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Progress.... [Apr. 19th, 2010|08:33 am]
John
Okay - I finally - Finally! - figured out the phone wiring in my house. I have one point of access. Okay, technically, I have two skinny copper wires that I put into a box in a very sloppy manner (a rank apprentice would be ashamed - but I'm not even an apprentice, so I'm satisfied). I have dial tone. I had suspected I might want a low voltage contractor to come in and put together good phone and network cabling, and I just might do that.

I now have phone and internet. Now, all I need is mail. Yes, *mail*. USPS. And I have to figure out what the bloody blue blazes is up with them saying my mailbox (which is like every other mailbox on the street) is non-regulation.

(Interestingly, I did get one piece of mail - my security deposit from my apartment complex! - but nothing else. I didn't think return of security deposits actually existed - I thought that was a myth. )

I have electric through the house. The electric isn't exactly *done*, but I can make espresso now. I don't exactly have the house organizable yet, but I'm getting there.

And I have to remind my contractor that there's one rule that over-rides all others. The Cat Does Not Get Out. You Do Not Leave A Path Through Which The Cat Might Get Out. The Home Owner Has A Deep And Abiding Respect For Human Life, But That Becomes Somewhat Hypothetical When Some Damn Fool Lets His Cat Out After Repeated Warnings That She May Never Come Back.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-04-19 01:35 pm (UTC)
Yes, Skitty's back in, thank god, but I'm really glad she's needed to have an E-collar put on to keep her from scratching her ear. I think that might have helped keep her out of tiny hiding places. There's far too many places for her to hide around here.

The mailbox is going to be a pain - it can't be up any steps. On the plus side, if I can get the post before the contractors are done with the foundation work, they have digging equipment, and promised they'd be glad to drive a post for me, if I need them to.
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[User Picture]From: karenkay
2010-04-19 01:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the cat is safe. Also glad that you can get a post put in easily. My problem was stupider than yours. My mailbox is actually down the street, and no one could tell me a) which one was mine and b) how to get a key. A bunch of my mail ended up getting returned.

Sometimes I think They make moving as hard as possible on purpose.
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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2010-04-20 01:41 pm (UTC)
Nod. And, IMHO, a reason not to run things "like a business". Some stuff makes sense (yeah, okay, good idea to keep people from having to climb steps a hundred times a day), but other stuff? Face it, the best business model for the post office would be gangboxes four to a block (one for each side of the street).

No, the post office should be a public service, trying to run at break-even, but generally subsidized.
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[User Picture]From: sfw_dc
2010-04-19 06:58 pm (UTC)
Wait, it can't be up any steps?

Wow. I have a mail slot in the front door up 12 steps. Everyone on the block does.
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From: kightp
2010-04-19 08:13 pm (UTC)
I can't swear to it, but I'm pretty sure you could affix a nice, big, relatively secure mailbox of the sort we were looking at to the post that holds up your porch stair railing. (Of course, if you can think of a more convenient spot for *you*, by all means have the contractors put a post in.) I bet Nino would even put the mailbox up.
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[User Picture]From: fourgates
2010-04-20 01:33 pm (UTC)
I've had an eye on these guys.
http://www.architecturalmailboxes.com/
Their stuff looks secure as well as fairly appealing.
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