October 20th, 2005

construction

House.conf

OK, because xerhino suggested it, and because I'm stupidly curious, I'm making a poll about houses and bars and bedrooms. Mostly because I want one in the new house and I'm not sure how I want it set up. But also because I'm a singleminded idiot sometimes.

So, for this question, pretend that you're building a house, you can configure it any way you want, and you can afford to be as picky as you want. Heh. Nice little fantasy, isn't it? Anyway, poll.

Poll #594610 Bartending and sleeping

How many bars would you have?

1
3(42.9%)
2
0(0.0%)
1 per floor
4(57.1%)
Other
0(0.0%)

Wet or dry?

Wet
5(71.4%)
Dry
0(0.0%)
Are you insane?
0(0.0%)

How many bedrooms?

1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
0(0.0%)
4
3(42.9%)
4+
4(57.1%)

Master bedroom, allowing for private bath?

Yes
7(100.0%)
No
0(0.0%)
Ummm, what?
0(0.0%)

Does one of those bedrooms double as another type of room?

Yes - office
2(28.6%)
Yes - craft room
2(28.6%)
Yes - computer room
0(0.0%)
Yes - library
0(0.0%)
No
3(42.9%)
tea pile

(no subject)

No coffee today, I'm having tea instead. I don't do this very often, as I don't like to order tea at the coffee shop and brining it from home is a pain. I used to alternate tea and coffee, but that was when I had ready access to hot water at work. Pouring hot water into a cup to make tea is a very satisfying process. Watching the leaves, smelling the tea, pulling the leaves at the right moment to avoid making the tea bitter - there's a whole ritual involved.

Tea For OneUnfortunately, this is no longer possible, as this place has water that tastes of chlorine. Even if I were willing to microwave it to get hot water, it tastes terrible. So I have tea on the weekends with my fancy little tea for one setup.

Anyway. One of these days I'd really like to have an actual teapot, or maybe two. A functional put-it-on-the-stove one and a fancy little serving pot, I love the Asian style teapots they're just gorgeous. But I don't have room in this house for one more thing, let alone two. The kitcken is so full that we've got stuff we don't use often still in the garage. So sad. Some day, there will be tea.
cthulu

(no subject)

I've been poking at a few of the initatives on the next ballot (I'm using the listing of measures and the impact statements prepared by the Secretary of State to cut through most of the crap) and so far, I'm pretty pissed off. The people bringing these measures forth appear to be selfish pricks. It's not like I should be surprised, people who write these things tend to have a very personal reason for doing so but that doesn't really change anything.

The specific initiative that's making me mad right now is 912. They want to cancel the planned gas tax increases and repeal the one that's been implemented. Fine, they want to cut taxes and I can respect that. But the way the initiative is written, it only applies to unleaded gas. Diesel will still be taxed in the progressive manner planned. This pisses me right the fuck off. I have a diesel car because I like the gas mileage. I planned for the eventual rise in gas prices by buying a car that gets good gas mileage so therefore I must be penalized by paying higher gas tax. What about people that are moving? They rent U-Hauls and have to pay the higher taxes. And what about the cost increase that trickles down due to increased shipping costs?

So screw them. Those people who bought expensive gas-guzzling beasts of cars can pay the gas tax too. Selfish bastards. You don't get to ruin the environment and then get a tax break because you're an idiot.
construction

(no subject)

OK, more house ranting, in leiu of actual content. What? There was content earlier. Didn't you see that one? It'll be a craftsman style home, I absolutely adore covered porches. A bulleted list of current rooms in the house we're planning...
Downstairs:
  • Living room (including dry bar)
  • Kitchen
  • Utility/mud room
  • Library - there must be a place for all the books!
  • Half bath
  • Dining room

Upstairs:
  • 3 bedrooms (one doubling as an office/craft room)
  • Master bed/bath with sitting area
  • Family/multi-purpose room - this will house the computers and TV and toys and maybe a wet bar
  • Lanai

Desired features:
  • Covered porch
  • Built in vacuum
  • Tankless water heater
  • Mud sink
  • Front loading washer/dryer
  • Island in the kitchen
  • Window seats