How was Cheddarhead yesterday? I kid! I kid! Though I admit to missing it.

More cleaning.
More cleaning.
More cleaning.

I am realizing that I won’t be able to get everything I hoped to accomplish done on this trip. I knew going in that no matter how ambitious I was, that I couldn’t accomplish everything that needs attention; there is just too much stuff in this house and I didn’t anticipate finding a water leak. It’s good that my brother and sister in law will be replacing me at week’s end. I will return in February to continue the efforts.

Today I will contact a plumbing company, that specializes in leak detection, which was recommended to me. Also today I will watch YouTube videos in order to learn how to fix the leaking tub faucets. The house was built in the late 1950s and has your classic two handle faucet arrangement. I know every video will tell me this is easy to fix. I know from experience of working on houses from the 1950s that there will be at least one challenge.

Wordle: four, my starter was. ALTER
Connections: perfect, Purple > Blue > Yellow > Green

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57 Responses to 2024-01-02

  1. Steve says:

    Wordle in 6!! I only had 2 at 5 with only one in the correct place! That was close. Perfect connections.

    I too missed Cheddarhead. At least the brats and bowling. Might have to find an occasion to get “everyone” together for an evening…

    Michigan-Alabama was a tough game on both sides of the ball. I think poor coaching on Alabama’s last play was to blame. Not letting the QB take it, but where he tried to run. Did you see the size of those Michigan linemen? No dog in the fight between Texas and Washington.

    Another 16 on the gravel bike. I’m still adjusting to the difference in frame angles (I guess) as it’s still not quite comfortable yet… getting there, though. And people were out to kill me yesterday. One passed within a foot- at speed, and another, despite my signal to turn left decided to pass me anyway. MF’s!

    Before you start working on plumbing, find the cut off valve.


    • I didn’t get to watch the games last night, no ESPN.

      One reason I hope to fix the faucets is because I have been turning the water off/on at the street in order to not have a huge water bill next month. I think I also found a cutoff inside the house, but I bought a t-bar and trust the valve at the meter more than anything inside.

      • Steve says:

        And the street cutoff is primary, but the one inside might still be helpful for having some water available. Fill a 5 gallon bucket so you can flush…

        • Sally says:

          I usually turn the water off inside if I am gone for a long time just so I don’t come back to a mess in case a pipe should bust. I have two pinhole leaks to a bathroom down stairs. Slim put in a cutoff valve just to that room for me until I have time to fix it. I have copper pipes for plumbing and cast-iron for sewage. My house was also built in the 50’s. We won’t even talk about the wiring. :).

          • David says:

            As an owner of a house built in the early 1900s, I can attest to choosing the repair/renovation threads I pull extremely carefully, and even then it’s still a fucking slippery slope.

            My previous house was a mid-century modern like Sally’s (that realtor-speak du jour tickles me, back when I owned that house they were referred to as a 1950’s brick ranch).

          • Barb says:

            mid century modern- I guess I’ll start calling my house that too.

          • I’ll call mine “mid century dilapidated”

        • David says:

          Barb, that’s the marketing-speak! Own it! 😉

  2. Due to yesterday being a holiday, trash and recycling will be collected today. I have nearly filled both containers so this is a good thing.

  3. Sally says:

    Yesterday started with a group run at the river/Sope Creek and a brunch with so much delicious food and drinks. Then to Sarah’s for Black Eyed Peas, Collard Greens and Cornbread and a nice fire. GUTS run tonight with beer and pizza. 2024 starting out good in terms of exercise but not so much on the eating and drinking front. Maybe I’ll start that next week.

    Wordle in 3 starting with CANDY. Perfect Connections. Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple.

    Taking Christmas down today. I should keep it up all year just to add cheer!

    • David says:

      “Taking Christmas down today. I should keep it up all year just to add cheer!”

      Ugh! 😉 You and I will have to agree to disagree on that front. 😉 😉 😉

      • Sally says:

        That’s okay David! I still like you. lol. I haven’t started yet. Been working on a puzzle instead.

      • Barb says:

        We never even put up Christmas – except the outside lights.
        Allan may take them down today, maybe tomorrow.
        We have until January 7th – since the 6th is the 12th Day of Christmas

        • David says:

          I didn’t do a single decoration for Christmas. My “wife” blinged out her place, so I let that suffice this time around. My story is my travels got on the way, and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

    • My mother LOVED Christmas. We gave away at least two boxes of Christmas stuff in November, there are at least another ten boxes of it in the house. And, there is the stuff which is not in a box and sits all around the house. I did not inherit my love of minimalism from my mother…

  4. David says:

    Starting the new work year out at Joe’s. I waltzed in at 8:30 and the place was completely empty. That is a first. Back to working on the book today.

    Wordle in 5, had to use a throwaway word for my 4th turn to get closer to the answer. I have no idea what today’s word means. Maybe one of the ITP foreign language aficionados can explain it. 😉 Clean Connections.

    After a couple of months of deferral I finally did some leaf raking in my back yard yesterday. I only scratched the surface with 3 trash bins/1 leaf bag, but the important part is that I started. Forcing a crack into the inertia ice is always crucial. The remaining leaves don’t stand a chance now. My social life got in the way of raking leaves yesterday with three different meet-ups, and I am good with that.

    Hey Steve, holler the next time you’re lunching in town. Six Feet Under is less than a mile from my house. It’s possible that my daughter showed you to your table, her shift started at 1 the day you were in.

    • You should adopt the “Leave the Leaves” mentality as I have! 🙂 The leaves I picked up for compost were bagged by neighbors. Speaking of picking things up, I realized yesterday as I walked around that I am missing prime Christmas tree claiming time since I am not in Atlanta. I usually claim trees, lop off all of branches and spread them around WLF, and burn the trunks.

      • David says:

        I’ve considered your “Leave the Leaves” approach, but I get super-tired of having leaves tracked into my house. Plus I still have a couple dozen bags of that cursed “stays where you put it” cypress mulch that I’m beyond sick of looking at that I cannot spread until I remove the leaves. I always feel so much better when I get the leaves dispatched.

        • Barb says:

          we luckily have a bod yard with nots of natural spaces – so Allan just blows the leaves into those area. Its always entertaining if you have to walk thru those areas, you sink down to your knees in leaves

    • Steve says:

      I was letting traffic determine which direction we would go. Had it been a little lighter, we were thinking of George’s. When it started to back up before I-20, the call was made. In future, if an actual plan is made, you’ll get a call.

  5. About to make some calls to deal with issues. I think this is th part of the process I hate the most.

  6. Barb says:

    yellow – green – blue – purple.
    Paulie – you always get the purple, and I never get that line of connections.

    Wordle in 4 -a lucky guess.

    • I think that is just the way my mind works. I work in associate pairs so when I read each word I think of the word I pair with is, and when the same word comes up again I start seeking out others.

  7. Barb says:

    Busy enough long weekend –
    Alpharetta Greenway Walk & Jekyll Brewing Saturday – then dinner here with some friends.

    Allan worked Sunday & Monday, but I kept busy – lunch with Annette & then a NYE gathering.
    Monday another walk – this time Southside Beltline & Elsewhere Brewing. Convinced David to join us Monday, as we were just a few long blocks from his house. Betsy did a walkby on her way home from yoga, then a totally random meetup with Niplets & his girlfriend (Don whatever)

  8. First call made and my brother and I have just lost $500 each of our inheritance. Apparently mom had an outstanding balance with the dialysis center, and no amount of cajoling could get them to lower the bill of $1000.

    Now I get to make the expensive call regarding plumbing!

  9. HamWithCam says:

    First, Happy New Year to eddybody….

    Now, a question for our resident Excel guru, David:

    “Iceland is a country in the North Atlantic. its capital is Reykjavik…” 🙂 <– bonus points for who gets this.

    Microsoft Excel has software versions for both IBM-PC, MS-Windows and Apple Macintosh, MacOS. Are there appreciable differences between the two (current) versions of Excel? Functional differences, specifically keyboard shortcuts, etc. that might make one "more better" than the other?

    Lastly which version do you prefer, if either?

    (I'm interested in others take as well…)

    Many thanks.
    73 de JG/HamWithCam

    • David says:

      OK, I’m in on the Icelandic humor now, courtesy of ChatGPT, and will not offer any spoilers. 🙂

      Regarding Excel, I like to say that the macOS version has 95% of the functionality of the Windows version, but the missing 5% is really brutal. There are some crucial keyboard shortcuts that are absent on the Mac (crucial to me, at least). There are also features that are not there. It really depends upon how deep you’re going into Excel. If you’re just figuring out hypothetical home renovation budgets, either platform will work just fine, and you may not notice much difference. There are some commands on the Mac that don’t appear in the tabbed “ribbon” interface (Microsoft’s term, not mine) but do appear in the old-school drop-down menus across the top of the screen. So there’s a bit of an Easter egg hunt involved sometimes. If you’re doing any serious work with Excel, you’ll probably frustrated with the Mac version.

      A few years ago Microsoft supposedly “unified” the code base between the Mac and Windows versions (they started out as two separate sets of code). I find it hard to believe that if this is really true that we wouldn’t have absolute parity between the Mac and Windows. In the event that you’re doing anything with macros in Excel, VBA on the Mac is truly a non-starter, especially if you’re doing anything any sort of document management work. I don’t foresee the Mac ever getting a full seat at the Excel table, so if you make the leap be prepared to sit in a chair that has three full legs and one shortened leg. You’ll be able to maintain your balance most of the time, just be careful how you shift in your seat. 😉

      Let me know if you have any specific questions, and feel free to get my contact info from Paulie if you want to have a first-hand discussion.

  10. Watching some white bird with long yellow beak poking into front lawn. Occasionally it comes up with something to eat, but I can’t tell on what it is snacking.

  11. Bob says:

    I really miss chedderhead, I looked more forward to that than any new years eve party.
    We did the bowling part of it yesterday, need to cook up some brats next.

    Although, no chedderhead helps with my dry(ish) January. Its ish because I have some skip days built in 🙂

  12. Bummer, thought I’d get an Upside or Dosh eating here. I really wanted to eat here, a British pub, so I didn’t eat here specifically for the discount. Neither of the two restaurants around here at which I used to get rebates are given them now.

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