Archive for August, 2003
- The weather has been unusually nice this summer. Very little of the typical gloomy summer SF weather. It’s a little too toasty or me today, especially in my top floor apartment.
- On hot days, Dolores Park is very crowded. And, everyone near the park seems to have yard sales on days like this.
- I spent a few hours at Espresso Roma in Berkeley today getting some work done. As is usually the case with places in Berkeley, there some crazy guy there. He managed to scare off at least two girls who sat at the table next to him during the time I was there. I had headphones on and have no idea what he said, but they left pretty quickly.
- On a related subject, when do you stop calling them “girls”, and start calling them “women”? I figure they were college-aged or maybe a year or two older. That’s still “girl” to me.
- To the stupid woman who walked into oncoming traffic to get into her SUV and then gave me a dirty look for driving along in that lane: you are an idiot.
- Finally, the Pontiac Grand Prix is the ugliest thing to come out of Detroit since the Aztek. I had the misfortune of getting “upgraded” to an Aztek a few years ago in Florida. It lasted about 2 days before it was leaking water onto the passenger side floor, so I got rid of it. And if you think driving an Aztek gets you attention, try driving a bright yellow one.
Last month my landlords replaced the furnaces in all the apartments in the building. They’re converting them to condos, so I guess they wanted to do this.
Anyhow, the difference between my modern Carrier furnace and the 30 year old one that it replaces are amazing. First, the new one is hardly ever on. I wonder if it even works. But I’m never cold, so it must work. Second, the thing is so powerful, it’s like having the windows open on a windy day. I had them turn the fan to “low”, and that’s still to much.
But the best part is the savings on my PG&E bill. My gas bill used to be like $45 a month, even in summer (hey it gets cold at night and my windows leak). With the new furnace it’s just $8/month!
Too bad they installed this in my last 3 months of living here!!
While pouring milk into my cereal this morning, I discovered that my milk had gone bad. Either than or I accidentally bought the chunky blend at Safeway last week. With today being its sell-by date, I was surprised to see this. Naturally my mom (being the good Jewish mother that she is) told me to take it back to Safeway (isn’t there a Seinfeld like this?). I decided that with gas at well over $2/gallon, it wasn’t worth the trip.
Here’s the latest update in my new house journal!
After last night’s tire blowout fiasco, today wasn’t much better. I started the day in “fire drill” mode, trying to update my site And today’s update was significant for reasons that I’ll discuss another time. After updating the site, it was off the Brentwood for my framing inspection (pics and more later). When we returned, I had to get a new tire for my car, as the flat one had a 6-inch gash on the inside of it. And as it turned out, my tires were getting pretty worn, so I decided if I have to replace two of them, I might as well do all four.
Several hours and $176/tire later, I’ve got a new set of wheels. A word to those who are buying performance cars: z-rated tires are expensive.