January 29, 2015

President Obama keep telling the Republicans that if they don't like what he's doing, pass a bill. So the Republicans passed one. Keystone Pipeline. He's going to veto it.

Idea: Replace the White House, the Senate, and the House with three trained seals. Good? Bad?

January 29, 2015

Got my stupid Buick Enclave appraised at CarMax (for sale) and the Jeep dealer (for trade). Because you pay sales taxes on a sale, but not on a trade, CarMax has to be 106.25% of the dealer price to be a match. Turned out that CarMax was at 116% of the Jeep dealer. Basically, 10% higher, after tax.

I figured that CarMax had to offer a better price than a dealer—otherwise, why would I sell to them? It was an absolute monster dealership. The sales guy said that they move 50 vehicles on a decent Saturday. Saturdays and Mondays, there's a line out the door to talk to a sales person. The guy was nice and the process was easy. When my Jeep comes in, I'll sell my soccer mom car to CarMax.

January 28, 2015

In the vicinity of the kitchen:

January 28, 2015

Master bedroom:

January 27, 2015

Severodvinsk (English translation: "Frostbite Butt") is a lovely Russian city on the White Sea, east of the Finnish border. Average daily high temperatures there in January are 14 degrees. It is known mostly for the manufacture and repair of warships and submarines, the sort of place I enjoy snooping out on Google Earth. Click here for a large picture from the June of 2013 showing eight subs, a bunch of cruisers and stuff, and an aircraft carrier in drydock.

Subs 1 and 2 are fat-boy Typhoon Class, the biggest subs ever built. They're all out of service now. Subs 3 through 5 are long, but they're skinny. I don't think they're Deltas—I don't see the hump or the diving planes on the con tower. I'm guessing Yankee Class. If so, they're scrap metal. Subs 6 and 7 are little guys, probably fast attack subs. Are they chubby little Mikes? If so, more scrap. Sub 8 is mid-sized, and I'm tired of trying to figure out what boat is what class.

When I say the carrier is in "drydock," I really mean it's sitting in the mud. It's not going anywhere soon.

They're still building subs in Severodvinsk, but this is a scrap yard. When I zoom in, I don't see any cars or trucks near the docks. It's a mausoleum.

The picture? Oh, that's Oksana. She's from Severodvinsk and she's forty years old. She'd like to meet a "33 - 53 y.o. earnest, single-minded person from France, Kuwait, Bahrain." Google Images is amazing.

January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015

Okay, the bad news is that someone is trying to crush our house with a giant thumb. Do you like the blue roof?

The good news is that the cabinets, which we expected to be here in another six weeks or so, are ready to be delivered.

The other good news is that my Jeep guy says that the factory has given him a heads-up for delivery on Friday. Day after tomorrow. About six weeks early. He says it could be a few days later, but still....

I'm on a streak. You'll find me in Vegas.