Keeping Up With The Jones Poverty Party

June 4, 2005

As usual, Rochelle’s invitation to a recent party is funny and worth preserving. In addition to Rochelle’s birthday, this was the “coming out” party for our new kitchen (even though it wasn’t quite finished). We do regret that we didn’t get to the grilled cheese sandwiches on the griddle, but at least we did make quesadillas.

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Quotation of the year candidate

May 27, 2005

Regarding the budget overruns of the kitchen remodel:

“Yeah. We spent into the grocery money.”

“Worse. We spent into the booze money.”

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Watching paint dry

May 25, 2005

In the time since the prior photos were taken, the kitchen sink and cabinet was installed (and the dishwasher dragged into place), the ceiling, walls, and trim have been painted, the electricians returned to install all the outlets, switches, and lights, and our contractor left to go get married on the East Coast. Thank god we’re almost finished…

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Open, open, open!

May 17, 2005

With luck, and a signature from the city, Cafe du Soleil will open tomorrow. I could not be more excited!

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WordPress 1.5.1

May 14, 2005

I updated to WordPress 1.5.1 on Friday, after drinking a cocktail with Rochelle. Maybe not the best strategy for preparing for a software upgrade, but everything seems to be working fine. Let me know if you see something funky…

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Importing audio book CDs into iTunes

May 8, 2005

Rochelle and I have fallen in love with listening to books on our iPods. We’ve signed up for two books a month through, and for me, that pace is actually pretty good. Rochelle goes through them faster, though, and recently started going to the SF Public Library to get more books to listen to. Importing them onto an iPod is not terribly intuitive. This post describes what I think is a fairly optimal process, using only iTunes to do the importing.

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Before and after

May 4, 2005

After posting the photo of scope creep, we kind of had a pause in progress, while we back-tracked on a few things. So we’re finally making progress again today. Here’s the before and after of the pantry doorway.

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Scope creep caught on film!

April 26, 2005

It’s not often you can snap a picture of scope creep, but I caught it this evening…

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This is progress?

April 13, 2005

A quick update on the kitchen remodel. (Look, I wrote it without a qualifier! I must be coming to acceptance…)

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New cocktail for 2005

April 1, 2005

Rochelle and I are, shall we say, fond of cocktails. We’ve been known to drink a few, and even make a few for friends and guests. And, we’re always on the lookout for new ones, especially things that are easy to make and serve. This year’s find: Trader Joe’s Organic Strawberry Lemonade.

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Anti-virus for Mozilla Thunderbird?

March 15, 2005

For many years, Rochelle used Netscape Communicator for her email. A little over a year ago, I switched her to Mozilla Thunderbird, which is the code and user-interface successor to Communicator. For the most part it works very well, but it has one astonishing omission: its anti-virus capabilities are terrible.

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The tragic consequences of reasonable decisions

March 13, 2005

There is no doubt that I should have seen this coming. Should have been ready, mentally, financially, for this to get really complicated, really fast. But it really did seem simple to me, back when we first started.

I am writing, of course, of our apparent decision to rip the kitchen out to the studs.

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