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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Cottage 17, 19 & 22

Cottage 22 on a foggy morning, late July. The bucks county ledgestone chimney stone is nearing the top. We started in late May, and by the end of this month the house should be real close to being finished - which by any measure, is pretty extraordinary. Add in the fact that this summer has SUCKED in regards to rain, and one can get the sense how seriously we take our deadlines. No excuses.

The interior of the house is trimmed out, with the handhewn logs set over the weekend. The painter started yesterday, and Tito - being the master painter- will probably be just about finished by the end of the week.

The Barryville cottage, which was the home on the land I just purchased, has a pretty funky bathroom, already installed. We repainted this little house, added some smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, raised some ceilings, repainted the whole thing, fancied up the kitchen and refinished the floors - in sum, made it look fan f$%&*king tastic.
Juan and Joe emerging from the foggy morning.
Cottage 19 - in contract, and 75% finished.
Thom and Bryce came up yesterday for a big day of decisions - they stopped by the kitchen store to say hello to Paul the kitchen guy, stopped by the tile store (Cornerstone Tile in Monticello) to say hi to Denise, then down to the job site for a review of the wall coverings (sheetrock, wood, wainscotting, planking), and a host of other decisions to 'keep the job moving'.

We are hoping to close all 4 of these house in the next 2 months - the Barryville Cottage in the next week or two, and Cottage 17, 22, and 19 in late September. Still not much of a problem finding financing for these homes - we have started using smaller, local banks, we require our clients to be very qualified with 20% down and plenty left over after the transaction, and we are always keeping our eyes on comparable sales.

The person who called me an asshole in a comment I posted a few weeks back struck again this morning, reiterating their opinion that I'm an asshole - which like I said, really hurts my feelings especially with exclamation points and what have you. He commented that 'no one cares', exemplified by no comments, which is really low - in my opinion - because you all know how much I dream of a comment filled blog, where everyone asks my opinion and defers to my knowledge and expertise and generally sends well wishes and the like. I guess I have a few thoughts on the matter - 1. what a loser!!, 2. I definitely have to employ the 'asshole technique and method' on more occasions than I wish to in order to keep the business running, and 3. success is the best revenge.

And we are having plenty of success, hence sipping frequently that sweet nectar of accomplishment (only after 5pm of course).

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday in the Sticks

For all the readers who didn't know the author of the previous post song - it was Tom Waits.

Simple picture of some simple produce from the Callicoon Farmer's Market in, - you guessed it - Callicoon, NY.

These pics of pics and produce and fruit are in our living room in Eldred, NY.
Here's Cottage 17 taking shape nicely. Red cedar siding and that wrap-around porch everyone loves makes this exterior a real winner. 8 acres, private country road.

Cottage 19, which is just going into contract, with the painters starting on the outside, the inside is sheetrocked and the exterior cedar shake is pretty well installed.

And Cottage 22 - in contract and moving right along. Installing the wide plank floors, window trims and the interior doors are being installed and trimed out tomorrow.

Remember - these houses only started 7 weeks ago - before that it was just a bunch of woods. Pretty quick, Pretty fast. Pretty extra ordinary.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Pictures from a Party on Saturday Night OR Christmas Card from a Hooker in Mineapolis on Valentines Day

hey Charley I'm pregnant
and living on 9-th street right
above a dirty bookstore off euclid avenue
and I stopped taking dope
and I quit drinking whiskey
and my old man plays the trombone and works out at the track.(his 48th b-day party)

and he says that he loves me
even though its not his baby
and he says that he'll raise him up
like he would his own son
and he gave me a ring
that was worn by his mother
and he takes me out dancin
every saturday nite.

(2 gay sailors playing badminton)
and hey Charley
I think about you
everytime I pass a fillin' station
on account of all the grease you used to wear in your hair
and I still have that record
of little anthony & the imperials
but someone stole my record player
how do you like that?
(an all white party)

hey Charley I almost went crazy
after mario got busted
so I went back to omaha to
live with my folks
but everyone I used to know
was either dead or in prisons
so I came back in minneapolis
this time I think I'm gonna stay.

hey Charley I think I'm happy
for the first time since my accident
and I wish I had all the money
that we used to spend on dope
I'd buy me a used car lot
and I wouldn't sell any of em
I'd just drive a different car
every day
dependin on how I feel.

(Beckles is back, clearing up my mis-understanding that 'all whites' was clothing, not race -which was great, since the latter made me quite uncomfortable)

hey Charley
for chrissakes
do you want to know the truth of it?
I don't have a husband
he don't play the trombone
and I need to borrow money
to pay this lawyer
and Charley,
hey I'll be eligible for parole
come valentines day.

And to finish it off, our newest home - the last one we had for sale. Gobbled up like the last piece of pecan pie on a table surrounded by stoners.

Amazingly, these pics were taken on a Saturday, with men working everywhere. It's how we do it - all hardcore, all the time.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Parteeeee! - RoadTrip - Destination Blacksburg, VA

Who's going to tell me my boy isn't chip off the ol' 'lady killer' block? These 3 Southern Belles are obviously entranced as my son waxes poetically on a wide range of sophisticated topics.

Dad still paying tribute to MJ with a seersucker moonwalk.This the Virginia Tech fraternity house I hope he doesn't join.

Blacksburg is an old town, judging from the original town hall established in 1798.

Nice southern architecture. I'm always looking for new design ideas, and we spend a lot of time looking for new designs - it's pretty difficult, since I'm pretty picky and there is a lot of bad architecture out there.

This oldy probably dates into the 1700's. I'm a big fan of the south - read Civil War books incessantly.

The bride and her Father.

Paul, future head of the AMA - presently a med student, just off a 4 year tour at U. of Georgia.

And Lucas getting ready for the wedding with a quick bath in the hotel sink.

My Dad, My Son, and fake wood dog with collar in the background.

Just a couple more child shots for this Sunday morning, in order to further endear my readers and evoke that sought after 'what a guy!' utterance I so badly seek.

And if this picture just doesn't wrap the whole weekend up, as we all do the walk of shame, Sunday Morning. Note the vodka bottle by the back wheel.

Well, that's about it for this morning. Lisa and Lucas met Gayle (and her mom) from Cottage 15 fame for breakfast over in Pennsylvania, then off the to Callicoon Farmer's Market. I'm here alone on this cool Sunday Morning, thinking about heading down to Matamoris Home Depot to pick up a little of this and a little of that.
Jeanne and Deb (cottage 14) and Pablo and Ana (cottage 7) sponsored a Cottage crawl yesterday, and Gavin and Emily threw a bash for Gavin's 47th birthday. My new easy-carry badminton set was requested, and lots of enjoyment was derived from that simple game.
I'm thinking ref's chair, and neon scoreboard where player's names can be inputted and their scores tallied. Maybe even an online league to track the winners (me) and losers (all other challengers).
June it rained everyday, hard. Now July has proven more of the same. This has to the wettest 'summer' on record, if you can call this summer. Perversely, the weekends have been great - it just rains throughout the week, making us look real bad to a lot of people waiting on us finishing this and that exterior project.
All for now - It's Sunday, July 19 - about 65 degrees, about 10:02am.