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When the shark bites...

Latest work update has me working here through April 20, 2005. If this is actually the case, then my plan of getting a film shot before my next birthday is pretty much out the door. Or at least delayed.
I'm okay with that. At this point, I'm at least quasi-comfortable living down here, and as long as there is someone up at the house that can handle taking care of the pets and running the house in general, it can work out pretty well.
Of course, once in a while, there are critical issues that come up. For instance, the elm tree.
I am really sad that the elm tree has to go. It's a beautiful tree, and it is really the only thing that makes the property beautiful. Cut down, it's gonna make the back yard just an ugly place to be. But there isn't really anything that I can do about that.
The problem is the way that the city deals with it. "You have 20 days" is really insufficient notice in my opinion, and the fact that we have to pay for the removal just adds insult to injury. I would really rather have time to have the tree diagnosed properly by a third party and make sure it is essential to have it cut down, but the fascist City of Minneapolis inspections department will not have any of it.
They give the option of having a third-party contractor handle the cutting down and removal of the tree. Nice of them-- except the 20-day deadline makes it really difficult to get someone to do an estimate and the actual work.
Then there's the wood: if we have to cut down the tree, I'd at least like to keep the wood and rent a log splitter to make firewood. But because it's diseased, we probably can't keep the wood either.
And then there's the stump removal. Yet another issue to deal with.
I asked Barb if she would call the city to find out what they charge to remove the tree, as well as calling some other third-party tree places to get estimates, and to check if they do stump removal.
She told me to do it myself, because she didn't have time. And I'm a little ticked off at that.
I'm freaking living in Des Moines. I don't have a phone except the cell phone, for which I get charged exorbitant rates for long distance. I don't have a Minneapolis yellow pages to look up some tree contractors. I would have to take a day off of work (for which I don't get paid), and come up there to handle the logistics of it... and the 20-day deadline makes that highly unlikely.
So it looks like I will have to pay the City of Minneapolis rates to have the tree cut and removed, and still find a third-party stump removal place. Or hire a bobcat and spend a week or so digging and breaking up concrete. Which has to be done anyway to put in a new garage.
On the positive side, the tree removal makes placing a new garage easy. It does mean holding off any landscaping, but I'm okay with that.

I'm probably going to have to hold off on the front porch repair until next year. I need to do something intermediate to keep the roof from leaking in the meantime, which needs to be sturdy enough to withstand fall and winter yet inexpensive enough to be disposable when the time comes to rip the roof off and start over next year.
I have some extra pink housewrap stuff left over from the breezeway project. It's essentially the same thing as tarp material, but without the sewn edges-- and it's pink. With big lettering on it.
I'm thinking I could glue down a layer of this stuff over the existing roofing material using the bonding adhesive that I got for the rubber membrane roof, then finish with a coat of the roll-on elastomeric roofing. It's not perfect or permanent, but It might at least keep any more damage from happening through the winter.
Though at this point, a lot of damage has been done. The front porch is gonna need a lot of work.

Barb is moving out at the end of August. The original plan for having someone else move in temporarily fell through, so I've asked Rick if he'd be interested. He seems excited about the prospect, but has some things to think over first. And it's not really a pretty job-- there is a lot of work that has to be done, and Barb isn't going to be able to go through all of her stuff before she leaves, so the house will be in a pretty cluttered state for a while. And there will be Sadie and Micha (dog and cat) to care for during the time I am living in Des Moines.
And there will be the purging, and several remodeling projects which will call for lots of Lifting Of Heavy Things, and various skills at carpentry, plumbing, electrical, painting, finishing, etc. so it's not exactly a free ride.
But I need to have someone there who can manage the house and pets and all while I'm gone. And I'd prefer to have someone that I know and trust.


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Jul. 19th, 2004 10:40 am (UTC)
Phone Calls

ok. What a hoe. I am sorry to say that about her. I am usually pretty objective (when it comes to other peoples' relationships). But, holy dice Batman. It is not that hard to make some freaking phone calls and get a couple estimates.

I use my cell phone too. But, I don't have any high fees with it. All calls are local as long as I am in the area of the city where I live. (all calls to other cities are local while I am in my city)

If you need it, I can make a few phone calls or whatever for you. Just let me know. I wouldn't mind.

That is just too petty that she can't take an hour and call around some places for you after she's been living there too.

ah well, people.
Jul. 19th, 2004 12:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Phone Calls
That's completely unfair... and you call yourself objective?

You don't know her side of the story. Would you be likely to help an ex with his projects when you're breaking up and moving away? Probably not.

While pettiness could be part of it, I doubt it's the only motivating factor. Nevertheless, the namecalling is downright offensive. She's a person, too.
Jul. 19th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Phone Calls
I did just recently get broken up with by an ex, and I did do a lot of stuff for him even after he broke up with me.

My logic was that I was trying to remain friends with the person. Even if he didn't want the relationship any longer, we had ten years together. I handled lots of phone calls on his behalf. I also continued to fix his computer issues when he had them as he is not all that computer literate. I also am currently making sure that sprinkler people can get into his storage unit while he is out of the country.

She is a different person. She may not want to remain friends. Or, she may have other things going on in her life. You are right. There are two sides to every coin.

It just seems that after a couple is together a long time, that preserving that history or ensuring a future civility is a good thing.

But, I have no room to talk. So, on that you are correct also.

Jul. 19th, 2004 04:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Phone Calls
S'okay. I e-mailed her today because I felt like we left on bad terms yesterday, and I didn't want to let that sit. Turns out she thought I was asking for something much more detailed than I was.
Jul. 20th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
Re: Phone Calls
I'm very glad it was just a mix up in communication.
Jul. 19th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC)
I can make some phone calls from work (what are they gonna do, fire me?) if you need.

I'll need some information about the size and location of the tree, your address, and what schedule you're on.

Email me at lex at scc dot net if you want me to make the calls.
Jul. 19th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
I appreciate it, but she is going to make the calls, and I'm holding off on the stump removal until some time later.

But I may hit you up for phone calls at a later date. :)
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