Oct
28
2008
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The Qwest to Keep a Phone Number

Strangely enough, I was told for the second time that I could not keep my phone number for moving across town. This may seem natural enough in New York or L.A. where I may be crossing area codes, but not so much here in Pocatello. Especially not when I know so many people who have moved more times and across larger distances (and into and out of the same parts of town) that have kept their phone numbers. And yet, we have had to change ours not once but twice.

Personally, I believe it is an employee scam, though one that I can understand in the high-stress sell-sell-sell environment in a call center; even if I hate it. The scam, as I see it works this way. You call the help number and are shuttled to an employee whose numbers start running. Are you getting new services? Phone services? Internet? DirectTV? Cellular service? In our case, we were upping our internet service because it is faster where we are moving. Very good. Ka-ching. Money in the employee number bank. They just made a sale. How about another one? We don't want DirectTV because we rarely watch TV. Damn. We don't want cell phones because we're with AT&T since they are the only provider that offers iPhone support in our area without reprogramming (and have the best "unlimited" data plan prices in our area to boot). Damn. Oh, we're moving? Well it looks like we cannot transfer your number. Now I have to close the current account number and open a NEW account number for you. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. But I just opened a new account and see my numbers rise.

What could I do? Say "SONOFABITCH! I WANNA KEEP MY NUMBER! LET ME TALK TO YOUR BOSS? I'MMA TRANSDER TO CABLE ONE AND KEEP MY NUMBER LIKE ADVERTISED?" Not really. Marni took care of the details, but if we had transferred, we would have had marginally less internet service in our area and new setup fees anyway (as well as a new cable modem). So, no.

Sadly, convenience can let us feel shafted; but shafted in a way that we decide. It is inconvenient that we had to switch numbers (twice, mind you, in two years), but it is convenient that we keep our current service and had next to no disruption in the move when we have only a week in the house before our honeymoon.

It's worth it, right? Right?

Written by Dave in: House |
Oct
27
2008
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Moving Day and Closing Night have Come and Gone

We had such a wonderful turn-out of family and friends who answered the call to help us move. It was really irritating for me to wander around and not be able to help very much, but they were really good at being mean to me and telling me to back off and not try to pop a stitch. We had so many great and gracious faces that I know I'll miss a couple, but Mark and Lisa Jones (and the whole brood), Bart, Brandy, and Michelle Bullock, Dine Smith, Justine Rollins, Marvin and Norma Mongomery, Dana Facer and her girls, Joe B. Haney, Lynn Leonard, Debbie Flair, Jackie Czerepinski helped out in a massive way! (As did others, I'm sure, but I was walking around shocked by the number of people, the huge trailer that Justine and Dine brought.

The U-Haul with our crap

The U-Haul with our crap

 

Justine and Lisa taking a break...look at that trailer!

Justine and Lisa taking a break...look at that trailer!

So that was our saturday morning. After all of it, I was exhausted! I can't even imagine how everyone else who actually could lift stuff was feeling! That night we closed a wonderful show (Cash on Delivery). We had a nice cast party, though it didn't end up running that late. I was given one of the coolest gifts ever! I got a Portable Cooler stocked with awesome beers from around the world! The cast had Dine put it together. After all, he is a beer judge and has exquisite taste! He's also one of the nicest and most giving people I've met--but don't tell the people who work with him that! He has a reputation to keep!

 

Porta-Cooler - A wonderful cast gift for me!

Porta-Cooler - A wonderful cast gift for me!

 

Awesome Sauce (AKA. The Many Beers my Cast Gave Me!)

Awesome Sauce (AKA. The Many Beers my Cast Gave Me!)

After the cast party, Marni and I went home and slept in our house for the first time. It was a really fun night, even if it was in the dining room because the carpet layers can't get in until the middle of the week due to people being out sick. So we are still not in our bedroom since that is the last place that needs the carpet. Hopefully we will be before our cruise.

 

The beginnings of our office

The beginnings of our office

Marni wondering how the hell I can overload a counter so quickly with crap!

Marni wondering how the hell I can overload a counter so quickly with crap!

 We got some stuff done yesterday, mostly in terms of buying things that we needed. We also talked to Brin who is going to be putting up our French Doors starting here soon. We are thinking of taking out the load-bearing wall to the left of Marni in the picture as well as doing wall-to-wall bookshelves in the Piano Room with the piano in the center. It should be pretty sweet by the time it is finished--and Brin will have some extra cash as well!

Written by Dave in: House,theatre |
Oct
14
2008
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Getting Our Floors Done and Painting

Today the hardwood guys are coming in to sand and stain our floors in the living room, study, office, and front hallway. We chose a nice dark mohogany stain, though I'm about to head over to see what he would recommend. I know it would go wonderfully with the colors we have selected, but I just wanted his opinion on our stain selection.

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the other flooring crew will be in to lay subfloor in the kitchen, back hall, and back bathroom where the horrendous blue doube-tack carpet pad used to be. We were lucky enough to contract one of Tom's guys to remove it instead of scraping it ourselves and ruining even more subfloor. They will only be replacing the ruined areas.

Gary's sewer was coming over this morning to pull the toilets for the flooring guys to lay the vinyl in the bathrooms. We also have another plumber coming to remove our old tub fixtures and install the beautiful new ones. That was something that we hoped we could do, but we didn't have the equipment to wrench the old one off the wall (and thought we might damage something in the process).

I'm about to head over to check out the progress. For all the contracting we're doing, it still seems like we're doing a whole lot! We based the majority of the back areas of the house. We only have the bathroom and dining room left to Killz and we'll be good to go. We're painting the kitchen and bedroom tonight.

Written by Dave in: House |
Oct
08
2008
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Old news now, but I took out a wall…

Yup. There was a wall between the dining room and the living room that just didn't need to be there. Plus, the previous owners had built it on top of the carpet for some reason better known to them at the time.

Written by Dave in: House |
Sep
26
2008
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Removing the Baseboards and Checking out the Hardwood Floors

Well, yesterday I removed a number of baseboards in the upstairs rooms so that I could pull up the carpet and get started on our long weekend (which includes technical rehearsal and a good chunk of tomorrow getting ready for tech, sadly). The hardwood floors look pretty good so far, so I think we'll be refinishing them instead of carpeting (which is what I wanted!). The previous owners built a wall on top of the carpet, however. Very strange. Getting it out, shimming up the wall that we're keeping, and taking out the wall we're not will take up quite a little bit of our time.

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Written by Dave in: House |
Sep
22
2008
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The Home is a Go!

We signed our paperwork friday and are eagerly awaiting the return of it from Wyoming where the sellers are living. Everything's smack-on for Tueday and we'll get the keys then. Then we get to figure out if we are going to be finishing the hardwood floors ourselves or paying someone big bucks to do it professionally (but without all the strained backs and aches and pains). We are still looking at taking out a living room wall as long as it is not a weight-bearing wall. Considering it looks like they jurry rigged the wall in the first place, I don't think it is. But we will see. If so, we'll be demolishing it and adding in floor pieces and continuing on the rest of the floor. We know that we will be carpeting the master bedroom, but we also need to see about the cost of the floors.

We will be moving stuff from our storage unit into the basement regardless. We have a good chunk of the apartment packed and ready to go as well. Once we have a good estimate on the completion of the floors (either us or them), we can hire the piano movers to get Marni's baby grand into the house.

We are getting a washer and dryer from my cousin and a different refrigerator from another cousin. One Tuesday, we're going to be going through the house and itemizing everything that we need. Whoo-hoo!

Written by Dave in: House |
Sep
16
2008
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Well, the house looks good to go…

The underwriter is working on our paperwork and the appraisal is in. Everything is looking good so far and we should be able to close in a matter of days! I so can't wait! Well, okay, I can always wait to sand and finish hardwood floors. That's just nasty, but at least they'll be our hardwood floors this time!

We're going to be gifted a washer/dryer and refrigerator for the first winter so that we can finance our shiny new sweet stuff down the road (and pay off the floors and painting!).

But for right now, things are looking great!

Written by Dave in: House |
Sep
08
2008
0

Looking at Appliances and Stuff

How I Roll

How I Roll

Marni and I wandered into Home Depot and Lowes yesterday to take stock of some appliances that we knew that we would need (namely a washer and dryer). When looking at the different options, it *still* seemed that LG's new ones were among the top in terms of performance and savings (which is why we are looking at new appliances)...but also in terms of initial payout. HD is about $200 below MRP, but I'm going to hit up some of the local shops that sell LG appliances to see if I can get a better deal there (as well as buying local from a mom-and-pop appliance shop instead of the Walmart of home do-it-yourselfers).

7.4 cu.ft Ultra Capacity SteamDryer™ with TrueSteam™ Technology

7.4 cu.ft Ultra Capacity SteamDryer™ with TrueSteam™ Technology

 

4.5 cu.ft. Ultra Capacity High Efficiency SteamWasher™ with Allergiene™

4.5 cu.ft. Ultra Capacity High Efficiency SteamWasher™ with Allergiene™

They are, of course, much more expensive than most of the washers/dryers that we could get, but I also like that they are both Energy and Water conservation models (which helps on the utilities that we are not used to paying since we've been apartment-bound). The Dryer that I'm looking at is also a gas model, which means further savings (so far at least) compared to Electricity. Were I to get the Jenn Air drop-in range, I would jump at gas there as well. But that's for *way* down the road. The electric range in the house is a nice one and will definitely get us by--even if I do prefer the front-controls to the ones on the back of the range.

We priced lawnmowers as well and I found a Toro Recycler that would easily work (I had two key requirements which were the easy-clean hose attachment and mulching). I'm planning on that for the spring, though, since it is getting to the end of the lawnmowing season and I know I can beg and borrow until then.

After the inspection tomorrow, we are planning on hitting as many places as possible and going aisle-by-aisle to find the items that we will need to move in. Oy vey!

Written by Dave in: House |
Sep
05
2008
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Well, the house offer is in progress.

We have accepted the counter-offer from the sellers and are meeting with the inspector on Tuesday morning to find out the laundry-list of everything wrong (and maybe a couple of things right) with the house. Hopefully there won't be any big show-stoppers along the way. So now instead of simply dreaming (as I was before and still am), I'm also trying to think of things we will need. Marni's already got a list (imagine that; it's like she's organized or something!).

There are a couple of things that we'll need before winter sets in (should everything come through okay). The first is hoses, because there's enough heat left in the afternoons to kill the lawn if we don't water it. And as much as I hate yard work, it's something that I can do relatively easily with no real problem. Except that we don't have any hoses or anything since we live in an apartment (and we donated all of the working hoses back in the day when we were packing stuff in the Fremont house so we didn't have to store it in our already over-crowded storage unit). So, hoses and basic sprinkler equipment. They also have a hose reel in the front and back yards.

 

Oscillating Sprinkler

Oscillating Sprinkler

I like these sprinklers because they seem to cover more ground somewhat evenly than other sprinklers. They also work well regardless of the water pressure (within reason, of course).

 

Never Kink Hose

Never Kink Hose

I don't know if it works, but I hate fighting with hoses...and it has a five year guarantee on not kinking.

And since we have to water the lawn, I'm going to have to mow it at some point before the season ends (and then once spring heats up the green). So I've been looking at a couple of different mowers, but really like the Toro SuperRecycler Mower.

 

Toro SuperRecycler Mower

Toro SuperRecycler Mower

One of the things that I like about it is that it has a mulch mode which spreads cut grass evenly under the mower (and not making me pick it up as often unless it gets really long) as well as multiple bagging options.

Of course, we're also going to have to get a washer and dryer since that's the only appliance that is not included in the house. We are looking at paying through the nose for a good, energy and water-efficient washer and dryer. I'm leaning towards the LG Electronics 4.2 Cu. Ft. Ultra Capacity Front Load SteamWasher and the LG Electronics 7.3 Cu. Ft. Ultra Capacity Electric Dryer with TrueSteam Technology. While I would like a gas washer, I would have to pay to have a gas line rerouted and I don't know if we can afford that cost on top of those two expensive pieces of equipment.

Then there are all of the other costs like cleaning supplies that we don't have but will need a ton of, paint, stain and sealant for the hardwood floors, time to rip up carpet in the old part of the house and chemical strip the glue from the floors, buying light bulbs, light switches, outlets, nails and screws, and all of the other associated things that you never think of until you have to buy them.

Written by Dave in: House |
Sep
04
2008
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More House Stuff

I'm a dreamer, of course, and I sure wish I were more of a realist sometimes! I've spent a goodly amount of time thinking about the house that we put an offer down on. It's the one I blogged about the day before yesterday, and it is a very nice home. But I keep thinking of the "down the road" type things that I want to do.

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