Newton’s First Law of Air Conditioning

by Josh on September 26, 2011 · 7 comments

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An air conditioner at rest will remain at rest unless it is acted upon by a careless dolt (me) who doesn’t hold onto it during removal. An air conditioner in motion will remain in motion until it is acted upon by the mass of the planet earth beneath my backyard patio. This little accident could have […]


How Kids Learn Curse Words

by Josh on July 14, 2009 · 11 comments

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When a two-year-old child writes on your wood floors with a permanent marker, you can’t help but learn some lessons. But how long does it take to forget those lessons?  For me, forgetting took just long enough for my next child to become two years old.  While I was making his lunch on Saturday, my […]


Who Turned Out The Lights?

by Josh on July 9, 2009 · 0 comments

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While the electricians worked on my wiring yesterday, I spent a couple hours without power in the house.  Then my web host got into the act and turned out the lights on my blog for most of the last day while they recovered from a severe hacker attack. If you tried to visit this site […]


Goodbye Boulevard Tree

by Josh on May 20, 2009 · 9 comments

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One of the trees in the boulevard alongside the house was highly stressed by the dry weather last summer and the harsh winter that followed. It has not leafed out much this spring and now it won’t get the chance. Yesterday a Minneapolis Park Board truck pulled up and marked the tree. The inspector left […]


The Mouse and The Dinner Party

by Josh on December 4, 2008 · 1 comment

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Travel two days back in time with me.  I was cleaning in the kitchen and I noticed that a small section of baseboard trim at the edge of the cabinets was loose– just held in place with friction against the underside of the cabinet toe kick.  I removed the baseboard and discovered a piece of […]

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I had such high hopes for my summer windowbox this year.  But by early August, I was forced to concede that it was best to just remove the few plants that weren’t already dead and leave the windowbox bare until the time to decorate it for winter. Along with my vegetable garden, the windowbox remains […]


The Man On The Street

by Josh on April 15, 2008 · 7 comments

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I was playing with my older son on the front sidewalk a couple days ago when a guy walking by stopped to ask me about the neighborhood. It turns out he’s been looking at properties in the area and is thinking of buying a house just up the block from us. Ms. Bungalow and I […]


Two-Year-Old Tagger

by Josh on April 22, 2006 · 4 comments

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Over the past few months, there has been a surge in graffiti vandalism in our neighborhood. We are fortunate that our property has not been tagged, particularly considering the difficulty of removing spray paint from brick, stucco and concrete. Unfortunately, our two-and-a-half-year-old son has been negatively influenced by the graffiti. What else could explain the […]


The Accidental Paint Remover

by Josh on April 20, 2006 · 6 comments

in Journal,Windows

I have written a few posts lately about the tedium of paint stripping. So accidentally stumbling onto a method to quickly strip paint and finish off doors and mouldings should be good news, right? Well, before I answer that thrilling rhetorical question, let me reveal this miracle of paint stripping technology. Drum roll… Double-sided tape […]


Cardboard Wall

by Josh on January 17, 2006 · 1 comment

in Basement,Projects

“Walls like cardboard” is supposed to be a joke reserved for cheap motels. So what can I say about walls made of actual cardboard in my basement workshop? Over the past three days I have been dismantling the worn-out storage cabinets flanking my workshop space. With the cabinets removed, I was able to completely see […]

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