(Last updated: 5-17-2022)
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Tuesday, 5-17-22: My bad selling Allen Rd?
I got a lot done today, and I worked a few hours at the bar both cleaning up junk and meeting with reps and customers, the usual. Booked a big dinner event for Thursday, sampled some Mossy Ledge alcohols (had to stop before I got drunk hehehe) I also took a load of crap from Allen Rd to the dump, and I think I'm done at Allen Rd now. Maybe? Hopefully...
I might have fucked up by selling Allen Rd. Not from a sentimental point of view, but from a financial point of view. I sold the buildings for a lot more than I thought I would. A LOT. However, the new landlords are raising the rents by a stupid number. I was below-market on all rents and was planning for an increase (before I decided to sell), but these new rents... WTF, over? Going from $950/month all the way up to $1500/month. OMG ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!
WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP!
I know all the tenants, every one of them, and it seems like half of them work for us at the restaurant. Even worse, Daniel and his (not) girlfriend live in one of the units and they are going to get fucked up the ass with no lube later this year. Their lease runs out September 30th, and after that it is all-bad. I already moved them out of this building last summer so we could sell it, and now they are likely going to have to move again...
^North Main less than three years ago when we had the lot paved. Wow, it seems like way more than three years ago holy crap! I'm surrounded by properties that I've either owned or done extensive work on, and that is no exaggeration. I'm not even a good carpenter, but so far most of my work has stood the test of time. I think?
So Daniel and his not-girlfriend, Emily (he should be dating her, but it's not my circus and not my monkeys) are going to get totally fucked later this year and the last potential place for them to *maybe* live here at our house now looks like this:
^What a bunch of crap! I can't turn that back into living space. I already remodeled the shit out of it, and I don't have it in me to put it back to how it was before. I could, but I don't think even that would be enough room for the two of them. As far as I know they are not pokerizing and they have a roommate situation and would need their own bedrooms. That is NOT an option here. I suck!
We can help them with their rent increase later this year, but only by so much. The restaurant doesn't make money yet so we still spend more than we make; that can't last forever. By this time next year if the place isn't doing any better then we are all done. Fin. The end. I think it will do better, but who knows? The economy is on the brink of collapse because our president is a baked potato. What a bunch of crap! I'm not even joking about that. He is fucked. The leaders of our once-great nation seem to be actively trying to sabotage everything for a reboot. I don't get it. Where is my fail trophy?
^Awarded first to myself for Allen Rd and then to Biden and everyone who puppet-masters that piece of shit. I WANT TRUMP BACK! Trump is a piece of shit, but he will run this place like a boss. Who knows if he can or will ever run again? By the time 2024 comes around Trump might be a republican baked potato like Biden is now.
Oh well, I had a good 45 years before things started to go to shit. How many people can say that? Billions live in squalor every day so overall things are not as bad as they could be. At times it sure feels like it, though.
I was so defeated yesterday and even earlier today that it started to make me physically sick. Allergies make me sick, but it was more than that. Sometimes I think I should just work on some assembly line making widgets and work 9-5 with weeksnds off and not have to use my phone at all when I'm not at work unless I choose to do so. I don't think I'm really built for that, but who knows?
Thursday, 5-12-22: New bar facing, summer temps.
They showed up just before 2000 to get set up and to start, and it takes several hours so I had plenty of time to get to work on the bar facing. When we opened the bar looked like this:
It looked decent at the time, but that "diamond plating" was just a glue-on thin metallic wallpaper. It was NOT meant to take a beating, and it was starting to peel off in spots. That bar is our centerpiece so having some of it peel = what a bunch of crap! Plus we needed extra trim to hold it all on.
I planned to do something different for quite a while, but I had to survive tax season and get rid of Allen Rd first. Last night was the perfect opportunity to reface that bar, or so I thought...
The last customers cashed out and left just after 2100 so I got started. My plan was to use the glue-together flooring that I've become quite familiar with thanks to all the apartment remodels for the past several years. Allure, Khaki Oak. As an added bonus I had a few boxes of the stuff leftover from the last Allen Rd project so I put it right to use. It was pretty easy to install, and there was some residual glue left on the panels after I peeled off that bootleg diamond-plate wallpaper. Bonus! I thought the new stuff would stay there just fine so I plugged away and planned to worry about the trim later. The guys finished the hoods just before midnight, and I was still working on the bar. I should have thrown in a few brad nails here and there, but I was tired and did not. In hindsight that was unwise.
I got home and racked out around 0130-0145. I didn't do the trim, and I didn't reinstall the little coat hooks. I woke my ass up around 0800 and planned to do yoga before I went down to finish it all. Sadly I got a call shortly after from my awesome wife. She was asking why I had half the bar stuff on the floor. At first I didn't understand her question and thought she was asking about all the trim pieces. Turns out I was wrong, and overnight half the flooring peeled off and fell onto the floor. OMG NOOOOOOOOOO!
Needless to say there was no yoga, and I got my ass down there ASAP. Sure enough my epic failer was all-bad. Thankfully I had some spare flooring and our awesome maintenance guy, Jay, there so he helped me put it all back together. Doing that still sucked. A lot. Bye bye precious... precious time that I could have been using to do other things. Fixing it probably took an hour. I should have had Jay help me last night since I was getting tired and I didn't do it right. Like Dad always says, short-cuts = fails.
It was a nice morning to be working down there thanks to a stretch of beautiful weather. I was able to set up my old-ass table saw outside to rip the trim pieces, and after some touch-up paint I had it looking like this a solid hour before noon opening:
^I was happily surprised when I looked at the photos earlier and saw baby Damon in the background in that last shot. I got photo-bombed by a 7-month old hehehe! Damon comes to the house a few times a week when Dillon is working at the bar, and he is a cute kid. I fuckin' hate dealing with kids, but he seems to be a good one. I sorta held him earlier before Kat took over and held him... better. I SUCK AT HOLDING BABIES. When I hold a baby (all three times in my life, ever) I feel like I'm holding fine china or something extremely fragile that might just implode in my hands for no reason at all...
So I really do like how the bar finally came out, and I hope it holds up to wear and tear. It's frigging flooring so when people hit it with their feet it should be okay, right? We'll find out soon enough. I have tons of other projects to tackle at the place soon enough. Next on the list appears to be a walk-in freezer, and those are so expensive right now I don't even want to waste precious... precious time thinking about it.
I did use my new home cellar gym yesterday for the first time, and it went very well. I popped in Cinderella's Night Songs 1986 CD and went for it. I didn't lift heavy because, like Danny Glover from Lethal Weapon, I'm too old for that shit. I only did a light 25-minute lift, but that's perfectly fine. After that I got some more stuff out of Allen Rd and I was gonna go for a jog since the weather was so great, but then I decided to hang out with my awesome wife and I have no regrets at all about that. We went for a nice walk with Damon, and we got ice cream at Jimmy's. 75 degrees, not humid, unlimited sun. Yes, yes, and more yes!
I did go for a jog this evening while Kat was getting ready for work. She's the karaoke DJ tonight since her trainee sorta flaked out. He didn't treat it like a job so she hauled on him, and then he came a few days ago to ask for a second chance. Will he get one? I dunno, but my vote is affirmative. I like the guy, but he does need to take it more seriously. It's a job, not a party. The main reason why so many bars fail is the entire premise of the show BAR RESCUE. It's a business, not a party. It can be a party at times, but it has to be a business first and foremost.
I'm tired and should go to bed soon, but it's not time to bivouac just yet. It's such a beautiful day that I'll walk on down to the bar for a bit then come home and rack out. Today was in the mid 80s, OMG. We set a record high of 85-ish. Low humidity saved it from being an extreme scorcher. Saturday we hit 88 with some humidity. That's too damn hot! I'll take it, though. It's nice to be able to play outside, to sit on the deck, etc. Really has felt like summer these past three days, and really all week has been awesome.
I still have a lot of work to do this spring and summer, but it finally feels like I'm gaining ground instead of losing ground on it all. Doing that bar was a nice step forward, and plenty more projects like that are on the horizon...
Tuesday, 5-10-22: Allen Rd move-out mostly done.
Physically I feel a lot better than I did at this time last year. It is nice having less work and feeling like I'm finally getting caught up, too. Plus we have some precious... precious money in the bank after that Allen Rd sale. We're not rich, we're far from it, but for now we are okay. I have plenty of work left to do, though. The gym downstairs isn't done yet, and I have a bunch of carpentry projects to take care of at the bar. The gym downstairs is starting to look like an acctual gym at least. I worked down there for a bit this evening before my awesome wife called and asked me to go to work for a little bit. We had a big dinner rush so I washed dishes for 45 minutes or so. I was happy to help because BUSY = JOB SECURITY. Our dishwasher was there, but he is cross-trained in the kitchen (awesome!) so he was needed as a cook for a while. I'll walk my ass back down to the bar soon and be a paying customer after I have a couple drinks.
From a certain perspective it does look like a gym now:
^I still need to mount the mirror somewhere. That leg press was a serious pain in the arse to put together. One of the bolts was rusted because it had been at Allen Rd for 20 years, maybe more. Two decades, wow! Thankfully I was able to find the parts I needed at Lowe's and get it put back together yesterday morning. I haven't used it yet because I wanted to jog instead.
The dumbbells are ready to use, and maybe tomorrow I will do a little lifting. We'll see, all depends on how the day goes. I have a lot of CDs to go through and to organize. I have tons of great music including a huge collection of "Hair rock" like Def Leppard, Poison, Ratt, Motley Crue, etc. Throw in a little Cinderella, Dokken, Queensryche, and it's epic. Plus I have my mp3 player down there that is also chocked full of great tunes, mostly from the 80s. I'm excited to actually start using that gym!
The ceiling isn't done yet. What a bunch of crap! Obviously that side needs some love still. I do plan to put the treadmill somewhere along that wall, but there is no rush since I can jog outside for the next 6 months. Getting the treadmill down there is going to suck. A lot. the stairs leading down are narrow and the treadmill is quite bulky. I didn't even use the treadmill this past winter. What a bunch of crap!
I hope I like my new cellar gym. I don't need to use it a lot because I can jog, do yoga, and hopefully play racquetball. I did play rball yesterday and lost to Deno, but it was great exercise. Having a gym here at the house will be great, at least I hope it will be, because if I'm short on time all I need is 30 minutes to go get it done. The gym at Allen Rd will forever be the best gym of all-time, but I had to drive over there and that alone takes 10 minutes (5 and 5 each way.) Plus sometimes other people would be using it, and sometimes I'd get there and tenants would see me and need me for the usual stupid shit. Driving over there in the winter would often suck because it's so cold. I did put some heat in that Allen Rd gym, but just going over there and getting into the thing would make me feel cold. A cold start = what a bunch of crap!
I have the Red Sox on, and they were up 6-0 before giving up 3 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. The Sox SUCK ASS this season. 10-19 so far. What a bunch of crap! Last place even below the terrible Baltimore Orioles. Nothing is working for the Red Sox so far this year. Oh well, at least they are playing. That alone seems like a win after 2 years of COVID PANDEMIC and their dumbass strike. I don't watch that much anymore because I have other things to do.
Tuesday, 5-03-22: Still moving the gym, still
working too much, but getting there.
^WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! It's hard to move down there hehehe. I did get the squat rack mostly put together today, and that is the centerpiece. Everything else will go around that so I had to do it first so I could see how everything else might work. Putting the squat cage together was a total pain in the arse, and I had to do some cutting to get it to fit. The ceiling down there is only about 78", the rack is 79", so bye bye part of some joists. Thankfully I have 2x8 16" on center so I can afford to chop some. Maybe? Hopefully! I can sister the two I had to trim for extra support.
The weather has been great these past couple days so I haven't spent too much time downstairs. Instead I've focused on cleaning out more of Allen Rd including the yard and some of the shed. Plus getting that squat cage in place and set up was very frustrating so I had to ditch out on it a couple times.
My unofficial deadline to get Allen Rd all done is May 12. The new owners have been great about it and told me not to stress over it, but it needs to be done. I'm beyond sick of having so much to do every day. Thankfully I have most of it done now, but alas the cellar is nowhere near ready to be my new gym yet. Oh well I can still do yoga, jog, and play racquetball. I haven't played much rball lately due to all this work, but I did go for a jog both Sunday and yesterday. Weather was perfect for a jog today, but I needed a break from it. My ass is NOT in shape enough for a jog three consecutive days! I'm not even in shape enough for two days in a row hehehe. I'm slow and have to walk some, but at least I went. A for effort, right?
Hey cool, an ad on TV for Top Gun part 2. Looks decent, will watch. Top Gun was fucking awesome and if you disagree then I hate you. I probably hate you anyway, but I'll hate you a little more. Is it realistic? NOPE. Tom Cruise does not even look that old in the ad. Was he that young when part 1 came out?
I've been channel-surfing between the Red Sox and the Celtics-Bucks game 2 of the conference semifinals. Celtics beat the Nets in round 1, but they got beat in game 1 a couple nights ago. I'm not a huge fan of any sports teams anymore, but as a casual viewer it beats anything else that might be on right now. Celtics had a huge lead going into the half, but things are not going their way in the 3rd. Boston still has a 20-point lead, though. The Red Sox also have a 2-0 lead in the 5th. I probably will go down to the bar soon so I won't see the end of the games here at the house.