Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
I'm not talking about the jerk face that cuts in front of you at 65mph with no turn signal on, nor am I talking about the butt-for-brains that feels it's perfectly alright to saunter across the intersection when the light is in your favor.
No, today's snivel session is dedicated to arrogant humans everywhere that have forgotten a simple wave or a nod of the head can be an appropriate response to an act of kindness.
Pet peeve #1: Holding the door
I was taught that holding the door open for someone was, and still is, the right thing to do. Man or woman, boy or girl, young or old, it doesn't matter; everyone deserves the same courtesy. Apparently, there are those out there who feel it's their right to just blow through the door without so much as a hint of appreciation in their demeanor.
I certainly don't expect any big to-do, but even a simple grunt in my direction would be ok.
Pet peeve #2: Letting a driver merge in
This one really chaps my ass. You very likely have experienced this scenario. There you sit in a long line of cars waiting for the light to turn green, (hopefully you're not at a stop sign when this happens), when you notice a poor unfortunate sole trying to join the fray by turning right. Being the kind, considerate individual that you are, you motion to him or her and leave enough room for them to squeeze in. They inch forward and take the opening you've relinquished to them and then it happens...or should I say, then it doesn't happen. You get no hand wave, no glance from their rear view mirror, nothing...nada...zip...zilch!
What the hell?
Is it any wonder why people continue to be more and more rude? After a while I think a fair amount of people get fed-up with this lack of response to their kindness and become less and less likely to offer up these simple little gestures of goodwill.
I for one am not going to buy into this pattern though. I will continue holding the door open for people even when they hurry past me while talking on their cell phone, totally oblivious to the rest of the world. I will also continue to let people into traffic even though the guy behind me will flail his arms wildly at the annoyance of having to wait an extra five seconds and even though the person merging in could seem to care less that someone gives a rip about them.
Why the soapbox moment about things that seem so trivial you ask? Are these two activities a big deal in the overall experience of life? Maybe they don't appear to be on the surface, but perhaps they somehow contribute to the underlying mood of people around us. Just little ways to either make somebodies day better or worse.
So the next time someone holds the door open for you, please say a simple "thanks", or the next time someone lets you into the flow of traffic, give them a little wave (with all your fingers up!).
If we fail to repay kindness with more kindness, then the next time around, we may not be so fortunate.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The words for this week's ten word challenge were: flamingo, monster trucks, Darth Vader, cucumbers, sugar-free, banking, determinate, thurible, sarcasm, drums
The idea is to use these words in a short, but coherent paragraph. I opted for a story with dialog in it so it isn't exactly one paragraph, but it is short. Hopefully that slight alteration to the rules doesn't tweak anybodies melon. Be sure to go by and see Raven for her contribution and to find some other participants.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
April showers bring May flowers, but May rain is just a big pain. Oh well, by tomorrow it should level out and be decent again.
While we had our little heat wave (yes that's what we call 100 degrees in Oregon Songbird) I recalled a deck project that I worked on a couple of years ago. I remembered it because it was about 104 when I was working on it and as you will see from the following pictures it was in the full sun. Good South-west exposure, with zero shade.
Outside of the heat it really was a fun project. The client had an old cedar deck that had been neglected for quite some time. The wood was extremely dried out and the underside had areas of rot where it connected to the house. Apparently when it was first constructed, the builder never put any metal flashing between it and the house, so over the years the wood soaked up water and rotted both the deck and the siding on the house.
I completely removed the old deck and started from scratch, and yes I put the proper flashing in place for them. I suggested they go with a composite material decking instead of wood again, so they wouldn't have to stain/seal it every year or two. The up front cost is a bit more, but I have never had anybody regret going this route once it's in. The only maintenance on this baby is to wash it once a year.
All of the under pitting (framing) is pressure treated lumber too. Even though it has no contact with the ground I like to use this type of lumber because it provides for a worry free type of construction. In twenty five years, this deck will look pretty much the way it did the day it was built.
Here are some before and after shots with roughly the same perspective. For some reason the last one I didn't have a before shot of. In case you're wondering, the composite material is from a company called TimberTech.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Part of the reason for my absence has been the huge amount of work that has been coming my way lately. This has been a real boost to both my attitude and my bank account. With the extended rainy season here in the Pacific northwest, the rising gas prices and the downturn in the economy, the work wasn't as plentiful as if has been in past years, but the past couple of weeks have been a real turn around. Yeah!!!
I've been spending quite a bit of time in the evenings researching new products and other application techniques for the concrete coatings that I do, so this has also left me with a pretty limited amount of time to write or to even cruise by all of your sites to stay in touch. For that lack of communication, I apologize. Over the next week I'll get by to check in on you all and say hi, but if you don't see me right away know that it's nothing you've said or done, I'm just simply stretched a bit thin right now.
I know some bloggers will pack it in when time gets crunched, but that's not my intention. I just have to strike a balance between family, work and friends. I'm sure everyone reading this can relate to that statement in some way.
Thank you to those that have come by to check-up on me via comments or emails. It's greatly appreciated and let me apologize again for my extended silence. I probably should have put some kind of short post up before, that said all is well , but like most things in life, hind sight is 20/20.
More to follow in the near future...promise
Saturday, May 3, 2008
I usual I won't be tagging anybody else with these, but if you feel so inclined feel free to join in.
The first one is from Lady in Red who I met while commenting back an forth with Ron. Whenever I see her name pop up I think of Sammy Hagar singing, "Red, Red, I like Red. There's no substitute for Red." This is what she had to ask:
WHAT ARE YOU READING?
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people
This is from John Grisham's 2005 book, "The Broker"
Leaking like an old dike, the Hoover Building practically sprayed gossip onto the streets of Washington. And there to collect it was, among many others, Dan Sandberg of The Washington Post. His sources, though, were far better than those of the average investigative journalist, and it wasn't long before he picked up the scent of the pardon scandal.
I'm only a couple of chapters into this one and am hoping it will capture my interest like so many of his others have done.
The next one is from a darling southern girl by the name of Rhea who resides in the BIG ole' state of Texas. Be sure to go by and say Howdy. You might throw in a couple y'alls too. Those go over big down there!
She offered up the following:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Post these rules on your blog.
3. Share six unimportant things about yourself.
4. Tag six random people at the end of your entry.
And the winners are. . .
1) At the ripe old age of six years old, I was the bat boy for my oldest brother Gene's little league team the Senators. I remember getting to wear a uniform just like the players and at the end of the year got a small wood toy bat as a sort of trophy.
2) I was once taken to school (high school) in the back of a police car. The officer, Dick Davis, yeah that was his real name, accused me of truancy and after searching me (WTF) made me get into his car and go to school. He then proceeded to march me into the office like a criminal and had the principal call my mom, who happened to inform them that I had a dentist appointment in another hour. So I was in fact not cutting school, but was simply outside the school grounds talking with some friends when perhaps I should have stayed at home waiting for her to pick me up. The principal and the cop both had egg on their faces and I got to look cool for a couple of days as word made it around campus that I had fought the law and the law didn't win!
3) I suffer from CRAFT. (Can't Remember A Flippin' Thing) My mom might argue that this is an inherited trait that has only affected the males in our family, i.e. my dad, brothers and I, but as much as I'd like to blame it on genetics, truth is, it's probably just a form of laziness. I say this because I have an uncanny way of remembering numbers of all sorts and when I was cooking for a living, I could recall intricate recipes without having to look them up. Apparently these things had/have some sort of subconscious importance that makes my brain retain them while virtually everything else glides over the synapses without leaving so much as a trace burned in to the memory banks.
4) My Eustachian tubes in my ears never turned vertical like the vast majority of people's do. (This is what allows fluid in your ears to drain properly) As a result, I was plagued by more than my fair share of ear infections as a kid. Later when I took up SCUBA diving, it made it very difficult to clear my ears as I descended in the water.
5) I once fell in love with a girl who broke my heart. I thought she was the one for me and I would have done anything to have had it work. She went into the Marine Corps back in Quantico, VA while I was living in northern California. She broke off the relationship a couple of months later and left a rather large hole in my heart for quite some time. Later, when I met Lisa, I would realize Ann had done me a tremendous favor by saying goodbye. Whenever I listen to a Garth Brooks song in which he sings, "Some of God's greatest gifts. . . are unanswered prayers." I reflect on what I thought I wanted and how He had a better plan for me.
6) My mind is like a Los Angeles freeway; no matter what time of day it is, it's always busy. I'm almost constantly in motion and relaxing is not something I do real well unless I'm camping. This is when my alter ego takes over and I am the picture of mellow. Put me in the great outdoors with my tent trailer and I become the poster boy for the phrase "Chill". Back in civilization I'm like a one man wrecking machine trying to do thirty-six hours worth of stuff in a twenty-four hour period.
I now have just one more meme that Kimmie asked me to do and I will take care of that in the next couple of days.
Hope you're having a great weekend.
Friday, May 2, 2008
It's been great to finally be this busy with all these floors to do, but as I said, I'm beat. So if you haven't seen me around lately that's why.
I've sat down a couple of times trying to get inspired to create a new story to write about, but seem to be coming up empty. So with that I'm turning to you for ideas. If something comes to mind I'd love to have the input.
Well that's it for now. Next week should be a bit lighter, just one house to prep for painting so far.
Thanks for hanging in there even when I haven't had a lot to say.