The Doors – The WASP (Texas Radio And The Big Beat)

lyrics & facts: I wanna tell you about Texas Radio and the Big Beat Comes out of the Virginia swamps Cool and slow with plenty of precision With a back beat narrow and hard to master Some call it heavenly in it’s brilliance Others, mean and ruthful of the Western dream I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping This is the land where the Pharaoh died The Negroes in the forest brightly featheredI wanna tell you ’bout Texas Radio and the Big Beat Comes out of the Virginia swamps Cool and slow with plenty of precision With a back beat narrow and hard to master Some call it heavenly in it’s brilliance Others, mean and ruthful of the Western dream I love the friends I have gathered together on this thin raft We have constructed pyramids in honor of our escaping This is the land where the Pharaoh died The Negroes in the forest brightly feathered They are saying, “Forget the night. Live with us in forests of azure. Out here on the perimeter there are no stars Out here we is stoned – immaculate.” Listen to this, and I’ll tell you ’bout the heartache I’ll tell you ’bout the heartache and the loss of God I’ll tell you ’bout the hopeless night The meager food for souls forgot I’ll tell you ’bout the maiden with raw iron soul I’ll tell you this No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn I’ll tell you ’bout Texas Radio and the Big Beat Soft drivin’, slow and mad, like some new language Now, listen
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yard, front – front of house – all sills, doors, fence painted, gutters repaired – IMG_3448 (20110822)

yard, front – front of house – all sills, doors, fence painted, gutters repaired – IMG_3448 (20110822)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
An "after" pic of the window/door/soffit/gutter/fence painting and gutter repairs, and the now-cleared stone steps with solar lights (still not recommended for guests, though).

The gutter guards are now 100% covering the front gutters, and are uniform in their coverage. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage. The front-left gutter is also AMAZINGLY straight compared to the "before" picture, thanks to re-doing (and adding new) gutter nails/crews. The front-right gutter, while still obviously damaged, is in way better shape before — it had actually pulled the end of my roof off, and I had to nail my actual roof frame back together!! Gutter-caulk was successful in making it so that you can stand at our front door in the rain without getting water on you anymore! The gutter guts! It hasn’t done that in years!

When we first moved in, the front looked like this: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/90504353/ and this: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/90504591/ (and also www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/96737295/ but you can’t see the green in that picture)

In case you’re wondering how a gutter gets damaged: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4481727978/

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE … With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

camping chairs, cooler, groceries, gutter guards, house maintenance, ladder, storm door, windows.
after gutter repair. after painting.

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

August 22, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: After all of the first-world-bullshit we had to go through (described in the backstories of the other pictuers), it was nice to be able to take this "after" picture, and be done with it (for this year, anyway)! (Next year: Retaining wall repair, concrete wall patching.)