There are still more out there, but 6 are enough. So to finish it off, via Jalopnik: The Ten Best Super Bowl Car Ads of All Time*
*in the opinion of their readers
Miata Top Transitions since 10/24/08: 1197
There are still more out there, but 6 are enough. So to finish it off, via Jalopnik: The Ten Best Super Bowl Car Ads of All Time*
*in the opinion of their readers
Here is our soon to be remodeled kitchen. The cabinets are original to the house. As is the yellow tile counter top and back splash. The floor is currently covered in dark blue commercial grade carpet and there is at least 2 layers of vinyl under that, who knows what is further down. Currently the dishwasher is the old fashioned manual kind.
If all goes according to plan in about a dozen days this will be an empty room, maybe even just a skeleton. D-Day is February 11th.
Thanks io9 for pointing me to this spectacular time waster — Create your own pulp magazine covers with the Pulp-O-Mizer Once you have finished devising your magazine you can cheap out and just download the low-res image like I did or you can get it printed on a poster, on a coffee mug, an iPad cover, etc.
After you’ve made a magazine cover, or not, check out Retropolis, the art of the future that never was where you can get all kinds of products that capture that 30’s & 40’s vibe of what they envisioned today would look like.
A week ago with the cabinet guy we decided to make our normal depth refrigerator appear to be counter depth by bumping out the cabinet next to it. That meant we needed to order a longer than 24″ panel to finish off the left side. When we left cabinet guy he said he would get it written up and he would call me and get my credit card over the phone. He was late for his next appointment. The call never came.
Mid-week Donna called the store and our cabinet guy wasn’t there, but some other cabinet guy said he thought that our cabinet guy probably ordered it and used our card that was on file from the big order. Nothing ever hit our card, so today we went over to Lowes to straighten things out. Once again, our cabinet guy was not there, so back up cabinet guy spent 20 minutes redoing what our cabinet guy did last week. Only he followed through, he ordered the panel and I went up front and paid for it. Now hopefully it will get here in a timely manner.
I then came home and finished up the last real purchase needed for the BKR, under cabinet lights.
Tonight I removed all the doors off the old cabinets, while Donna pulled out the contents and placed the stuff in three piles; one in our makeshift kitchen in the dining room, another in a pile for Goodwill and the rest in the trash can. Our next door neighbor has a couple rentals places and he said he could possibly find use for the doors, so they are now stacked up on the back deck along with the interior doors and ancient screen doors that were stashed in the attic and the two of us comically removed from there on Saturday. If he doesn’t take them, they will go in the dumpster after it arrives next Friday.
Dumpster Day is Friday. It’ll be placed in front of the garage for ease of use, so if we want to use the Miata during the BKR it needs to spend a month outside. To keep the neighborhood felines from leaving footprints or anything else behind on car I decided to buy a nice little car cover. As long as it doesn’t get to dirty or damaged I should be able to recoup around 50% of my purchase price by selling it once the dumpster is gone.
As soon as we got into Florida we took the second exit off I-95 and got on A1A heading east towards the ocean where we had a picnic lunch on the beach in the city of Fernandina Beach. Because we were not in any hurry we just stayed right on A1A all the way to Daytona Beach Shores where we are spending the night over looking the Atlantic Ocean from the sixth floor of the Holiday Inn Express (mmm, cinnamon buns.)
In the early part of the trip along the coast we get a very short (0.9 mile) ferry ride across the St Johns River between Fort George Island and Mayport Village. It departs every 30 minutes on the 1/4 & 3/4 hour and costs a whopping six bucks. We arrived, pulling up behind 2 waiting cars, with 6 minutes to sailing, talk about great timing.
Just north of Daytona Beach the Purple Whale passed the 29,000 mile mark.
We got up early this morning and took a long walk in my sister-in-law's neighborhood. While on the loop we found a couple of caches. Donna found both. The first one she walked right up to and made the find. On the second I looked and looked and didn't see it. Donna stepped in right after I gave up on a spot and took one look. She immediately said, "I got it."
As we were signing the log a older couple who were walking their dogs passed by and asked what we were up to. We told them about caching and the man said I've got something to tell you and he said:
A man is dining in a fancy restaurant, and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket towards the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.
"Oh my, I am sooo sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. "Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says.
They enjoy a wonderful dinner together and afterwards the theater, followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh; she shares her deepest dreams, and he shares his. She listens.
After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap... and stay for breakfast the next morning. The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings.
The guy is amazed. Everything had been incredible. "You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?"
"No, she replies, "You just happened to catch my eye."
I sighed at the pun, but Donna had the last laugh, as she said to him, "I thought you were going to tell us that is how you meet your wife."
We have cleaned everything out of the soon to be operated on kitchen. So here are some photos of the room naked and prepped for rejuvenation surgery.
*Blatant ploy for search engine generated hits.
Work has started on the remodel. Donna asked that the contractor use some plastic to seal around the door from the kitchen to the dining room and he did. As a bonus he cut out a temporary little window for us to poke our head in and see what is going on. Each day, as long as the project is going on and there is progress, I’m going to take a photo through the “window.” The yellow tile counter top is no more and the upper cabinets on one side are down.
Last night we went to Kroger to stock up on some more restaurant gift cards. There were two reasons for this, one, no kitchen, so for the next couple of weeks we will be dining out fairly often and two, they were offering 4x fuel points. So the $100 spent equated to 400 points or an additional 40¢ off a gallon of gas above what we normally get from our weekly shopping.
A big disappointment was that they didn’t have any DD cards, because we eat there at least twice a week we burn through those $15 cards pretty quickly. As we were checking out I suggested that take out twenty in cash too as I only had two dollars in my wallet. Donna agreed. As I was going through the motions of checking out, Donna asked the employee manning the area did they have any Dunkin Donut gift cards in the back or somewhere. I paused and waited until the attendant got back, empty-handed, to finish checking out. I gathered up the gift cards and their accompanying bits of paperwork and we left.
This morning when we got to work Donna asked for a dollar so she could go to the machine and get a hot chocolate. When I opened my wallet to give it to her all that was in there was just two dollars. Uh, oh, I instantly knew what happened. I was so caught up in the DD card process that I never grabbed the twenty out of the dispenser. Dumbass!
Donna saved the day by calling the store, and lucky us the cashier noticed the lonely twenty dollar bill and turned it in to the service desk. Retrieving the money after dinner this evening was quite an adventure and if I get around to it, a post in of itself.
One wall is completely gone, the other mostly gone and the only reason the sink is still standing is because they couldn’t get the power to the garbage disposal shut off. The contractor remembered that we had two different fuse boxes (old house) and forgot where I told him the second one was.
A little bit of wiring, but mostly they worked on the floor. By tomorrow night we might have tile down.
Some tile jive. Does anyone know what all those chalk marks are for? The contractor said they were on the tiles when he unpacked them.
Mock up of what my TV of choice would look like from the couch.
The Emperor got to come out from under his cover on Saturday for the first time in 10 days as the MMC met for breakfast at a Steak & Shake in Augusta. On the drive over to breakfast it was misty or sprinkling or just road spray the whole way. Our 1990 Miata didn’t have intermittent wipers, just off — low — high, but the 1995 and this one, additionally have a one speed intermittent setting. For most of the trip to Augusta the wipers were set on intermittent.
The Purple Whale has an intermittent setting with about 8 variations of intermittentness. Invariably when driving the Sonata in the same conditions as Saturday’s trip in the Miata I will find myself playing with the settings, trying to get just the right amount of wipage per windshield wetness, yet in the Miata I was perfectly happy with the one speed intermittent setting. Another example of more choices not necessarily being a good thing I suppose.
Happy Presidents Day! POTUS went golfing with Tiger Woods and our contractor had to stay home and babysit because it was school holiday.
The other day as I was walking out the front entrance of Kroger’s taking my own sweet time, a fellow zipped by in a hurry with a very purposeful stride. I looked over as he blew by me and noticed he was carrying two 6 packs of beer. It was O’Doul’s. I almost blurted out, “In a hurry to tie one on.”, but figured anyone drinking non-alcoholic beer might also be of the non-humorous type.
And if O’Doul’s is non-alcoholic, why do you have to be over 21 to visit their web site?
With all the back and forth of cabinet choices (location, specifications, color, etc.) we didn’t get around to ordering them until the 18th of January. This turned out to be a good thing as Lowes, along with the $1300 discount we got, added a promotion on the 17th that gave you a gift card for 10% of your total cabinet order. Of course it was for 10% off after they took the $1300 off, but I was taught never to look a gift horse in the mouth.
We asked the cabinet guy if it was a Lowes gift card and he said, “No, it’s a Visa gift card. You can use it anywhere.” Cool, we thought, that’ll cover the cost of a new convertible top for the Emperor. The top has got a few major blemishes, a few minor blemishes and a few minor places where the top layer of fabric has worn down to the lining. No leaks yet, but…
Got two envelopes in the mail today with the word Lowes on the top line of the return address. One was to let us know we were pre-approved for a Lowes Visa credit card and the other was a gift card for 10% of our cabinet purchase — on a Lowes gift card.
Trying hard not to stare at the equine periodontia.
A whole lotta wiring going on.
Our cabinets were scheduled to arrive between 1 and 5:00 PM today, so Donna and I took the afternoon off so that we could be here when they arrived. We thought, that like the dishwasher when it was delivered, we would get a half hour final call to let us know they were on the way. We left work at 11:30, parked at our bank and turned on the cell phone. We went inside and cashed a check, then walked the 4 blocks to Betsy’s on the Corner for lunch. On our way back to the car we made a quick stop at the new candy store in downtown.
It was now a little after one, so we headed home to change clothes and do some running around in LA (Lower Aiken. AKA the south side of town.) When we got to our street there were no trucks in front of our house. Uh, oh. Did our contractor have another reason not to show up for the third day in a row. We were pleasantly surprised to find the kitchen in shambles as he had been here and was knee deep in the wiring process. Must be at lunch. Off to Lowe’s we go. We are eyeballing wallpaper and borders for the dining room and curtains for the living room and dining room. Hey, got to spend the big gift card on something.
After Lowe’s we were going to go to the library to kill some more time and await the call, but seeing as home was sort of on the way, decided to drive by and see if there were any trucks in front of the house now. As we headed up the street before you turn onto our street we ended up behind a big Budget Rental truck. Both Donna and I simultaneously said to each other, “I wonder if those are our cabinets?” Sure enough the truck turned onto our street and started slowly creeping its way along with its flashers on. We hung the first left and drove the circle around the back way and came out in front of our house as the truck was slowly pulling to a stop there too.
Never did get that final warning call.
At a local high school, a group of students decided to play a prank by letting three goats loose inside the school. But before turning them loose, they painted the numbers 1, 2, and 4 on the sides of the goats.
School administrators spent the rest of the day looking for a goat with a 3 on its side.
A little bit of sheet rock, a tangled mess of wires and still no grout on the floor and they were here until around 7:00 PM tonight. Looks like to me they still have at least another day to button this up. I don’t see how they can start hanging cabinets tomorrow.
Construction here continues at a slow pace while the Purple Whale racks up miles at a fast pace, 30,000 miles in about 22 months.
Because the kitchen is a mess and unusable yesterday we had a rare weekday trifecta of dining out. Breakfast at Dunkin Donuts, natch. Lunch at Betsy’s on the Corner and dinner at Cracker Barrel.
The mish-mash that is the electrical wiring in a 55 year old house slowed progress, but it is now finished. Two walls have sheet rock, the tile floor is 99% done and there is grout in all the joints. Saturday the last wall gets finished and cabinets go in. They say they’ll get them all in, but Donna and I remain skeptical.
They didn’t get very far with the cabinet install. Apparently when the Lowe’s cabinet guy came out and measured our kitchen he was a foot off, so everything on the stove wall is 12″ from the door. And if Donna and my quick measurement of the opposite wall is correct he missed that side by 15″. So now the contractor, who was supposed to sign off the measurements with the cabinet guy, can’t figure out how things need to go to fit the room.
We are all somewhat at fault here to some degree because Donna and I didn’t check to see if the measurements were right either. The contractor is coming over at 12:30 tomorrow to talk and we may make a run over to the North Augusta Lowe’s in the morning and see if the cabinet guy is working to see what our options are now.
After looking at what we had and where we could go with our (bigger than the cabinet guy thought) kitchen this morning, Donna and I devised a plan that we thought was great. We took the 15″ wastebasket base cabinet that we were going to return and put it on the wall where we had 15″ more room. As a bonus it was a perfect fit to cover up the awkward heating vent to the adjacent room that couldn’t be moved and it placed the trash can in a sweet spot between the sink and the dishwasher. To make the top cabinets match we would then need to buy an additional 15″ wall unit. On the stove side we would take down the 12″ inch cabinet off the wall, return it, along with the 12″ base cabinet and replace them with 21″ cabinets to fill up nearly all of the “extra” 12 inches on the that wall.
The contractor arrived and pitched his idea, buy 4 new 12″ cabinets and add them to the ends on both walls of what we now had. This would work to his best advantage as he could finish installing what we had on hand and then add the new stuff when it showed up. We shot him down for a couple reasons, the main one was something that Donna has been against from the git go, she didn’t want anything to the left of the stove, between it and the door. The cabinet guy originally wanted to put a 9″ thing there and now here was the contractor proposing something 12 inches wide there. Another one is that we didn’t want any more 12″ cabinets or any at all now that we’ve seen one and realized there isn’t much you can put it in one of them.
After the confab with our contractor we went over to Lowe’s in North Augusta and chatted with our cabinet guy. He was apologetic and we kept it civil. He ordered up the 3 new needed cabinets and also ordered a no cost replacement for one of the ones we received where the doors didn’t look straight and wouldn’t close completely. He is going to expedite them, so hopefully we will get them in a week to 10 days instead of the 4 weeks the original order took. Now because of the configuration changes we will get to return some of the already ordered stuff and that will cover about 60% of the cost of the three new cabinets, so it is not a staggering expenditure.
The contractor and some friends thought that we shouldn’t have to pay any more money to make things right, but Donna and I are more pragmatic than that. Sure cabinet guy mis-measured, but the contractor himself should have caught it if he had actually measured instead of just eyeballing the cabinet guy’s print outs and signing off on them. Heck, I should have noticed the difference myself because I had measured the kitchen when I drew up plans for the granite people to use to quote the counter tops with. We figured had the cabinet guy measured right, or someone noticed the difference in the lengths somewhere along the line, we would have been spending that much more on the right sized cabinets anyway. The only real harm done is we will be without a kitchen for a couple weeks longer which when all is said and done will seem like nothing.
Almost about the time we got back home from North Augusta the Emperor hit the 130,000 mile mark.
Some backwards progress today, the to be returned 12″ cabinet was pulled down along with the adjoining 30″ over stove cabinet. The wall units that were in the middle of the floor in the Day 11 photo have been moved back out to the staging room next door. The only good news we got today was that the tentative ship date for our new correct cabinets is going to be this Thursday the 28th. They are going to be shipped to the store, so they might be in hand by this Saturday. I say might, because on Saturday we are getting on an airplane to Texas. Hopefully I can get the people at Lowe’s to turn them loose to our contractor.
In a sort of related note we finally watched the Red Envelope movie that has been on our coffee table since last week, Flight. Nice, five days before boarding one, Brian watches a plane crash movie…
The contractor was a no show today, so nothing happened again. He wrote last night to say that he wouldn’t be able to make it until the afternoon as he had volunteered to be thrown in “jail” for the MDA and he had to raise $2500 “bail” to get out. I guess he never made bail. I just sent him this email:
The delivery window from Best Buy was from 1:00 to 3:00PM. They showed up at 2:55… If they hadn’t made it by three I was locking the door and driving off to work where I was going to cancel the order and get my money back. That’s what kind of mood I’m in.
I am hoping your absence today from our house does not mean you are as discouraged with this project as we are. Donna was kind of discussing renting a U-Haul and loading all of the cabinets and stuff in it and returning everything to Lowe’s to start over at Home Depot. I remain only slightly more up beat.
We have decided to keep the 3 cent cabinet and use it as one leg of the counter on the back wall. This way we can take back one of the 15″ drawer bases and get a more respectable $346 back. We got the wet box for it out of the dumpster and it is drying in the back room.
As for replacement and additional cabinets I have good news and bad news. Good news is that the order will completed at the factory on the 28th. The bad news is that the truck to our area stores only delivers on Tuesday, meaning they won’t be available to pick up there until the 5th. On the 24“drawer base, they will not ship out a replacement until we get the bad one to the store, but if we get it there on Thursday, we may get lucky and it too will be ready at the store on the 5th.
Let me know if we can count on you for a truck to take the unneeded and unusable stuff back.
As part of the remodeling I purchased an item online from Best Buy. I was informed that I would get a phone call the day before, sometime before 8:00 PM, to give me a 2 hour window for my delivery. They called at 7:45 PM. An omen perhaps?
The truck pulled up with 5 minutes left in the widow and the folks delivering the item were courteous and swift with getting my stuff in the house. Because there weren’t installing anything they were done and gone even before the 5 minutes left in the delivery window expired. This morning I got an email asking me to take a survey on my experience. They dangled the usual entery in a sweepstakes drawing as enticement to complete it, but I was going to do it anyway. It was only about 8 or 9 questions long and the largest time portion was spent writting the comments on the end:
They arrived at 2:55 PM, with just 5 minutes to spare in the 1:00 PM -3:00 PM delivery window I was given on the phone. The driver called 2 hours before to see if I was at home because he was passing thru on his way to another town and wanted to know if he could make the delivery then. I was at work, but he couldn’t wait the 15 minutes it would take me to get home, so he continued on.
The manifest they left behind with my purchase had a delivery time frame on it of 10:30 to 12:30 and an estimated Time of 11:19 AM — 11:34 AM (right around when he called.) If someone had called me earlier with the manifest time frame for delivery I could have received my item in the morning.
Your survey also needs some work and I would have rated it as completely unsatifactory if you aksed me about it. You cannot skip over the items on it that are not applicable, so I rated your delivery service as completely unsatisfactory in “Product Knowledge” and “In Store Experience” because it was an online purchase and all they had to do was put the box in my home.
Not much is happening as we are in limbo because of the cabinet reshuffle. While we wait on our 3 new and 1 replacement unit little things are going on. Today there was some sheet rock mudding going on and a light switch was moved.
The moving of this switch is small potatoes in the grand scheme of the kitchen remodel, but it will be a big deal for Donna and I. The switch controlled the overhead light in the ?computer room? which is between the kitchen and garage. Because at one point, before we lived there, the garage was a carport and the computer room was a screened porch, the switch was inside the house, in the kitchen not outside in the screened porch. Now it will be on the other side of the wall, so for the next couple of months we will probably slap the smooth wall in the kitchen as we walk into the computer room before remembering it has been relocated.
(wire for under cabinet light)
The two contractor guys only stayed at the house for about 3 hours today and worked some more on covering seams in sheet rock and sealing up gaps in the wall in preparation for cabinet installation, whenever that might be.
The first hour of their time was spent helping me schlep the not needed cabinets and trim pieces back to Lowe?s so I could get the refund money. They carried the big 24? square base cabinet and the two pieces of 96? long trim for the side of the refrigerator in their pickup truck. I put the 2 small cabinets and a dishwasher return in the trunk and then back seat of the Purple Whale. Upon arrival we piled all the items in the corner of the returns area and they went back to the house, while I got in line behind the one person needing assistance besides me.
The receipt I had was for the entire 78 item cabinet order with descriptions of each item that were sometimes long and always cryptic. The item numbers were also listed and because we had gotten the $1300 discount back when we ordered them, there was the list price, the prorated discount price, and the final price on there too. The piece of paper was over 4? long. Oh, and by the way, it was slightly incomplete as the cash register had run out of tape as it printed it. The very first step in the refund process is to scan the bar code on the bottom of the receipt to call up the invoice number, oops, that didn?t get printed because of the short paper.
She looked the order up using my phone number and we commenced to searching our respective lists, my long receipt and her on her computer screen. This process was particularly vexing as my receipt was not printed in any kind of order. For her it was difficult because she was looking at a 40 row high by 80 column wide CRT with item number and description in one narrow column that truncated it after about 10 characters. I would find my item and call out the item number and its description and she would page down, page down, page down until she found something that might be my item. After about 20 minutes she had five items for refund and printed out the receipt for me to sign. When I looked at it, it had 5 items, but one was a repeat, but inexplicably it had a separate price of 1 cent. So now I had to compare those 4 items to those listed on my 4? long receipt to find the missing fifth item. I did find it and good thing too, as it was $120 for one of those 96? panels.
We still weren?t done. I had the 24?drawer base that I needed to return to the store so they could order the replacement. The girl helping me out didn?t know how to handle it, so she tried calling someone from the cabinet department to get an explanation, but no one answered. No one answered her page either, so she called someone in the office upstairs and she was told to do a refund and have me buy the cabinet again. Of course as soon as she hit the enter key to refund my charge card, someone from cabinets showed up and said, that isn?t how it is handled, it was supposed to be handled internally. So she then had to call a manger over to override the refund internally at the store level, but it was too late for Visa, so I had to buy back my broken cabinet only to leave it behind while they contacted the manufacturer for a new one.
By time I was finished there were about a dozen, probably internally fuming, people in line waiting to return something.