The Myth of Marriage

An acquaintance texted me today telling me that he had the day off for Presidents Day. He wanted to do something fun and asked me if I had any ideas. I literally couldn’t think of anything more fun than building a house. He didn’t agree. Said I needed a woman. What an ass.

LOL. I’m 50 now. The time for looking for women was 40 years ago. That kind of thing is for children. I’m over that now and have moved on to higher levels of consciousness.

I would have continued the conversation explaining the error of his ways but I wouldn’t want to damage his theory of his own future by offering facts. I could have told him that he is 51 and past it. Move on and grow up. But regular people need to come to their own conclusions. Facts be damned. You can’t give facts to other people. They are unable to accept unless they obtain them on their own. Few are capable though. It’s really sad. I’ve always had the ability to learn from the mistakes of others. If only everyone else could do the same.

Personally, I appreciate the fact that I didn’t spend my life chasing the Woman thing. I have enough money for a comfortable early retirement thanks to it. Marriage, Children, and Divorce are for regular people. I’m eternally glad I’m not one of them.

I would have asked him why he hasn’t figured it out yet. The whole Marriage thing is an outdated tradition anyway. Happy marriage died with The Greatest Generation. The first generation to experience today’s style of marriage was the Baby Boomers and perhaps it is their fault. It was the first generation where women were becoming men. Ever watch the old TV shows where women were still women? Wasn’t it wonderful? Women are no longer women psychologically. They expect and adopted all the mannerisms of men. No wonder divorce became so common. Men married to men and neither one of them is gay. How can it work? Apparently, it can’t. How many people do you know who have never been divorced? Not many I’ll bet.

Maybe I’m just jaded or maybe I’m speaking the logical facts. A woman will take your money, your time and your soul then leave your dried up husk on the side of the road. Of course, I don’t speak for all people but can you risk it? I can’t. I can’t afford to even try. A man only lives once and if you work your ass off for 50 years then lose all your money, what do you have left? There are no do-overs unless you believe in reincarnation. I’m personally hoping there is no such thing. Once is enough.

I wish I could say that I learned this only from other people’s mistakes but I have to admit that it took me 45 years of suffering to completely understand. Much of this suffering is written out for the last ten years of this blog. At least I suffered alone and still have all my money. (It’s also a shame that money is so important to living a comfortable life. There must be a better way. Don’t get me started on that.)

So in conclusion, if you are open to advice, don’t fall prey to your dick. There are more important things in life than false women and the impossible ideals of a happily married life. That died back in the 60’s. In a better world, we could just be really good friends and sleep in separate houses.

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Fighting Frugality

It didn’t take too long with a crew of five people to get all the trusses up. It’s really starting to look like a house now.

I spent the last few days amongst the constant damp and cold weather putting up all the bracing and eave brackets. Strange how I have to keep buying lumber. I thought I was done with that.

I’ve lived a life of great frugality which now affords me the ability to achieve the dream of building my dream house in the country. That habit of frugality is constantly gnawing at me as I spend hundreds after hundreds of dollars on more lumber. I have to keep reminding myself that it is all within the budget and it’s OK. Combined with the fact that I’m not working and bringing in a guaranteed income makes it even more freaky. Still. It’s OK.

My budget is $100,000 and I expect to end up far below that. So far my costs have been $40,000 and I still have around $35,000 expected to spend. A large chunk, $10,000 will go to the septic system. I didn’t expect it to cost that much but it’s in the budget.

Hopefully, I will start putting the roof decking on this week. It will be really nice to get that done so my framing won’t keep getting wet. I used pressure treated lumber on the exterior wall sills but not inside. I never expected it to be so wet for so long. Hopefully, it won’t be a major problem. It is supposed to be dry all this week. I requested a whole month of dry weather. I still need to trench for the power and water lines.

Overall, I’m in good spirits and enjoying the work. I ordered the air conditioning system yesterday. Summer is coming quickly and I need to be ready.

Roof Truss Success!!!

The Mechanism

It worked!!!

With the help of a friend, we were able to get the first roof truss up on the wall and stood up in place.

I’m so excited. I spent many nights not able to sleep as I worked out all the forces in my head as I designed and re-designed the lift mechanism to get 21, 220 lb, 44 foot long trusses up on the walls without having to spend $1000 on a crane service. I probably spent around $50 for parts.

You basically, place the truss on the lift and move it up on the saw-tooth catches until you get it as far up as possible. Then, after trying it for safety, lift the whole thing up on the stands until it is level with the top of the walls. Next, you just slide the truss onto the walls and into position then stand it up.

It worked almost exactly as I planned and was fairly easily manageable with two people. More would be better of course.

The first truss in place

I’ll make a short video of the lift in action later.

For now, it seems to be a great invention. If anyone wants to patent it and make a million dollars, you are welcome to the idea as long as you give me just 1% of the profits. I’d do it myself but I don’t have a million to pay for the patent. I’m more of an idea man. You do the work and get 99%.

I’m so happy to see that it works. Now I just need a few helpers to work with me on the other 20 trusses. It looks like I can possibly hit my goal of getting the roof done by the end of February.

Roof Trusses arrived

Now that the exterior and interior walls are finished, I ordered the roof trusses which arrived Monday.

Now I have to get them up onto the walls. I built a lifting mechanism that I’ll tell you about if it works. The only problem is that the trusses are 200 lbs each, 44 feet long and will really require at least two people to move. The problem is that I only have one person.

It’s frustrating when all you can do is sit there and look at them while desperately wishing you have the ability to clone yourself.

I asked a few people for help and we might be able to try it this weekend. Until then I’ll just have to stay home and work on building the clerestory windows. There are nine of them and so far I’ve built three. I might get two of them partially built tomorrow while I wait for help.

If my lift fails then I guess I’ll have to ask my uncle if he has any thoughts. He’s a roofer but not really a truss installer. Surely he at least knows someone.

It sucks when things are out of my control.

House Construction Update – The last interior wall is up.

YAY! The next phase is complete. I now have all the interior walls up. I am now officially ready for the roof trusses to arrive.

It sure is wonderful not having to waste all my daylight sitting in an office. I’m getting so much construction done. My last session was three days straight. I stayed two nights in my RV and worked all day long. I’m exhausted. It’s a good thing today is rainy because I need a break.

On my last day there, the water company arrived and installed my water meter. They had to tunnel under the road. Yay again!

Soon I’ll be renting a trenching machine so I can bury the supply pipe up to the house as well as the electrical cable.

Today I called the septic engineer to get the ball rolling on that.

Things are really happening!

Ready for summer again!

The last few days have been cold and rainy. I am so looking forward to a sunny day. It’s only January but I think I’m completely ready for summer now.

I like the cold of winter but I like, even more, wearing my speedos or swimming naked. I often go out and enjoy some naked hot tubbing almost every night and it’s really nice but I’m ready to play on the beach or at the pool. I’m so looking forward to moving to my new house in the country where I can go days at a time without ever wearing a stitch of clothing. How wonderful will that be?

That’s OK. It will be summer soon enough and I’ll be wishing it was winter. Enjoy the weather like it is. Today will be sunny anyway.

New Blog Name- Buying Time

Every once in a while, the time comes to change the name of this blog to better reflect the overall theme. I can’t even remember the original name. Next it was “Wrong Universe” then “New Universe”. This time I’m changing it to “Buying Time” since I’m taking a sabbatical for a few years because the thing I desire most in life is, “Time!”

What does time cost? It may be different for each person but I calculate that the cost of time for me is about $14,400 per year. I’ve been keeping track of my budget for years now and my annual spending average is about $1,200 a month summing up to $14,400 a year.

I live a simple life and am completely happy with basic living. I don’t desire fancy cars, houses or vacations. I have no prospects of ever being married, having children or even having a girlfriend so that is saving me so many thousands a year.

What am I going to spend it on? Time!

I am two days into my sabbatical and I’m loving it! I don’t have to wake up until I’m damn well ready. I can stay up all night if I want to. I can take a nap during the day. I can go to parks. I can work around the house. I’m not sitting at a desk all day doing nothing important. My life is now my own and it is the most wonderful thing that I have ever experienced.

Time is the best thing in the world! If you have the means, I highly recommend you pick some up!