Tuesday, August 26, 2008
1. Wait for your neighbor to build a fence. Let him work out the kinks and buy all the special fence-building tools.
2. Wait until said neighbor has finished building a significant portion of the fence to be sure you like his work and then buy him a case of cheap beer in exchange for borrowing his tools and know-how.
3. Dig a hole.
4. Put a fence post in the hole and pour in the cement.
5. Let the cement dry over-night. Calculate the distance between this first post and the next based on the size of your pre-constructed fence panels. Dig another hole and cement another post.
6. Let the cement dry over-night. Re-calculate the distance between the second and third posts after you realize you have to actually be able to attach the pre-constructed fence panel to the posts. Dig another hole and cement another post.
7. Let the cement dry over-night. Hang a fence panel. Re-calculate the distance between the third and fourth posts after you realize that 4x4 boards are actually only 3.5 inches thick. Dig another hole and cement another post.
8. Cement in the last post.
So, hope that helps anyone who's thinking of building a fence!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Alex and I have really been enjoying watching the Olympics every evening. But one thing has been bothering us. The announcers. For whatever reason, the announcers think that silence is deadly. So rather than allow any to creep into the broadcast, they end up saying the dumbest things. Here are some examples (I've used the name John to protect the identities of the real broadcasters--but also I don't remember their names):
The thing you have to remember, John, is that you can't win unless you get 21 points.
Well, John, you don't get points for being out of synch.
To win this race, Phelps had to swim faster than all the other competitors.
It also annoys us that the announcers can't ever predict who is going to win the event (whichever it may be) BUT after it is over they insist on replaying the race and pointing out why you can immediately tell why the winner won. I mean, if it was obvious, why don't they say anything about it during the race? Why don't they ever say "Wow, based on the way Phelps entered the water and the way he popped his knees at exactly the right moment and the amount of time he spent sideways in the water and the number of bubbles he blew out of his nose at second 53.2 its obvious he's going to win"?