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Monday, April 28, 2008

I started this weekend with a 22 mile bike ride with Christine, starting at my house, going past the Capital, through the UT campus and over to Flying Saucer. It's amazing how quickly the time goes by and how much biking you can endure when you have a friend with you.

I had three beers at Flying Saucer. I'm part of the UFO club there. While I was there, I did some accounting and found that three of the beers that already drank were not on my list. Since you can only have 3 beers in a 24 hour period, it's as though a whole day's worth of drinking was eliminated.

When I got home, I took a power nap. Once I came to, I headed over to Bo's house for some Rainbow Six: Vegas style terrorist killing. My snappy new computer with a dual-core processor, crazy fast video card, fast single platter hard drive, and 2 gigs of memory.

That evening, I met up with Rachael at Ginger Man to celebrate her friend Jessica's birthday. Afterwards, we went to Blind Pig until they herded us out the door.

On Sunday, I slept until 9:00. Then I called Cory and we met Bo and Betty for lunch as Jimmy Johns. After that, went to Bo's to play a little more R6: Vegas. Around 4 I went over to the east side to Nomad's, which is turning into my regular Sunday afternoon thing. I met Christine, Jared, and Jen (the original) for a few hours of drinking until the sun decided to go down. Ahh, reminds me of when Tim, Richard, Christine and I would go down to Montrose in Houston on Sundays. Good times.

Then, I headed back home and collected wood from my back yard, bundled it up in a box and shipping blanket, and headed over to Jen's (still the original). There I met, Christine, Jen (of course), Cory and Tess. I even saw Jason for a brief time. I traded my wood for beer and we sat down next to Jen's fire pit and enjoyed the smoke and coals until almost midnight. I stripped down and put my smoky clothes in a pile next to the garage for an intense washing.

I thought I was safe after a thorough shower and multiple hair washings but, this morning I was reminded of how persistent the smoke smell was. Once in the confined space of my car on the way to work, I realized my shoes still reeked of the smoke smell. I'm going to have to suffer through an entire workday catching whiffs smoke emanating from my shoes. However, I feel worse for Christine and Jen who could not get the smoke smell out of their hair.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

On Monday, we got back onto the door install project by purchasing a hammer drill, larger concrete screws, and a matching bit. Once again, having the right tool for the job is a really good feeling. Where before, we were drilling into stones took forever to drill though (with the added bonus of fragging the bits), we were now punching through them. What power!

The pressure treated board was now acting as a sill plate for the bottom of the door to rest on. So, we hoisted the door into place and it barely fit into the rough opening. In fact, there was little to no clearance on the top of the door frame and some of the wood siding that we neglected to cut away was pushing on the sides of the frame, pushing the doors out of alignment.

So, we cut on the siding, leaned the door back out and put caulk on the bottom of the door, creating a tight seal that weather and bugs will not penetrate. I figured the rest of the project should be easy, since it's just a matter of making the door frame parallel with the earth, which aligns the doors as they were built from the factory, which should make them swing and shut easily.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. Due to our inexperience, we ended up screwing the frame too tightly to the studs (house) and pulling the frame apart unevenly, which made the doors too far apart at the bottom than at the top. So, now the doors would not close evenly. After messing with it for a while, we decided to give up for the night. So, I quickly installed a deadbolt and the locking pin for the inactive door to secure the door for the night.

We blew off the project on Tuesday because we needed a break. I was only intending on getting a beer with Mariah at the Flying Saucer but, we ended up staying until the trivia started. Even though Mariah ditched us for some free food in Round Rock, Cory and I decoded to form a team. We got stumped on quite a few questions and were never mentioned as the MC called out the teams by points. Bad night for trivia, good night for beer and brats.

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