yard, front – decoration (beginning of driveway) – $2 Dexter’s Lab bowling ball – IMG_3701 (20111014)

yard, front – decoration (beginning of driveway) – Dexter’s Lab bowling ball – IMG_3701 (20111014)
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The Dexter’s Lab bowling ball (with accompanying Cartoon Network case) we bought at a yard sale on 8/6/2011 for .50.

Read about that yardsale expedition at clintjcl.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/journal-yard-sales-2011…

bowling ball, house maintenance, solar light, yard decoration.
cartoon: Dexter’s Lab.

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

October 14, 2011.

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yard, front yard – decoration (concrete bench) – statue head from college – IMG_3699 (20111014)

yard, front yard – decoration (concrete bench) – statue head from college – IMG_3699 (20111014)
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I found this somewhere during college. I think just on the ground. I’ve kept it ever since. Makes a nice yard decoration. It’s been atop a cinder block for the past 12 years, but now that I’ve painted the soffits of my house (and had a use for cinder blocks as ladder counterweights), my cinder blocks are all over the place, and this head needs a new home. I think here on the "armrest" of our built in concrete bench is a good place for him now.

And yes, those are couch cushions all wet and dirty in the background. They were going to go in the trash, but I decided to let them live on the bench until they disintegrate more. When it’s dry, they are quite comfy. When it’s wet, nobody was gonna sit there anyway. I’ve sat on them at least once. (I only sit out here a few times a year.) They’re about ready for the trash now, though.

bricks, house maintenance, statue head, yard decoration.

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

October 14, 2011.

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tree, side yard (largest) – 91 – after 3 major cuts ($500) (also main room window now painted) – IMG_3080 (20110614)

tree, side yard (largest) – 91 – after 3 major cuts (0) (also main room window now painted) – IMG_3080 (20110614)
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Three *major* tree cuts (0) done, after Farmers and Progressive/Homesite told us trees can’t touch our roof. After we did this work, they changed their tune to "trees can’t be OVER the roof". I don’t think that should be legal to tell the customer they have to make certain specific changes, then turn around and say those exact specific changes were no good. FUCK PROGRESSIVE. FUCK HOMESITE. FUCK FARMERS. DO NOT USE THEM.

This is also a good "after" pic of the now-painted main room window sill. The gutter has not yet been repaired in this picture.

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 lotof 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.

Also since then, additional gutter guards have been deployed, and they are uniformly and 100% covering the front gutters at least. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage.

In case you’re wondering how a gutter gets damaged: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4481727978/ … Yes, it’s all you people who keep wishing for snows’ fault. Also, here’s a picture of how bent up our front-right gutter was: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/3596132314/

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, gutter, gutter guards, house maintenance, tree, tree cuts, tree removal, window.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after painting.

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

June 14, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) canceled our policy due to having peeling paint on our window sills, and tree branches touching our roof (among other things). So we switched to Progressive and they dropped us for the same reasons. So we renewed our Progressive policy, had 0 of tree work done, and rectified most of the list they gave us. Progressive dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons, including changing the tree requirements from "no branches touching your roof" to "no branches over your roof at all", so even after following their specific advice regarding the trees, they still canceled our policy again. It’s simply not possible to satisfy Progressive when they give different reasons the second time around. Most of the reasons used by Progressive to drop us the 2nd time were never given the 1st time, even though those conditions were present then as well! PROGRESSIVE SUCKS AND IS NOT WORTH IT. INCONSISTENT! And then they try to bill you after you cancel them! Anyway, we paid The Care Of Trees 0 — the cheapest of the 15+ companies I contacted — to do 3 major cuts (0) and remove the pine tree behind our addition (0). I also bought a 0 pole saw (basically chainsaw on the end of a 10 foot pole) to handle the smaller trees (i.e. the cases where it’s possible to do it yourself).

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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

20081108 – goth yard sale – corsets – (by Kier) – 3017564131_8ca3dab112_o

20081108 – goth yard sale – corsets – (by Kier) – 3017564131_8ca3dab112_o
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For the first time ever, social networking site clintjcl.multiply.com/ actually gave me information I found useful. The location and date of a goth yardsale, complete with 40 corsets. It was a benefit of sorts for a friend of a friend of a friend who tragically died in her early 20s — very recently.

The corsets turned out to mostly be too small for Carolyn, but nonetheless — We did get her a few unique items. I also got my now-famous pimp hat, which will show up in later pictures. They were also serving alcohol (at 9am), had a sponsored sex toy tent (20% of the tent’s proceeds went to the benefit of the yardsale). I believe we got a pair of fake leather pants for .

There was also a pimp cane someone was eyeing, but I already have a cane, and someone else snatched it up before I could buy it. (It turns out the cane of my grandparents is too short for me to use — when I briefly hurt my foot, I and used it for 6 hours or so, it was really uncomfortable to use due to being several inches too short.)

There were also deliberately creepy items, like fake babies in jars and stuff like that. I was very tempted, but we didn’t have anyplace to put them, literally using every inch in our house.

It was fun. We were there for quite awhile. It was nice that they had a separate tent to change clothes in to try things on too!

corsets.

Fairfax, Virginia.

November 8, 2008.
Pic by Kier C.

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yard, front – overgrowth obliterated – 20110620 – IMG_3097

yard, front – overgrowth obliterated – 20110620 – IMG_3097
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Major destruction today. I finally activated my 0 pole saw — a chainsaw on a 10-foot retractable pole. Removed the smaller tree bits touching/over my house, and then went on what can only be called The Biggest Rampage Of Lifeform Destruction I’ve Ever Gone On In My Life. You can’t even see the walkway from all the debris from the recent pro tree removal PLUS my pole saw rampage. The saw cost 0 and it’s likely I may only use it every few years, so I wanted to get the most out of the outing as I could. Anyway, this ugly swath of yard here represents the IMPROVED yard. It’s now possible to actually walk across it. It wasn’t really before. Plus we added a bunch of Home Depot solar lights.

overgrowth removal, yard work.
Chrysler 300M 1999 car, Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, destruction, house maintenance, solar lights, umbrella.

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

June 20, 2011.

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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? So we had to clear some overgrowth. Couple days of yard work.

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)
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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.)

Snow in the Wren Yard

Snow in the Wren Yard
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The Wren Building from Duke of Gloucester Street on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The photo was taken with a Hasselblad 503CXi loaded with Fujicolor Pro 160S film. The exposure was f/22 for 1/250 second.

Photo by Nicholas J. Valvanis
Class of 2000

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20100501 – yard sale stuff – 1 – IMG_0170 – Simpsons Life ($5)

20100501 – yard sale stuff – 1 – IMG_0170 – Simpsons Life ()
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Stuff we found while yardsaleing on 20100501 – full list at: clintjcl.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/

We got The Simpsons version of The Game Of Life! For only , and it was still in the shrink wrap! This game goes for new, though Amazon has the gall to try to sell it for ! The rules are definitely a bit different — a bit inferior, maybe. There was at least one error that caused me to write on the actual board in ballpoint pin. I mean, if you have house insurance, you obviously should not have to pay for a house fire on the house fire space! We’ve played once so far, and Carolyn beat me.

playing Simpsons Life.
board, box.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

May 1, 2010.

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