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I’m Rich!

June 29, 2005 at 2:36pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

My financial troubles are behind me. I now earn no less than $125,000 per year. Hot diggity!

I wish.

But somebody thinks I’m rich. Why else would I have received a copy of L, “Lincoln’s Premier Lifestyle Magazine”? Inside is an ad for the magazine:

SELL MORE TO THE AFFLUENT

L Magazine is your opportunity to reach Lincoln’s upper income households…

Reaching households with an income of 125,000 [sic] or more.

L Magazine is also mailed directly to all doctor’s offices, health clubs & spas.

Maybe I’m not rich, but I’m actually just a doctor’s office, health club, or spa.

Eminent Domained

June 29, 2005 at 12:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It isn’t necessarily a unique idea, but Logan Darrow Clements is the first to follow through on threats to bulldoze the home of a Supreme Court Justice who dislikes private property rights.

It’s Hot Out There

June 26, 2005 at 8:47pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Yup, these symptoms pretty much describe me right about now. How come baseball season is always so blasted hot?

1, 2, 3 Strikes ... and Pass Out

June 23, 2005 at 11:48pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It’s off to the ball diamond for me right after work today. I’m taking the plate in the first game because my partner will show up pretty much at game time; I’ll have the bases in the second game. It will be interesting to see how I handle the heat. I did the plate in a game on Tuesday in Papillion and I survived, but every time I bent over to brush off the plate sweat (almost) literally cascaded to the ground from under my cap. The temperature is supposed to be even hotter tonight. Yeehaw! The heat must not have bothered me too much on Tuesday; I heard hardly a peep about my strike zone, and I was described to my partner by both teams’ coaches as “consistent.” That may sound like faint praise to you, but to an umpire that’s pretty good.

I watered my front lawn last night and this morning for the first time this summer. I’m following the advice of an article I read online. I let the grass grow fairly tall, I never mow off more than 1/3 the length of the grass, and I only water when the grass shows the first signs of distress. Then I put about one inch of water down, in two 1/2 inch batches. I’m not sure how well that technique will work throughout the summer, but my grass is thicker than last year, and the roots seem to be fairly strong. My lawn can’t get too much worse, so anything is worth a shot.

Does anybody out there have a bunch of dirt they want to get rid of? I need lots of fill dirt. I’m talking truckloads here, not just wheel barrows. But even a cubic yard or two would be a great start. Anybody?

Hacking Away at Property Rights

June 23, 2005 at 5:01pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or vomit.

It’s Enough to Make Me Join the ACLU

June 23, 2005 at 3:27am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

In a fit of

stupidity

business as usual, the House today voted 286-130 to celebrate freedom by pissing on freedom. How nauseatingly ironic.

It makes me angry enough that I am almost prepared to promise to burn a flag in protest should the Senate happen to pass the resolution. Almost.

Addendum: Foretenberry, Osborne, and Terry all voted in favor of the measure. Not that anybody is surprised.

Burn Baby Burn

June 22, 2005 at 2:28pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

“To burn a flag is to disrespect America.” And therefore we need to piss on the Constitution to put out those freedom-hating flames.

It’s Finished. (Almost.)

June 20, 2005 at 3:35am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

It took a long time to get to this point, but as of 8:26pm tonight I can finally say it: the patio is finished. Almost. I need to sweep finishing sand into the gaps between the bricks over the next several days, but that’s a pretty minor final touch. The patio looks really good right now. I’m really glad we decided to go with brick pavers rather than a plain cement patio (or even a wooden deck).

I’m going to sleep very, very well tonight.

A Bird in the Garage is Worth…

June 18, 2005 at 7:30am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I had an interesting experience last night. I discovered a bird sitting in the rafters in my garage. No big deal, right? The garage door was open, so surely the bird could just leave on its own.

Or not.

The damn bird could not figure out how to get out of the garage. It flew around the garage, banged into the walls and rafters, and at one point got itself stuck in an exhaust fan in the ceiling. I tried to help (by threatening it with a broom) but to no avail.

I didn’t see it this morning, so either it found a way out last night before I shut the garage door, or it is laying dead in a corner somewhere. Stupid bird.

How very ironical

June 15, 2005 at 11:04pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I can’t believe I didn’t notice this before, but there was some delicious irony going on back on June 12 with sequential posts highlighting the rise and fall of Mr. Wilson’s backyard exploits.

Hat tip to Mr. T for pointing out to me my own foolishness.

Why is that umpire walking funny?

June 15, 2005 at 4:05pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I managed to umpire a baseball game last night, despite my lingering back pain. I shouldn’t have even been on the field, but we were really short on umps yesterday. Ya gotta do whatcha gotta do, right? I was just the base umpire, not the plate umpire, and the kids were only 12, so it’s not like I had to move very quickly. Based on how the game went, I think I should be reasonably recovered in time to do some light work in the back yard this weekend, and I should be ready for a full load of baseball games by the end of the weekend. That’s probably not what a doctor would say if I were to actually go see one (hi Chris!), but it’s what I’m going to go with.

Back at Work

June 13, 2005 at 2:37pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Would somebody care to explain to me why I came to work today? Oh yeah, it’s because I’m stubborn.

My back feels a tiny bit better this morning, but I probably should still be laying around at home rather than sitting here at work. I didn’t bother taking any drugs this morning; last night’s doses of Ibuprofen and Tylenol PM didn’t appear to do any good. Ibuprofen never works for me, and despite Tylenol PM’s usual success at knocking me out (but not relieving my pain), this time it didn’t seem to do a whole lot. I’m not sure why I haven’t taken any Aleve yet since Aleve is about the only pain relief drug that consistently has any effect on me.

I’m going to be nice to my back today, but for the most part I’m going to go about my daily routine. I’ll see if the movement helps loosen things up. If not, well, I can always take off work tomorrow.

It’s Official: I’m Getting Old

June 13, 2005 at 12:00am By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Part of me already knew it to be true, but it became official today: I am getting old. I was out back doing some light work on the patio today—nothing major, because of the expected rain, just light preparation work—when all of a sudden I couldn’t walk. Or move. Something had snapped in my lower back. It has been three hours since that happened, and despite drugs, ice, and rest, I still can hardly walk or stand, and I can’t move quickly at all.

Being injured doesn’t bother me all that much. I have a high tolerance for pain. But this is my first major back injury, and everybody knows that injuring one’s back while working in the yard is a sure sign of old age looming on the horizon. Crap.

It’s Ready

June 12, 2005 at 4:07pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

I have torn out all the concrete, some 7-10 tons worth by my estimation.

I have purchased and unloaded all the supplies, roughly 4 tons worth.

I have leveled and compressed the base.

In other words: I’m finally ready to start building my new patio. Depending on the timing of the rain we receive this week, I could have the patio finished by the end of next weekend. Whoop!

Tommy Lee Goes to College

June 10, 2005 at 7:42pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

Remember Tommy Lee’s infamous visit to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln? The resultant television show is coming out this August on NBC, and a preview is now online.

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