• Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Home Improvements,  It's all Reagan's fault

    Around the Horn

    Street scenes No sooner do I mention the lady in the Viking hat…she was parked at Sutter and Montgomery today.  I hadn’t seen her in years.  And the piper was at Davis and Market.  And when you really know you love this town is when guys like this: make your day.  This is Frank Chu.  I was standing next to him when a bike messenger rode by and flashed a sign to him and said “Rock on Frank”.  Rock on Frank.  One day we may interview you for Pink Bunny Ears. Who knew? When Matt Williams used to get on a hitting streak, he’d say the ball looked like a…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Home Improvements

    When in doubt, forge forward.

    Down on the Farm  I’ve pretty much run out of time.  I’ve done all that I can do in the amount of time I have.  I lost a tremendous amount of time with Saturday’s airless sprayer debacle.  For what it cost me in time and money, I probably should have just rolled the SOB.  So much for Monday morning quarterbacking.  So the bathroom is a shell.  No toilet, no vanity, no shower AND no paint.  I realized yesterday that I forgot to paint it.  On the upside, Tile Guy helped me install the new oven and microwave hood combination.  They went in nearly perfectly, with the noted exception of a…

  • Home Improvements

    Who’d a thunk it?

    When I bought new appliances, I was leery of buying Kitchenaid again.  I went around and around with them and the dishwasher at the old house.  I ended up writing 7 on your side and they finally got them to respond, the problem got fixed and they extended the warranty for 3 more years for free.  It was a lot of hassle, but it was also during a corporate merger for them.  So I took my chances, hopefully it will pay off.  Tonight, Tile Guy is going to help me install the oven and microwave.  I was dreading the microwave as it is a ventilation hood  as well.  Well, who’d…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Home Improvements,  Photojournalism,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid

    As Margo Channing said,

    “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” And bumpy it’s been. First the water heater. Don’t ask me why you can buy one at Home Depot for $270, yet, it cost me $465 with First American’s Home Warranty. That was my part. God only knows what First American paid in addition to the $465. Then I got called on the carpet for being at the house while the water heater boys looked at the leaking hulk and said “Yup, es broke”. Apparently escrow officers require wookies now. Then I soaked the new bathroom, but that was a no harm no foul situation, just a time consuming…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Corporate Wankers,  Home Improvements,  Rant,  Stuck on Stupid

    Bon mots and cheap shots

    Let’s start with Stuck on Stupid, this morning. C.T. Martin, councilman for the City of Atlanta. This is the knucklehead that has introduced the ordinance to ban the showing of boxers, thongs, sports bras and bra straps in public. Apparently every crime in the City of Atlanta has been eradicated, every homeless person has a warm place to sleep, every employable individual has a job, taxes are low, services are up, the potholes are fixed and no bridges are in danger of falling down. Dear City of Atlanta, Please recall this ass clown. And while we’re on Stuck on Stupid, last night they were dissecting Bush’s speech to the VFW…

  • Home Improvements

    Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink…

    Since the water is off at the Farm, I decided to take that opportunity to switch out all the corroded galvanized pipe and rotted angle valves.  Seemed simple enough, and it was.  Until I decided to turn the water on to test them.  All three of them were in the “on” position.  I turned on the gate and you could HEAR the water hitting the ceiling in the bathroom.  I turned if off immediately, but when three valves are wide open in the same little tiny room, the damage was apparent.  I told Tile Guy to fire the General who was jacking up the work site… oh, that’s me. 😀…

  • Home Improvements,  Photojournalism

    Minor adjustments

    The original plan was not to replace the water heater until spring.  Don’t ask me why spring was the anointed timeline.  It just was.  Was.  Sunday while I was feverishly working on the house, because my deadline is quickly approaching, I heard water running.  Strange.  The lawn is dead, the roses were watered yesterday and I’m the only one here.  Well, Beauregard was there, but he doesn’t have opposable thumbs, so he’s not running water.  I looked around, everything was off, so I went back to what I was doing.  Then what I was doing led me to the garage where water was pouring out of the bottom of the…

  • Wine of the Day

    Drinking wine, spo dee o dee drinking wine…

    Yesterday I got to go to the Family Winemakers trade event at Fort Mason.  Nearly 400 winemakers were represented.  It was really mind boggling to be there.  Since I lean towards the smaller wineries, I’d heard of many of them, even had a lot of the wine that was being poured.  I skipped a lot of wineries that I was familiar with, Landmark, Siduri, Chappellet, Keenan (although I didn’t see their booth, I know they were supposed to be there) Hollywood and Vine, (I think there’s a Doug Barr story in the archives) Grgich Hills, Gundlach Bunshu, Corison, St. Supery…well, it’s a long list isn’t it?  While I’m a big…

  • Wine of the Day

    Chappellet!

    Yesterday I went to the Pritchard Hill party at Chappellet. I took Harry. We hadn’t gotten in trouble in a while. I had never taken him to Chappellet because of their M-F appointment only policy. On one hand, it’s a pain in the ass, on the other hand, it weeds out the riff raff and I can respect Donn Chappellet for doing that. Having been to many wine club parties over the years, I can say that it does weed out to the riff raff. At the end of the day you’re left with amazing wine, incredible food and a family that it’s truly great to hang around with. The…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    The Pink Bunny is back!

    After toiling away in the land of databases and localhosts and shiz that I just don’t really get, the problem was that the domain was pointed in the wrong direction. Kind of like those wind up toys that run into the wall and won’t turn. After a mere 10 minutes on the phone with 1and1 support, I’m good to go. The only reason it took 10 minutes was because the guy actually OFFERED to wait around to be sure what we did worked! OK, currently, I’m loving my provider. The old blog has successfully imported so there’s stuff here that hasn’t been here before.  I’ll upload the other stuff over…