Extreme Makeover – Bathroom edition (T-96!!!)

I have been super productive in getting my bathroom redone – here are some before and almost-done pictures:


View with the wooden shelving unit gone
View with the wooden shelving unit gone24-May-2007 16:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141

GETTING THERE (status as of today, 27 May):

...because it was time to make the toilet work again
...because it was time to make the toilet work again27-May-2007 17:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141

My bathroom has definitely taken most of my daylight hours, but it’ sbeen so worth it as I’ve been learning LOTS by doing this. My tool chest has also gotten seriously bigger. For the bathroom though, my Dad and I started this up on Friday morning with pure destruction only at that point, which involved getting out the old vanity, mirror and linoleum. Sounds easy. Wasn’t. Over the next few days though, my bathroom has evolved into what you see above. And I’m stoked. Not done yet – the water feeds didn’t reach while using the old connections, so I have to get some of those. Plus, need to put the chair rail along the midpoint (the paint top looks ragged because I knew I’d be railing over it), hang the mirror, replace the lights, put up the shelving…and THEN I’ll be done. Because this has been a lot of work, I haven’t gotten to the car stereo project, and that’s probably gonna have to wait until next weekend. I can survive though!

Went and saw Shrek 3 on Thursday (quick review: decent movie, but nothing special) and Pirates of the Caribbean 3 last night (very entertaining – so far, my favorite ‘third’ movie of the summer, as it was a lot more fun than Shrek 3 or Spiderman 3).

Hope you’re all having a good holiday weekend – can’t believe my 5-day weekend is nearly over, but it certainly has been productive. It’s been fun having Dad and Pat over every morning to help and talk to. But anyways, it’s time to get cleaned up, get some dinner, and then go over to Jeff’s house to hang out with the gang. Sweet.

Here’s a pic from hanging out at Jeff and Jeremy’s house – much needed soak in the hot tub, as my back was sore after all the work during the day on the bathroom project. Alcohol doesn’t hurt either:

One more picture
One more picture25-May-2007 21:30, SONY DSC-W100, 2.8, 7.9mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 320

101 Critical Days of Hobie (T-101)

The Air Force has the 101 Critical Days of Summer – I myself, well, I have the 101 Critical Days of Hobie!

This is it people – I am almost a double digit midget, meaning I am almost down to less than ONE HUNDRED days until I become a Mister. That’s ridiculous, I tell you. You can go back to when I was doing this green countdown from 365 days! And now I’m nearly 100 days out. It’s almost…nervewracking.

Okay, so I didn’t have much to write, but I thought the 101 Days thing was catchy. I can’t believe that all my primetime shows are ending for the summer: Ugly Betty, Survivor, 24 (fortunately on that one), How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs….and my beloved Veronica Mars is actually ending, for good. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

I do have some pretty ‘exciting’ projects in store for this weekend – which is actually going to be a FIVE DAY weekend, since I am taking Thursday off in addition to getting Friday off as an AFSPC family day and of course, Memorial Day. What projects you ask? Well, I’m finally going to plunge in and redo my bathroom: I’ve picked up half of the items (the new faucet, light fixture, vinyl tiles, toilet paper holder and hand towel holder – also replaced my towel bar this past weekend when the old one fell off) and will get the rest tomorrow (new vanity and sink combo, paint, molding for the baseboards and a chair rail, a mirror and destruction tools – can you say CROWBAR?). My other project: installing a new car stereo that will seriously kick ass, as it’s fully iPod functional and that is going to rock my world. It will be a busy weekend!

Combine that with seeing Shrek the Third on Thursday night (after going to the Royal Gorge with my folks during the day) and then seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End on Saturday night, and you can’t say I’ll be bored!

I don’t know if you’ve been following Jenny’s blog lately, but that girl has been having some serious bad luck in May – yet while I’m feeling bad for her, she has a way of telling her stories that makes you laugh out loud. Her car literally got run over yesterday. How does that happen? My crazy story for the day: lately, every afternoon Colorado Springs gets a crazy storm in; this week, the storms have gotten ridiculously crazy, with loads of rain and starting yesterday and continuing today, hail. Oh joy. Yesterday afternoon, I actually had to wait inside the building until the hail had died down and the lightning had moved on – since we’re a thousand feet higher than the city, we are basically in the clouds. And with that fact, the lightning is MUCH closer and MUCH scarier. Today I thought there was a lull, so I walked my happy ass down to the lower parking lot super fast. As I got down to that lot though, I started hearing a strange tapping noise on the ground. I look around and see a white gumball hit the ground. That’s strange. Then there’s another….and another, and suddenly I realize I’m getting PELTED by white gumballs which AREN’T white gumballs – they’re perfectly round bullets of ice! Hailstorms are crazy. I run to my car and listen to the POUNDING noise of my car being pelted with ice; then as I’m trying to drive down to the city level, the rain gets so heavy and loud to a point I’ve not witnessed in a LONG time. And about 10 minutes later, the storm is over. Crazy Colorado weather.

Happy Birthday Wendy! (T-103)

My Baroness has turned 30 today – although she looks no more than 22 so more power to her!

I’m sure there is much debauchery going on today…or at least the recovery of said debauchery that probably took place yesterday evening! Here’s to a speedy recovery, Wendy/Elsa.

While Wendy was ushering in 30 this weekend, my friend Jeff out here ushered in 29 and a bunch of us went up to Denver to celebrate. Jeff wanted to go to a Mystery Dinner Theater – I think he’s a closet inspector or something, as in England he was all gung ho about seeing the Sherlock Holmes pub and wanted to find a bar that he’d been told had all sorts of secret doors and such. In fact, once his project is complete, I’ll take some pictures of the secret door he built in his own home. Typing that just now, it sounds perverted…. okay, but it’s really cool though. And not perverted. ANYWAYS, back to the story – we went to Denver in order to go to a place called the Adam’s Mystery Theatre, which is where they put on mystery dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. We attended the “Who Wants to Murder a Millionaire?” dinner and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I’d never been to one of these, so I did have to wonder just how exactly this all goes down. Basically before dinner, the main characters are out mingling with all the dinner guests, and you can talk to them and try to find out all about them. Our theme was that we were all attending a reading of the will of a 97-year-old millionaire who had just died, but who had been married for a few months to a 20-year-old, had a no-good son, a disgruntled employee or two, and a suspicious (albeit charming) maid. You then go to dinner/the reading and it becomes a comedy show of sorts, mixed with a random dancing of the Conga line, improv comedy, and a surprise death here and there. It was pretty entertaining.

So I took some pictures from before we left for Denver and at the dinner itself. Of particular note is one story concerning Susan: the inspector solving the crime came to her to stand up and read one of the pieces of evidence, in this case it was an autopsy report. The very first piece of information was BLOOD TYPE: B-. Read that aloud to yourselves, if you would. I’ll wait. Still waiting… c’mon, just do it. Okay, thanks. So you probably read it as BLOOD TYPE, BEE NEGATIVE, right? Not our Susan! That would be BEE MINUS for her. It was awesome. That definitely became one of the running gags for the actors and I’ll always remind Susan about it, don’t you worry! You know I love you, Susan. 😉

Here are the pics:

19 May 2007 – Jeff’s 29th Birthday at Adam’s Mystery Theater

Jeff's hallway & Kahlua laying down
Jeff's hallway & Kahlua laying down19-May-2007 16:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Kahlua looking cute
Kahlua looking cute19-May-2007 16:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 315
I only drink 'light' soda - Bwahahaha!
I only drink 'light' soda - Bwahahaha!19-May-2007 16:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 209
Susan playing with Kahlua (unseen)
Susan playing with Kahlua (unseen)19-May-2007 16:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 145
Jeremy as the Psycho
Jeremy as the Psycho19-May-2007 16:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Beautiful Susan!
Beautiful Susan!19-May-2007 16:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Uncertain Jeff, the birthday boy
Uncertain Jeff, the birthday boy19-May-2007 16:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Dave and Melinda
Dave and Melinda19-May-2007 18:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Me and Susan having fun before dinner
Me and Susan having fun before dinner19-May-2007 18:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
There's me!
There's me!19-May-2007 19:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Rob, Heather and Dave at dinner
Rob, Heather and Dave at dinner19-May-2007 19:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
19-May-2007 19:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Great shot of Susan and Jeff
Great shot of Susan and Jeff19-May-2007 19:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Susan and the B-Minus incident
Susan and the B-Minus incident19-May-2007 20:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Jeff as our team captain delivers our investigation results
Jeff as our team captain delivers our investigation results19-May-2007 21:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141

And another evening of fun was had by all. End scene.

Fun with a Scanner (T-105)

You know I have no plans and am that bored when I actually decide to use my film negative scanner!

Got home after ‘work’ today and realized I had absolutely nothing to do. I could be productive and scan some documents and get transcripts and such so that I’d be prepared for interviews or document checks what-have-you in my quest for a job….so I was! I know, go figure. Usually that sentence ends with me going, “but I decided to play video games” or something. But while I had my scanner up and running, I decided to give the film negative scanner a workout. I had bought my new scanner specifically because it had that feature, but just hadn’t used it yet. And wow, I forgot that I had saved EVERY negative I ever had developed, and that’s a LOT. So I decided to find some sets of negatives that I knew that the pictures had either been given away or I just wanted to see again, and I found a great set of pics from back in 1995 and 1996 – yes, over 10 years ago – from AFROTC parties and Bookstar. Wow. I can’t believe how long ago that was. And when I think that I’m beginning all over again very soon, while I feel young still (although my hairline will disagree with that sentiment), to realize how LONG ago these pictures were taken makes me take a step back.

So while I figure out how to start putting up some of these ‘oldies’, here’s a taste of one from my birthday party in 1995 – this is the one in which I had tried throwing a birthday party and invited everyone in AFROTC (I got along with most everyone there) and EVERYONE said ‘No’ or they couldn’t make it. Turned out that a surprise party had been devised instead, and all those people were in fact there. Additionally, they had gotten me a stripper. Oh, the fun. I remember getting quite drunk that night. In fact, I think that was one of the first times I ever really got blitzed and it definitely got my drinking career off the ground! So this pic below is of my best friend Catherine and me at that party. I am quite sloshed. Oh the memories!

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Look at that hair! On me, you fools, not Catherine’s! She always had the best hair (and probably still does). I was just turning 19!!!!!!! CRAZY.

Nov 3, 1995 – My Birthday Photos

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Okay, in other news, I went and saw 28 Weeks Later last night. Scary effin’ movie. But awesome and if you can deal with horror movies, I say go for it. Otherwise, don’t go. So yeah, there it goes.

Let the Jobs Roll In? (T-107)

I got my first contact with an actual employer!

I am thinking that this would be a great opportunity and I’m definitely going to continue talking with these guys to see if this actually is something offer me. I would still have to think thoroughly about it though – the job is not here in the Springs, and in fact, I’d have to move first to Minneapolis for a year and then after that I’d be off to Atlanta for a few more years. Then they say that you can go almost anywhere you want afterwards… so if the pay is right, and they actually want me, this is definitely a contender for mucho contemplation. But then I got an email from a contractor at Schriever offering me a job too – an actual job, not a recruiter! – and I sorta qualify for it, but could definitely master it if need be, and stay in town. I’m relieved to actually get consideration for jobs now – my biggest fear was that my resume would get no hits or interest. That hasn’t been realized, so now my next fear comes in as ‘What the Hell do I do? Which job do I pursue?’ So stay tuned. I’ll probably Shooting Gallery this discussion as things go down. It has definitely picked up speed in the last few weeks.

In my Europe pictures, we’ve finally moved on to Paris, and this was quite a doozy of a day with lots of pics from around town. So go on and check out Day 4, if you dare! On Thursday, I am planning to see 28 Weeks Later in order to continue my Summer 07 Moviefest – here’s hoping I don’t wet myself with fear.

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