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Out of the Blue

Of all the contractor difficulties we've had trying to get our house on the market, securing a painter to polish things off turned out to be the most difficult thing to nail down. But after some fits and starts, I'm pleased to say we have painters on the hook to come in at the end of the week, so presuming there aren't issues with their work, we're very close to completing all our renovations. There's still some packing to be done, but at this point we're targeting August 1st to put the house on the market, so it seems like we're mostly on track, which is a bit of a relief.

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28. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2017, 13:05 jdreyer
 
Retired wrote on Jul 19, 2017, 14:39:
Mud and tape guy needed an extra day. Was super rainy here and super hot. Mud didn't dry. We are doing all painting Fri/Sat/Sun. Moulding finishing up Fri. Scrape and paint eves, maybe replace a few of the boards. Did some landscaping in back yard, trimmed trees. Tons of small shit inside. Other small things throughout.

5 years of projects completed in 2 weeks. I know some great people willing to help out and some things just kind of fell into place, we have been very fortunate.

WE ARE READY!

Bring on the bidding wars!

Going back and forth with the house we want. Old timer owns it and is being a stickler.....

WOOT! Good luck Bats!
 
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27. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 14:39 Retired
 
Mud and tape guy needed an extra day. Was super rainy here and super hot. Mud didn't dry. We are doing all painting Fri/Sat/Sun. Moulding finishing up Fri. Scrape and paint eves, maybe replace a few of the boards. Did some landscaping in back yard, trimmed trees. Tons of small shit inside. Other small things throughout.

5 years of projects completed in 2 weeks. I know some great people willing to help out and some things just kind of fell into place, we have been very fortunate.

WE ARE READY!

Bring on the bidding wars!

Going back and forth with the house we want. Old timer owns it and is being a stickler.....
 
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26. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 10:27 PHJF
 
Well, my main objection to Dunkirk is it actually happened. And while it is certainly an example of something we need to remember so we can make every effort not to repeat it -- watching a realistic re-enactment doesn't seem "entertaining". But I agree, it looks like another good film by Nolan, and despite my being hesitant about it -- I will probably see it at some point.

It's a fictionalized story built around the actual event... like Saving Private Ryan... which was an absolute masterpiece. It's not realistic; it doesn't even have gore (it's PG-13). Setting the subject aside it still sounds brilliant (Nolan is an amazing director, after all). I'm gonna go see it on Saturday.
 
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25. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 05:24 Armengar
 
Band of brothers has been watched by me a few times. "Why we fight" brings a tear to my eye each time, the atrocities that were suffered by some were staggering.

You can guess most of who-is-who on the interviews yet it is still a good insight. They fact that the series was (albeit dramatized) "real" makes it both un-nerving and fascinating.
 
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24. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 19, 2017, 01:28 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 19:17:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 17:39:
Fair enough. Same reason I won't watch any of the new Apes movies.
Well, my main objection to Dunkirk is it actually happened. And while it is certainly an example of something we need to remember so we can make every effort not to repeat it -- watching a realistic re-enactment doesn't seem "entertaining". But I agree, it looks like another good film by Nolan, and despite my being hesitant about it -- I will probably see it at some point.

At least with the new Apes movies, it is fantasy. I really liked the originals and I think they've done a pretty good job with this reboot. It is the same basic story, with similar results, but I think they have done a good job of putting in some new details and a slightly different spin on it. Maybe not as good a job as was done on the Battlestar Galatica reboot, but still well done.

I hear you. Despite owning and thoroughly enjoying both Private Ryan and Band of Brothers, I've only been able to bring myself to watch each one once.
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 19:17 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 17:39:
Fair enough. Same reason I won't watch any of the new Apes movies.
Well, my main objection to Dunkirk is it actually happened. And while it is certainly an example of something we need to remember so we can make every effort not to repeat it -- watching a realistic re-enactment doesn't seem "entertaining". But I agree, it looks like another good film by Nolan, and despite my being hesitant about it -- I will probably see it at some point.

At least with the new Apes movies, it is fantasy. I really liked the originals and I think they've done a pretty good job with this reboot. It is the same basic story, with similar results, but I think they have done a good job of putting in some new details and a slightly different spin on it. Maybe not as good a job as was done on the Battlestar Galatica reboot, but still well done.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 17:39 jdreyer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 16:49:
PHJF wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 16:28:
Dunkirk is apparently a masterpiece...
Is that your opinion, or someone else's? Truthfully, I don't know that I need another film to remind me how terrible war is. It probably is a good film, just not sure I care to see it.

Fair enough. Same reason I won't watch any of the new Apes movies.

Currently Dunkirk has a 97% on RT. Don't know if I'll see it in the theater, but I'm a huge Nolan fan so I'll see it at some point.
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 17:30 jdreyer
 
Capella wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 09:26:
Damn dude you got the patience of Job. I would have gone off the deep end by now if I had to go through all of that. Hats off to keeping sane!

Well, he's had lots of practice being patient with us!

 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 16:49 Mr. Tact
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 16:28:
Dunkirk is apparently a masterpiece...
Is that your opinion, or someone else's? Truthfully, I don't know that I need another film to remind me how terrible war is. It probably is a good film, just not sure I care to see it.
 
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19. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 16:28 PHJF
 
Dunkirk is apparently a masterpiece...  
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 14:23 Mr. Tact
 
Is an attitude like that you should send your resume to the white house.  
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 14:18 RedEye9
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 14:11:
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 14:02:
Crap, they are serious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9w8L_v4ym4
Hmm, what do you think real or fake? I'm voting fake.
It's not fake, it was professionally done with decent camera work.
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 14:11 Mr. Tact
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 14:02:
Crap, they are serious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9w8L_v4ym4
Hmm, what do you think real or fake? I'm voting fake.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 14:02 RedEye9
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 13:21:
The cyclist running the red light video is boring. It's nothing. A minor nudge compared to the hundreds of Russian dashcam videos showing pedestrians and cyclists getting slammed by cars every single day in that country.
Crap, they are serious https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9w8L_v4ym4
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 13:21 Porn-O-Matic
 
The cyclist running the red light video is boring. It's nothing. A minor nudge compared to the hundreds of Russian dashcam videos showing pedestrians and cyclists getting slammed by cars every single day in that country.  
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 13:07 Kxmode
 

Google's Earth presentation of the Amazon is amazing. This is the kind of stuff I dreamed about when I was in grade school. I distinctly remember staring at full-color photos in my Geography book and thinking, "If only this page could come alive!" Technology is amazing.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 12:42 Cutter
 
Those stairs are pretty cool but low-cost? I seriously doubt it. What's required is a new way of thinking and building homes and retirement communities specifically. Build small ranch style homes instead.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 11:28 RedEye9
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 11:23:
I remember using PowerPoint in 1992-1994 and thinking then it wasn't great. It is amazing it has lasted as long as it has...
Bosses and managers like shiny simple things. It's almost impossible to impart bad news with colors.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 11:23 Mr. Tact
 
I remember using PowerPoint in 1992-1994 and thinking then it wasn't great. It is amazing it has lasted as long as it has...  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2017, 11:12 Mr. Tact
 
PHJF wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 11:10:
They sent me a letter about a month ago saying my claim was insufficient (the claim I'd submitted like 10 months ago), after I'd given them all my hardware IDs and a copy of my newegg invoice. Apparently they did this to a great many people.
I am shocked. SHOCKED!
 
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