(Last updated: 10-19-2018)

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"She's a good boss. I've been to jail twice and she hasn't fired me." -Drunk Jester's patron and employee in the restaurant in that same plaza.

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Friday, 10-19-18: I have too much to write tonight so just a start on it all will suffice.
Wow, I have a lot on my docket tonight for this bootleg update that two people will ever read. We drove 2647 miles over eight days from the 11th through yesterday, we saw much, we had fun times, and we had terrible times. We got home from our epic road-trip/Goonie adventure yesterday around 1500, and today has been the first back-to-normal day in nearly a week and a half. I worked on our newest property getting the heat going and installing ceiling tiles in the upstairs living room. I actually just got home from working over there just a few minutes ago, around 2200. After I helped my Sweet Pea set up at Jester's I took the dogs over there for 1.25 hours so I could do more ceiling install and drink a coffee brandy and milk. It seems often this year I go work for about 1-1.5 hours on Friday nights after I help set up for the karaoke show, and I enjoy doing it. I can even take the dogs with me so bonus for them and for us because it helps to wear them out so they will sleep when we sleep.*

The Red Sox beat the Astros last night for a 3 games to one series victory, and now they will advance to the World Series to play the winner of the Dodgers-Brewers National League playoff games. Sox in the World Series = Oh Jesus hell ya! I haven't watched very much of the playoffs because I have too much else going on. Plus I am old and many of the playoff games have started after 2000 which means they don't end until after 2300, and that is way past our bedtime these days. What a bunch of crap!

I have many gigabytes of photos from our long road-trip vacation, and I really don't know where to start with it all. Thankfully my awesome wife takes a lot of pictures because I epic fail in the photograph department. We left Thursday morning last week around 0700, and we barely made it to Cherry Hill RV Park/Campground just north of Washington DC that night as planned. When I say we barely made it I mean it, too. We hit heavy downpours from the remnants of a hurricane (SERIOUSLY), we hit all kinds of traffic in NY, and we had to stop to pick up our camper for the week in MD before we could even bivouac. It started pouring when we were hooking up the camper so I got soaked. Gods damn it!

^The rains at times were ridiculous during the day, but then at night it became a deluge at the time we were getting our camper and for the drive to Cherry Hill. That night-drive was terrifying because the rains made the visibility horrible and I was not used to how Kat's Acadia handled with a 3500-pound trailer in tow. (Vehicle is rated for around 5000 max towing.) I barely got us there, and at one point I considered bring the trailer back and just staying in a hotel. Even though it was later in the evening there was still enough traffic in the Baltimore area to be intimidating, but F it we stayed in the right lane and went a bit below the speed limit. We had HEAVY rain that night. What a bunch of crap! Then late-night the rains ended, a front came through, and by morning it was cold. Epic fail!

On Friday morning last week we started our drive west into Virginia. The winds hit us hard, HARD, but oh well at least we stayed on the road and once we got to I-81 the winds were not as bad. At first the trailer hitch was making all kinds of noise and I considered just bringing it back and using hotels once again, but F that we would have blown a ton of precious... precious money if we had to do that so we just made it work. I did get more used to the trailer, and I got pretty good at backing it up as needed. I didn't want to have to back it up that much, but when you are a tourist and don't know exactly where you will end up then a little REVERSE is going to be required.

Was renting a camper instead of just staying in hotels the right thing for us to do? Right now we both can say HELL NO. That camper was a pain in the arse, bigtime. Yeah our average cost of a campground was half that of a hotel, but the headache and gas cost made it not worthwhile. There were things we didn't see because it is too hard to turn around with a trailer. We spent almost exactly $500 in gas, the camper was $600-ish, and the campgrounds all added up to around $300. We also did spend $67 for a hotel in Mass for our final night, Wednesday night, and we "boondocked" in a WalMart parking lot Sunday night in NC. If we had stayed in hotels I'd guess our lodging cost for those 7 nights would have been closer to $1000, but we would not have had the camper rental cost and we would have "only" spent closer to $300 in gas. Oh well hindsight is always 20/20.

*Only happens about 50% of the time. What a bunch of crap!

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Wednesday, 10-10-18: Last day of work before our vacation!
As usual I have not accomplished what I had hoped to accomplish before we take our vacation tomorrow. What a bunch of crap! Oh well, at least I got close on some things. I do have a few hours today to work, but finishing the back deck and siding at our new property and finishing a few other things over there is not going to happen. Even the white trim paint is not yet 100% done. Epic fail me. Doing the trim work over at Deno's new house over the past week cost me precious... precious time. I put in about 9 hours over at his house which doesn't seem like a whole lot, but it is when I have so much else to do.

Here is the north-facing side of our building; I worked on that for 6.5 hours on Monday and got a lot of the siding done. Prepping and working around that electrical panel took extra precious... precious time. Bruce and Kevin were also there Monday and they ran most of the water lines. They spent 1.5 days at the property over Sunday and Monday so now I won't need plumbing for a month because their rough-in is essentially done. Oh Jesus Hell ya!

Seems a little dumb to start another side when I still have the back and the deck to finish, but I wanted Bruce to get a new exterior spigot installed and to pull the old one that used to be in the front corner under the electrical panel so it was a win for me. None of that electrical panel is live; I need to call Emera when we get back from vacation and schedule that hookup because I can't rent the place until the new service is active. No huge rush since November 15 is my target completion date for the upstairs apartment.

I just called the IRS and got right through without having to wait on hold. AWESOME. I need fingerprint cards to be sent, and then I need to have the police station do my fingerprints. After that I send it all back to the IRS and hopefully get approved as an ERO so I will be able to e-file people's taxes. I still have so much carpentry to do before my office space on the first floor of the building pictured above is even done, but I also need to be moving forward with my tax stuff so I don't get caught totally unprepared in early 2019 when I *hopefully* can start doing taxes for people.

I took the dogs to the park, it is now 1051, and Kat is at a doc appt. Hopefully the checkup goes well and we can have lunch together before I finish my last few things for the day. I'd like to go for a jog before rain showers move in later (very warm yesterday PM and today, 70s, but cold front coming) and mow my last couple lawns. I got my mowers back from the shop last week, but bye $146 for that, and within the first 10 minutes of mowing at our new property I hit a piece of rebar on the right side of the old bootleg garage and destroyed my blade. WHAT A BUNCH OF CRAP! I can only hope I didn't bend the shaft. Thankfully I had the other mower, and that worked well enough yesterday. This morning I bought a new blade and installed it so I'll find out later if the shaft on my older mower is pwned.

All I wanna know is why? Why was that rebar there? It was not on a property line. I took my sledge and hammered the hell out of it so hopefully it is deep into the ground now. Lesson learned from now on I will just weedwack that edge in case more bootleg rebar is there. It was a thick piece, too. I was pretty pissed off when it happened, I swore a lot, and to make matters worse I failed again at separating our personal stuff from the business stuff. I had our shears, a trash barrel, and our tarp over at the property when my awesome wife was looking to use them. So not only was I fighting to get the ruined blade off the mower but I was also pissing off my wife at the same time. Epic fail me.

I really hope I didn't bend the shaft in the mower because it had never run better before I hit that rebar. I was just thinking it was like having a brand new (3-4 year old) mower since I got it back from the shop. Jim's Small Engine in Orrington really hooked me up and then I totally blew it by ramming some old rebar. The mower was all cleaned up with a brand new blade and it ran like a boss until I failed at life. What a bunch of crap!

We are leaving tomorrow morning and heading south for our vacation. We expect to drive 2600-2700 total miles and hopefully see some awesome stuff from the northeast all the way down to north Georgia and back. Part of me wishes I had a little more time to work on the building before our vacation, but the break will be good and it will be fun. Plus my right arm needs a break from hammering, sanding, drilling, etc. I haven't been able to play racquetball for 1.5 weeks, and the thing isn't healing too well when I use it every day. I don't know if it is tennis elbow or something else, but I do know it is a bunch of crap. Whatever it is the effect is a numb and tingling right hand that usually doesn't bother me too much in the day but that affects me a lot at night and often wakes me up. Oh well at least lately I get most of a night's sleep. Groot wakes us up early anyway, and I don't mind getting up early because usually I always have a lot to do every single day. (MY OWN DAMN FAULT GODS DAMN IT.)

The Red Sox beat the Yankees last night to advance to the ALCS vs. the Houston Astros. Oh Jesus, hell ya! The Sox took the series three games to one. Houston will be tough because they are the defending world champs.

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Friday, 10-05-18: One ceiling 100% done.
The upstairs apartment in the building that Kat and I bought at the end of July this year is about 900 square feet, give or take, and I will be installing ceiling tiles in every single square foot of that place. Actually I take that back, there are three closets that will not need new ceilings so *maybe* I only have to do 850 square feet or so of ceilings in the place. We won't even consider the 900 square feet of downstairs that will need double 5/8 sheetrock tonight because that work will be a challenge next month.

I just finished the larger of the two bedroom ceilings 100% and the kitchen ceiling is 95% done so I am making good progress overall. The living room is the largest of them all, but I already have a good part of that prepped for install. The prep takes the longest, and once that is done the tiles themselves go fast. I pretty much just pick away at the ceilings doing an hour or two here and there as time permits. I find the ceilings are a good thing to do on Friday nights because I can bring the dogs and get half in the bag and still *mostly* do it right. As an added bonus when I bring the dogs in the evening it keeps them awake more. Dogs being awake when we are awake in a win because then they are more likely to bivouac when we bivouac. At least in theory. Groot doesn't sleep the whole night too often. What a bunch of crap!

I only worked on our property for 4.5 hours today because I had to get my two lawn mowers from the shop (bye bye $146, a fair enough price for the two) and do some more trim at Deno's new house. Finding the time to work at our new place for a full day start to finish is nearly impossible, but some of that is my own doing when I decide to quite a little early so I can jog or to start a bit later (0815 instead of 0730!) so I can do DDP Yoga with my awesome wife.

The weather was decent this afternoon so I spent a couple hours on the deck stairs. I also got a fair amount of vinly siding installed this week including 100% of the south side so now it looks like this on the back two sides:

^Starting to look damn good! I figure I have a solid full day's worth of work to finish the stairs and the deck because the stair stringers are not 100% in place yet. Railings, balusters, and carriage bolts/additional supports will take up a lot of my precious... precious time. The rest of the siding under the deck and off to the left should take no more than a few hours total. Maybe? Hopefully! I'd like to get that deck and back siding 100% done in the next 3 days so I can spend Tuesday and Wednesday working on the north siding (between the building and the bootleg garage in that photo.) Then after our vacation I can work on the front side for a week or so. The front will be a challenge because I need two bay windows, two new doors, and a porch as well as the siding.

In other news the Red Sox beat the Yankees at Fenway 5-4 tonight in game 1 of the ALDS. Oh Jesus hell ya! Or is it ALCS? I dunno, but I think the ALCS comes next in the playoffs. First is the best-of-5 series that is now and then the one after is best-of-7. The World Series is also best-of-7. The Yankoffs beat the A's Wednesday for the "Wild Card" spot and now are once again playing the Red Sox. Hopefully the Sox can crush the Yankees and advance to play the winner of the Astros vs Indians series.

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Thursday, 10-04-18: Rambo V is coming!
This news headline is among the few other headlines in the movies/TV section of 411mania.com right now:

^OMG RAMBO PART 5 IS ACTUALLY FILMING NOW. OH JESUS HELL YA! For years there have been off and on stories about a potential Rambo V. A few years back it seemed like it was going to happen, but then Stallone said it was not going to happen. What a bunch of crap! Stallone is around 70 years old, maybe 71 or 72, and father time is not on his side so he needs to crank out as many movies as he can before he checks out. Stallone and Rambo are both awesome and if you disagree with me then I hate you. I probably hate you anyway, but I'll hate you a little more.

Here is the first photo from that news headline:

Rambo from war-torn overseas to... starring in a modern western in the vein of Eastwood? No clue, but supposedly he is a ranch hand in AZ who has to go to Mexico to rescue a kidnapped granddaughter of a friend.

Old Stallone is just as awesome as young in-his-prime-Stallone. In fact old Stallone might be better because he has this awesome grizzled and charismatic presence about him. I would actually say the same thing about Schwarzenegger, but Stallone is a better actor (pains me to say because I mean no ill will towards the other action icon.) Stallone will also be appearing in Creed 2 later this year, and we just watched the trailer for that movie a few days ago. Creed 2 looks fantastic; the first Creed was a great, GREAT movie thanks in part to the veteran presense of Stallone. Old Stallone was also great in Rocky Balboa. He's just great, period. If you disagree with me then see above and then gggggggggggggggggeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttttttt oooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuttttttttttttttttttttttt!

I have to go to the bank, to Lowe's, and then to Deno's house this morning. My side-mission this week is to finish up some window and door trim and do a little sheetrock for him at the house he just bought. He hasn't moved in yet so he's hoping to get it all done this week before he moves in. On Monday I spent 1.5 hours there installed the two pieces of sheetrock over old window holes and applying the first coat of mud. There is no heat so the mud will take longer to dry, but that first coat should be dry by now. I hope! I really shouldn't be taking on anything above and beyond our building that still needs tons of work, but he is a friend and I want to help him. Having him call someone from the phone book would suck for him in terms of price and potentially quality so I can just do it for him. His new house is here in Brewer only 2.5 miles away so at least there is minimal commute time. If he lived any further away I would not have been able to help him.

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Wednesday, 10-03-18: One week until vacation. Sports and work.
The Red Sox finished their 2018 regular season on Sunday afternoon with a win against the rival Yankees, and even better the Patriots crushed Miami on Sunday so it was a good sports day for New England. The Pats are only 2-2 so far this season so hopefully they can pump out a lot more wins over the last 3/4 of their NFL season.

The Red Sox had a historic baseball season, and hopefully they can win the World Series. Their first playoff game will be Friday against the winner of either the Yankees vs A's game tonight.

Here are the final AL standings:

A final record of 108-54 = OMG WOW. Best in all of baseball, and most wins of any Red Sox team in the history of the team. Mookie Betts and JD Martinez were the top hitters. The Yankees had a damn good season as well with 100 wins, but thankfully the Red Sox were better. The Orioles were 47-115 AHAHAHAHAHAHAA HORRIBLE. That difference in the standings between first and last place must be some kind of record, but I don't care enough to look it up.

We have just over a week before we leave for a road-trip vacation. On Thursday morning next week Kat and I will load up the GMC Acadia (her vehicle) and head south for 9.5 or 10 hours to Maryland. Once in MD we'll pick up a small 20-foot travel camper that we rented through a *hopefully* reputable website called Outdoorsy.com. We'll spend the night near the DC area, and then Friday we'll poke our way down the Appalachains through Virginia and see some sights along the way before camping out somewhere near the Roanoake area. On Saturday we'll drive down to north Georgia and spend that night there, and on Sunday we'll go to a zoo there and do an otter encounter. Kat loves otters.

After the otter experience we will work our way back north to the Washington DC area where we will see some DC attractions and then on Tuesday night the 16th we'll go to WWE Smackdown 1000th episode. We'll spend Wed/Thurs heading back towards home. We already have our zoo and Smackdown tickets, the camper is paid for, so the only other expenses still to come will be a few campground fees, food, and fuel. Gas is around $2.80 a gallon now, but I see on the news that oil prices are rising so I bet gas will be a bit more costly next week. What a bunch of crap! We're driving around 2600 miles total and with a travel trailer for 1400 of those miles even a small change in gas prices will affect our bottom line substantially. I bet gas will cost $500-$600 in total.

I figure our entire trip will cost around $3000 including fuel, vehicle wear, camper rental event tickets, camping fees, food, etc. Kat and I worked hard this summer working for Phil and Danielle doing their house shingles so we've had the money saved for the trip since then. Neither her nor I have ever rented a travel trailer/camper before so it will be a new and hopefully very fun experience for us. The camper is pretty small, but it does have a queen bed, a TV, sink, mini fridge, small bathroom, and other amenities.

^Hopefully is not a bean can because we will be sleeping in it for several days.

Everything is all wet outside right now because rain only recently ended. We had some rain Friday, some rain Monday, and much more rain yesterday so I wasn't able to do any exterior work on our new building since last Thursday. What a bunch of crap! We did have some dry weather both Friday and Monday afternoons for a bit, but it was damp and raw with a rain threat so I just set up my work area on the inside and did ceilings and sheetrock work in the upstairs apartment. Yesterday was a very wet 49 degrees so it was almost too cold to even mud and tape. I worked inside with my sweatshirt on all day, but I was not uncomfortably cold. There is a working furnace there and some oil in the tank (still waiting for the gas company to install the line) so I should get the heat going at some point. Today and tomorrow look decent with temps in the 60s so hopefully I can get back outside and finish some more siding and the back deck. If I don't have at least the back deck and all the siding 100% done before we leave next week that will be epic fail and a bunch of crap all rolled up into one.

The rainy weather didn't really spoil my plans because I did make good progress on the upstairs apartment inside. I have the kitchen ceiling almost done, I started one of the bedroom ceilings, and I have well over 50% of my sheetrock work done up there. I still think I can have most of the exterior work and the upstairs apartment done by mid-November. Maybe? Hopefully!

 

 


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