Monday, May 21, 2007

Out In The Wash

Weekend Recap:
1. In the last couple of months, Hoop and I have learned quite a bit about the guy who used to live in our house.
2. He owned a motorcycle.
3. He was a shitty carpenter.
4. He was on the Florida convict list.
5. He owed a lot of money to a lot of people.
6. The collection notices come in weekly. I'm waiting for the mafia to show up at our door any day now.
7. Do you think having an Italian last name will soften the blows? "I can make cannoli!"
8. It wasn't until this weekend that major pieces of the puzzle clicked into place.
9. Our neighbors hated him.
10. Saturday evening there was a knock on our door. It was a gentleman from further down the street. Apparently, the former resident had borrowed money from this man. Enough money to rent a UHAUL and to cover his last months bills.
11. Why the neighbor thought it was a secure loan, I have no idea.
12. This morning another neighbor came by. Her initial reason for coming was to tell us our cabinet workers had been hitting on her 13 year old daughter.
13. I'll say it for you. Ewwwww!
14. Her second reason was to complain about the previous resident. "Everyone please form a single file line to the bandwagon!"
15. Evidently, our resident convict owed them money as well. He ran over their sprinkler system with his truck.
16. No wonder the guy moved!
17. Friday night, Hoop and I went to see "
28 Weeks Later."
18. REVIEW: Same story, different director. This film was a considerable deal bloodier than the first. I didn't mind the gore as much as I did the cheap scare tactics. Some were borderline "Blair Witch Project." The plot started off good, but dragged toward the end. Besides the factual errors (from the first movie), the new "take" on the zombie/rage disease had a good twist. All in all I give it one thumb up and one down.
19. Saturday, Hoop and I went to the beach...
20. ...where we proceeded to freeze our butts off.
21. Amazingly, despite the chilly wind and water, we got a little bit of color.
22. But now I think I'm getting a cold.
23. The price of vanity, folks.
24. Sunday, we went and saw "
Shrek 3."
25. REVIEW: Nothing is ever going to compare to the first two. But as a third, I thought this movie did pretty well! There were cameo appearances by all the favorite characters, and a few by some new (Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, the OTHER ugly stepsister, etc). I gave it two thumbs up.

How was your weekend?

Daily Hoop Conversation:
(While star gazing)
Hoop: Why is the space station so lit up?
Tink: Maybe the light makes the astronauts feel less isolated. It probably gets pretty dark and lonely up there.
Hoop: Good point.
Tink: Can you imagine the electric bill for that thing?
Hoop: I'm pretty sure it's nuclear, babe.
Tink: Oh.
Hoop: I wonder how many people are up there.
Tink: I think there's just one woman right now. She was supposed to go home but then the flight got delayed for a month.
Hoop: That would suck.
Hoop: Do you think she's masturbating right now?

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At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Mignon said...

Ah Hoop. I'm glad my husband doesn't read blogs or he'd want to marry you.

(And yo - it's solar.)

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger meno said...

Well then, maybe she has a solar powered vibrator, up there all alone.

I hope you never meet this paragon of virtue that used to live in your house. Sounds like a real winner....

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Jay said...

See, Hoop just goes ahead and SAYS what all guys are THINKING in that situation.

You're neighbors aren't under the impression that along with the house you bought this guys debts and obligations are they?

I don't know who the guy is but I'm going to go ahead and hate him too. I hate to be left out of these things.

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger fiwa said...

Aaaahaaa! That explains the house vibes. Did you exorcise every room the way I told you to? ;)

Thank you for the review on 28 weeks later. I think I'll wait for it to come out on DVD.

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Newt said...

Perhaps you should remove the welcome matt for a while ? Replace with a "Go AWAY we don't know him" matt?

Love the Hoop conversation. Too funny. Can you really see the space station? I'll have to check into that - hmmmm......

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Mignon: >>Yo, it's solar<< Yeah, that kind of dawned on me later. Which is why I included it in the conversation. I like to laugh at my own stupidity. ;)

Meno: Do you think NASA makes regulation ones? I mean, it's not like she can sneak it aboard.

Jay: >>You're neighbors aren't under the impression that along with the house you bought this guys debts and obligations are they?<< Hell no. At least, I hope not. Otherwise they're in for a rude awakening. This dude left us with enough of a mess fixing the house.

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Fiwa: We took your advise and "exorcised" all the rooms... except for the laundry room. I'm still trying to figure that one out. It's on the tiny size.

Newt: It's usually the brightest "star" in the sky. It also doesn't flicker like stars do. Neat huh?

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Sunshine said...

I would actually get quite annoyed about people being pissed at you for living in the house of the convict lowlife and acting like it's still your problem or something that he was a jerk.

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Lucia said...

Get the heebie jeebies that guy might have left out of the house!

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Mike Y said...

"Do you think she's masturbating right now?"

LOL! What a great mind ;)

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Chelle said...

I liked Shrek 3 also. My sister and I laughed so hard the first time we saw Sleeping Beauty fall asleep. Those writers have such great imaginations.

Also, Puss-n-Boots cracked me up when he got wet! Such a cat! :)

You're right, it does not compare to the first two, but it should not have received all the negative reviews. Just ask our boys! Haha!

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Peggy said...

When you bought the house, you were not buying all the previous owners debt! Sadly you inherited his lack of good will. You'll have to be extra nice to get the neighbours to like you. How did you know he had a motorcycle?

Creepy cabinet installation guys!

I wouldn't go see Shrek 3 OR 28 Weeks Later unless forced by circumstances. I'm glad you liked 'em.

I love the way Hoop's brain works!

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Tory said...

Sounds like you had a good weekend all in all.
Too bad about the neighbours, but they'll forget all about the other guy once they get to know you.
Now I have to go out and look for the space station! You inspire me.
Take care

At 21 May, 2007, Anonymous gawilli said...

Tink, I really don't think you should offer to make Cannoli for these guys.

So, Saturday night we could see Venus next to moon just as clear as a bell. It was so cool.

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Bonus! There's virtually no way your neighbors can like you less than the previous guy!! :D

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger Jen said...

I think cannoli is a grand idea. or . . . maybe . . . even pepperoni. Everybody knows Italians like their food! I like their food and I'm not even Italian. So, why not? The enemy of your enemy is your friend.

I'm not sure how old your house is, but it's already got quite a history. It has now even got some love and laughter (all legal, of course) to add in the mix. And while it might be driving you to insanity, you'll find that in the end it was definitely worth it.

I hope you're feeling better, Tink. My heart broke when yours did.

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger mitchgib said...

Wow, as much as I enjoyed 28 days later, I thought it was really bloody, and you say the sequel is bloodier ! Maybe I'll wait and rent it.
We have the jerky creepy neighbor next door, and everyone in the neighborhood thinks they can come to me when he pisses them off. What the hell, just because we share some grass ? (HE HE, I mean lawn).
Have a great week !

At 21 May, 2007, Blogger EE said...

We saw Shrek 3 too....and I have to make a comment in regards to Chelle's comment....

I'm such a blonde...when Sleeping Beauty kept falling asleep I had ask "what is UP with that chick?!"....ummm, yeah.....*SNORT SNORT SNORT*

Huh. The guy who had the house before you really sounds like a winner....[shaking head]

At 22 May, 2007, Anonymous Michelle said...

If the bandwagon belonged the former resident it would have been found jacked up on blocks somewhere in the neighbourhood by now. He'd have sold the tires!!

At 22 May, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

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At 22 May, 2007, Blogger captain corky said...

Hoop: Do you think she's masturbating right now?

Great question! I think you guys should get a dog to keep your nosy neighbors away. I mean it's nice that some of them want to be helpful and all that, but you don't want them to become to comfortable around you guys.

At 22 May, 2007, Anonymous oddmix said...

I think it is solar, not nuclear. The eco-nuts would give birth to a litter of small cattle if they heard someone was putting a nuclear power source in earth orbit.

You could have gotten just as much sun riding a horse at your mom's house and you wouldn't have a cold.

At 22 May, 2007, Blogger Lefty said...

That Hoop is always thinking. He's gonna go far in life.

At 22 May, 2007, Blogger Maggie said...

Hoop and I think alike - whether she was masturbating was my first thought too. What does that say about me? Hmmm..

At 22 May, 2007, Blogger Tawcan said...

Sounds like the former resident was a major a-hole. It must be super annoying hearing the neighbours talking about him. I mean, come on, it's not like he lives there anymore...who cares.

Haven't watched any of those movies yet... don't plan to.

At 22 May, 2007, Blogger Tink said...

Sunshine: They're not pissed. If anything, they're probably relieved. But for some odd reason they all think we need to know about the previous resident. It's not like knowing will change anything.

Lucia: I'm trying. What's stronger than sage?

Peggy: The neighbors told us about the bike. But we unofficially figured it out because there's an odd concrete slab in our backyard with a drain in it. It's too small for a car. Our guess was that he used it to wash off his motorcycle.

Tory: Well right now the brightest thing you're going to see is Venus. :)

Here's the NASA write up on viewing the space station:

Orbiting at more than 200 miles above the Earth, the Space Station is quickly growing into one of the brightest permanent fixtures in the night sky. Currently consisting of the American connecting module "Unity" and the Russian control module "Zarya," the Station circles the planet approximately 16 times per day, traveling at 17,500 mph in an orbit varying 208 to 285 miles from Earth.

Because it reflects sunlight down to Earth, the Space Station often looks like a slow-moving star as it crosses the sky. That deceptive appearance can fool a casual viewer. But it also makes sighting the Station easier if one knows when and where to look for it.

The best time to catch a glimpse of the Space Station is near dawn or dusk, when the viewer is in near-darkness and the passing Station continues to reflect light from the rising or setting Sun.

Jen: ((HUG)) What an awesome comment. Thank you!

Mitchgib: If you thought the first one was bloody, DO NOT go see the second. I had to cover my eyes on quite a few scenes, and that stuff usually doesn't bother me.

Michelle: He would have sold the tires and then run off with both the money and the merchandise!

Corky: We have TWO dogs. Unfortunately, all the neighbors have dogs too. BIG dogs. Eat-our-dogs-for-breakfast dogs. So I don't think that plan will work. Got an option B for me?

Oddmix: I can't ride a horse in a bikini! I'm trying to get rid of the farmer's tan I got from riding the horses in the first place. :)

Maggie: You should be a member of our Gutterhead Society.

At 22 May, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

Think they allow them to take sex toys up there?

At 23 May, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

This film was a considerable deal bloodier than the first.

Right... maybe I'll give that one a miss. The first was was pretty darned bloody and unsettling. I see enough of that every time I try my hand... er, stump... at home improvement.

[the above personal mutilation comment is fictionalized for humorous purpose]

I'll just go back and re-watch Sean Of The Dead, thanks.

At 23 May, 2007, Blogger mrspao said...

I think you should advertise your house as museum of penal history, rake in lots of cash, buy a yacht and sail round the world. Yep, I've been out in the sun too long but those people seem so strangely naive that they can't possibly be anything but a figment of my imagination! No one can be dumb enough to think that you'd cover his debts, surely!

At 23 May, 2007, Anonymous TB said...

Geez... it makes you wonder why people kept loaning him money.


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