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By georgeha (Mon May 01, 2006 at 08:34:29 AM EST) you're it, drywall, dust, backyardagins, Divine, Sidi (all tags)
descending into the madness of Magic Realm, and other Avalon Hill madness.

Plus, vacation wrapup (including boatmaking techniques applied to drywalling), ebay wrapup, architects hate vinyl siding, Sonja's Heiney, It's a Dirty Shame, squirt guns, the unfairness of custom bike buildoffs and less!

Poll: Summer time multipoll!

Well, I had four days off work, and the relaxation I gained all went away Saturday, replaced with a nice stew of frustration, anger and jealousy. I'm thinking for a real vacation, I need to get on my bike, alone (well, maybe take four year old, she's fun and easy going) and just ride away for a while.

But, my bike is in pieces in my driveway while I try to figure out how to add a stock airfilter instead of pods. I don't have the two tubes from the carb to the airbox, and I'm hoping I can make do with 1 1/2 inch flexible plumbing couplings.

In other bike news, our admin assistant's hubby took second place in a local custom build competition. The winnner was one of those overmonied sorts who bought a $30k custom bike, took it apart and put it back together. Hubby took a superglide motor, and some wheels and iron bars, and started with that. It only took him $3k, too, and lots of labor. In that regard, the KZ is more of a custom than a WCC build, since I remade my shifter with faucet washers, put stainless brake tubes on it, and made a custom seat. Oh well.

The Husi-relevant part is that the hubby has size 10 feet, he will enjoy the Sidi boots.

With nine year old gone to Philly from Tuesday to Friday, I had some home repair projects in mind. The biggest was the crumbling second floor bathroom ceiling, we had a flashing leak a few years ago which led to water getting into the ceiling which led to it falling down in a Japanese horror film manner. Tuesday, with Mrs. Ha at work and four year old at preschool I tore the loose plaster down with a crowbar and nailed up a few loose lathes.

I was left with an irregularly shaped hole, so I used the old boat building technique of marking off every two inches, then measuring how much of a hole I had. I then transferred those measurements to a culled piece of water resistant drywall (there was no way I could fit a whole sheet in the Toyota, so I bought sloppy seconds. Also, water resistant drywall comes in one depth, 1/2 inch. The plaster ceiling was about 1/4 inch deep. Oh well, a gradient) and cut out a key shaped piece of drywall that fit very well indeed. Right now I'm in the midst of the tape and spackly bit, with sanding soon.

I also fixed the doorknob hole in our entranceway, and that will soon be Papaya colored. We may do the whole hallway in Papaya.

It wasn't all work and frustration, we had a very nice dinner on a $corp appreciation certificate. It's sad to say, but Rochester is losing their finer dining establishments, and it wasn't easy to find a place to blow $100 on for a dinner for two. Of course, had we bought a bottle of good wine it would have been much easier. There were other good times too.

As far as ebay, I sold stuff for about $32 dollars, after incorrect postage and fees, I made about $28. I still need $600 to make the vacation, I don't think it will happen with ebay.

Saturday night was nearly as nice as could be. Preschool_mom invited us over for a campfire, we huddled around their portable fireplace roasting Peeps. It was nice to be with another couple, Preschool_dad is an architectural purist, and we'll have to disagree about viyl siding. While I think it would be nice to have a painted house, with all in y life I really don't have time for that. I'll take the maintenance free vinyl.

Tonight is skating lesson night for nine year old. I forgot just how cold those hockey barns are. I'll have to dress super warm, and maybe bring laptop to play Civ II while nine year old, Porsche girl and boy skate. Porsche mom will be there too, but she'll have papers to grade. The skaters seemed to be an even mix of whites, Asians and Indians (asians), but some of the American looking ones talked furrin like, possibly Russian or something.

A few months ago I bought "A Dirty Shame", John Waters latest, and Friday night we watched it. I don't know, maybe I'm getting bored of Water's schtick, but I found it not nearly as sweet or as quotable as Tucker, as hilariously obscene as Pink Flamingoes, or as fun as Crybaby. Not my favorite Waters film.

With the warm weather the kids have been running around outside having squirt gun battles. I even bought some cheapie ones for four year old, she's not hep to the new ones that you have to fill, pump and then squeeze the trigger, she just wants to squeeze the trigger. Because we're the only family on the block that allows kids in the house (which was also a discussion topic Saturday night, preschool_dad was never allowed friends in the house) they were in and out every ten minutes refilling the water guns. This can't last, so I ordered a plastic doohickey that converts your outdoors water spigot into a mini sink and drinking fountain. It's such a cool idea I don't know why Walmart or KMart don't carry them, other than Martha Stewart hating children and all that.

Magic Realm is one of the few remaing grails in my collection ( I sold SPI's War of the Ring last year). For those who don't know, it's Avalon Hill's (the Apple of the board gaming world, at least in the 70s and 80s) attempt at creating a role playing game as a board game, and it does a credible job. That means there is a 100 page rule book, hundreds of counters and lots of tiled boards to play with. I've been going through it again, rereading the rules and separating counters to reduce the 45 minute setup time. I may teach nine year old this later. I don't recall every playing against somone, either, it was always against myself.

In other AH news, I see a copy of Panzer Leader on ebay I may be able to snare for $10 usd. Easy come easy go.

It must be getting close to summer, it's May and I mowed the lawn yesterday, we went to the flea market yesterday and garage saling Friday and Saturday. Vote in my summertime multipoll!

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Counters and chits and rules oh my! | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)
origins is coming up by garlic (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon May 01, 2006 at 08:55:28 AM EST
in columbus ohio. Might be a fun personal vacation for you to take.

That would conflict with an upcoming wedding by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon May 01, 2006 at 09:06:18 AM EST
I might prefer the Vintage motorcycle days in Lexington, but that conflicts with our family vacation.

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Wow that's weird by spacejack (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon May 01, 2006 at 09:03:49 AM EST
I can't remember anyone who was forbidden to have friends over... I think I just had some friends whose parent(s) were too scary to want to hang out there.

I had a friend who'se house I never saw the inside by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #6 Mon May 01, 2006 at 09:12:45 AM EST
of, we were pals for a few years. We then stopped hanging out (for other reasons) until paths crossed again, years later. He lived at the other end of my parents street, and was selling a rusty black Subaru, which became known as The Goat.

and now you know the rest of the story.

and I did go in his house, but never his parents.

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SIDI makes motorcycle boots? by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon May 01, 2006 at 09:05:43 AM EST
I have a pair of SIDI cycling shoes.  They're the only pair of handcrafted Italian leather shoes I'll ever own.  Too bad I can't wear them with a suit.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
Sidi makes push bike shoes? by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon May 01, 2006 at 09:10:23 AM EST
I just thought they made flashy but well made motorcycle boots that look best wrapped around a Guzzi, LaVerda, or Ducati, or some other expensive but high performing Italian bike. I was gifted a nice pair of size 10, sadly, I'm a 10 1/2. But they're going to a good home for many more miles of riding.

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Aye by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon May 01, 2006 at 10:42:24 AM EST
They're not leather. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon May 01, 2006 at 10:04:29 AM EST
They're Lorica.

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Leather, fake leather... by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon May 01, 2006 at 11:58:41 AM EST
same difference to me.  Fake stuff probably weighs less, so it's all the better.  They are really comfortable shoes though, much more so than the Garneau Ergo Air Tri shoes I brought two years ago.

I just wish the carbon soled version wasn't so damn expensive.

Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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WIPO: I could have kids over pretty much any time by lm (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon May 01, 2006 at 09:33:55 AM EST
Regardless of whether I was living with my mom or my dady, my parents tended to freak most kids out.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
same here by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon May 01, 2006 at 10:26:44 AM EST
there was a group of kids in my neighborhood, we didn't spend much time inside but we were allowed inside even the nicer ones...not that we stayed long.  they made you feel uncomfortable anyway.

also for the first part of the poll, what about making out with girls? oh..yea probably bad for that to be in your poll, dad.

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now that I think about it by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon May 01, 2006 at 10:36:41 AM EST
I don't recall any summertime makeout sessions. I had a few in college, but those would be fall, winter, spring. I started dating Mrs. Ha in winter, so by the time summer rolled around we were less lovey dovey.

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oh man by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #14 Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:17:42 PM EST
well you missed out i guess. ahh good old mandy cane.

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I never really had friends over by debacle (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon May 01, 2006 at 12:17:16 PM EST
Of my core group of friends, three of our mothers were completely fucking insane, one was strung out on painkillers, and the last force-fed you as soon as you entered her door.

Most times we opted for the painkillers simply because there was less hassle with comings and goings.


Counters and chits and rules oh my! | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)