Monthly Archives: January 2012

Entry 96: Switch It Up

Today’s new homeowner question is: why so many friggin’ light switches? I’m a simple guy.  Until I was well into my thirties, I lived exclusively in apartments, and then I spent 25 years in a condo townhouse.  My general philosophy … Continue reading

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Entry 95: In the Spotlight

You know what we need?  One of those searchlights like they have in prisons that they flash around to find anyone who is trying to escape. I say this because we’re having a terrible time trying to adequately light our … Continue reading

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Entry 94: Blockheads

I just saw a commercial for H & R Block in which an older gentleman takes advantage of a free “second look” offer to see if he missed any deductions. “If I got some unexpected money,” he says, “my wife … Continue reading

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Entry 93: Snow Day

It’s not a regular post day, but it’s snowing, and I’ve got nothing better to do. As documented in my post of November 21, we bought snow tires this year for the first time ever.  Since it had already snowed … Continue reading

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Entry 92: Remote Control

Back when we were house-hunting–in fact, before we had even settled on Stamford-–my wife reluctantly added my e-mail address to her database at work. You might think that it’s natural for a wife to have her husband’s e-mail address on … Continue reading

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Entry 91: Water the Hard Way

I was recently told that our water is hard.  I already knew that, because I was aware that someone in the 1950s had located an underground source of water, dug a well, and rigged up this whole system involving pipes … Continue reading

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Entry 90: For the Birds (Really)

One day in the fall, I was sitting on our deck, trusty pooch Toby beside me, and I happened to mention that it might be kind of nice to put up a bird feeder in the back so I could … Continue reading

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Entry 89: Steps in the Wrong Direction

I have been told that getting your wife a ladder for Christmas is not the world’s brightest idea.  I have been told this by my wife. Now before I am besieged by angry comments from women everywhere, and perhaps an Occupy … Continue reading

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Entry 88: Son of “In the Gutter”

This is a sequel to one of my earliest posts, about gutter covers.  It was such a fascinating topic, I thought I’d revisit it. For some reason, ever since abandoning apartment living a quarter century ago, I have had a … Continue reading

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Entry 87: Dear Etiquette Lady…

We’ve been living in our new home for about eight months, and now that our kitchen is finished, we thought we’d invite the neighbors over for whatever neighbors in Connecticut do when they visit each other.  Cocktails?  Bridge?  Khaki swapping? … Continue reading

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