucking cold. Oh well at least I still have yoga and racquetball. I should have played rball yesterday, but I played today instead. This morning I rented a wood chipper for $135, a totally badass unit that tows along behind the truck, and Dakota helped me chip up all the brush over at my gym and former apartment property. We got it all done just before I ran the thing out of gas and before it started raining. Rain is actually gonna change to snow tonight so that's why I made chipping the brush a priority. I need that lot cleared in case we get plowable snow. We're only getting an inch tonight, but the forecast was for more not long ago. Tomorrow is COLD with a high of 34. What a bunch of crap!
I also finally got the snowblower into the repair shop. Waiting until the day it snows = epic failer. I won't get the snowblower back from the shop for a few weeks so I guess I'll shovel the driveway if we get a bigger storm or two or three. He said he has 60 snowblowers to service before ours ahahahahaha. Lots of cold upcoming and more snow chances next week, too. Man I suck ass. The end.
Sunday, 11-03-19: Daylight Savings "free
The worst part about daylight savings time is when we hit December and the sun sets before 1600. That is a major bunch of crap! Actually most things about December are a bunch of crap including cold weather and Christmas. Speaking of cold weather, this coming Friday's forecast high temperature is 33 degrees. Next weekend we don't get out of the 30s for high temps either. OMG WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! Making things worse is the fact that I don't even have the snowblower ready and I have tree debris down at my biggest parking area so that would make snowplowing a challenge. No big snow is forecast (1-3" possible Thurs night) so I need to get ready for winter ASAP.
I had wanted to use some of the precious... precious money from my bootleg Holyoke house sale to get a newer truck with a plow, but F that I need to save up some more before I can do that. I do have the money now for a decent enough truck, but I don't want to deplete the reserves this close to winter. I'll probably make getting a newer truck a priority this spring. Maybe? Hopefully! My truck is good enough for now. The F150 is over 9 years old and showing some rust along the rocker panels. It leaks on the interior when we get heavy rain. The bedliner half-wore away. The rear passenger tire slowly leaks air. What a bunch of crap! Mechanically the truck is in good shape, though. I have around 84,000 miles on the thing now and that ain't too shabby for the age and for how I treat it.
I worked yesterday for several hours and got a lot done with my precious... precious time. First was a dump-run. Second was a couple hours cutting up downed limbs into firewood-sized chunks. Finally I spent a few hours in the afternoon working at Gavin's house. I finished as much as I could with the new siding, but the job is not yet done so I won't invoice him. He's getting a good friend rate anyway and I don't care when he pays me I trust him. I've worked at his house 46 total hours over three weeks. OMG THAT IS FUCKING PATHETIC I SUCK! I might work zero hours there this coming week since I'll be gone tomorrow through Wedenesday and then it gets really gods damned cold.
^Front looks a lot better with the new siding installed.
I could go finish a lot of what remains for Gavin today, but I'd rather take the time to focus on our own house. The back yard is full of leaves and smaller downed branches after the wind and rain storm from two days ago. The front yard also needs a good raking and I have a large pile of wood to split and stack. I had the wood almost done a few weeks ago, but then I started piling a lot more new hardwood up when I had trees cut and when giant limbs started falling off. We have a lot of firewood now so that will help on the heating bills some this winter. We don't use the fireplace too often, but I'll make a point of using it more this season since we do have so much wood now.
^There is much more there than what the photo seems to show.
I'l leaving tomorrow morning, hopefully around 0900, to drive down to the ol' homestead. I plan to spend 2.5 days down there and come home later Wednesday. I'll bring a lot of tools and 264 square feet of flooring so I can redo at least one of the two bedrooms. Not only do the rooms need new flooring but they also need paint and new baseboards. Mom also wants new closet doors. I should get at least one room done when I'm there. Maybe? Hopefully! I'll also spend some time in the woods. Jason passed up a 7-pointer yesterday on his first rifle hunt because he is just that damn good. I don't pass up jack shit and that is why my ass is done already. I'll sit out back in the blind with Dad for one of his hunts and then possibly go out with Jason the other evening. Even though I already got my deer down there and can't rifle hunt I can live vicariously through them and just go along for fun.
I'd like to bowhunt up here, but I epic fail on time management. I should shoot my bow today and plan to go later in the week. I put my trail camera out three weeks ago and haven't even checked the thing once. What a bunch of crap! I probably have some great deer photos on the SD card unless someone stole it by now. I lock my camera to a tree, but the SD card can be taken out and I did have that happen a few years back. Gods damned crooks!
So I won't be updating this bootleg site that almost no one ever reads until midweek at the soonest. I'll get off this thing now and watch some morning news before I do yoga, lift some weights in my gym, and then do yard work for the rest of the day. Maybe I can also go for a jog before dark. It's only 0620 and I've been up for an hour already! It's really 0720 in my mental clock, though. Daylight Savings gives and then in March it takes away. March sucks so I'd rather lose an hour on a Sunday in that lame ass month anyway.
Friday, 11-01-19: More power outages and tree
^What a bunch of crap! Thankfully no major damage, but there are a few front-end dents and scratches. Sucks I spent all that money having those trees cut back and branches are still coming off them. Another big limb fell off a couple weeks ago near there, but by some fortuitous streak of luck it landed harmlessly between two cars.
We never lost power at our house, and I consider that to be amazing since so many around us are still in the dark. Over 120k reported outages between CMP and Emera statewide. Castine had a 74MPH gust of wind earlier. These fall storms over the past few years have been brutal. I just talked to Mom and Pop, and they never lost power either. Great for them, especially since a storm a couple weeks ago knocked their power out for almost three days.
Dad got a new cellphone since his older one, the one he barely used, fell out of his pocket and disappeared in the woods. He just sent me what is likely the first text message my 70-year old father has ever sent to me in his life: "New number is 542-XXXX. Others are cancelled. See you Monday! Dad" Hey way to go Pop welcome to the new century! I actually partly wish that I could not text, but the bigger part of me is glad that I can because it is handy to check in with my awesome wife and to coordinate playing racquetball, etc. At times it is a pain in the arse, but oh well.
So tomorrow I have to chainsaw up some more hardwood. I didn't cut any of it up today because it was really windy all day and I didn't want another part of a tree (or a whole tree) to fall down on me while I was working. I'd never even hear it falling if I was running my saw. Instead I did other things like use my bootleg gym and do some more siding for Gavin. The wind was an inconvenience for doing the siding, but I worked on a part of the house that wasn't getting totally buffeted with winds.
Alright turds, all two of youz who actually read this bootleg site, I need to go put my bootleg costume on and get ready for Jester's. My awesome cool DJ-wife is getting ready now. It's a Day of the Dead theme tonight, but all kinds of different costumes will be appearing at the bar. I might actually stay at Jester's for the whole show since I feel caught up and not too stressed out. Hope it is a fun night. Goonies never say die!