Going through broadband withdrawal. The old connection is cut off and the new connection hasn’t been activated yet so I’m connected using only my cellphone, my MacBook, and the skin of my teeth. ;-)
On another note - $200 for locks? It cost me $200 to replace all the locks and dead-bolts on the house yesterday. I suppose I could have gone with something that cost me less but these were all high quality Schlage locks and black so they match the house accent color. I also had them re-keyed to match so it’s one key to open them all. Which means that I’ll pay a locksmith to re-key them all instead of re-buying locks if we lose a key.
Of course I bought my wife a distinctive key so she better not lose it. ;-)
(The running joke is buying her Tinkerbell stuff so she got this large painted key that is an actual key that works but has TInkerbell on it. ^_^ )
And the garage is confirmed as having 220v but it’s an old breaker box so I’m not sure if I’ll have to replace it or not. Regardless I’m likely going to tear down the paneling in there to re-do the wires from scratch.
I’m going to start taking all my paperback books over there this week as well as trying to figure out where to put the LCD TV that we’re going to buy. Probably on the mantle above the fireplace. A swing-out arm mount should allow me to position it so anybody in the room can see it. My problem is that I don’t know how hot that area gets. it’s out and above considerably from the actual fireplace but I’ll still measure the temp with a roaring fire going before I put anything up there.
Somebody gave me a little flack for thinking about buying an LCD but the fact of the matter is they use considerably less electricity than a CRT model. And electricity will be our biggest bill next to the mortgage. That’s just the way it is with geeks. ;-)