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A Festivus Airing of Grievances

December has not been kind to the building schedule. First there was the delivery of the wrong color of metal for the roof. Then, a torrential rain delayed matters for another week. The correct metal was finally delivered and work began. A day later, it stopped. I arrive at the site last Friday and no one else was there. Only the back porch had a metal roof. Sad face.

I drive into town and the story begins to unfold. On highway 16 there is a large hotel and conference center. Lo and behold, a host of workers are scrambling about installing a new metal roof. I proceed not a quarter mile more and on the opposite side of the highway is a Lutheran church. Nativity creche moved to the side, new metal panels are stacked in the yard, just waiting to go up top on that fine stone building.

I turn right onto highway 27 where there is a Lutheran church of a different flavor. Something is different, though. Hmmm….Aha! A shiny copper roof, so new that not a trace of weathering, much less oxidation is visible. I needed sunglasses just to look at it.

So, between the Chamber of Commerce and the Lord of the Lutherans, I have no chance of getting my metal roof installed before the end of the year.

And the stone workers have all gone to Mexico for Christmas so that work is also in limbo.

Oh, well. It’s time to enjoy the holidays. We’ll pick it up again in January.

Feliz Navidad, y’all!



And the Sun Comes Shining Through

The solar proposal arrived over the weekend and the situation is better than I had expected. As a result of the house being built to such high energy efficiency standards, we only needed 30 panels to get to net zero energy use. This 8.4kW system will cover only the south facing roof over the great room and the all black panels and trim should hide pretty well on the dark bronze metal roof.

With rebates and tax credits the decision turned out to be a no-brainer. I can also eliminate about $6700 worth of foam board insulation from the roof as it will be redundant. Now, as long as the utility companies in Texas continue to purchase power from people like me, all will be well on the accounting side. Otherwise, it’s on to the Tesla Powerwall 2 or some other emerging new whiz bang battery technology.

Foundation Forms on the Schedule for Tomorrow BUT….

Rain, rain and more rain is in the forecast for the rest of the week and even into next week. Boy, howdy!

Harken back, if you will, to the February 18 post and the very sad picture of my backyard. After a full month of weeding, tilling, transplanting, mulching, painting and power-washing, it finally all came together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in late March. I had just enough energy left to pour a big glass of wine, put on some Marvin Gaye and slide into a very hot spa. I submit to you Exhibit A: The transformation.

and have some pretty good moves too! (via Wired)

There is a big difference between effective oversight (via regulation) and the government “being in bed” with Wall Street. Not sure that Hayek would have necessarily argued against such regulation – or social safety nets. Or, that Keynes would have argued for a command economy. But, well, there you have it…..

Very cool production, though.

(via Marginal Revolution)

No slice for you! – Why you can’t get a slice of pizza at certain NYC Pizza parlors.

Blame it on Al Capone.
(via Kottke)

Last typewriter factory closes its doors. Kinda sad. I actually typed my first semester college English papers on a manual typewriter. On second thought, that thing was a real pain.

It’s been a wild ride, this first quarter of 2011. No posts to speak of here as life just, well, through a series of curveballs that would be the envy of any major league closer. But I am back now and opening up in warm weather mode like a lotus in the morning sun. Recently, I reconnected with an old friend, caught a pretty fair number of nice speckled trout and redfish on a warm Saturday night and ordered a new Corbin motorcycle seat for the cruiser. Not bad for a jumpstart to the season.

Still practicing yoga to keep in shape and keep my head screwed on straight but the diet has reverted to omnivore light. I did learn a few things while flirting with veganism/vegetarianism and I’ll incorporate them into my lifestyle moving forward.

Ok, so it’s Friday afternoon and I’m about to boot down and go to the house. Too much work this week, amigos….Take it away, Lady J……(via Kottke)