Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Subdivision, part 14

I've had a slight change in course since last month. Namely, the cost to reroute the electrical service to the existing house will be reasonable, so we're having it moved.

The electrican installed conduit around the house to the street side yesterday. It may be a month or two before Seattle City Light gets their act together and installs the transformer and other wires from the power lines to the house.

Even though the power lines for the existing house are still crossing the new southern parcel, the city doesn't care that there isn't an easment for them and has approved the subdivision. All that remains is for me to submit the final drawings and pay over a thousand dollars in extra fees.

When I spoke with the surveyor a week or two ago, he said that he'd call me when the drawings were ready for me to pick up. (They can't fold the final drawings, so it would be pricy to mail a rolled-up set.) The surveyor, though, apparently thought I was going to come by to pick them up without further word from him. The drawings have been sitting at their front desk for a while now. I'll collect them tomorrow.

Several weeks ago, DPD sent me a letter stating that if I didn't pay the fees by November, the subdivision would be canceled. I haven't been too hurried to pay, though, since I assume our property taxes will go up once the subdivision takes place, and the taxes are due in October. Also, we won't begin construction till next summer, so what's the hurry?

No Subsidies, No Bailouts

Let failures fail.

'Nuff said.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Consistently Bad

Is there anything more annoying than a double-parked hybrid?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


2-Spokane Airport Bloody Mary Map
This map is on signs at the Spokane airport. I'm not sure it shows up anywhere else, but I hope not.

America is big enough that they can find it. Mexico, as well. The others, though. . .

France they miss by a few miles, hitting Switzerland.

They mislabel Britain horribly, pointing at Morroco instead!

The Netherlands they put in southern Belarus. Missed by *that* much.

Sweden they place in the Gulf of Finland in Russian waters.

Now, honestly, did they even try?

Monday, September 08, 2008


Paralympics: "para" being Greek for "beside"; "lympics" being a derivative of most of the name of Mount Olympus. So does that mean that paralympians are always beside Mt Olympus? No?

Metropolis: "metro" being Greek for "mother"; "polis" being Greek for "city." The metro/mother connection makes the term "metrosexual" take on new, clarified meaning for me: men who are trying to be like their mothers. . .

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

This Month's Photo of Chunlin

Here's this month's photo of Chunlin (and Christina) on my calendar at work. From our happy wedding day.


That was a good day.