yard, front – fence – painted – poor Home Depot color matching – IMG_3308 (20110720)

yard, front – fence – painted – poor Home Depot color matching – IMG_3308 (20110720)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Extra paint on the brushes at the end of the day went to fence post tops, then fence posts, then fence tops, then sides, then bottoms. We ended up doing the entire fence with "done for the day" brushes, even though we hadn’t intended to paint the fence.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

It’s hard to tell, but the gutter in the background has been painted gray as well.

Home Depot color matching, fence, gutter, house maintenance, mismatched paint.
after painting.

front yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

July 20, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.

yard, back – cinder blocks & bricks storage – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3464 (20110828)

yard, back – cinder blocks & bricks storage – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3464 (20110828)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Just a pic demonstrating our cache of cinder blocks and bricks that we left in the back yard. These are VERY HANDY for ladder stabilization when putting a 16-ft ladder on an earthy, slanted hill. You put the feet of the ladder into the holes in the cinder blocks, then shove the bricks into the remaining space. But DAMN are they HEAVY. We’ve now left some in our back and side yards so that we can stabilize ladders in the future without having to cut our arms up carrying heavy cinder blocks around our yard. So this is where they’ll stay.

That landing stone in front of the door? That used to be under the old outside air conditioning unit, before we upgraded to a heat pump as part of building our addition. It’s bigger/better than the one that was in front of the door originally, which I moved to the left. THROW NOTHING AWAY! Certainly not big-ass squares of useful material.

BTW, this is the kitchen/back door. Rarely used. Accidentally painted the storm door shut and have not not opened it since. Opted not to paint the door itself out of laziness, and the fact that it’s in alright condition other than a permanent stain from ripping kudzu off of it back when the kudzu had gotten under the storm door and grown to the ceiling. Stupid stupid kudzu.

And oh — we also had to paint that pipe. It was green like the house used to be.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

Home Depot color matching, bricks, cinder blocks, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint, pipe, planter, shovel, stone, storm door.
after painting.

Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

August 28, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills, trees touching our roof, and yard overgrowth (and possibly other reasons I forgot). Weak. Since when did one’s level of yardwork affect insurability? It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. However, we ended up painting a lot of other things that needed painting too, like this door.

door, kitchen – painted – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3450 (20110822)

door, kitchen – painted – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3450 (20110822)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
The kitchen/back door. Rarely used. Accidentally painted the storm door shut, and have not not opened it since. Opted not to paint the door itself out of laziness, and the fact that it’s in alright condition other than a permanent stain from ripping kudzu off of it back when the kudzu had gotten under the storm door and grown to the ceiling. Stupid kudzu.

We also opted not to paint the ceiling at the top of this picture — the bottom of our bedroom overhang — because the green paint underneath is actually in excellent condition. That is pretty much the last remaining green on the house other than the west side soffits, which we could not paint due to electrical wires all over.

A few weeks later we dug a trench and added proper drainage to the gutterin this picture.

Anybody need a birdfeeder? They bring birds to us — but they bring far more rats, so they sit empty at our house.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

But still. This will do. It’s not peeling all over anymore, which is what’s really important. The colors just aren’t going to quite match.

BY THE WAY, see the pipe that comes out of the house on the left, then back into the house by the door? That was part of our house purchase settlement agreement. 12/1998, they had to fix the laundry which had been draining into the back creek for… 58 years. So they simply fed the drain back into the kitchen under the sink. Basically skirted the agreement with minimal expenditure. I’m sure this pipe will break someday… And then *I’ll* let the laundry drain into the creek until the next people by the house. And the cycle continues. Muahahha.

Home Depot color matching, bird feeders, birdfeeders, cinder blocks, gutter, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint, storm door.
after painting.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

August 22, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.

door, utility room – 1 – painted (Home Depot color match problems), DSL line not hanging so pitifully, concrete wall painted – IMG_3302 (20110720)

door, utility room – 1 – painted (Home Depot color match problems), DSL line not hanging so pitifully, concrete wall painted – IMG_3302 (20110720)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Well! Much better now! Still bad, but at least now it looks like a bad paint job instead of a door about to fall apart. And the DSL line is much better now too.

Our utility room door. Not opened since the 1990s — had to be pried back shut. Used to have a wooden storm door, until one year it just collapsed and disintegrated from the elements (which is why there is a piece of wood attached to hinges on the right). The cinder block wall to our patio (left) is in crap condition too — but maybe the paint will help keep out the moisture and make it last a bit longer.

You can see where the cats ripped open the blinds so they could look open the window. This is an orange cat thing; our other cats didn’t do this.

You can see our DSL line hanging down. Originally it was worse, with cracked/missing wire insulation exposing inside wires all over the place. Combination of what I can only assume was cheap wire, combined with snow, ice, rain, and kudzu twisting the wires taut all the time. I used many many feet of electrical tape to patch up the outside of the water, and to preemptively cover up cracks that were going to end up getting worse later ("a stitch in time saves nine"). I wedged it behind various trim pieces whenever possible, with the extra slack hanging around our electric meter. DSL saved! The internet and phone companies will NOT fix this line for less than 0 per visit if it breaks. Last time it took them two visits because I wasn’t there to point at where the wire was broken. COVAD are dicks. This shit is important. It shouldn’t be considered inside wiring, but it is. Once it’s past your junction box, it’s all "inside" wiring, even if it’s outside! Typical corporate doublespeak; outside becomes inside in the world of profiting off your consumers. I am the 99%, goddamnit.

Damn kudzu is already climbing up the door again, despite us weed-wacking the hell out of it just weeks before.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

DSL line, Home Depot color matching, cinder blocks, concrete wall, house maintenance, kudzu, mismatched paint, utility room door.
after painting.

side yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

July 20, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.

door, kitchen – bottom of overhang=largest green area left – (Home Depot color matching problems) – IMG_3690 (20111014)

door, kitchen – bottom of overhang=largest green area left – (Home Depot color matching problems) – IMG_3690 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

You can’t really see it very well in this picture, though, because the angle of the sun really messed the picture up. Mostly you can only see the mismatch on the outer door frame.

Home Depot color matching, birdfeeders, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

October 14, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.

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I love music of all kinds. If it’s good, it’s worth listening to, so don’t start with the nose-up-in-the-air over your favorite genre. Believe me… good music will always find an audience. An audience of sophisticated listeners will stop to listen to any good sound… even if it isn’t part of your normal repertoire.

What is amazing is that dj’s and musicians around the world know this, and they borrow from all genres to create their own personal sounds.

Here in Second Life, we get the results from around the world. World music mixes with the trendy sounds of the day, and we get the sounds that we love so much.

I want to thank all the dj’s, musicians, club owners and event makers in SL. You guys made a holiday scene like no other. APPLAUSE & BRAVO ::::

Special thanks to you <3:

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The Laundry
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2009… here we goooooo!

GOA & RAFTWET AT DJ PAN PARTY
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Second Life holiday parties was an incredible mix of trance, dnb, electronica, dark psy, goa, minimal, proggy, acid, experimental, industrial, noize, tribal, jazz, live music, country, blues, reggae, salsa, classical, opera, and Christmas music. I heard it all and then some.

I love music of all kinds. If it’s good, it’s worth listening to, so don’t start with the nose-up-in-the-air over your favorite genre. Believe me… good music will always find an audience. An audience of sophisticated listeners will stop to listen to any good sound… even if it isn’t part of your normal repertoire.

What is amazing is that dj’s and musicians around the world know this, and they borrow from all genres to create their own personal sounds.

Here in Second Life, we get the results from around the world. World music mixes with the trendy sounds of the day, and we get the sounds that we love so much.

I want to thank all the dj’s, musicians, club owners and event makers in SL. You guys made a holiday scene like no other. APPLAUSE & BRAVO ::::

Special thanks to you <3:

Dance Island
Organica
Divaz
Musik Hauz
DeRailed
Piranha
BassLine Island
Electro Smog
alt7
MMAC
GiveMeSpace
Underground Artists
Home
Club Neptune
Sphynx Jazz Club
Kromatic
8Wall’s Place
United Beats
Odessa
ArtHole
Steam Punk Airship
Electro Violence
Ibiza the Island
Rancho Brasil
The Laundry
Phatland
Asagao Treasures
Seat
DC-10
Casablanca Hotel
R.A.R.E.
Club Enigma
Jade’s Jazz Island
Instyle Fashion Agency
Grafton Mall
S&S Gallery
2nd Zone

… and kisses to ::
Xavier
Aosh
Ronnie
Stig
Mackenzie
Lou
Leo
Professor
Grease
Hallow
Jas
Nos
Thomm
Finny
Renanyoy
Daemon
Donna
Deirdre
IPR365
Pan
Arora
8Wall
Space
Qee
Shad
Healer
Queen
Digi
Stefan
Jen
Max
Xavier
Zod
Tina
Melt
WET
Sully
Sylvain
Alb
Web

Without you guys, the party scene would be dull indeed!
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2009… here we goooooo!

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Second Life holiday parties was an incredible mix of trance, dnb, electronica, dark psy, goa, minimal, proggy, acid, experimental, industrial, noize, tribal, jazz, live music, country, blues, reggae, salsa, classical, opera, and Christmas music. I heard it all and then some.

I love music of all kinds. If it’s good, it’s worth listening to, so don’t start with the nose-up-in-the-air over your favorite genre. Believe me… good music will always find an audience. An audience of sophisticated listeners will stop to listen to any good sound… even if it isn’t part of your normal repertoire.

What is amazing is that dj’s and musicians around the world know this, and they borrow from all genres to create their own personal sounds.

Here in Second Life, we get the results from around the world. World music mixes with the trendy sounds of the day, and we get the sounds that we love so much.

I want to thank all the dj’s, musicians, club owners and event makers in SL. You guys made a holiday scene like no other. APPLAUSE & BRAVO ::::

Special thanks to you <3:

Dance Island
Organica
Divaz
Musik Hauz
DeRailed
Piranha
BassLine Island
Electro Smog
alt7
MMAC
GiveMeSpace
Underground Artists
Home
Club Neptune
Sphynx Jazz Club
Kromatic
8Wall’s Place
United Beats
Odessa
ArtHole
Steam Punk Airship
Electro Violence
Ibiza the Island
Rancho Brasil
The Laundry
Phatland
Asagao Treasures
Seat
DC-10
Casablanca Hotel
R.A.R.E.
Club Enigma
Jade’s Jazz Island
Instyle Fashion Agency
Grafton Mall
S&S Gallery
2nd Zone

… and kisses to ::
Xavier
Aosh
Ronnie
Stig
Mackenzie
Lou
Leo
Professor
Grease
Hallow
Jas
Nos
Thomm
Finny
Renanyoy
Daemon
Donna
Deirdre
IPR365
Pan
Arora
8Wall
Space
Qee
Shad
Healer
Queen
Digi
Stefan
Jen
Max
Xavier
Zod
Tina
Melt
WET
Sully
Sylvain
Alb
Web

Without you guys, the party scene would be dull indeed!
<3 <3 <3
2009… here we goooooo!