Sat. Sept. 19, 2020 – nice place

Hot but not HOUSTON hot.  So humid puddles don’t dry.

Arrived at the rental house early evening.   Nice place.   Great layout, great condition.  Kids and wife went for a kayak paddle first thing.  I worked on dinner.

Lovely dinner was had, and a firepit with s’mores.

Today is looking around at the area, and looking at a specific house for sale.  We’re 2 1/2 hours north of Houston, and pretty well off the beaten path, so if this ends up being a retreat location, well, I can think of worse.

RBG finally kicked it.  And the left, which applauded her for hanging on to the seat, is now condemning her for the exact same thing.  Did they really think she’d last another 5 years?

I find it to be maddening that they are perfectly fine with stacking the court in their favor, and in fact see it as the natural order of things, but lose their sh!t when the right does it.   The left is completely lacking self awareness.   I also don’t think there is any way to accomplish it before the election.  Not gonna happen.  Nice distraction though while wuflu decreases.

The crazy is just getting started.  Stack it high.

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

35 thoughts on “Sat. Sept. 19, 2020 – nice place”

  1. Today is looking around at the area, and looking at a specific house for sale. We’re 2 1/2 hours north of Houston, and pretty well off the beaten path, so if this ends up being a retreat location, well, I can think of worse.

    The idiot Prog husband of my wife’s associate in Vantucky was from Cut-n-Shoot.

    I figure as far north as Conroe could be infested with Progs thanks to the space program and easier commuting in the 60s.

  2. I mowed the lawn yesterday. On the plus side, I didn’t sweat too much. On the minus side, my feet were mighty cold by the end — sun was below the hills and houses, breeze, and the ground was wet enough to suck the heat out of my feet. I’ve mentioned that I mow barefoot, right?

    And there was frost on the car and the deck this morning.

    Tell me more about this global warming and how I can get some.

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  3. Um, I’ve seen photos of what a mower does to feet… I wear shoes so I don’t slip.

    Looks like it will be a beautiful day here. We’re near Crockett, so quite a bit past Cut N Shoot. I did an estate sale pickup in CnS only a few months before wuflu.

    n

  4. Looks like it will be a beautiful day here. We’re near Crockett, so quite a bit past Cut N Shoot. I did an estate sale pickup in CnS only a few months before wuflu.

    I think the bulk of the family still lives in Cut-n-Shoot. The wife’s family is from somewhere in Houston proper where Daddy is a bigtime dentist.

    My wife had zero say about taking on supporting those two out of our household’s bottom line. The group in Vantucky overlooked the stinky past in Fredericksburg and just saw the potential of Daddy writing a big check to buy his daughter a partnership.

  5. “The group in Vantucky overlooked the stinky past in Fredericksburg and just saw the potential of Daddy writing a big check to buy his daughter a partnership.”

    — goes to Scott Adams belief that people rarely act rationally. They THINK they are, and that people do, but really they don’t.

    Off to look at a house that’s been on the market for over a year. It’s the only one that doesn’t have an offer…. I’m sure there are good reasons. Probably lots beside the decor, which is pretty bad.

    n


  6. I wear shoes so I don’t slip.

    I go barefoot so I don’t slip. Clay soil, generally moist, and hilly.

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  7. Off to look at a house that’s been on the market for over a year. It’s the only one that doesn’t have an offer…. I’m sure there are good reasons. Probably lots beside the decor, which is pretty bad.

    A co-worker’s mother is a real estate agent in Brenham. One house which had sat on the market for a while in town was reputed to be haunted.

    Worse than haunted for me though would be wallpaper. Women roughly my mother’s age running into early Boomer years put that stuff in every room in the 70s, the fad killed cold by skyrocketing interest rates making people sweat resale. If you’re really unlucky, the master bath is wallpapered *and* carpeted. Holy mold farm, Batman.

    We had to laugh touring the “Dallas” house, originally built as a dream house by a couple roughly my parents’ age who probably also had a subscription to Southern Living. The wallpaper and general kitchen appointments were almost identical to what my folks had installed in their custom-built home in FL in the 70s.

    Except for a fairly elaborate master bedroom, the “Dallas” house interiors are nothing like you see on the old series *except* “The Shower” is there, preserved for posterity.

    If you want to know what the inside of the house looks like without taking the tour, watch the revived show’s episode spotlighting J.R.’s death. The interiors for the fictional Mexican hotel where the character met his demise are the real main stairwell and upper floor landing of the home, again another decision probably made to preserve the scenery for tourists from all over the world.

  8. Wallpaper – I redid the bathroom in the house I had in Austin in the mid 90s. It had some classic 80s wallpaper. The painters stripped it, to find the classic 70s paper underneath. Underneath which was the classic 60s, under which was the classic 50s style. At that point they stopped, rendered and painted it over.

  9. Wallpaper – I redid the bathroom in the house I had in Austin in the mid 90s. It had some classic 80s wallpaper. The painters stripped it, to find the classic 70s paper underneath. Underneath which was the classic 60s, under which was the classic 50s style. At that point they stopped, rendered and painted it over.

    Painting over only delays the inevitable and makes the mold issues worse long term.

    The older homes in my section of Round Rock are simply being gutted by buyers at this point. After 25-30 years, minor issues add up, and trades people are not interested in small one-off jobs like a retile around a bathtub. Right now, the financial incentive for $50-100k of remodeling is there, but the Fed’s buying the paper.

  10. Today is looking around at the area, and looking at a specific house for sale. We’re 2 1/2 hours north of Houston, and pretty well off the beaten path, so if this ends up being a retreat location, well, I can think of worse.

    The idiot Prog husband of my wife’s associate in Vantucky was from Cut-n-Shoot.

    I figure as far north as Conroe could be infested with Progs thanks to the space program and easier commuting in the 60s.

    I figure as far north as Huntsville could be infested with Progs thanks to the space program and easier commuting in the 60s.

    Fixed that for you. Any small town with a University of 18,000 students (Sam Houston State University) is suspect.
    https://www.shsu.edu/

    My Aggies used to use them as a warm up team occasionally. Now my Aggies just march around the campus and tear down statues of good men.

  11. RBG finally kicked it. And the left, which applauded her for hanging on to the seat, is now condemning her for the exact same thing. Did they really think she’d last another 5 years?

    One of the definitions for insanity is performing the same action over and over again, expecting different results. The dumbrocrats are quite the opposite, they perform different actions over time expecting the same results each time. They do outrageous things and expect the repuglicans to bow to them each time. That is one of the reasons why they are so attached to global warming, they do not want anything to change that is important to them. Unless, it changes more in their favor.

  12. Fixed that for you. Any small town with a University of 18,000 students (Sam Houston State University) is suspect.

    I know about SHSU. We had their grads at CGI Belton.

  13. And there was frost on the car and the deck this morning.

    Tell me more about this global warming and how I can get some.

    Sorry dude, it is a fake science. And I have bad news for you, we may be entering a global cooling cycle that they talked about back in the 1970s. My father-in-law grew up not far away from you outside Chenango Falls at 4,500 ft elevation. He used to talk about building a snow tunnel from the house to the dairy barn. By December it was well covered over. BTW, when he left the family farm at age 18 in 1950, he was 6’2″ and 130 lbs, with six brothers and sisters he could not get enough food.
    https://www.iceagenow.info/

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  14. My Aggies used to use them as a warm up team occasionally. Now my Aggies just march around the campus and tear down statues of good men.

    Jimbo Fisher lucked into his head coaching job at Florida State after his former boss, Bobby Bowden, badly underestimated a South Florida team which was put on the schedule as a warm up in 2009.

    True Freshman quarterback. No-name school. At home. Easy.

    Of course, in the rush to rid themselves of the head coach, the boosters forgot that Jimbo’s fingerprints were on that game plan. Until the Christmas tree got dragged to the curb on that infamous day after Thanksgiving …

  15. Gas shortage! Watch the video linked from the story.

    To be fair, the Alabama Buc-ee’s is generally insane. I’m not into illness hysteria, but the store crowding disturbed me to the point that I waited in the car while my family went inside that place on the day after the 4th. Not visible off to the far left of the camera pan is the overflow parking under construction.

    https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/tropical-storm-beta-to-spend-days-pounding-gulf-coast/815250

    Just across the border, Florida has anti-gouging laws similar to those in Texas. The stations around Pensacola probably don’t have gas.

    Buc-ee’s in Robertson was built as a lesson to Florida. Don’t mess with the Beaver’s tax breaks.

  16. The house was interesting. No deal breakers except the price.

    Gonna go down and kayak with the kids.

    n

  17. The house was interesting. No deal breakers except the price.

    Gonna go down and kayak with the kids.

    There is no real house price except for what the seller has agreed to sell for and what the buyer has agreed to buy for. And even then deals are sometimes redone at closing, I have watched my Dad up the selling price 10% at a closing while the rest of his partners were puking in the corner of the room because they could not stop him.

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  18. Dog scared up another skunk last night around 3am. But this time we caught on before she could get back in the house. Wife raised the alarm and I locked the dog door and closed the windows. This morning I gave her another bath in tomato juice. It worked pretty well.
    Because lows have been in the 50s we have been sleeping with the windows open.
    Took my drone out today. I bought it last Thanksgiving as a hobby to enjoy in my retirement. This is the first time I’ve had it out this year. I managed not to get it tangled in the trees and did get a few seconds of decent video. Happily, the weather was dead calm. I don’t think this little quadcopter would deal with winds very well.

  19. “Tropical Storm Beta turns west toward Texas: Be wary, but not overly worried”
    https://spacecityweather.com/tropical-storm-beta-turns-west-toward-texas-be-wary-but-not-overly-worried/

    “2pm CT Saturday: Tropical Storm Beta made its expected turn west earlier today and is now crawling toward the Texas coast at 2 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its maximum sustained winds are 60 mph. Our overall forecast for the Houston metro area has not changed at this time: We still anticipate Stage 2 flood conditions south of Interstate 10, and Stage 1 for areas north of Interstate 10. Bottom line: We have not seen anything today that makes us any more concerned.”

  20. “The house was interesting. No deal breakers except the price.

    Gonna go down and kayak with the kids.”

    There is no real house price except for what the seller has agreed to sell for and what the buyer has agreed to buy for. And even then deals are sometimes redone at closing

    Our current house’s appraisal came in at $9000 below the agreed sale price. At the time, six years ago, we were broke and didn’t have any more cash to make the bank happy. I wasn’t about to pay PMI with 20% on the table so, just a few days before closing, we gave the sellers a take it or leave it offer for the appraisal price, and they took it.

    Texas appraisal laws had teeth in 2014. I’m not sure what has changed since then.

  21. Of course, it is the ProgLibTurd Lefty Dumbocrats denigrating Ginsberg. “She should have retired during Obuttwad’s reign” etc. Lots of eff words on her on Twitter for that. I do have to admit she should have retired at “80” during Obuttwad. But, her giant ego wouldn’t let her. Why not spend your last years with your family and friends. Even more proof of her giant ego was her, supposed, death bed wish. Who ends their life with those kind of last words. I wonder if it was recorded? I wouldn’t put it past the PLT’s to have made that up.

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  22. In other news:

    Every quarter or so, I compare my car navigation with Apple, Google and Waze. I updated my Subie maps and have been testing. The Subie TomTom nav comes in last place. Slow, incomplete map base, shitty routing, etc. Why even bother to put it in.

    Google usually wins, but this time I’m giving it to Apple Maps. Maybe Google cripples maps on the iPhone. Apple has upped their game. Adding a lot of traffic lights, stop signs, routing etc. I do like the Google satellite option. Pretty cool seeing a photo of where you are. And Waze crowd reporting of traffic items, especially cop stops, still is very nice. I wish Apple would add something like that to their maps.


  23. Texas appraisal laws had teeth six years ago. I’m not sure what has changed since then.

    I posted this years ago. Our first house in San Antonio was a VA loan. The VA does their own appraisal. The appraisal was $1,000’s less than the builder and comps in the neighborhood. We couldn’t come up with the cash (VA loans are “no money down” as long as the VA appraisal is reasonable). Lieutenant Colonel MrsAtoz went to the VA office and went ballistic on the appraiser right in front of all in the office. The next day we got a new appraisal matching the builders.

    As Mr. Lynn says, it’s really a buyer and seller thing. Unless the goobermint (VA) is involved. Then the yelling starts.

    Don’t Forget, Fcuk The Vet!

    HARRIS/biden 2020

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  24. Of course, it is the ProgLibTurd Lefty Dumbocrats denigrating Ginsberg. “She should have retired during Obuttwad’s reign” etc. Lots of eff words on her on Twitter for that. I do have to admit she should have retired at “80” during Obuttwad. But, her giant ego wouldn’t let her. Why not spend your last years with your family and friends. Even more proof of her giant ego was her, supposed, death bed wish. Who ends their life with those kind of last words. I wonder if it was recorded? I wouldn’t put it past the PLT’s to have made that up.

    I doubt the death bed wish was real.

    Ginsberg occupied the traditional Payola seat on the court, and I imagine that she worried just as much about who Obama owed as she did Trump. When it came to financial matters, she could side with the conservatives, most notably in the overturn of National Bellas Hess.

    Plus, I’m sure the Justices get along well, and having that routine was probably important after her husband died in 2010.

  25. Amy Coney Barrett is trending on Twitter. Since she went through Senate hearings for the Circuit appointment, the discussion is “why not put her up for a floor vote?” Yeah, I bet the Dumbos are already putting together some fake shit about her. Too bad the Redumblican Senate has no spine to just put her up for a vote. I can see Bishop Mittens walking in ala McCain and dramatically giving a thumbs down. We could have a new Justice in a couple of weeks. Since she is a Catholic, the Dumbos are freaking out that she is probably tRump’s number one choice. Waaah! She gonna reverse Roe v. Wade by herself! Waaah!

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  26. Dems are probably in terror of Barrett being put forward because that will throw off their strategy for defeating Trump’s next judicial nomination: “[Fill in the blank] raped me 27 years ago! I didn’t go to the police and I have no evidence, but believe all women!”

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  27. I wear shoes so I don’t slip.

    I go barefoot so I don’t slip. Clay soil, generally moist, and hilly.

    I’ll see you both and double down: I don’t mow so I can’t slip.

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  28. OK, Nick, Marcelo punked us both.

    I’d rather have a natural lawn, of whatever grows in our lousy soil. Mow little to any of it — I don’t have two-year-olds running around with their delicate little bare feetsies, so who cares if the plants grow long and aren’t luxurious, soft kentucky blue grass?

  29. Amy Coney Barrett is trending on Twitter. Since she went through Senate hearings for the Circuit appointment, the discussion is “why not put her up for a floor vote?”

    No. She has five children plus two adopted “trophy Haitians”. SJW much? Too much “that’s some nice kids ya got, shame if something happened” baggage.

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  30. I go barefoot so I don’t slip. Clay soil, generally moist, and hilly.

    I mowed the yard on Space Lane bare foot. St. Augustine. Looked GREAT!!!! Why barefoot? Why not? If I slip and fall and stick my foot under the mower deck, like tennis shoes are going to help?

    Got to wear shoes here, or flips, just for the stickers.

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