Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Etc...

We discovered a large crack in our front steps the other day that needed to be filled before winter so water didn't get in there, freeze and bust the steps completely off our porch all together.

However - in order to fix it, I first needed to widen the crack so I had a way to clean it out and pour new concrete in and seal it up. So, of course I did what any manly man would do in this situation...

I rented one of these.

The very first thing that came to mind when I considered tackling this task was a favorite catch phrase of mine from this hysterical video of Conan O'Brien when he hosted the Emmys last year...

What could possibly go wrong?

(btw, if you haven't seen this video, you MUST watch it immediately)

Fortunately nothing went horribly wrong and I now have a nice clean 6-inch gap between my step and porch all ready and waiting for the new concrete I'm going to buy tonight. Hey, what could possibly go wrong?

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And while I was outside yesterday working on said porch, I kept hearing this horrendous screeching sound that sounded exactly like the
pterodactyls from the intro sequence to Jonny Quest (remember that?)

I don't know, do you think it's just a coincidence that a Blue Jay kind of looks and sounds like a modern-day mini cousin of this prehistoric predator?


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We still haven't moved the fish. Mostly because in order to do so we're going to have to completely empty the pond of all plants, rocks and other hiding spots. Because ever since they started breeding we really have no idea how many little fishies live in there, and we would hate to leave one behind :-(

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And most importantly...

Make sure to stop back here on Thursday afternoon to read a very special post featuring YOU!

See you then!

22 comments:

andi said...

I'm impressed. I would have destroyed my entire foundation with that thing. And then the house would have been just perfect for an army of mice (just as I planned).

Mom Thumb said...

I'm always impressed how you know how to fix all these things. I have a small area right outside the front door that needs plastic covering and rocks, because I'm tired of weeding it between the cedar chips, and I'm freaking out.

Loved the Conan video!

Kathy said...

Congrats on your work and getting to use a very manly power tool. And thanks for the Conan clip. Two minutes of Lost is better than no Lost at all. How many more months do we have to wait?!?!?

Julie Pippert said...

Oooh power tools. We all love the power tools.

Glad nothing went wrong BUT with such foreshadowing you needed a better ending than, "Everything was fine." LOL

Jeff said...

andi - Exactly! You definitely don't want to give those furry little rodents a way in.

mom thumb - Well you know, Bill was a pretty good teacher. As I'm sure you are well aware.

kathy - I loved that part of the clip. "Well, we weren't exactly invited." Too funny.

julie - Typical woman... disappointed by an anti-climatic ending. Is there no pleasing you people?!!

Mooselet said...

Any excuse to use a power tool. But kudos to you to actually fixing it.

I have a sinking suspicion the first cold snap is going to sneak up on you and you'll have more frozen fish than you bargained for.

Dan said...

I would have gone right through my toe with that thing.

I have a feeling it'd be worth it though just to have a play.

Heather said...

OMG. Don't ever tell Craig that you can rent those.

Wendy Boucher said...

I LOVED Johnny Quest. Thanks for the reminder.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

WOW! You know how to use a jackhammer!!??? That is very very manly and macho of you!

Carla said...

ME???? Cool, I can't wait to read about me on Thursday. what will I wear....so many things to do.

Gary said...

oooh you've inspired me to hire some sort of large concrete busting power tool, even though I have nothing to break up at the moment, it'll be fun watching the neighbours jealous faces though.

In the meantime I have a wall to demolish between the toilet and bathroom, a wall that currently supports a central heating radiator - and a friend needs a radiator shifting in his kitchen which I have volunteered to assist in.

I have previous history with central heating and their hidden menaces.

What could possibly go wrong ?

Gale said...

Jeff, oh Jeff..... do you know where Idaho is? I would make you soup and your kids could check out the local skate board park. Me and the Mrs could swap recipes and go shopping. Jeff? Jeff! You are not listening. Darn it bring the fish. As you might have guessed I am having concrete issues. Just a blatant hint (tater style)

The Holmes said...

It's always fun to have an excuse to break some stuff. Of course, once it's broken you have to remember to stop and not just keep jackhammering away just for fun.

Jeff said...

mooselet - We're actually going to need to take the fish out this weekend because the pond is starting to fill up with leaves on a daily basis.

dan - I agree. I've sacrificed toes for lesser reasons.

heather - Hey, they're only $49 for 3 hours!

wendy - You're welcome. That was a fav of mine when I was a kid.

steppin - I do now!

carla - Yes, I wrote about you. So expect about half a million new readers to come your way as a result. Or five. It could go either way.

gary - Good grief. What could possibly go wrong indeed!

gale - I'm sure Rocky would love to rent one of these puppies. But I'll still take you up on your offer. Split pea and ham is my favorite.

holmes - Funny, I actually had to decide on how much was enough. It was very satisfying.

Sandy said...

That Conan clip always cracks me up....

It's funny, because last week when I was running I kept hearing that exact screech and couldn't for the life of me figure out what was being killed (since it sounded like a death screech).

Thanks for the information.

Jess Riley said...

I love how Blue Jays sound like pterodactyls. So prehistoric!!

(Jackhammers and concrete mix...sounds like macho heaven!)

Diesel said...

That Conan video was great. Never saw it before.

VE said...

I think my dentist has that very same tool

Jenny said...

Dude. How is it I never saw that clip?

Jeff said...

sandy - My wife was once attacked by Blue Jays. Even though it really wasn't funny, it still was the funniest thing I ever saw.

jess - Blue Jays are actually very mean and protective birds in a kind of primeval way - much the way I'm guessing pterodactyls were.

diesel/jenny - I love that stupid clip. Of the 489,041 views on YouTube, I think 489,000 are mine.

VE - I'm laughing at the image of a dentist using a jackhammer. That HAS to have been done in a cartoon at some point I would think.

Johnny said...

I have never seen this video.. I had everyone at work staring at me as I laughed my self silly...