Providence strikes again – Paint Sprayer Discount

pntspryrI’m constantly amazed how often the things I need come to me free or cheap when the time is right.

All you have to do is have patience and wait.  They say good things come to those who wait.  I think it is totally true.


sdngI put off starting a big project of replacing the siding on the front of my house for so many years.  It was starting to rot where the water splashes on it from the porch roof.  It needed to be done before I go to sell the house and time is getting short so I decided to get it done.

I got the bright idea to buy a paint sprayer.  I could totally do this with a brush but next year when I’m building my new house, I’ll need a sprayer anyway.  The best thing I could find would be a good looking Graco sprayer from Home Depot for $260.  Fine.  Totally worth it.

Today I gen an email from Harbor Freight with a coupon to buy one almost exactly the same for only $169.  Dude!  Love it!  The reviews are good and I’ve never had any problems with HF stuff.  It even uses the Graco sprayer tip and parts.   I’m going to pick it up this week.  Noice!



Extra land sold in just a few days!

intmnyWooooooo!  My land sold for a lot more than I bought it for!

I originally bought 8 acres of land in the country at $11,000 an acre.  I didn’t need that much but it is hard to find small acreage.   I divided it in two parts, kept what I wanted and listed the other part just the other day.  The real estate agent just called me and said it sold for full asking price!!!  Should have asked more.

I knew it would sell quickly because of its scarcity plus it has a nice pond on it.   We listed it for $16,200.  A nice profit of $5200 an acre.  That means my total cost after the 6% fee to the realtor is only $5211 per acre or $18,000 total.  Shit yeah!  That will pay for the water, septic and electricity installation and still have some left over.  Free money!

I love it when a plan comes together… plus a bonus!


Dear Dad – Wanda in the Hospital too

Hi again dad.  I didn’t think I would be writing to you so soon but as I was visiting mom in her hospital room, I got a call from aunt Puddin.  She said  your daughter, Wanda, called the EMS and is on her way to the hospital in Seguin.  She has been having heart issues for a long time and had a stent put in a few months ago.  She kept having fast heartbeat problems and finally went to the hospital.   I’m betting she will need a pacemaker too.

I am kind of partly in shock and mostly just don’t know what I am supposed to do.  What do normal people do when their mom and sister are in the hospital?  I’m just kind of keeping in touch, visiting and keeping on as best I can.

I guess heart problems run in the family on both sides.  I guess Jody and I are doomed.  So far I am doing well since we caught it in time and I’ve changed my eating lifestyle to keep my cholesterol down.  I should be OK as far as heart disease but who knows if I’ll end up with major heart rate issues.  I had an “Extra” heartbeat issue that medication seems to be controlling pretty well.  Hope it stays in check.

I’m not planning on living a long life.  If I can hang in there until I make it to 70 and stay relatively healthy then I’ll count that as a win.  That’s long enough anyway.  By that time I will have accomplished all my earthly goals anyway and will just be waiting.

Keep Mom and Wanda in your thoughts if you are able.


Wanda is back home now.  There were no major symptoms when she got to the hospital.  She has been having the issue for a long time so she will go to the doctor and wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to get a snapshot of the issue.

Land Cleared! DONE!


The people I hired came out to use the big machine to clear out all my land.  I met them there at 8:00 Wednesday morning and they set to work.  It was HOT!!!  A 100 degree day.  Fortunately for him the cab is air conditioned because he worked a straight 9 hours to get half of it done.  I spent most of the time sitting in the shade but at the end of the day I felt like I did a ton of work.  Sweating must take a lot of energy.

They came back the next day to the the rest of my keep lot and most of the lot I have to sell.  That will make it easier for the buyer to see it and it should sell quickly.  I’m hoping to get $15,000 an acre.

It seems like slow progress but it has only been a month or so.  Nice.


Father’s Day Buffet

Last Sunday was Father’s Day.  I wasn’t sure how to celebrate it so I went to a Mexican Buffet.  He would have liked that.

It was apparently the right thing to do because at 11:00 am the place was packed.  People were even in the waiting area.  Fortunately, it is often easy to get a table for a party of one so I didn’t have to wait.

I got seated right away and made my way through the masses at the buffet tables.  The food was decent but not special.  I sat there alone and invisible as I ate at a table with room for four.  It felt weird of course but what can you do?   I looked around at all the (primarily) Mexican families all out celebrating their Fathers.  Nice for them.

I ate my fill and left.  Oh well.  It was better than having a turkey sandwich at home on a special day.  Happy Father’s Day Dad.  Wherever you are.

Quick Book Review – The Phoenix Project

51zJtQeycpL._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_This book was recommended to me by a co-worker so I thought I would give it a try.

The Phoenix Project, by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford is a well written book about an auto parts company IT department suffering through internal strife.  They are bombarded by users requests, the Audit department, System Security and upper management demands while being expected to deploy a massively underfunded and over rushed highly public project.

Any IT department worker will be able to relate to this story.  I found it dangerously realistic and it stressed me out so much that I had to stop reading at Chapter 15.

Not only was it hyper-realistic, the names of some of the characters were spot-on with people in my IT department.

Brent – The guy who knows it all.
Laura from HR.
Steve who owns the company.
Chris at the help desk.

I swear it must have been written by someone who knows us.   These names made it feel way too close to reality and I just had to stop.  I’ll read more later.  I want to know how it ends but I can’t take anymore stress.  If I was there, I would definitely quite post haste.

I have a feeling that the book is a learning tool that will give you information on how to deal with such a situation and IT operations in general and I want to learn.  Our IT department is not far from experiencing the same thing in our future.

Maybe it’s the same everywhere.  I’m glad my IT career is almost over.  IT is not as much fun as it used to be back in the early days.  Now there is too much security and regulation.  Now it just sucks.  I’m glad I was a part of the good times.  Sucks to be new at it.

Anyway,  Great book!  I hope to finish it after I retire.  Get it on Amazon.

Dreamblog – Friends not friends

I was with two of my childhood friends, Vincent and Gregory.  We walked into a house.  I was surprised to see Marilyn from Northern Exposure there.  I was excited to see her and introduced them to her and then they raped and beat her. (Sorry Marilyn.)  I was powerless to do anything.

Now that’s an interesting dream.  What does it mean that my friends would do such a horrible thing?  Could it be that my subconscience has finally let them go and deemed them to be evil?   I’ve long suspected them of being evil since I have been unable to renew our friendship for over 30  years.  Is it strange that I still care about them enough that they continually turn up in my dreams?

I’ve sent them my dreams by email in the past but they don’t respond.  I don’t think I’ll send this one.