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I've been slacking on my blog posts here. We have had so many projects ! I still haven't even updated about the basement work and crazy shit we found in the walls this summer. I'll do that soon.

So, here's just a few pics of our roof -- the new one was installed last week by ..oh, let's just call him "Joe Shingleclamp". Many of the laborers in this crazy little town have names that match their profession. I'm not kidding.

Here's our new roof:

Of course what's a good house project without some pessimism on my part.

two things that are driving me crazy--

the shingles seemed to have some brown in them before they went up. The color is 'dual black' and had no brown in the tile I picked out, but the full shingle looked different.

I mostly see black on the roof, but in certain light, i see brown:

but then -- and my lovely wife will kill me for this -- here's my other problem. When I had our lammpost installed I wasn't really thinking about this...

...But when I saw these pictures I realized that our lamppost basically blocks the windows:

I think it looks kind of weird, quite honestly, and when I did some searching about this topic I saw a lot of people say it should really be to the side of the windows. Sigh. I mean, it would look fine just on the other side of the pergola and probably wouldn't be a big deal to move at some point in the future, but still, what was I thinking??


Dec. 5th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Listen, you are a swell guy, and there are many things I can tolerate (endless Art Deco books showing up daily from Amazon.com, to feed your latest decorating fetish; your constant re-thinking of every single decision we have made, even a year later; your refusal to leave any paint color on the wall without then going on to pick out the replacement colors, after weeks of labor). And so on.

But there are a few things we will NOT be doing. We will not:

A) be calling Joe Shinglefoot to come and replace our entire roof because "in a certain light, you see a little brown in it." N.O.

B) be getting a "dog murphy bed" for the living room or bedroom. one murphy bed is a great idea, but two is a freakshow. N.O.

C) be MOVING the lamp from its current position to some four inches in either direction left or right in order that it not block the window. Not only does it not block the window, but there is bamboo, a pergola, a giant trumpet vine, tree branches, and whole bunch of other shit out there "blocking the window." You can barely even see this "horrible phenomenon" you are talking about.

Also I planted a shitload of bulbs in precisely the place you would need to be digging into in order to move the lamp. Massively capitalized N.O.

anyway, don't you have some built-in shelving to install?
Dec. 6th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
Some thoughts:

Isn't a little bit of brown a good thing?

Lamp post blocking the window? You crazy.

However, A "dog murphy bed" is an idea I can get behind! Do that!

Dec. 6th, 2008 12:54 am (UTC)
no, the brown is not a good thing. not with this color green and the gray-based basement. why, do you see brown too?