Big Dan's Ramblings

Ramblings from a Boston Boy stuck in New York

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More Noise & Other Disturbances

There’s probably a whole three people in this world who read this blog (myself, the author, being one of them), but that’s OK. It’s most likely due to my less than diligent approach to putting information up here. In that sense, it’s become more of a journal for me than a blog for others, but that’s neither here nor there.

Let’s see if I can’t update everyone (all two of you) on what’s been the haps lately for the Mrs and I. I suppose the beginning is just as good a place to start as any.

We closed on our house on December 22, 2006 – the Friday before Christmas. We were amped, geeked, totally happy. After our closing we went and picked out colors and went to Home Depot (the first of countless trips to the HD) for paint. After a lovely stay at my parents (minus the stomach bug that ripped through everyone including Tek, our dog), we were able to attack the house. I had the week off between Christmas and New Years and spent it getting the house ready. It was more of a crash course on wallpaper removal and painting. We moved in for good at the end of that week and started our lives as homeowners.

I went back to work the following week to find out on Tuesday that I would be losing my job. I can’t get into specifics due to the terms of a legal settlement, suffice it to say that we (my company) did nothing wrong but were sued anyways and were not able to afford to fight. That sucks – doing nothing wrong and not having deep enough pockets to fight it.

So, there I was – a new homeowner with no job. What did I do? I went on a 4-day snowboard trip to VT, made gratuitous trips to the HD and got a new dog. Very financially responsible!

Actually, the snowboard trip was already planned and paid for. It’s an annual trip that we make every year. HD trips kept me sane because I did a lot of work on the house – mostly joint/compounding and painting the kitchen and half bath. And the dog, a chocolate lab mix named Cally (short for Calamity Jane) was free. She had such a sob story that we had to take her in.

Since then, I’ve taken a temp job as a mechanical designer while I look for a new engineering job. The irons are still smoldering in a few locations, but the trail is getting shorter and shorter. There’s potential to come on board here, but I don’t know if I want to.

So, that’s my life since Christmas in a nutshell. Hope yours hasn’t been as hectic 🙂

PLUG OF THE WEEK!
Oh, and everyone be sure to check out my buddies blog – The Daily Pube. It’s pretty damn funny! I might even be contributing from time to time there!

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Oh, The Places I’ve Been..

My Baby

My Baby

Wow – September 30th was the last day I posted in here, huh? Amazing. Well, a lot has happened since then and nothing has happened since then.

First off, I finally got new tires for my truck. BF Goodrich Radial All-Terrain T/A KO 31×10.5×15’s. Great tire, nice look, and a good price. Due to an insanely high electric bill (A/C, come to find out, wasn’t working correctly – i.e. always running), I had to shelve the idea of the M/T wheels for now. Soon though – very soon. I have, however, been able to do other modifications.

Baby's New Shoes

Baby's New Shoes

I bought clear corners for the front and also had some custom door lock pins made up. I’m in the process of refining that design and possibly even exploring the option of making a larger quantity to try selling. We’ll see how that goes.

Thanksgiving and Christmas both took place in MA this year – well, Christmas always does, but having Turkey Day with the folks was a nice addition this year. We didn’t go to the game, however, because the weather was horrendous. It looks like I’ll miss out on the game in two years because my cousin, Greg, will be a senior at Milford High and I’ll most likely go to his game. That means that I won’t have seen a KP Turkey Day game for six years by the next time I go to one! I’ve never gone that long.

The New Year has brought a ton of snowboarding! January 13th and I’ve already got 9 days in. For a weekend warrior, I can’t really complain with that. Ris and Court said they want to take a lesson, so we might do that one of these weekends. My annual WICed Fest group trip was another success with 19 of us heading up to Okemo Mountain for three days. There’s talk of a trip out west next year – Big Sky in Montana and Whistler in BC tend to be the two leading candidates right now. I’ve got to get on that.

Other than that, we’re pretty calm. I’m looking forward to a week-long vacation next month. We’ll be cruising the Caribbean. I’ve never been on a cruise before. Hopefully we’ll be buying a house by this time next year and there’s even (small, very small) talk of thinking about starting a family in the next year or two. All good things….