Wednesday, November 28, 2007

From my cousin in Montreal to me via email:

“They now have an Italian airline that flies out of's called Genitalia.
(I'm dying to see the logo!)”


Here, two weeks into my recovery from breaking my ankle, is the rig I go out into the world in every day.


There was a little “council of war” at the new house yesterday morning as more siding went on and the insulator sprayed foam into the crevices between the house’s studs and the frame around each and every window. The stated agenda was to resolve issues for the plastering/wallboard crew who will begin working next week (estimated length of their job, two weeks). There’s a lot of plastering in the house because the concrete shell of the first floor on the side and back walls will have plaster applied directly to it.

We also looked realistically at the huge delay caused by the framing crew getting involved with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in October. On the tube it may look like it’s a great big barn raising party for a couple of days followed by a weepy/happy celebration as the affected family moves into a magically transformed house. We were told that in reality, it was a chaotic, badly disorganized scramble, one which cost us two weeks of the framing crew’s services—and delayed every phase of construction to follow.

Just as problematic, some of the work they did after getting back on their feet and onto the job again turns out to have been sloppy, wrong in some places and incomplete in others. The siding crew says they’ve been taking longer to do their job because of having to correct mistakes made by the framers. I talked turkey to the general contractor about the fact all this would cost me extra money and he said no, that an overage like that was his responsibility and would come out of his fee rather than my hide, which I can live with.

Bottom line: we’re now looking at not getting into the house until late January, the worst possible time in northern New England to be moving furniture, appliances, etc. The new schedule is for the Aga cooker (that’s British for stove or kitchen range), the dishwasher, freezer and the washer/dryer combination to be delivered on January 7th.

On a happier note, we began the coordination of the propane tank installation, hot water boiler, etc. that will lead to getting radiant heat in the house and guarantee the various crews good conditions to keep working through the coldest months.

We’ve both been working on the windows and their frames, painting them with clear water-based matte polyurethane. We’re putting two coats on to protect the wood from being stained or watermarked by the plastering that’ll come right into the frame of each window. We’re finished with the second coat on the downstairs windows (the vast majority) and will start upstairs tomorrow because the insulators are finished there.


With the arrival of movie and theatrical directors on the opera staqge, as well as the huge shift in the way opera is being interpreted and designed these days, new directions are being explored for some very traditional material and characters. Clearly a new direction for this production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is leather, with more than a hint of s&m. The Don is Teddy Tahu Rhodes, a suave and sexy New Zealand baritone.

Très à la mode, that little boot contraption! ;-)
I understand Bravo is planning a reality TV show featuring hunky aspiring baritones and bass baritones in pose-offs and vocal competitions, all vying for a Met contract. It's going to be called Top Don.
So, no big New Year's party in the new place? Damn. I know how you were looking forward to that. In my mind's eye I have a horrible vision of you two hauling furniture up that little hill and road to your new the snow and ice.
Well, Will, you've certainly got your hands full these days AND still find time to Blog and check out other's posts. I'm impressed.

Ouch! The ankle. I've had a fracture and several sprains on my right ankle. Not fun. BUT, it looks like you're managing.

Hang in there! All good things in time (As the saying goes . . . ).

Continue to be well.
Pray for January Thaw.
an AGA - you are getting an AGA... omigod.. how exciting!

(a red aga is the cornerstone of my dream kitchen)

sorry to hear about the framing affect on the sched... i saw about 10mins of one of those shows and COULDNT believe that they did it in seven days - NO WAY. glad to hear my instincts were correct...and good for you to have a good contractor!
I don't think any construction project ever goes on without several stumbles and many headaches. One day, we'll get you guys to visit our place, and we can regale you with stories of when we gutted and rebuilt this house.

Best wishes with the remainder of the project. From all of the posts, it does look like it's going to be a wonderful place!
January in NE sounds rather quaint and pioneer like.
yeah right.
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