Saturday, March 29, 2008

to destroy and rebuild

Thinking of housing recently, combined with the fortuitous position of owning (well the bank owns most of it) property in an urban core, add on to that the fact the structure is not well built nor brick, i've been toying with the idea of knocking it down and starting over. Building 2 semi-detached in its place, or convincing one (or more) of my neighbours to do the same and build some kinda modern/oldstyle/eco dwelling structure.

My imagination does wander when i consider the possibilities. 2 properties on my street could easily house a 3 home townhome unit, one where the original owners of their properties might (in theory) be able to pay off a good chunk of their mortgage with the profits from the sale of the extra unit.

Now may seem like the wrong time to be thinking of this considering all the work i've put into it. But that type of mentality lacks vision, and i'm very pro-vision. Perhaps not now, but it must always be an option for the future. While it would sadden me to lose some of the charm of these old houses, many things can be rebuilt using old styles (at a price of course), and the practicality gained with new building methods (little drafts, warm walls and floors, cleaner air, better concepts (open anyone??)) certainly outweigh the loss of charm.

Now THAT would be a big project.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

misc springtime a.d.d. babble

I've been recently informed by the dear Aggie, that she would like it if i blogged more. I really should. Here's a start.

I'd blog more if i had an iPhone and an unlimited data plan. Those things are likely quite sweet (never actually played with one, only iTouch, and it is sweet), but apple annoys me. iTunes annoys me. The macbook air is a pretty sweet looking and feeling computer though. I definitely see an additional mac product in my arsenal within the next 2 years (i currently have a first gen iPod mini, that is all).

Similarily i would also blog more if i could do so via SMS or text messages... or perhaps i wouldn't. I've been using twitter here and there, mostly just to get techcrunch's tweets on my cell. They'll send you the tweets of any individual via SMS, and thats pretty sweet. I should really look into more useful tweets, ie for the weather in ottawa or something.

I got a letter from rogers today about their new charges for excessive downloads, my plan will run an extra 2$/GB for all GB's over 60 up to a max of 25$. Apparently my nov and dec were under, but i used ~180GB in januaray, ouch. As of only yesterday i was talking to them to reduce my monthly bill, got 10$ off by giving up tbs (or peachtree, whats up with that). Now i'll likely have another 25$ on it every other month. Ahhh cable monopolys. Is it time to go DSL? Likely yes...

I have work to do tonite, so i was planning on hitting up some dirienzo's sandwiches as they're cheap and easy. But my lunch today consisted of a loeb greek salad and one of their ciabatta demi-bagettes. Its a lot of tasty bread really (and good value too, 1.39 per), i didn't feel like any more. So what did i do? I stopped by sazloves and got some of their chicken souvlaki skewers. I wanted to make a recent recipe i learned from the Urban Element's indian class (an amazing experience i shoud've blogged about), a very high taste to complexity ratio'd basmati rice recipe, but had no basmati rice. I did have reserve minute rice. Which worked great surprisingly enough. I was missing a bunch of other stuff, but in the end the rice was perfect. I bbq'ed outside with no jacket, broke some hard ice away, drank some sleeman, and had a merry old time. When it came to eating, i positioned the rice chicken and taziki (i forgot about the taziki, they recommended it on their label, i fell for it, no regrets), put the leftover chicken in the microwave (not to cook, but so the cats wouldn't hair all over it), and i sat in front of my computer, read local ottawa blogs, eat scrumptiously, and feel very rich for the experience.

I also should say that the spring/summer will be an exciting time, hopefully some reno's, lots of work (its been busy lately), getting my summer tires on (yay!!!), etc..

I have nothing concise to say.

Oh, i do want to get jamie olivers' newish book, i had a peek at it and it talks about skills/notes for growing misc veggies and stuff. The part about the british hunt kinda turned me off, but i think i can look past it into the sometimes vain mr. olivers dreamy pictures of cooking food over an open garden barby. 40$, but i think i'll actually learn something from it.

Here's a misc picture i'm really happy with, but whose tone and attitude totally does NOT jive with that of this posting:
river bench

One final thing. I've been going to the gym, and listening to some podcasts, cbc's search engine for one. I may or may not of heard this there, but when i read a blog posting and want to refer to it i say "you should check out so and so's latest blog posting". I don't say "you should check out so and so's latest blog". Am i wrong? I would assume that someone's "latest blog" means they started a new blog with a separate URL and so forth, and it has new/different content than their other blogs. If anyone agrees with me please honk.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

mitten birds

On my way to work today someone drove inappropriately. Shortly thereafter i drove past him and gave him the bird. I don't think he noticed. Then i realized i was wearing mittens. So even if he had noticed, he likely would've thought me weird. Then i laughed about it as what he did was not all that bad, so i was glad i was wearing mittens.

I was just outside breaking ice on top of the drainage grates near my house. I'm practically equidistant from the grates on either side of me which kinda sucks. Hopefully this winter will wash away soon, and i'll do everything in my power to speed the process.