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 anymore 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.
Started up, went down, back up, still up.
Miata Top Transitions since 10/24/08: 1201
Monday after work I went rollerblading around the neighborhood, but before I could safely skate from my garage door to the street I had to blow off the leaves and approximately 129,000 acorns that covered the driveway.
On the way to home to go rollerblading this afternoon the Emperor passed the 129,000 mile mark.
I pretty much gave up watching NFL way back, but started again last year when I joined a Fantasy Football League at work. But this year it is getting hard to watch. I know everybody is all over the replacement refs and the NFL front office has asked the teams to lighten up, but these scab zebras make it a pain to watch the games. I’ve read a few things and they are really not too awful, but what they have messed up have been some game changers and worse for us TV viewers is they take too long to decide most calls. Sloooows the game down.
The Emperor passed the 128,000 mile mark on a routine shopping trip this afternoon. Kinda wish it would have happened yesterday as that photo of the inside of Lowe’s Motor Speedway probably included 128,000 cars, parts or people.
This morning was the monthly MMC Breakfast event. Because we weren’t meeting for the drive to breakfast until 7:30 Donna and I decided on a pre-breakfast at our more typical 6:00AM time at DD. We split a bagel and had our usual morning beverages, Donna’s hot chocolate and my coffee.
We made the meet & greet, and in not too short an order our line of 5 cars made the brief drive to Harlem and our breakfast spot, the Red Oak Manor Bed & Breakfast’s Acorn Restaurant. The first order of business for our host was to fill the coffee cups of the majority of the eleven members present. And the coffee kept coming for the whole hour or so we ate, chatted and even had a brief meeting. I bet we consumed over a hundred and twenty seven thousand milligrams of caffeine with all that dark amber fluid guzzled.
The Emperor passed the 127,000 mark on the way over to Augusta.
Started up, went down, still down.
Miata Top Transitions since 10/24/08: 1162
On Thursday afternoon, not long after we left the Valve Store’s™ parking lot, the Purple Whale crossed the 18,000 mile barrier.
On Saturday morning, not too far from home, the Emperor passed through the 126,000 mile mark on the way to Augusta.
After losing the first game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, the Red Sox have won the last three games. Is this the start of a turn around like in 2011 or is this just slight blip designed to get my hopes up, so they can drop the next 4 games in a row and crush those hopes?
Started up, went down, still down.
Miata Top Transitions since 10/24/08: 1136
The Purple Whale joined our automotive stable at the end of last April, approximately 9 months ago, and since then we have put 12,000 miles on it.
From the time the Emperor was new in November of 2003 until the Sonata showed up in April 2011, a total of 7 years and 5 months, we drove it, our only car, for 120,000 miles. If you break that down into miles per 9 month period it comes to a little bit over 12,000 miles.
So on the surface it looks like our driving habits haven’t changed much, 12k miles around every 9 months, but not really. The Miata, in that same April 2011 to January 2012 time frame, has also been driven 5,000 miles. This means our cars have been driven 17,000 in the past nine months. And it is not because I’m driving one car and Donna is driving the other, when one car is moving the other is parked.
I guess I’m going to have to go back and read this blog for that time period and see if we have traveled more than normal.
Started down, went went up, back down, still down.
Miata Top Transitions since 10/24/08: 1106