November 30, 2011

It’s late at night but I wanted to just mention a couple-two-three things:

Susannah Breslin is a blogger favorite of mine over at Forbes.com – she’s an incredibly-gifted writer who never fails to disappoint. Recently, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Hopefully it’s not too serious, but as I found out last year, all cancer is serious. Please, please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. I’ll be lighting a candle for her.

There certainly won’t be any tears shed in these quarters for Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who announced the other day he was retiring from Congress. A more boorish, obnoxious, hypocritical, ethically-challenged, and corrupt bully and arrogant son of a bitch you’re not likely to find anywhere. Frank is the epitome of everything that stinks about modern-day liberalism and today’s Democratic Party. As far as Congress goes, his departure will not only be an addition by subtraction, but probably increase the collective IQ of the body by 1000%. He is, and always has been, a despicable, vile, corrupt bastard who’s as responsible as anyone for the current economic state of this country. Too bad he’s leaving on his own accord; he really ought to be taken out with the trash.

So the Red Sox hire Bobby Valentine as their next manager. I don’t know if he’s going to be a success or not, but he sure as heck is going to be entertaining. Personally, I think it’s a good hire. Being manager of the Red Sox is not something you grow into, and after last year’s pathetic finish they need someone who’s going to take charge and be a commanding presence in the clubhouse.

Had to laugh at this Glenn Reynolds’ post over at Instapundit. Kinda gives you an idea about the true state of this country and the products of our so-called “higher learning” institutions:

EMPLOYMENT: Over on Facebook, some friends have been talking about yesterday’s jobs post, and a couple comment on how with so many resumes coming in, they’ll toss any that contain typos. One comments: “I used to screen for my law firm. We would receive piles and piles of resumes, and that was during the boom years. I found myself tossing the majority of them for typos and the like. I also was surprised by how many applicants had inappropriate e-mail addresses (e.g., partygirl88@____.com).”

The Insta-Daughter has a job where, as low person on the totem pole, she’s in charge of sorting the resumes, and she’s been amazed by how many (1) don’t indicate the job sought (sometimes they’re hiring multiple positions, and it’s not always obvious from the resume which one the person is applying for); (2) are several pages long, but don’t have page numbers and the person’s name at the top of each page (which makes them hard to reconstruct if they’re mixed up, as happens); and (3) refer the reader to a website for crucial information. Then there are the typos and grammatical errors, which are distressingly common even though these are mostly people with fancy educational backgrounds, and often with industry experience.

So here’s some advice: As you put your resume together, imagine that you’re an intern or other junior employee faced with a stack of 500 resumes to sort, because that’s who’ll probably be the first person to see it. Make yours easy to sort, easy to keep together, and easy to follow. And remember that people faced with big stacks of resumes are basically looking for reasons to weed yours out, to reduce things to a manageable number, so don’t give them those reasons. Proofread, proofread, proofread — then have a friend proofread for you. It’s okay to have samples of your work on a website, but make sure that all the stuff people need to decide whether they want to look at you that closely is right there on the resume in convenient form.

And do think about the email address. I see that kind of thing surprisingly often among my law students. (My favorite was a student — a big Democrat — whose email was “lickBush@___.com”; I suggested a change to something less political, or otherwise subject to misinterpretation). And in general, although people often spend a lot of time fussing over their resumes — because that’s the only part of the process where you’re in complete control — it’s a mistake to view your resume from your own perspective. You need to try to look at it from the perspective of the people who’ll be reading it at the other end.

Books like Live For Success or What Color Is Your Parachute? are easy to make fun of, but these kinds of simple points are important, and anyone who spends any time doing hiring soon learns that there are a lot of people applying for jobs who haven’t mastered the basics yet. Don’t be one of them.

UPDATE: Reader Michael Becker emails:

In addition to the excellent information about resumes – all stuff I’ve been hammering people about for years – add in the ring back tones used on their phones and their voice mail messages. An utterly vile, hip-hop ring tone or a message like “You know what to do…” or “Leave a message, if it’s important I might call you…” (all stuff I encounter with frightening frequency) are good for a message to the effect “I was going to invite you for an interview until I was exposed to your complete unprofessional ring tone/voicemail message”.

Also remember that your tweets, Facebook postings, blog, etc. are likely to be viewed by potential employers.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Ben Dolfin writes:

If you’re looking for a job in the trades go meet people and introduce yourself, who you are and what you’re looking for. I do a lot of IT stuff for small companies and they’re not the kind of place that puts a help wanted ad on Monster or hires professional HR staff. They’re the company that hires their friends nephew or the guy they know from the baseball team or the IT guy from church so get out there and meet people. Almost everyone I know started with crappy jobs like hauling shingles up a ladder, but if you’re not willing to do the crap work chances are you won’t make it that far. There are lots of jobs advertised but there are lots more that aren’t.

Yes, and even the advertised jobs are more likely to be filled by someone who found out via word-of-mouth.

As Glenn is so apt to say, “Heh”.

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November 29, 2011

Ive always said life is 50% being in the right place at the right time and 50% recognizing it when it happens. Well, my sister-in-law Tammy, who has needed a break for a long time, is about to find out if the equation runs true. We found out today that the Section 8 folks have inspected the apartment the state found for her, and we’ve made arrangements for the movers to come on the 15th and move her into her new apartment. It’s a real great opportunity for her – the apartment complex is safe, clean, well-maintained, and close to every kind of shopping and transportation need she could ever want. Our hope is that she embraces this opportunity and sees it for what it is – a chance to get on her own two feet, take control of her life, and to make something of it it for a new beginning and a new life.

My feeling has always been that people given this kind of opportunity either succeed or fail, there’s no real middle ground. And why? It’s because at some point you have to take control of your own life: if you play the victim and allow your life to ebb and flow at the whim of government agencies or others dependent on the government to give them everything, you’ll fail miserably. On the other hand, if you take the opportunity available to you and make something of it, the future is endless in terms of potential.

The question, of course, is whether Tam has it within herself to embrace this opportunity. She’ll be battling nearly two decades of losing herself to the poor lifestyle choices and psychological abuse that has led to a very low self-esteem and increased dependency on others to take care of her and make decisions for her. The question is open at this point; I will say that the treatment she’s received here in Arizona has been fantastic, allowing herself precious time to get herself together. Now with the upcoming next step towards self-sufficiency we’ll see just how much courage, self-discipline, and will to succeed she has. No one is saying it won’t be tough and there will be challenges and obstacles she’ll have to overcome, but she’s got a great support system behind her and lots of folks who love her, care for her, and want her to succeed.

Today she saw the first 50% of that magical equation happen, it will be up to her to make that other 50% come true. Me, I’m crossing fingers, toes, eyes, and whatever other parts of my body I still have two of. At the very least, we get our guest bedroom back and reduce our house rabbit population down from six to four. That alone will be a cause for joy in a year that has been anything but. Please keep Tammy in your thoughts and prayers as she embarks on this new phase of her life. We’re pulling for her, I can tell you that.

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November 28, 2011

Nothing much to post about today after a long weekend of starting to getting the house and yard ready for the painters and backyard light installers.

Unfortunately, the word of the day is W-A-T-E-R, water. After washing the cartridges down my pool filter is suddenly leaking all around the seals. My front yard sprinkler system has stopped working for some reason, and the new sideyard system appears to have a leak that needs attending to.

Living out here in the desert southwest I’m sensitive to water use and hate wasting water for any reason. I’m sure there are many out there that wouldn’t care, but I do, so what was already going to be a hectic (and expensive) week just got a little more so.

It’ll be interesting to see where this all leads.

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November 27, 2011

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I’m Guy Fieri, host of Food Network’s Diners , Drive-Ins, and Dives, and we’re here in The Great American Southwest in Gilbert, Arizona at the home of The Great White Shank, purveyor of GoodboysNation.com! I hear he’s got one heckuva recipe for Chicken Paprikash, and we’re here to find out just how good it is. Shank, it’s great to see you, welcome to the show!

The Great White Shank

Great to see you as well, Guy.

fiore

I hear you’ve got one kick-ass of a recipe for Chicken Paprikash that keeps people coming back for more. Tell us all about it!

The Great White Shank

Well Guy, here’s what you’ll need:

8 chicken pieces, preferably thighs
2-4 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 medium onions, chopped
2 stalks of celery, finely minced
1 red bell pepper, finely minced
2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup sour cream

Guy, I’m going to melt some unsalted butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. When the butter is hot I’m gonna salt and pepper the thighs lightly, then brown them skin-side down about 4-5 minutes. Then, I’m gonna flip them over and and let them cook another 2-3 minutes.

fiore

Mmmm… you’re really gonna lock in the flavor and those juices with that browning…

The Great White Shank

Correct.

fiore

What’s next, Great White Shank?

The Great White Shank

After they’re browned on both sides I’m going to remove the chicken from the pan and set them aside for a moment on a plate. After doing that, I’m going to add to the pan the minced garlic – I’m using four small cloves, use as much as you like, after all, with garlic you can’t go wrong! – and let that go a little translucent before adding the onion, celery, and red bell pepper. I’ll stir that occasionally to scrape up all the browned bits from the chicken until everything is lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

fiore

There’s some righteous amelioration of flavor and texture going on there, Great White Shank….

The Great White Shank

You betcha, Guy. Now I’m going to add two tablespoons of Hungarian sweet paprika, a pinch of cayenne pepper (don’t go more than that unless you want it hot), some black pepper, and then the chicken stock and white wine…

fiore

Whoa, dude, that’s your Pinot Grigio going in there!

The Great White Shank

Don’t worry Guy, there’s plenty more where that came from. Now I’m going to scrape the bottom of the pan one final time, then nestle the chicken pieces back in the mixture. I’ll spoon the mixture over the chicken to make sure everything falls in love…

fiore

Falls in love?

The Great White Shank

Yep…then cover, reduce the heat to simmer, and let the chicken cook for an hour until the pieces are nice and tender.

fiore

Boy, that is going to have some flavor. You can already tell just from the aroma filling the kitchen. OK, so what happens next?

The Great White Shank

When the chicken is done I’m going to remove the pieces to a tinfoil-covered baking sheet and put them on the middle rack of the oven on a low broil until the skin gets crispy brown. On the stove top, I’m going to push the heat back up and slowly stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream with a little salt to taste. If you want a thicker sauce, stir in a little flour/water mixture like you would to make any gravy. When the chicken is nice and crispy brown, remove from the oven and place them on a bed of extra-broad noodles that have been tossed with a little butter, chopped parsley, and if you like, a little parmesan cheese. Now cover with the sauce mixture and you’re ready to go. Serve with a nice chilled Reisling or the Pinot Grigio – any nice white wine will do.

fiore

(Tasting) Mmmmm… the chicken is moist and tender. The soft red color of the sauce is fantastic – you can really see the results of the paprika and red bell pepper workin’ together there. I’m tasting all the veggies and that paprika is really rockin’. The pinch of cayenne gives it just a little spiciness to tickle the tongue. Nice work, Great White Shank – this dish really rocks!

The Great White Shank

Thanks Guy, I’m glad you liked it.

fiore

OK, well that’s it for this edition of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Next week we’ll be traveling to a little town called Prospect, Kentucky where I hear there’s one heck of a duck dish from a cook who’s been trying unsuccessfully to get The Great White Shank to eat grits for years. I can to see what we find and taste. See y’all next time!

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November 26, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I posted about our plans for our east-facing sideyard. To recap, the problem was that, while the citrus trees were kinda pretty, the yard having nothing but grass has caused a lot of problems over the years from a sprinkler system not just spraying outward from directly beside the house towards the east wall, but vice-versa. All that dampness over the years has really taken a toll on our stucco, and with the house due to be painted on the 1st of December there was no way we could allow that situation to continue. To refresh the memory, here is what the sideyard looked like:

side-yard

But what to do for an alternative solution? Lots of homeowners would simply bring a truck in filled with rock and just cover the yard – after all, it’s really just a utilitarian area where the trash and recycle barrels are kept, but the trees wouldn’t like that, and besides, the rest of the property has been so nicely designed (by the original owners) and maintained and augmented (by us) that to just dump a bunch of rock would take away from the rest of the property. The internet was really helpful in getting ideas, so with my trusty metal ruler I scoped out a design I thought might look really interesting: maintaining a center section of grass surrounded by a brick border and rock all around the sides, then made a few calls and left some voice mails.

side-yard-drawing

Enter Lords Of Design of Tempe, AZ. Within two days of my initial call, owner Don Hebbring had reviewed my drawing, walked the property and took a whole bunch of measurements. A few days later he had produced a CAD design that took into account my ideas with the budget I had in mind. We ended up simplifying the overall design and eliminating some touches Don thought impractical and excessive (the bushes, for example) – all ideas for the better, as it turned out. On the 17th we did the final walkthrough together, whereby he marked out the boundaries of where everything would go with orange spray paint and sprayed a whole lot of grass-killer around. He said his crew would be here the next day to re-engineer the sprinkler system (moving the lines away from the house and the wall and reposition a number of sprinkler heads to incorporate the new design), and then be here again the day before Thanksgiving to finish the job, laying down the brick and the rock.

Sure enough, on both days the crew came bright and early and got to work. On the 18th the old watering system was dug up and replaced with new lines and new sprinkler heads. Three days ago, the crew was back to do some serious uplifting of turf, laying and mortaring the brick, and finally bringing in 1 1/2 ton of rock to lay around the perimeter. And here is what the end result looks looks like:

sideyard_new

As you can see, the sideyard now has a natural, uncluttered, and pretty look to it; in fact, it looks like it has always been that way. A small decorative bench between the trees creates a calming, meditative atmosphere. The barbecue has been moved from the side of the house to the backyard beside the pool area. I pulled the ugly brown umbrella out the small patio table and set it away from the new rock walkway to allow easy access from the front yard and to the trash and recycle barrels. I now have an open little side patio where I can sit during the monsoon season and watch the thunder and dust storms roll in from the south and east. Ultimately, I’ll put a small pot with some pretty flowers on the table to add some color. Most importantly, the water is kept away from the house and the side wall completely.

Just goes to show what a little creativity and some quality workmanship can do. It’s great to know there are still firms out there that do great work and keep their customers engaged every step of the way.

This coming week the focus shifts to the house being painted. We can only hope the firm we’ve contracted to do that is as conscientous and committed to excellent serve as the folks at Lords of Design are.

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November 25, 2011

I think I’m a good cook. Actually, I know I’m a good cook. I’ll put my chicken paprikash receipe up against anyone’s, it’s so good (even if it’s impossible to remember at times). But me and turkey always have problems. It’s all in the prep, I know, and I just don’t think I do that good a job with it. It’s always seems to come out OK, but between the cooking and the cleaning it’s just not a fun experience for me. I dread Thanksgiving – the idea of getting up early to get everything ready, get the turkey in the oven, keep a watch over it, etc.

At least I’m not alone – our rabbit Cosmo hates the smell of turkey cooking, hiding himself as far under our office desk as he can get. Perhaps the smell cuts too close to his bunny bone, but the others don’t seem to care much. It is funny to watch him as soon as turkey soup goes on. He just makes himself scarce in a major way.

…the problem with Thanksgiving is that you’re always competing against two major cultural forces: a) the whole idea of Thanksgiving – you know, the Rockwellian idea of family and friends gathered around a big table, a huge nicely-browned turkey at the center of the table and everyone’s attention, and: b) the actual memories of Thanksgivings past. As you and everyone around you get older you just can’t compete against those holidays of old when times seemed simpler, families were together, and the day was for sharing food, stories, and fellowship. Better to face the fact right up front that you’re just not going to match those memories – they’re just to big and broad in scope. Heck, you’re lucky if you even get a phone call from those same family and friends anymore.

…not that the Thanksgivings of my youth were perfect and trouble-free – I remember distinctly one year going over to my Aunt Marge and Uncle Don’s house for Thanksgiving only to have to drive back to our house to retrieve our turkey since theirs wasn’t going to be cooked in time. That was pretty funny. And all the driving that day was done while snow was falling!

…the worst Thanksgiving dinner I ever cooked was during one of those years when Tracey and I were first married. Not only was the turkey severely undercooked when we first took it out, but once it was cooked, I made the mistake of using a long fork to try and lift the bird out of the pan. I punctured the bottom and turkey juices went everywhere – all over the stove, under the burners, everywhere. It took forever to clean up. I’m not sure, we may have ended up throwing the whole damned thing out. It was that awful.

…there are already two people on our street who have put up their Christmas lights. Look, I know today is “Black Friday” and all, but it’s too damned early to put up Christmas lights. Oughta be a law that the calendar at least show December before you can put Christmas lights up.

…at least in a few weeks it’ll betime to enjoy the “All Creatures Great And Small” episode “Merry Gentlemen”. It’s a Christmas tradition around here and just a wonderful family treat.

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November 24, 2011

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While this has been a difficult and troubled year there is much to be thankful for here at the Richard hacienda. Health-wise all is good (although one gets the sense disaster is always somewhere lurking around the corner). I have a wonderful family and circle of friends. Tracey and I both have jobs, a roof over our heads, clean water to drink, food to eat, and really don’t want for anything. My sister-in-law Tam is (hopefully) just weeks away from having a place of her own. The fact that (at least for right now) we live in a free and open society only makes our lives that much more blessed.

My prayer this day for all of you who make Goodboys Nation weblog a regular (or even semi-regular!) stop on your daily web browsing is for a Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends, and a sense of peace, joy, and blessedness. No matter how bad things can get – and they can get pretty bad, believe me! – there are things to be thankful for all around you; sometimes you just have to have the courage to look a little harder.

Happy Thanksgiving from all the Goodboys (for those interested, that’s L to R: 2Times, Killer, Cubby (kneeling), Doggy Duval, Deuce, Vegas, Goose, The Funny Guy, Possum, The Great White Shank, Gilligan, and Skipper) and everyone at Goodboys Nation weblog.

P.S. thanks to Ron “Cubby” Myerow for the pic.

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November 23, 2011

…doesn’t the Department of Homeland Security have better things to do (and spend good taxpayer money on) than worry about warning Americans about turkey fryers? How about paying a little closer attention to that 80-year old grandmother and her 5- and 7-year old grandkids – after all, they’re the ones most likely carrying enough plastic explosive to bring twenty planes down.

…I don’t recall eating in any of these restaurant chains except for Don Pablos. We used to go there quite a bit when we lived in Louisville. Great salsa and a nice enchilada sauce, as I recall.

…as much as Justin Verlander had a great year for the Tigers, you don’t vote a pitcher for MVP unless they’ve have a truly historic season. Verlander’s was good, but it wasn’t historic. Me? As much as I hate to admit it, the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson would have been my choice for MVP.

…have we become that coarse of a society that the music greeting Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s entrance on Jimmy Fallon’s show was Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass Bitch”. Absolutely disgraceful. I mean, what would happen if Michelle Obama showed up on Fox News’ “Red Eye” and the they played the Rolling Stones’ “Bitch” or Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back”. Why, heads would roll. But when it comes to conservative women it’s open season, and it’s a disgrace.

…and speaking of bi**hes, haven’t heard much from that totally unethical, ambulance-chasing lawyer Gloria Allred and her Herman Cain accusers lately, have you? It’s amazing what can happen when an accused says “enough is enough” and hires his own power of attorney to send a message. GOP candidates take notice.

…while last night’s CNN’s GOP debate on foreign policy was by far the best presented and most substantive thus far, I can’t help but wonder how you could have a foreign policy debate without any questions on the Fast & Furious scandal or the Obama administration’s American job-killing efforts involving the Keystone pipeline or the Air Force’s decision to have a light attack aircraft built in Brazil instead of the USA. Jobs freakin’ matter, but you won’t see CNN say anything that would compromise their role as Obama butt-kisser.

…the winner of tonight’s debate was easy to find: I think Newt’s answers throughout were the most substantial and the most practical. Everyone else except Jon Huntsman (who would do everyone a big favor and drop out now ) did alright. But I’m uncomfortable with foreign policy debates in general because its just so much armchair quarterbacking; until you’re in the Oval Office and seeing all the intelligence reports as Commander-in-Chief you have no clue what’s really going on out there. Still, I think this debate will propel Newt to the top of the field. Sure, his immigration answer is going to tork off some conservatives, but it was the most rational and practical. You’re not going to deport 20 million (or however many) illegals; sooner or later you’re going to have to pick and choose who stays and who goes based on their ties, time here, and good citizenship. Anyone else who thinks differently isn’t living in the real world.

Rob is right, Lana Del Ray has a pretty sultry style in a modern fashion. She sounds almost early Stevie Nicks to me. He mentioned her videos “Blue Jeans” and “Video Games” but I like this one. Someone calls her style “gangster Nancy Sinatra” – now there’s something to aspire to!

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November 22, 2011

An honest set of questions for President Barack Obama from Mr. “tingle up my leg”:

“What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Would he tell us? What’s he going to do in the second term? More of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going? Are we going to do something the second term? He has yet to tell us. He has not said one thing about what he would do in the second term. He never tells us what he is going to do with reforming our healthcare systems, Medicare, Medicaid, how is going to reform Social Security. Is he going to deal with long-term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How? Just tell us. Why are we in this fight with him? Just tell us, Commander, give us our orders and tell us where we’re going, give us the mission. And he hasn’t done it.

Gee whiz, once you start getting questioned by Chris Matthews you know things aren’t going as swimmingly as planned. People can talk about the failure of the so-called “Super Committee” to agree to a deficit-reduction plan, but what are you going to do when you have two political parties who have drawn lines in the sand: the Democrats who insist on major tax increases to help fund the nation’s spiraling entitlement program problem, and the Republicans who believe in cutting the size and scope of the federal government to reduce spending without major tax increases.

It’s in these very cases when you have two competing visions about where this country needs to go that you need a leader engaged in the process throughout who tries to keep the effort on track and offers various suggestions of compromise to help bring the parties together. Unfortunately, you have a president who has been totally disengaged from the start, someone far more interested in exploiting the effort for cheap political gain and putting his re-election ahead of the country’s needs. He has been disengaged for the past two years, and people in Washington on both sides of the political aisle (yes, even the Democrats) who are deeply offended and disappointed by this pathetic shell of a political leader.

It would be interesting to see how Barack Obama would answer Chris Matthews’ questions, but frankly, I don’t think even he has a clue as to what his presidency stands for anymore besides diding this country along political and class lines, pitting one group of Americans against another, and enjoying the perks of the office without accomplishing anything of lasting substance. No wonder then, that a “dump Obama” sentiment is not just shared by the GOP candidates running for president, but from certain quarters of the Democratic Party as well.

Do I think it will happen? Doubtful, but this president’s alarming lack of competency and seeming unwillingness to lead and engage on the hard political decisions that need to be made to save us from a Greece-like default has to be alarming, even to his own party leadership.

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November 21, 2011

With Thanksgiving coming up I’m hoping it will be a fairly quiet week work-wise. Around The Great White Shank’s hacienda, however, there is lots going on as we’re less than two weeks away from the great house-painting adventure. I bought some solar patio lights to replace the old and broken ones that have kept dark sentinel over the front walkway for years; the new ones create a very nice light, and at $40 for six you can’t beat the price. How long they’ll last is anyone’s guess.

I also prepped the backyard for the lighting folks whho are also coming the same day the house is being painted. Tracey and I cut back some red yucca plants that had grown too large, giving the painters plenty of room to move around. We also have a couple of new plants that are going in to add some nice color to places that need it, and Carmelo and the landscaping team will be doing the planting this coming week.

Supposedly, the east-facing side yard will be completed this week; the “first wave” came last week to move the sprinklers away from the house and the facing wall, as well as to kill the grass that will be covered with rock. It’s a fairly simple design, but one that will really make the yard look nice and much more practical in terms of the kind of use it gets (which is none).

We’re on pins and needles waiting for word as to when the Section 8 people will be inspecting Tam’s new apartment. There will be lots of activity involving movers and shakers when the time comes. We’re hoping she’ll be in her new place by Christmas – which would mean the guest bedroom will be ready for visitors come the New Year. It’s an anxious and exciting time for Tam, and we’re hoping for the best. I’ve often said life is 50% being in the right place at the right time, and 50% recognizing it when it happens. Tam’s already hit the first 50% by just getting on the housing list when she did; here’s hoping she takes advantage of this situation and reaches for that brass ring once she’s in and settled.

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