Sunday, February 08, 2009

Hello Again

Allen found this old picture of Grendal and a terrifying snake in some of his old papers so he scanned it and emailed it to me, thus the kinda crappy quality. I thought it was funny though. This was taken several years ago.
Well, I've been working on the house some, specifically the window for the bathroom, but don't have much to show for it. I should say I have been working on the full size pattern for the window. I'm almost done with it, I believe, so should be able to actually start the glass today. I just need to pick some general idea of colors and make sure the proportions of the window look OK. Sure enough, last week the BFA was browsing the blog and spied my design. He hated it, of course, and promptly sent me his design that he had been sitting on for months now. His is quiet complicated though and does not lend itself to clear glass and light colors, in my opinion. It would be very nice in bold, rich colors but I'm trying to avoid that in order to take full advantage of the sunlight. So, I'm going to go with my design. I think it will look nice. It's very difficult to make an ugly stained glass window. Now, I have seen it done once or twice, but for the most part colored glass is just magical somehow.

I had a very unusual phone call yesterday afternoon also. A man that I have not heard from or seen in about 12 years called me. We worked together waaay long time ago on a couple of jobs but then, as is common in construction with subcontractors especially, we just never ended up on the same job again. He is an operator for an excavation company. So anyway, he said he was recently working on a job with a superintendent that used to work for my company. In fact, I used to rent a home from that boss. So, they got to talking about this and that and I guess this guy asked about me and got my phone number from the super. I was so surprised when he called. He thought I still had my studio downtown and said he wanted to come see me. Then he mentioned that his wife had passed away about a year ago etc., 'cause all the time I knew him he was married. And no, he's not that old, it must have been something unexpected. We talked for just a short while; turns out he was raised here in this town and doesn't live too far away. So, I suggested that, even though I don't have my studio anymore, he come visit me anyway. Actually, I suggested this a couple of times! Now, like I said, I haven't seen this man in 12-13 years but back in the day he was gorgeous. Stiff competition for the Switchman I'll tell ya! Well, maybe...hehe. And as far as I know, a real nice guy. Kinda bashful but very nice and very well kept. So, he said one nice, sunny day he would ride his Harley out and come see me. So, we'll see. He'll probably never show up.

I took my truck to a detailer yesterday also and had it cleaned inside and out. Man, it looks so much better! Anyway, another buddy of mine had dropped by to chat and tell me about the sorry state of our work right now, (we lost at least 2 big jobs just this week) and he said he would take me to pick up my truck. This buddy worked with me over at the RR (and knows that whole story) and as we were walking out of the place, he picked up a price list and started laughing. What's so funny? He showed me the paper and pointed to the address of the business. Such and such Railroad Street. I had not noticed that before. And btw, my company has recently given that RR prices for some additional work at that same location. Apparently, they want to put in another, larger sand silo and extend a concrete slab and so on. So, we may go back over there to work before long.

Well, hopefully I will have real window pictures to show you soon. Hope everyone is having a good weekend. The weather here is absolutely beautiful.

*The Cars


Floridacracker said...

Good luck with that window and other stuff!

Pablo said...

I liked your window design, so the architect's better be good. IMHO, you can't go wrong with a lot of blue glass!

countrypeapie said...

I'm just not sure how the BFA can look at your design and still think his is such a BFD. But anyway.

edifice rex said...

Hey FC! thanks! I don't think I need too much luck with the window but with the 'other', I probably need a lot!

Hey Pablo! thanks! well, his design is good but I had just rather go with something I can finish this year! and yeah, I plan on using blue throughout the design; I like it too!

Hey Pea! LMAO! Well, mostly he just likes to aggravate me. He admitted that either design would be fine but we enjoy argueing.

Rurality said...

So, when I see you toolin' around on the back of a Harley... ;)

edifice rex said...

Hey Karen! Yyyep. hehe.

tammy (cat lover) said...

Hello: haven't written in a while but have kept up with your blog. I really liked the window design. I though it was a good design without being overdone. Love the pics of grendel!
Just an idea, maybe you should take the bull by the horns. ha ha In other words instead of waiting for him to show up- go see him. Fate sent him your way and you seem like a go get em kind of gal so he made the first contact so i say a follow up is in order.
He sounds like he could use a friend.
tammy (cat lover, semi-retired home builder)

edifice rex said...

Hey Tammy! Glad to hear from you; I was wondering if you were still reading.
Well, I am somewhat of a 'go getter'! and a couple of the guys at work said something similar to what you are saying but I think I should just wait a little while. At times I don't have a problem approaching a man but I'm a little unsure of myself right now. I'm not sure why. I did make it clear when I talked to him that I would very much enjoy seeing him and he was welcome to come by and visit. Since his wife hasn't been gone too long I don't want to, you know, rush him or something. He'll call again if he is really interested and he seemed to be.

The Country Experience said...

I can't wait to see the window!

I hope you're enjoying this beautiful weather we're having.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

I've been recently running into people from a couple lives ago ... funny how that happens, or in some cases almost happens, but then doesn't, and then just when you've given up ends up surprising you in the end.

edifice rex said...

Hey CE! Hopefully it won't be too long before I have window pictures.

Hey Robert! Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, I know what you mean! I've had a lot of those experiences lately.