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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A Visit to Statley Manor!

So Mr. and Mrs. Curmudgeon make a rare visit to stately manor today. They bring gifts:

.40 S&W because I love my S&W Model 4006 from a dear elderly Gentleman friend in the mountains of north west North Carolina and .38 Special because, .38 special. There is a gift bag here as well, and I don't know what's in it yet.

Back in the day Mr. Curmudgeon was a painter, Coating Application specialist field superintendent. He brought this:

Goal? Paint the popcorn ceilings in the bathrooms and start on the walls. The paint on the walls is pretty beat up, and in his opinion its because before I bought the house, the owners has everything sprayed then came back with a roller on really cut down paint. 

I trust his opinion. From Chicago doing lead abatement on the El train bridges, Kings Bay Submarine Base in Ga., to Coors in Bolder Co., to several Nuclear power plants and almost everything in between, he has BTDT. Plus I have this:


A camera that was inside the torus assembly below a reactor. If you can get 110 film now you need to watch out as the camera now develops its own film if you leave it in! =) 

In the meantime, Mrs. Curmudgeon is attacking the front porch with abandon. She left it in such good condition that the Virgin Mary would be proud to sit on it!

The bathroom? The ceilings came out great. Trial coat of "polished silver" on one wall. The color really did not come out on the pic. I think its because of the mirror. I think it looks great! 

They will be back in a day or two. Good to have them here even though I had to work. 


  1. Looks good, and glad you had good company.

  2. I need to borrow your friends...

    Dann in Ohio

  3. Those are REAL friends!!! :-)

  4. Such good friends you have! That electric cord winder, on the other hand... I have the same model. Once upon a time, when I had finished my yard work for the day, I picked it up to wind the cord and discovered a wasp of some sort on it. The wasp stung me. I then learned that I am allergic to that wasp, whatever it was. Very unpleasant. Dropped like a sack of sand in about 10 minutes. Anaphylactic shock. Wife and kids where driving home when the ambulance passed taking me to the hospital. (I'd managed to pull a corded phone off the desk - don't have those anymore! - and dial 911.) Since she knew I made and all too regular habit of getting stung but stinging critters she didn't believe it was a wasp sting and had them work me up for a heart attack. I couldn't figure out why they didn't just fill me with benadryl and send me home. Hours I was there. It sucked.

    You know what else sucks? That cord winder. What junk. Never have replaced it even though each time I use it I promise myself I will. Never did like it.

    1. Yes it is a POS. and like you I still use the freaking thing! Glad you are still on this side of the grass!

    2. Me too! Speaking of .38 special, we had one of those out this past weekend. We introduced 4 "never befores" to shooting - .38 special, 9mm, .22 (shorts!) and 30-06. Four others were enjoying flash-bang for the 2nd or 3rd time. Two of the four newbies may never do it again (always amazes me how utterly terrifying some people find guns to be). Pretty sure the other two will seize opportunities if they can.

      Still difficult to find ammunition and preposterously expensive when you do.