(Last updated: 6-14-2019)


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Friday, 6-14-19: Shingle photos, weekend plans = WORK.
Dakota and I only worked at Phil's house for two days this week. Ah well, the weather did not help and I had other things to do on some of the days. We worked down in Oakland on Wednesday and yesterday this week, and I took some updated pitcures to share with the two of you who actually read this pathetic excuse of a webpage.

^I finally finished that top area yesterday around midday. Doing those edges and the very top around the gable vent is a giant bunch of crap. It seemingly takes forever; there is not a fast way to get it done. Maybe with a lift of some kind, but definitely not with a ladder. Up down, up down, left right, left right, B A B A Start. Hehe the Konami cheat code applied to shingling a house in the year 2019. Where is my psychologist gods damn it?

^NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! MY OLD LOSER ASS GOT IT WRONG IT IS UP UP DOWN DOWN NOT UP DOWN UP DOWN FUCKIN A I AM GOING TO DIE SENILE WHEN I FORGET EVERYTHING WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! My childhood was awesome and sometimes I think it was better than my adulthood. Simpler and no fucking Failbook and cellphones. Sometimes I just want to throw my cellphone away, but more often than not I am glad that I have it because I can text my awesome wife. She wants me to report for duty at the bar, but I am not ready to go just yet. My wife is great, but I am getting sick of doing my own work and helping her with her job as well. I don't even really want to go at all tonight, but I will because I love my wife. I'll get about 5 hours of sleep tonight. Maybe? Hopefully!

Here is a photo of the other side that we were working on yesterday until we got rained out:

^It started raining around 1300, but the rain was light and we worked in the showers until it finally got to be a heavy, steady rain by 1500. I stood on the roof and jumped up to hammer in a rogue nail, and I might die doing stupid shit like that but sometimes I don't even care... whether or not a care. Dying young-ish is okay I'd rather not live to be an old shell of my former self. We spent a half hour prepping one the rain got too heavy, and as you can see Dakota had a dry area to finish while it rained. We did get our 8 hours in and then we had to drive home in a deluge. We have had plenty of rainy days lately, but thankfully there was no rain today while we worked on Deno's deck for 4 hours. We didn't go to Oakland today because Dakota passed his driver's test this morning at 1000 like a boss. I helped him practice the parallel park because I have a modicum of talent as a driver. Not much, just a little...

I think we have 5 more days of shingling down at Phil and Danielle's house, and I think Deno's deck will be done this coming week. Maybe? Hopefully. We can work on the deck tomorrow for 3-4 hours before we have to quit early PM so I can help Kat do a wedding in Winterport tomorrow midafternoon and into the night. I plan to take Sunday off, and then we can work on the deck Monday before we go back to shingle in Oakland next Tuesday. Sunday night I have to stay up half the damn night to be a judge at a karaoke contest. Ah well at least my cool wife is the DJ there and I get a couple free drinks because I will be a judge. I should show up at the contest dressed like this:

So I have to help with DJ stuff tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday. Oh, I have a house to shingle and a deck to finish building. I also have tenant stuff to do as usual and in a perfect world I would have time to play racquetball. Unfortunately half the time I don't even play rball because I know there is not enough time. What a bunch of crap that is! Oh well when I play too much I get tennis elbow. I am getting old and I think I hate myself. Okay, I don't hate myself all the time. Just about 50/50. F this I am all done and I need to go to Jester's and pretend to have fun for a couple hours. However, I am half drunk right now so when I get boozed up I just hit time-warp and then the night ends. I win. The end. Fin.



Tuesday, 6-11-19: More rain, more paperwork, and I plan to quit today.
Today will be a wet day so Dakota and I will not be working at Phil's. We also will not be working just up the road on Deno's deck because there is no sense getting there to work for 30 minutes only to get washed out. If we're lucky it might not start raining until 0800-0900 so maybe I can get the dogs over to the park and/or mow the back yard. Then I can do some paperwork and quit working for the Giblet-Heads who own the one property that I manage.

We did work on Deno's deck yesterday morning for four hours, and in that time we got the rest of our lumber at nearby Lowe's and made some more awesome progress. So far in 13 hours of work over there we have accomplished this:

^It is actually "only" 11 total man-hours at the site because two of our billable hours have been the supply-runs to Lowe's. I'm billing us out at "only" $35/hr (very fair for two people since it's for a friend) and Lowe's would have charged around $69 for the delivery fee to just bring everything over at once. However, I still would have had to go to Lowe's and place the order so bye bye 1/2 hour for that. Plus we were able to pick through the decking boards and get the better-looking ones whereas when you have that stuff delivered you get what they issue to you, and you are more likely to find a turd or two in the proverbial punch bowl.

^When the lumber-yard delivers your order and there are warped and/or bootleg boards mixed into the pile all you can do is look and say WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP!

I wish we could have worked on Deno's deck all day yesterday, but if we had all day free to work we would have just gone down to Phil's to shingle. Yesterday was the first real summer-like day with temps in the mid 80s so it was nice to work outside. I had an FED hearing yesterday at 1300, my fifth eviction hearing in about 15 years as a slumlord. The tenant was there with her case-worker asking for more time because she can't find a new place to live yet so I told her I would give her until the end of this month. I guess that was more generous than necessary since I told her to gggggggggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttt oooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttt at the end of April. I do want to take possession of that house ASAP so I can get a place on the market next month, but the chick who lives there now does have her June rent squared away for the time being and I am wicked busy anyway between shingling and working on that deck.

The 30th will come quickly, less than three weeks away, and I hope that by giving her a little more time she gives me at least a little respect and doesn't leave me a complete shit-show when she does move out. She would have had until June 17th anyway even if I had tried to drop the hammer on her as hard as possible so I "only" gave her 13 days beyond what I had to give. I really hope she is NOT there into July because having her arrested for trespassing is not something I want to do. Unfortunately if she is still there into early July all I can do is wait a little more since the July 4th holiday and long-weekend around that time will slow the legal system to a near-halt. Plus I wouldn't have that done on Independence Day itself even if I could do that because I am not that much of a fuckin' DINK.

Since today is pretty much a washout I can do some paperwork and e-mail the owner of the property that I manage. I got another delightful email from the dude Sunday morning that I didn't even bother to respond to. Check out part of this stupid shit-show that is not even worth dealing with anymore:


With all do respect we appreciate your offering an alternative property management company. We are happy, so far with you.??
We are consolidating our insurance policies and hope this saves us money. Aleka will advise the particulars as concerns our Brewer Rental. As a matter of recording keeping, we would like a copy of your valid driver's license; which we herein hereby will keep confidential.
Please also send us you picture to hang over my desk and put on our smart phone for your number.

Can you please give us an idea of when you will have the entire house in pictures from inside out from top to bottom and the surrounding views / properties?

Aleka is sleeping and I have been up all night, so I apologize if my question(s) are redundant. Do we have a copy of the current two leases, and full contact info for the tenants, and vehicles? Please send if not.

We are merely building, condensing, and digitizeing our files. My OCD, ADHD, ANXIETY, AND PTSD drives me nuts (even on medication I struggle with it. Can't seem to finish a project without starting another. Frustrating for me and annoying for Aleka.

In closing, if you want us to change property managers, just let us know; otherwise you keep us happy.



Today's winner of my bootleg fail-trophy can go to that guy because he SUCKS.

I was planning to get done with that property next month anyway, but now I will move that schedule forward a month and haul on it ASAP. I thought calling them and telling them over the phone was the right thing to do (They live in Rhode Island so I can't exactly schedule an in-person meeting about it) but now I think I'll just email the dude and tell him best of luck to your ass because I am DONE. I won't just quit on the spot, I will help transition to a new management company, but I just don't want or need to deal with that bootleg crap anymore. The end. Fin.



Monday, 6-10-19: My ass is in the dog house.
My awesome wife has been pissed at me for the past couple days, and I am in the dog-house with her in a big way. What a bunch of crap! It all started late Friday night when my liquored-up ass told her I had a bright idea to hire Dakota as her helper so I didn't have to go with her all the time when she has her DJ gigs. That went over about as well as expected. (NOT GOOD.) Sometimes I get drunk and think I want a wife who has her own job that I don't have to do. I don't always think like that, but I do think that often enough to be concerning. Is it unreasonable? I don't think so, at least not when I have my own full-time work to take on.

I normally do like going to Jester's, but sometimes it feels like it never ends and we are still there after 0200. OMG. Sometimes all I want to do it go home and bivouac, but I can't do that because I have to help her with speakers, wires, etc. Now she has more lights than ever, and her light show really is great, but it is even work for my pathetic ass. Piled on top of that is the Sunday night gig, and that one now requires even more lighting. Oh, she also has a shitload of Saturday gigs booked from now through half of the fall.

So not only is my wife upset with me because I have been starting to mentally check out from her DJ business, but she is also pissed because Saturday morning I couldn't take it anymore and I told her how I felt about the garden. I told her I didn't give a shit about the garden, and we can just buy veggies at the grocery store. One day a week or two ago we were supposed to work on the garden, but she was too hungover. Then Friday we were gonna work on it for a bit, at least I thought we were, but then she went shopping for a costume for the lame-ass "Theme night" at Jester's that night. That left me, myself, and I to shovel out all kinds of dirt for a couple hours until she got back. Then when she got back we had no time because of other obligations. What a bunch of crap!

Saturday morning she said she wanted to go to Lowe's to buy flowers and veggies for the garden and that is when I told her I was all done with the garden and she could finish it herself without me. I will admit I was not graceful about how I handled it, but I was just done and I still am done. I have too much going on and have to cut my losses so sorry garden, you are officially removed from my long list of things to deal with. Instead of planting a garden Saturday Dakota and I went and framed Deno's deck for 4 hours. Now it looks like this:

^Almost ready for rail-posts and decking already. Not bad!

Kat did the garden yesterday while I went down to the ol' homestead for Dad's 70th birthday, and that garden does look amazing. She did better than I could have done! I actually now feel like a piece of shit for not helping. The garden was one step in the wrong direction for me, but even worse was the fact that I ditched out and didn't stay at all for her charity gig at City Side Saturday night. I did help her some with the setup and breakdown, but once she was set up I hit the road so I could play racquetball with Gavin and Mike. Then after that I went over to Gavin's place just across the street from the bar and event venue to have a couple beers and to visit. She was PISSED at me for that. What a bunch of crap!

It did feel great to ditch out of that gig and to do my own thing Saturday night. I don't do my own thing often enough any more, and there is no good excuse for that. I don't even WANT to do my own thing most of the time because my wife is my best friend and I like to spend time with her, but I need to have my own time at least a little bit here and there or else I will mentally go to a bad place and stay there for too long. Then if that does happen bye bye marriage.

Last night she took Dakota with her to her gig because she is going to train him to be a DJ. Great! Better him than me. I know that upset my wife a lot, the fact that not only was I not there but also that I didn't want to be there. It really is nothing against her because I do love her and being with her, but damnit when she is at work it is not the same as when we hang out on our "off" time here at the house, on vacation, etc. Sometimes being with her at the gigs is actually pretty boring. Once the gear is all set up and the music is playing I mostly just sit there and watch the crowd. Each crowd is different and some are fun to be around, but certainly not all of them. I could never be a DJ because I just don't really enjoy it. My wife is a very good DJ who knows how to work a crowd, and I don't have that ability like she does.

In conclusion I pretty much reached a breaking point and came undone a little, and selfishly it feels great to take a little more charge of my own time. I can't handle having this much to do all the time so I had to pull the plug on some things. Being at all of Kat's gigs is just overkill, and I suck at being a DJ, have no interest in it at all, so all I do when there is help with wires and speakers and then sit/stand around. Of course I will still go help my awesome wife with her work because I am not always busy, but I do hope Dakota enjoys the work so he can help her when I am just too busy. Maybe she can train him to also do some gigs on his own so neither her nor I even have to go. Now that would be awesome...


Friday, 6-07-19: Back to write more of my useless thoughts that no one cares about.
I'm back, beotches! I am exhausted, but I am going to power through like a boss. The good news is there are no bedbugs so that is a win. The bad news is I am mentally fried a bit and need this bootleg site to help keep me sane. It is kinda like my therapist, but it only costs $15 a year whereas a real psychologist costs a shitload more. I am sick of always having 100000 things to do, and I want my life to be more boring again. Boring is not the true word, but it seems to fit so I will roll with it.

I am so mentally fried that I didn't even open the correct car today to help unload. OMG. Thankfully I knew the people and they thought it was funny, but how sad is that? I walked over from my tax office to help my awesome wife unload some DJ gear for her charity gig tomorrow, and I just helped myself to the wrong car. I realized it pretty fast as did they, and it was funny. However, it really is a bunch of crap that I am so mentally cooked that I do stupid shit like that. I wonder what else I have fucked up lately that I don't even realize? It is a major red flag that I need to fix my shit.

I have a briefcase full of paperwork that I need to organize and file. I might actually do some of that tonight, but probably not because I am borderline time-warp after only 2 drinks because I am tired. I definitely do not want to drink too much tonight because I plan to work tomorrow. Again. All I wanna know is why? Why do I usually work on Saturdays? If I had my shit together more I would take weekends off, but alas when you are self-employed you do what you gotta do.

^Awarded to my own stupid self for always working on days that I should not work. I do need to schedule myself better because I kinda just do things and then I look and the day is gone. It disappears like The Nothing comes along. Like when it took the beautiful lake from the Rock Biters (Chewers in the book) from the North in The Neverending Story.

I remember many years ago I cooked deer steak, drank a little booze, and watched The Neverending Story all by myself on a Saturday night and it was fucking awesome. I know they say when you drink alone you hate yourself, but it was so glorious I can't even put it into proper words. However, back then I was dating a woman who didn't love me and we were pretty much roommates. She was having a girls night out or some shit like that and I didn't give a shit because we weren't truly in love. Her kids were not there either so double-winning for me that day. Now I'd rather do that with my awesome wife than do that alone. She would not eat deer steak, but that is okay I'd cook her chicken or buy her a Big Mac. Hehehehe.

^Basically better than sex. A lot of things are actually better than sex when you get old. Right now I am going to eat cake and drink more alcohol and that will be better than sex, too. Don't laugh because I am serious.

I feel like I have lived 10 different lives and I am "only" halfway through my life. Okay I am 43 and I don't care if I live to be old so maybe let's call it 2/3 done. This current version of my life is awesome, but I did take on too much. Hell it is fucking June and I am still having tax clients. All I wanna know is why? Why does that gotta happen? I forgot to think about what happens when my tax office gets up to 90 degrees in July so let's just hope I don't have any clients in a heat wave. It was a tad warm today, but not horrible with the window open. I actually already lost the screen to my brand new tax office window because I am a toilet. What a bunch of crap! Maybe it is in the horror-movie-scene garage? I dunno and I can't mentally wrap my mind around that right now. I actually need more Neverending Story references so let's find another one...


Oh, Rambo V is coming in September. Oh Jesus Hell yeah! I will write about that another time because I have other things to do now.

I've actually been texting with Doug some tonight. I reminded him that today is Dad's 70th birthday, and he asked me if we all thought he was a fucking idiot. That was not a verbatim quote, but it was his message and I received it loud and clear. I don't think my youngest brother is stupid. In fact he is smarter than me. He just doesn't try as hard, but maybe now he tries harder than I do. He lives 3000 miles away so I dunno. We used to be best friends, but then life happened and we both drifted apart. Then he got wasted and took a verbal shit on my wife like 5 years ago so that caused a rift. What a bunch of crap!

Tonight at the bar is another "theme night" and I am all done with those lame things. If there was a RAMBO theme night then score, and maybe I would do "Ghillie suit" theme night, but alas I don't think those two things are going to happen, ever. Ghillie suits are awesome and if you disagree with me then I hate you. I probably hate you anyway, but I'll hate you a little more.


When I die I would get buried in a ghillie suit. All I wanna know is why? Why did I just write that because it makes no sense? I actually would love to eat pancakes right now. I think I am a turd.


Actually when I die it will probably be from a zombie bite. Hang on gotta sneeze I hate myself. Allergies I guess but see Morla above. I don't think a camo ghillie suit would stop a zombie. Pretending to be a tree might work on Marco, but on a zombie I think you would be pwned. Unless you did it like in The Walking Dead and found a convenient solution. I used to like The Walking Dead, but now that show sucks and can eat the peanuts out of my ssssssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttt.

I put it on channel 1928 since the Red Sox fucked it away and lost to Tampa Bay, and Phil Collins sings Sussudio. Who is Sussudio? I have an aunt Susie who is cool as ice, but Sussudio is an odd name of someone who probably never existed. Phil Collins with Genesis > Phil Collins without Genesis, but I think this is his solo work after Genesis. Oh wow this is from 1985 so how can this NOT be Genesis? Album was No Jacket Required so I guess this was his side-bar thing. The 80s were awesome and I don't even give a shit about having a SmartPhone. I was born in the wrong era gods damn it I would have been just fine in 1805. I would have been dead 6 years ago from Polio or the Plague, but fuck it I would not have know anything else and that is okay. Living til 95 is fucking stupid anyway most old people should just die. Seriously. Not all of them, some are functional still, but most just hang out and watch Jeopardy and do nothing to make society better. I watch Jeopardy also so nevermind it is GAME OVER MAN. Just like Paxton from Aliens...

I'm pretty much wrecked so I should go do other things now. A psychologist who ever might read this would diagnose me as a defective model, and I would agree. What a bunch of crap! Whitney Houston sings How Will I Know from 1985. Well chick, in hindsight too many people mooched off you and shit on you so that is how you will know. So sad she was only 50 when she checked out because she was great. Unfortunately her slow-ass music was not for me, but her faster music is great and if you disagree with me then I hate you. I probably hate you anyway, but I'll hate you a little more. The end. Fin.

Oh Dakota did the Truffle Shuffle last night. AWESOME. IT WAS HILARIOUS. Where is my Chunk gif?




Friday, 6-07-19: More bedbugs? Taxes and FED paperwork.
I can't go work at Phil's house today because I have three appointments this morning, one this afternoon, and I have to go down to the courthouse to drop off the paperwork for a Monday FED hearing. I gave tenants at one of my rental houses until June 1st to gggggggggggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttttttttt oooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttttttttttttttttttt, but they are still there. What a bunch of crap! Thankfully I planned for such occasion so I already started my eviction paperwork and scheduling over a month ago. It is easy to start the process and cancel it if it is not needed (although it does bear a cost), but it is impossible to not start the process and then realize you should have in hindsight. The entire eviction process from serving paperwork to meeting at the courthouse takes about 4-6 weeks. Then on court day you just have to hope for the best.

If the tenants do move out this weekend then I will be happy to not have to go to court. However, I don't expect that to happen. I expect she will show up at court Monday and want more time. I'll probably allow a little more time since she hasn't really screwed me over hard. She just gets behind on rent from time to time, she has her man stay there too much and that is not allowed with her city payment assistance, and she does a piss-poor job of communicating with me when she can't pay all of her rent. I gave her a warning about it all, but the same shit kept happening so finally I decided she had to go. Not an easy call, but a necessary one.

I have to leave here in about an hour for my first appointment of the day, Modern Pest for an inspection of my old apartment. One of the guys who lives there texted me on Monday that he has been getting bit and he is not sure if it is bedbugs or not. If it is bedbugs then I am probably pwned because he and his roommate are planning to move out later this month. I already have tenants who want the apartment when the guys move, but if it has a bedbug issue then I could be in big trouble so I am very hopeful that no bedbugs are there. We already have had plenty of our own bedbug issues not only here at our own house but also over at N Main. Modern Pest is coming today for monthly treatments at both of those locations. It seems there are none or very few bedbugs left both here and at N Main, but we still have monthly treatments scheduled through most of the fall. It has been very costly and incredibly time-consuming. What a bunch of crap!

Dakota and I decided not to go to Phil's to shingle yesterdy due to that morning rain. Instead we started this project:

^A roughly 10x20 deck is going there, and the best part is the deck will only be a couple feet off the ground so we don't need ladders. The four footing holes were not hard at all to dig and I thank the gods who do not really exist for that. However, two of the holes started seeping with ground water once I got down past three feet:

^Shows how wet of a spring we've had, eh? It took us five hours of hard work with an hour "break" from digging and pouring concrete for a trip to nearby Lowe's for a large load of lumber and supplies for the project. Dakota worked very hard, and we both felt like it was a trip to the gym. Digging holes and pouring concrete is always arduous; it was nice to have a helper because most of the time for my past projects it has been me, mysef, and I.

After five hours:

I'm sure the footings are overbuilt a little for a deck that will only be two feet off the ground, but I want to do it right and that is how I would have done it had it been our own deck. Wait, that IS how I did our own deck two years ago hehehe.

^May, 2017 right here at the house. Our own deck is badass, and I hope I can do the same for Mike. He said he had outdoor spigots, but unfortunately they were not working so we had to get our water from that hole in the photo above and from a nearby puddle. What a bunch of crap! It was not drinking water; it was just the water needed to mix the 8 bags of concrete. 2 per hole like a boss.

I budgeted 48 total hours for the deck we are going to build for Deno, and so far the hardest part is done. Not only are the footings poured and back-filled, but we also have a shitload of 2x8 framing lumber, screws, bolts, and nails on-site for the next time we go over there to work. I think we'll spend a half-day over there tomorrow starting the framing since I have a 0930 tax appointment (also have a 1430 tax client today!) and since my awesome wife has a charity gig tomorrow night. No sense going to Phil's if we have to drive 2 total hours for only 4 total hours of work.

I feel badly for stopping work at Phil's and for starting another project, but it was the right thing to do. We didn't have a full day yesterday due to that morning rain so it made sense to get those footings in. The weather is PERFECT this weekend so those footings should cure well and be ready to accept a frame by tomorrow. We're finally expecting a great stretch of weather with temps in the 70s and maybe low 80s by Monday. Unfortunately it looks to be wet again Tuesday, and that is the next day I can go back to Phil's to shingle more. What a bunch of crap!

So today, tomorrow, Sunday (Dad's birthday), and Monday (eviction?!) I can't go to Phil's. Epic fail. If it doesn't rain Tuesday we will head south to resume that project, but if it does rain we will have to wait until Wednesday...



Thursday, 6-06-19: Workplan A, workplan B, and a tattoo.
It is 0618, and it is raining outside. A steady, soaking rain. What a bunch of crap! Oh well, it was forecast well in advance so it is not a surprise. The rain is supposed to end this morning, but I question whether or not it is worth it to go down to Oakland to work for the day. Working on those shingles at Phil and Danielle's house is my plan A, but close behind is plan B. That plan means we stay up in Brewer, I do my morning yoga and lift weights in my bootleg gym (for the first time in a damn month what a bunch of crap that is!) and then we go over to Deno's to do the footings for his new deck.

Let's check out the radar. I would watch it on channel 3, but they cut away from the news so that 2-pump-chump-Trump can talk about the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Incredibly enough there are still people alive who stormed the beaches of Normandy all those years ago. Trump is putting over some of the survivors who are at this ceremony, and I have nothing but respect for those men. Unfortunately, Trump is a piece of shit who never even served in the militarty so I can't really take him seriously in this situation. Can I take him seriously in any situation? Probably not...

^I put a red X on the general area where we will be working. Phil only lives a mile or so from the Waterville city line so we are going to be driving southwest and closer to the back end of the rain-line. Plus we do have some work we can be doing under this porch:

Right now I am 50/50 on going down there for the day. I know we should go because that puts us one day closer to finishing all the shingling, but gods damn it sucks going all that way and working in wet weather. I know this afternoon will be dry and beautiful, but at that point the day is half-over. I'll check radar again in a little bit and go from there. If we don't go to Oakland today to work we won't be able to go again until maybe next Tuesday. I have appointments up here tomorrow, Kat has a gig Sat evening/night, Dad's 70th birthday party is Sunday, and I have an FED hearing for an eviction Monday. I'm basically booked out and have something to do every fuckin' day for the next... forever. Not really but that is how it feels. What a bunch of crap!

We did work on the shingles Monday and Tuesday this week, and yesterday I mostly took the day off for my awesome wife's birthday. We spent most of the afternoon at a tattoo parolor downtown so she could get this brand new tattoo:

GROOT! I really love how it came out, and DJ did an awesome job. She is happy with it so that is the most important thing of all. It was extremely boring for my ass just hanging out while she got inked up, but I had a crossword puzzle, I had a few business texts to send out, and I had a Reader's Digest magazine. Plus I was exhausted so I fell asleep for an unknown but fairly brief period of time. After the tattoo we had a family meal at Las Palapas and did the candles and cake after that. I felt really exhausted all day yeterday so that was epic failer, but thankfully I feel better today. We spent way too much money as well, but F it that is just a part of life.


Saturday, 6-01-19: The things that need doing this month.
June was always my favorite month of the year, but now I am not so sure about that. Maybe I like August and September more? The thing I like about June the most is it marks the beginning of summer. However, now I am a pussy and I get allergies so May and into June can be tough at times. The long hours of daylight in June are the best, though. It doesn't get dark until after 2000 now even on cloudy days. Sunrise at 0455? Oh Jesus hell ya!

I have a lot to do this month, and I have a rough bootleg schedule in my mind of how things are likely to play out. This coming week Dakota and I will work down at Phil's 3 or 4 days. Hopefully we can finish this side in one day:

^It doesn't look like much, but those fucking edges take FOREVER. There is more to do off to the right behind the tree. Thankfully I finished that high dormer Thursday AM. What a bunch of crap that thing was! I bet that small area took me 6-7 hours total to do. Tons of cuts and awkward angles. It took a while to do the area off to the left below that top dormer, too. Dakota did a lot in the middle while I worked those friggin' edges.

We did get the area around the electrical panel, phone, and cable inlets done. That was also quite tedious. Before:

^Actually before there were shingles there so I had to very carefully strip them all off and tarpaper/seal in behind there. The finished product:

^I really like how it came out, and I hope Phil likes it as well because at this point there is no easy way to redo it.

Hopefully we can get a lot done on the next section of shingling this coming week, but we definitely won't finish it. It takes too long gods damn it. I think we need 7 more work days down there to get it all done, and maybe as many as 10 work days if we do the front section. The front is in ok shape and the original plan was to NOT do that, but I think it needs it in order to look right.

Can these two idiots actually shingle a house and make it look prefessionally done?

^Last night late-night at the bar after we were both pretty drunk. I fell off my toy not long after that one hahaha. I got drunk, but I woke up feeling okay so that is a win. Too bad the bartender got drunk and booted Dakota at the end of the night for no good reason. What a bunch of crap! Hopefully he can alopogize to Dakota soon because there was no need of that bullshit. We really like the bartender so we think he was having a bad day. I'd be having a bad day as well if I had to watch my friend's 14-year old kid get put into the ground earlier that day...

On the days we don't work down in Oakland we'll start Deno's deck, and mid-month we can hopefully take 3-4 days to get that totally done. I planned for 48 hours, Dakota and I, 96 total man-hours to do that large deck. Hopefully we can do it in less time. If it takes longer than that I should just retire and go get a "real" job. Wait, didn't I say that to myself regarding Phil's house? Hehehe.

Also this month is Kat's 44th birthday so I will take next Wednesday off for that. I know she will love her gift because she picked it out herself yesterday. The day flew by yesterday, but it was a good day we had a nice lunch at Applebees and did a few errands. I did some work, but not too much. Also lost to Deno 4 games at Rball and bought more mulch for the back yard. Now I just have to go unload it all, and I should get on that ASAP since it is already 1210 and the weather is great.

Pop's 70th birthday party will be next Sunday, and I have to boot tenants out of a house and get that ready for new tenants later this month. Between shingling in Oakland, doing Mike's deck, re-renting that house, and the usual upkeep and maintenances it will be a busy month. Oh, Kat has 3 Saturday gigs this month as well. Next week is a charitable one at City Side/Jester's for the family of the kid who just died, and the two following ones are weddings. The money will be great, but the free time will be limited. We'll work hard this month and take more time in July to have fun and relax. Maybe? Hopefully! Kat didn't book any weddings or big gigs in July so we can enjoy some of summer. If summer ever arrives. We had a below average and wet spring. What a bunch of crap!

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