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"Murphy was an optimist!"

Beautiful day! Think I’ll watch it through the window. November 24, 2014 2:19 pm

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So beautiful outside! A bit windy. Would love to take the kids to the park to fly kites. But duties call, and despite being a vacation day, I find myself glued to the computer.

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Good day! November 24, 2014 10:49 am

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I took a few days vacation to try to bring order to my life. So far today, I have run a new electrical circuit to the drive way to charge the car, been notified that I am receiving my first tax refund in 15 years, and programmed the Nissan Leaf to open the garage door!

Next on the list: plan a scout meeting, work on client web sites, and do some demolition in the kitchen.

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First time since 1999 November 24, 2014 10:21 am

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This is such a milestone!

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 10.14.18 AM

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Monday TMI November 24, 2014 7:19 am

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The trim color on my socks usually matches the color of my underwear. Now, if I see you look at my feet and smile, I’ll know you are one of the 4 people who read this blog.

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Weekend Project – Electricity November 23, 2014 9:49 am

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Feature creep: I could install a Thermally-Fused NEMA 14-50 instead of a GFCI by running #6 THHN instead of 12-2! Hmm.. But them I would need to go ahead an buy an EVSE. I wonder if I won the lottery last night.

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Weekend Project – Electricity November 23, 2014 9:24 am

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The sound track for today’s electrical work. Except I change the words to “Gettin’ jiggly wit it” If you see me dancing today, please hit me with a broom stick, throw the breaker, and call 911.

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Kitchen remodel benefits November 22, 2014 7:56 am

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When I bought a new dishwasher, it never occurred to me I was adding cabinet space. Now I always know where to find the dish I need.

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From the mouths of babes November 17, 2014 6:52 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, From the mouths of babes, Of Being Dad
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Evan, 9: "Why do we have a weeping angel [on our bookshelf]?"
Me, with intensity: "Don’t look away!"
Evan: *Looks at me* *pauses* *smacks hand to face* "Oh, I would have been sooo dead!"

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Weekend closeout November 16, 2014 10:11 pm

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Just finished off some client work. Nice way positive way to end the weekend.

Let see, what was Sunday?

Slept in a little.
Worked on client’s site.
Invoiced.
Lunched.
Destroyed kitchen.
Helped child with home work.
Bought cabinet.
Cooked dinner.
Made children cry.
More client work.
More invoicing.

Hmmm. Feels like there was much more than that to the day.

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Kitchen remodel November 16, 2014 9:35 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Family, House, Of Being Dad
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I had planned a kitchen remodel for "the future." Mentally, to me, that meant 2016. I figured by then I would have recovered from all our other projects and expenses enough to tackle a DIY kitchen remodel. Then our fridge died. It joined the dead dishwasher. And the dead exhaust fan. And the stove with one dead eye. The time had come, and after a bit of deliberation, we replaced the kitchen appliances. A stainless steel French door refrigerator, dishwasher, electric range, and over the stove microwave appeared in the house. A blackhole appeared in my bank account.

The dishwasher installation required me to replace an electrical run from the kitchen to the breaker box. That was time consuming and not without a few swear words and some blood. After that ordeal, the dishwasher slid easily and nicely into place. But I forgot to cut the discharge hose free so I pulled the dishwasher out. With the hose now neatly run to the disposal, I slid the dishwasher back into place with similar ease. But it wouldn’t level. There was too much of a drop between the flooring and the space under the cabinet. I pulled the dishwasher out and added some wood to the under the cabinet space. But now the dishwasher wouldn’t slide in. I checked the wood. I tape things down. I checked the water line and the electrical line. In the end, the adjusting foot in the back was still extended and snagged then tore the vinyl floor. I can patch it. That installation took all day.

The only piece remaining is the microwave. But we didn’t replace the cabinets. Lingering over the stove is a 42 inch cabinet that once fit perfectly over a 1960s gargantuan electric range suitable for Mrs. Cleaver. Our modern range is 30 inches. We debated centering the range under the existing cabinet then filling the gap between the counter and the range with some handmade shelving for cookie sheets etc. Debated just leaving the range butted up against the counter and hanging the microwave offset instead of centered under the cabinet but that left the question of how to handle the duct work. Plus that would leave the microwave hanging too low to the range. We debated hand making an entire new kitchen’s worth of cabinets but didn’t want to wait 5 years to use our kitchen again. Besides, if I’m going to make my own counters, I’m going to lay down a new tile floor first. In dismay, I pulled up Home Depot’s website. To my surprise, a 30x12x12 wall bridge cabinet in unfinished oak was a mere $48.45 and in stock! This is a no-brainer. I couldn’t build one of that. At $49, it is basically disposable so we can hang it, and when the time comes to remodel, we can replace it.

That said, now I have to debate whether to risk doing this construction over the stove, or moving it and possibly not having a stove for several days while the installation happens.

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Sunday mornings November 16, 2014 10:15 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Dharma, Family, Of Being Dad, Pets, Westley
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The cat wants to play fetch while the dog wants to be on the other side of the door.

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ROI November 15, 2014 12:07 pm

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If all my efforts result in such mediocre returns, why try at all?

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And then the money was gone November 15, 2014 8:03 am

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Kickerstarter.com is to geeks what Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes is to old people; a rapid way to spend your money and later wonder why stuff you don’t need keeps showing up in the mail.

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Fun things to do in the men’s public restrooms November 15, 2014 5:02 am

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Once in the stall, hold do the home button on your iPhone so Siri Beeps then don’t type anything so Siri’s female loudly says “Sorry, I missed that” while I’m sitting in a public restroom.

If the same number of people as stalls enter at the same time, once in the stall announce, "Gentleman, start your engines!"

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Deep Thoughts November 14, 2014 12:10 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Deep Thoughts, Philosophy
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Developing a relationship takes a lifetime;
Destroying one takes mere moments.
Think before you speak.

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