So Long… and thanks for all the Fish???

Well, things are not quite that bad, but I have made up my mind to sell the Piedmont condo before I ever move into it. My ultimate plan (which should be more than feasible) is to sell the contract before I even close on the place. Result will be that the estate agent takes a bite out of the pie, as does the builder (to the tune of up to 20%-25% of the profits!), but I should still be able to come out well ahead. I certainly do not want to come out behind! What is next? Well keep posted, things are a flurry… deals being made and falling through for others to open up… Very mysterious, maybe, but hopefully good news to come out at the far end!

Oh, and the reason for this post… new photos of the development. As you can see Building I is almost complete on the outside, and Building II is well on its way too!


Up close of Building I… I know, you can’t see much beyond the framing

Much better view of Building I

Lopsided view of the pool area from ground level

Framing basically complete on Building II… Next step? Windows!

Another ad (commercial!) for Apple…

So i am sure you have all seen the adverts on TV comparing the Mac to the PC (http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/). Anyway, the book I am reading at the moment had a great little dig at PC’s versus Mac’s…

She plugged in her laptop and booted it up. At the insistence of her husband, Bill, she had recently switched from a PC to a Mac, and now the boot-up process took a tenth of the time – zero to sixty in 8.9 seconds instead of two and a half plodding minutes. It had been like trading up from a Ford Fiesta to a Mercedes SL.

Golf, what be that I ask you?

I was due to play a round on both Saturday and Sunday, but had to pull out due to a meeting I had to attend (more details and good news hopefully coming soon on this, so keep posted), but I did go to play on Sunday. Played with Frank, Sten and Thomas. Thomas was 2 over on the front nine and Frank was a superb 3 under on the back nine. Me you ask? Well I managed to pick up all the bad shots for the both of them, and some additional ones for the hell of it! Not even sure what I hit, and I really don’t care to know. What I do know is this… I need to… 1) Take some more lessons and 2) Go to the driving range on a much more regular basis. That is the only way I will ever get any better! Not that I am going to stop playing (or trying to play) in the meantime!

What a bunch of wackjobs…

MARRIOTT BUSINESS SERVICES!

So I was travelling several weeks ago and stayed at a local Marriott (local to the site, not local to my house!). Obviously I was given a copy of my bill on the morning I left. This was put into my roll-on case, and removed at home when I got back.

It then came to expense time, and it seems that I put the bill somewhere really safe… which I promptly forgot about. I called Marriott Business Services this morning to get a copy of the bill and part of the process is faxing them with details on the stay, including my email address and setting up a password for them to use when sending me the bill. Which I did. Email comes through several hours later and so I follow the link, type in my passcode and BAAM… INVALID ACCESS CODE. Bugger. I try all the variants I could think off and nothing. So I call them back… and after a quick discussion she says… ‘oh, try 123456’. Which obviously works… My only question… why ask for a passcode if they don’t use it? ARGGGHHHHH… anyway, I have the bill and now can send in my expenses! 😀

I Can Drive FAST…

…But only in a straight line!!!

That seems to be the problem with most nearly all drivers I have encountered here in Houston. There is a section of my trip back from Mum Mum’s where it is a straight road. You stop at some lights then after a couple of hundred yards there is a loop (270 degrees clockwise) from Waugh to Memorial. This is a great turn and I love to take it at fullspeed, or close to it. Problem is that people round here cannot. Many, many times I have been cut off by idiots who gun it a tthe lights, then cut in to take the turn… unfortunately they have to slow way down to do so. Pisses me off!

Happened twice today. Once the person cut me off then slowed down and the other time they rode my ass then dropped back in the turn… and in the latter case (which actually happened earlier in the daya than the former!) they were driving a 3 series BMW so I KNOW for a fact that they could take the turn at the same speed I did.

If they can’t take a turn at speed, then STAY OFF MY ASS! 😀

Anyone lost a Barfball?

Cause one has been let loose in the office at Crooms St! Pictures will be printed and distributed to see if we can’t find his real owners, as he has been snipped (both his balls and his claws – he has been declawed) which certainly makes him an indoor cat!

Why Barfball? Well just as I was starting to type this… guess who barfs all over the floor… yup… the Barfball!

I am sure I have seen this in the past…

But it still makes me laugh…

SIPPING VODKA

A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak.
After mass he asked the monsignor how he had done.

The monsignor replied, “When I am worried about getting nervous On the
pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to
get nervous, I take a sip.”

So the next Sunday, the priest took the monsignor’s advice. At the
beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink. He proceeded
to talk up a storm. Upon his return to his office after the mass, he
found the following note on the door:

  1. Sip the vodka, don’t gulp.
  2. There are 10 commandments, not 12.
  3. There are 12 disciples, not 10.
  4. Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.
  5. Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.
  6. We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.
  7. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are
    not referred to as Daddy, Junior and the spook.
  8. David slew Goliath, he did not kick the sh*t out of him.
  9. When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don’t say he was stoned off his ass.
  10. We do not refer to the cross as the “Big T.”
  11. When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, “take this and eat it for it is my body.” He did
    not say ” Eat me.”
  12. The Virgin Mary is not called ” Mary with the Cherry.
  13. The recommended grace before a meal is not: Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, yeah, God.
  14. Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest
    at St. Peter’s, not a peter pulling contest at St.Taffy’s.