Sunday, June 27, 2010

MORE free stuff and an afternoon in yuppy hell

This weekend was yet another trip to the house to get more things that were left behind. I ended up with two metal shelf units, five more 4ft shop lights, a new push broom, a Hilti gun, (it's a tool that shoots heavy anchors/nails), some hand tools, and my come-along that was borrowed 3 years ago and left in a ball of twisted wire cable in the corner of the garage. Mike got eight of the pieces of 6ft privacy fence, and a few of the 4x4 posts that easily came out of the ground. My neighbor was kind enough to haul it with his trailer, grabbed a big pile of scrap metal, and hauled off the old paintball tank that he ended up buying. It was an old Amphikat...the six wheeled amphibious vehicle. He's going to leave the tank body on, rework it a bit, and turn it into a swamp hunting vehicle. It's sad to see it go, but everyone stopped playing paintball 2 years ago and it was just sitting. The artillary I spent weeks making was in the same garage and totally destroyed. Granted the things were made from pipe fittings in my garage, but they were pretty impressive. I was launching nerf footballs 300 yards with an anti-tank bazooka, and designed paintball mortars that were getting over 150 yards, both CO2 powered. There was no reason to destroy them, none at all. It was just total lack of consideration and respect, just like the house and everything in it. I'm just disgusted with my friend and the whole situation. I never expected any of this out of him.
Today was Lisa's neice's graduation party. It was held in a bar & grill in a area of Akron that I have always hated. Why? Because that area and it's bars are full of the people I dispise the most, yuppies. Sandal wearing, convertable driving, microbrewery beer drinking yuppies. I swallowed my pride and hatred and went along and played nice. Soon I was surrounded by people that I can't stand, and getting the usual stares for wearing a concert t-shirt and work boots rather than a designer mall store shirt and $100 sandals...how dare I!!! The party wasn't really all that bad, and I played nice the whole time like a big boy. Not a comment or bird flipped at all. I deserve a smiley sticker and lollipop for being so good, hahaha. My sister-in-law on the other hand, made things difficult. She's one of those people who is miserable in her own life and strives to make everyone around her just as bad. She can't say "hi how are ya" at all. Instead it's "your hair looks like shit", "if mom knew you had a tattoo she'd just die", "what do you mean you don't drink pop? thats just stupid", or " I can't believe you would have all those stupid chickens". She can't play nice for anything. Luckily she doesn't come around here anymore and we only see her at holidays or family functions. None of us (me, Lisa, or Holly) can take her more than that. She has the ability to drain the fun out of anything. At least now we won't see her till at least Thanksgiving. WHEW no yuppies with a cue stick up thier rear end and a sis-in-law yet to be told off....where's that sticker and lollipop???????????
Right now it's raining, and has been off and on all afternoon and evening. We need this rain. It's rained a little here and there for the past few weeks, but usually just a half hour or so. We need a good overnight soaking rain for the gardens. The forecast calls for rain all day tomorrow too, but we'll see how that goes. If it rains or not though, I'll be spending the day inside doing my house-hubby things, working on the basement storage area some more, and just catching up on everything I am behind on. With the garden things, moving all the stuff from that house, the graduation party, working a few hours for Lisa's employer, and other misc things, I need a day to catch up. I'll also be trying to get the pool filled since it takes forever with a garden hose from the well. Oh yea, the pool was a freebie too. It's just a 12x3ft round chinamart pool, but free is free and it will be something fun to get out of the house in the evenings and on those hot and humid days. We already moved the picnic table (another freebie from the neighbor) out in the same area and will be moving the screen tent out there too. It's funny now how I have to search and measure yard space to fit these things in. The pool is at the end of the back patio, at the corner of the dogs fence and the garden. I ended up taking out one of the clothesline posts to put it there, hahaha. I'll be putting those elsewhere sometime this week. The screen tent will go between the main garden and blackberries, and behind the little horseradish bed. Yard space is getting harder and harder to find around here!!
Tuesday I'm finally going to be able to head to my friends house and get together a material list to start rebuilding her deck. They ordered the bathroom sink too, but it won't be in until July 8th. I have to start at my folks too, digging up clogged pipe in their buried spring in the backyard, cutting down some small tree's, and rebuilding the block thats cracked and moving by their side door. I'm gonna be a busy boy doing all this during the day and garden stuff in the evenings. At some point I'll be rebuilding the chickin killin' station too. I got 4-5 pieces of marble from a friend, (yet another freebie), that are 34x34x1inch thick and 104 years old from an old building in Cleveland. That marble will make a beautiful countertop next to the sink I have out there already. I remodeled it a bit last week when I butchered 3 chickens, making a bracket and mounting one of those stainless steel butchering cones over the sink. WOW did that make things easier. I won't go into gory details, but using razor sharpened pruners/loppers beats the old hatchet anyday, hahaha. Five more to go now possibly next weekend then it's time to watch for more free chickens.
For now I'll stop the endless babble and sign off. Time to read a few forums, check e-mail and head to bed. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

3 comments:

Happy Days said...

Sounds like you have a lot of useable things from your friends house. The pool will be nice on hot muggy days....debbie

stella said...

Dang Chris I cant imagine how you find time to sleep. Dont ya jus love free stuff. We are getting lil showers off an on here today so I am takin a break from the outside and stayin in tryin to rest muh achy parts from all the gardening and chicken butchering.
Have a great day!

SciFiChick said...

Chris,
I hereby give you not one but 2 Gold Star stickers and lollipops!
Sounds like you deserve them!

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