Archive for June, 2009

I live here now

June 26, 2009

In the last three months, my life has

changed significantly. I bought a house!

One week after posting the game bag update

at The Ryanarium, my wife and I went trawling

for a new house, a search that had already

consumed a frustrating three years of our

lives. We visited an open house near our

apartment, and immediately felt it was

perfect for us. Finally, a house that we did

not have to compromise anything about! Great

size, great condition, great neighborhood,

and within our budget. This was what we’d

been waiting for! (Bonus: the house belonged

to a submarine captain!)

We first saw the house on a Saturday. We

bid for it on Sunday. Our bid was accepted

on Tuesday. It was fast, thrilling, a dread


We moved in at the beginning of May, and

were immediately confronted with a Herculean

list of repairs and tasks. We replaced all

the two-prong electrical outlets with

three-prong, and replaced the metal cover

plates of each. We replaced the sink

drainpipes in the half-bath by the kitchen.

We replaced a leaking hose bib (with a

frost-free). We replaced the leaking main

water valve. We installed pet-proof screen

on the attic louvers. We replaced the attic

ventilation fan. We pulled the weeds out

from between the patio bricks. We mowed the

neglected lawn, which had been growing

unchecked all spring. We bought Ikea

dressers and a loveseat, and assembled them.

We put protective felt feet on the coffee

table. We scrubbed every surface we could

find to scrub. We hung portraits and put up


During all this, I’ve been without a

stable internet connection. As much as I’m

tempted to, I will not grouse about it here;

those in my corporeal life have had to put up

with that enough already. Let’s just say

it’s been a long six weeks, and it’s still

not resolved.

I’ve also been busy Having A Life. My

father visited to help us move in. My

in-laws were here the following week. I was

a groomsman for my brother’s wedding. My

wife and I satisfied our long-held cravings

for roller coasters with a day at Cedar Point, where I was able to ride

some of my favorite coasters (The Corkscrew,

the Iron Dragon, and the Gemini) and

discovered two new favorites (The Mine Ride

and the WildCat). We visited Fort Necessity, a young George

Washington’s introductory course in colonial

combat. I have learned to play and to love a

co-op boardgame called Pandemic. My mother came to

visit, and we showed her The Pope-Leighey House and Woodrow

Wilson’s house.

Nifty Wikipedia Thing: Erdos-Bacon numbers

I fondly remember Tako the

Octopus, who will be cooking your dinner.

Movies I’ve Seen:

Blade Runner (1982)

Cashback (2006)

Die Hard (1988)

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Fatal Instinct (1993)

Flesh and Blood (1985)


Gran Torino (2008)

Lolita (1962)

North by Northwest (1959)

The Road Warrior (1981)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Star Trek (2009)

Taken (2008)

The Terminator (1984)

Up (2009)

Used Cars (1980)

The Warriors (1979)

What I’m Reading:

"Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood

of 1927" by John Barry

"Dave Barry’s Greatest Hits" by Dave


"Questioning the Millennium" by Steven

Jay Gould