Monday, July 30, 2007

A big F you, Louisiana.

From today's T-P:

Still, documents and interviews with state and federal officials show the state knew or should have known from the start that even that increased allocation would never cover the program they promised back home.

I'm shocked, shocked, shocked, I tell you. The problem lies (lays?) in the fact that the RHP and the Feds severely misunderestimated how badly the insurance companies fucked homeowners. So, the insurance company bailout program (which of course didn't prevent them from jacking up rates anyway) didn't quite comprehend the depth of the pure evil of the aforementioned benefactees. To be clear, the intended recipients of aid have never been homeowners.

Also from the article:
Knecht, after months of frustration interactions with Road Home advisers, finally managed to get the ear of a top supervisor and told him he had shared his tale of woe with the newspaper. He suddenly got an e-mail Friday saying his appraisal would be accepted and that he could close on a grant within weeks. Though ecstatic, Knecht kept it in perspective. "For the average person who doesn't get to talk to the top people, I don't know if they could ever get their money," he said.

Gee. Sound familiar?

In other news, I think we may actually get to insulating the second floor this week. Hooray!

Friday, July 27, 2007

Cold comfort.

I know, I know...haven't posted in awhile.

Only in New Orleans would the POLICE be saying this...

"I think people can take some comfort in knowing that it was a random act of violence. . ."

Monday, July 16, 2007

To see, to say.

I figured I'd take a short break from mind-numbingly dull voir dire transcript analysis to update this here blog o' mine.

As it appears, the 2nd floor wiring is pretty much run. The only thing left to do up there is to terminate a few connections so there will be a wall-outlet in each room, and install the ceiling fixtures. At least that part is less hard-labor intensive than actually running the stuff.
The plumbing and tile work should start soon. After an F-up on the tile store's part, we won't get started on tile until tomorrow, but at least we'll get started. I put a sample tile down on the floor and it looks like it's going to be pretty sharp once it's down. I'm anxious to see the 1" hex bathroom was hard to find, but I think what I got is exactly what we're looking for.

This weekend we also got the subfloor in the nook down with a little help. It's not the best looking subfloor ever, but it will hold up the bamboo planks well enough.
After reading numerous accounts of crime in our current temporary neighborhood, I'm looking forward to getting back into the house. We still don't know when that will be, but our lease runs out in a month. We may end up having to crash with someone for a few weeks while we get the house habitable enough. This will mean being away from The Beeb for a time, but it's for the greater good, right?

I've been told I should write a book about K and I's adventure since June 2005. I don't foresee myself having the time to do this anytime soon, but perhaps I can start writing episodes for the blog now to see if there's any interest (beyond the family... I'm not sure, but I think to publish a book you need to guarantee more than 15 copies will be sold). In any event, it certainly fun to guess who will play us in the movie version of the book.

That's all I've time for now, really. Is anyone interested in my take on the Orleans Parish criminal justice system? Feel free to's nice to know people actually read this.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

It's like Deja Vu all over again

Sorry I've been MIA. The wiring project and the Big Case have occupied 110% of my time. I did, however, have time to find this.

Eerie how familiar it is.