I should have measured better, but I didn’t. So now, in order to install the microwave hood combination, I need to remove the cabinet over the cooktop, take 3-4″ off of the soffit and reinstall the cabinets. I started trying to pull out the cabinet a few days ago, to no avail. Yesterday I spoke to Tile Guy about the bathroom floor, which is now installed and told him about the issue with the cabinet. He looked, saw one nail I had not pulled (these a 5 inch six penny specials) and saw no other issues either. Last night I pulled that nail and started yanking on the cabinet. Apparently, my brain went to Texas on vacation along with Bush’s. I never considered the weight of the cabinet. It’s a heavy mofo. And it ain’t movin’. There must be more nails, I think, in all my infinite wisdom. So I look in the cabinet next to the one I’m trying to remove and low and behold, it has four more nails in it. So I yank a little more, because yanking is an approved home improvement technique. I get it bent enough to take the reciprocal saw to it. I cut one, then two, then three of the four nails. Now I realize that I can’t catch this thing and it’s not going to hold. It’s hooked on the vent but it’s probably not going to stay there. So I start dialing. I call everyone I know in Concord, Walnut Creek and Clayton. Not one person answers their phone. I contemplate a little more and decide to give up and call Ed. He’s my electrician’s father, a great old guy who was a contractor before he had a stroke. Now he does odd jobs, drives a school bus and doesn’t charge so much because he doesn’t move so fast. (So he told me). On the upside, dude can fix anything. Ed will be by tonight. I propped the cabinet up with some pvc pipe I found in the garage and put some carpet padding on the cooktop to protect it in the event of disaster. Today I shall work with my fingers crossed.
Prior to the cabinet debacle, I finished sanding the kitchen cabinets with 60 and then did them again with 150. I did the walls of the dining room with 100 and then 150. That motion has thrashed my surgically repaired left shoulder. I’ve decided to postpone the beginning of the next challenge until 9/3 when I’ll be moved into the new house. I have also decided to back off the weights to a maintenance program until 9/3. I am going to compete in Vegas on December 2nd and that will be the focus after I move in.
Weight is holding at :208
But wait there’s more! Last Friday, I managed to get reservations at Chappellet. For my money they are one of the best wineries in Napa. I originally heard of Chappellet in the mid 80’s when I read an article about women in wine. The woman they were profiling was Cathy Corison. At the time she was their winemakers and an up and comer. Since then, Cathy Corison has become a rock star and her protegy have also achieved rock star status. My other favorite is Mia Klien. Mia is a consultant and owns Selene Winery. Cathy Corison now owns her own house Corison Winery on Highway 29. I have had the pleasure of meeting her in her shop on a few occasions. Anyway, Chappellet has their own rock star, this guy named Phil Titus. They do not make a bad wine. Not one. And their wines aren’t good, each one is amazing in it’s own way. But don’t stop there, their wines are also reasonably priced. They have a Cab that will knock your socks off for $46. Eat that Whitehall. After our stop at Chappellet we stopped by Rombauer for some Danville Crack. The newest was released last Saturday. We ended the day with a lovely dinner at Bistro Jeanty. I had the pork chop, which is one of the two great pork chops in the bay area. The other is at Prima’s in Walnut Creek. One of my friends had the Coq au Vin, which is spectacular and the other had salmon carpaccio and a salad. (damned marathoners). An excellent day in the wine country all and all. The wine of the day is the Chappellet Signature Cab at $42 for club members.