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Dec. 19th, 2003

So the new dishwasher came this morning. It's really nice, all high-tech and solidly built. Of course, now I have to install it, which is going to involve quite a bit more work than originally anticipated. I have to plumb new water supply and DWV lines and a new dedicated outlet. Unfortunately that is going to mean installing an auxiliary service panel. The good news is that I can do all of this myself.

I was up until 5 this morning writing a software utility to do sequential file cloning. I've come across the need to do that enough times now that it made sense for me to write something. And with my crappy sleep ability, I was tossing and turning for about an hour, and my sinuses were giving me molto grief. Finally got to sleep, only to be awakened by said delivery.
A dose of NyQuil later, and I was back to sleep. Woke up at 3. Headache. Worked a bit, napped.

Still a headache. Went to walgreens for decongestants.
Apparently Walgreens has a new policy that you can't buy more than three packages of decongestants at one time. Regardless of the size of the package. So they ring you up twice.
I'm grumpy. Feh.


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Dec. 20th, 2003 06:32 am (UTC)
I just got a new dishwasher a few months ago, and paid for installation.

People like you fascinate me. What is it like, walking around all day, knowing that you are handy? Do things LOOK different to you than they do to me, because you know you have power over them? When I look at my wall and see a solid boundary, do you have a mental construct like a panel from a 1960s Superman Comic, where you see a cutaway view in your head with all the wires and pipes?

Does the world seem to you more like modeling clay, compared to my marble statue?
Dec. 20th, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
Interestingly enough, I can visualize the cutaway view with wires and pipes, though it's not something that I think of every day. I also have a very good talent for visualizing something by tactical sensation-- like if you give me an object when I'm blindfolded, I can create a mental image of it by feeling it. Comes in handy when working on cars.

Other than that, it's pretty much something I grew up with. Whenever something would break, my dad would fix it and I'd 'help'. And as I got older, I'd actually help. When we built a garage/workshop, I did the wiring and a good chunk of the framing and carpentry.
When we bought the house, I had to redo most of the plumbing and some of the electrical stuff. Last year I had to redo the soffits and fix the gutters, and I still have a bunch of plastering work to do. And I've got a good start on the new hydronic heating system. I've also had to fix the washer and dryer a few times, install a new gas hot water heater and range, fix the oven igniter, and a bunch more stuff I've forgotten.
Most of it has been out of necessity. I can't imagine what it would cost to have to pay someone else to do it.

Time-Life books are great, as well as home improvement TV shows like Hometime.
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