Monday, September 25, 2006

Upcoming downtime

This server will go down for a couple of weeks starting sometime this week. That means this blog, the subversion repository and the wiki will be down. Sorry, but them's the breaks when you host at home and you move.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Moving in, Part 1

I started moving into my new condo today. Except the floors weren't done. They needed to be sanded and get the final coat of polyurethane or varnish or whatever. When I had the walk-through on Tuesday, I was told that the floor would be finished that night, well in time for me to move in on Saturday. Oops. I asked some of the laborers what to do, and they helped me track down the general contractor, Kevin. He apologized, started explaining why, and cut himself off, saying, "I'm not going to make excuses. Let's make this right." Gotta respect that attitude. He proposed that we put my furniture in a neighboring unit that's still under construction while he got the floor done today. Seemed fair enough. And sure enough, about an hour later, the carpenter was there finishing the last of the trim. I talked to him, he said he'd get the floor done tonight. That gave me more confidence, getting a promise from the person actually doing the work!

All this means is that my tasks got shuffled a little bit. I was going to move in/unpack this weekend and come back to my old apartment on weeknights this week to clean. Instead I'm cleaning this weekend and I'll be moving the last little bit and unpacking this week. Sigh. Not a big deal, just kind of a pain. I'm glad Kevin readily admitted that he was in the wrong. I'm not going to start flamethrowing; I need him to be my ally in getting the rest of the items on the punch list completed. Tomorrow I'll go over and unpack my laundry into the chest of drawers...considering that the only clothes I have available are those on my back and dress clothes hanging in the closet. Hmmm. Immagonna stink tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Walk through

I had the inspection/walk through at my condo this morning. It was pretty fun; neat to see all my choices and how they work together. The place is pretty small (but I knew that already), or I guess I should say cozy. But it has some nice finishes that make it feel very "grown up." I'm pretty jazzed. I'll post pics sometime after closing/before move in. Today gave me a fresh burst of excitement about the had grown a little stale over the months since we had an agreed upon offer. Yay!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

I want to encourage everyone out there to go see Little Miss Sunshine. It's a fantastic film, filled with laughter, sorrow, empathy and happiness. It'll break your heart, make you laugh and cry at the same time. Definitely the best film I've seen in a while.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

San Francisco

I went to San Francisco last weekend to visit some friends, Chris and Katie, that moved out there this past spring. It was a short trip. I flew in Friday (arrived around 5pm), and flew out Sunday mid-afternoon. All in all it was a great trip. I ate at a few great restaurants (Greens was my favorite of the weekend, though the quality of the sushi I ate on Saturday was bordering on life-changing). On Saturday, we took a self-guided walking tour. Along Haight street, up Buena Vista Park, bus over to Fisherman's Warf, walking around Russian Hill, Telegraph Hill/Coit Tower, Washington Square Park. It was a great day, and I'm looking forward to my next visit! See my pictures.