With the rise of modern capitalism and industrial society, the WASP ethic is that we fulfill our duty to God by diligence and hard work.
On another note, this humble creature is living under our backyard sliding board:
Not to scale (except perhaps in one’s imagination).
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wasp
On Curtner one sunny afternoon looking east toward the Diablo Range.
San Jose City Council is already giving away public parkland to private interests. Next step is to eliminate open space requirements so that developers can build higher density. This also has the added benefit (to developers) of making more parkland available for development. Everybody happy?
Can you see the park?
Wednesday’s presentation at the Willow Glen Branch Library by Dan Mackey, past president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, was very informative. He gave us a list of steps to take before signing a remodeling contract.
Your choice of contractor can make a big difference. You don’t want someone who is never there to supervise the work; just hands it off to his day laborers.
For instance, when adding a room to your home, after the foundation’s been dug, you might find it aggravating to have hired someone who has no care about construction except getting paid.
Yes, the job will probably take longer than expected, and you might have to supervise everything closely. The contractor could hand the job over to a lesser, who will hand it down to a lesser, etc. At one point you might find the trash pickup guy down in your basement by himself with a power saw, having been assigned to cut a water line which is still filled with water. It will make a mess.
Plan to evacuate one evening when they break the valve to the main gas line. Later, watch in horror as they remove and plug a gas line in your basement without turning off the gas first.
There are things that get installed upside down, and things that get ignored.
The building process need not be stressful, however, if you don’t short shrift the selection process.
Make sure to especially contact their LATEST, FINISHED job. An unprovided reference is NOT a good reference.
Good luck with your construction.
You can look into your neighbors backyards from Google Earth. It’s not easy to see all the clotheslines, however. Actually, mine might be the only one. Never had a clothes dryer. What for? There’s always time to let the rainy days pass.
The Clothesline Question – Utne Reader Nov/Dec 2003
Shouldn’t we have these every Spring? (Clean out the garage, make room for more junk!)