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Saturday, January 24, 2009
Well all good things must come to an end. I just wish this didn't come to an end after only 15 months.

What a mess. The car is totally totaled.

Jim's transmission has been slipping a little lately. We went to the Ford Dealer last week and were told $2500. We went to Ken's Transmissions over the weekend and were told $1600. We were going to go to Pat's Transmissions this weekend to get a 3rd estimate.

Anyway, on the way home from school yesterday, the transmission started slipping. Jim gave the car a little gas to get it to catch. When it did, the car took off catching him off guard. Jim hit a curb, ran up on the grass about a foot or so and then came back into the street.

The force of hitting the curb destroyed the front passenger rim, snapped the wheel off the axle, and deployed both airbags. When the plastic cover of the passenger airbag got blown off, it hit the windshield and shattered it.

Other than being really shaken up, Jim and his 3 passengers are fine. The cops came and wanted to write him up for careless driving because of what the accident scene looked like. I spent 20 minutes convincing the cop that it was a mechanical failure and not careless driving. If anything, it was damn good driving!

We had the car towed back to our house ($75 for 2 blocks). I spent the afternoon on the phone with the insurance company and junk yard guys. Hopefully Jim can get a couple of hundred bucks for scrap.

It's a bummer, the curbs around the corner are unusually high. On our street, they're unusually low. Had this happened on our street, the car would be fine (except for the transmission).

Thank god it didn't happen on a main road.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Ushering in the Next Generation

Well Jim turned 18 this past August so that means he got to vote yesterday for the 44th President of the United States.

Michele took him to the polls where he was given a quick lesson in how to use the voting machines.

How'd he do? His voice (and that of 63,000,000+ others including Michele and I) was heard loud and clear. We're tired of the status quo... we want change!

Hopefully the Democrats can snag the remaining 4 un-claimed Senate seats. Then this new administration can put together a new "New Deal".

Obama/Biden - Change we can believe in!
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Friday, April 18, 2008
Jr. Prom - 2008
Wow, who would have thought? I've got a kid going to a Prom already.

Next year he's a Senior and the following year I have to kick his ass out the door.

They say a picture is worth 1000 words... well I'm going to save you from reading 12,000 of them. Click the link below!
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Sunday, April 13, 2008
A Cool New Toy & A Useful Tool
To the left is a picture of our new toy... a Briggs & Stratton 2050 PSI pressure washer. I almost feel like Tim the Tool Man Taylor from Home Improvement... "More Power!"

Anyway, we have a deck. It turned black & green from dirt and mold. Soapy water and a brush wasn't going to cut it so we splurged and bought a pressure washer from (yes that is a real web site).

Awesome tool! Our deck is rather large so we did half on Saturday and the other half on Sunday. After spraying some soap on the deck and letting is sink in for 10 minutes, we went to work. Let me tell you, the crap that came off the deck was gross. The look of the wood after it was cleaned was jaw dropping. And it was so easy!

After I finished the deck today, the wife pointed out that one corner of the house was a little green. A quick shot with the pressure washer and the brick looks as good as new.
I've already got a call from my mother-in-law to do her deck.

Here's a shot of our deck late Saturday afternoon. The left side was pressure washed and is almost dry. The right side is black and green.

Next week we apply a nice water-proofing stain and voila, a nice looking deck.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2007
A New Car !!!
Well, not a new car, a first car!

This is Jim with his very first set of wheels. You're looking at a 2000 Ford Focus ZTS.

He's been saving forever and he pretty much paid for the whole thing himself. Mom & Dad had to help with the tax, tags, & title and some minor repairs. But, that's what folks are for. God knows my folks helped me out, thanks Mom & Dad!

Now the reality sets in. As Jim talks about a new stereo, speakers, window tinting, body kits, etc.; we remind him of things like insurance, gas, oil changes, inspections, etc.

Life's not all fun and games kiddo... work hard, play easy, and you'll do OK.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Eeewww... Yuck!
Well it's been quite a while since I posted to my blog according to two of my friends. Doug & Bill, here goes...

Yes, I'm having a birthday tomorrow; I'll be 44 (shit, that sounds so old). Add to that Jimmy just turned 17 on Sunday and I feel really old. Still, never too old to scope out the MILFs on the beach. Any I might miss, my loving wife points them out to me (that's real love).

Speaking of Michele...

OK, so we're at the beach (OCNJ) yesterday with my folks. Mom & Michele are sitting in the sun catching some rays. About 100 feet away some kids (not ours) just got done feeding the seagulls. Next thing I hear is Michele saying, "Eeewww... Yuck!" A seagull decided to relieve itself right on Michele's right one, dive bomb style.

Normally I'd jump at the opportunity to cop a feel. Not this time! Man, that was some nasty shit, literally. Anyway, a quick wipe with some napkins and a dip in the ocean, Michele was as good as new.

After Labor Day it's back to work. We launch two new sites soon so that should be keeping me really busy. The kids head back to school, Jimmy to 11th and Nicholas to 9th. Damn, both my kids are now in High School. I'm getting old! Lunch Lady Michele also heads back to school to serve up more of that delicious school cafeteria food.

That pretty much brings things up to date. Plus, no shameless plugs this time around.

Until next time...
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Thursday, April 19, 2007
We Can See
As you have already read in previous blogs, our house was built back in the early 50's. As time goes on, we do upgrades as we can afford them. This time around it was windows. We replaced all the windows on the second floor with brand new vinyl replacement windows this week.

We again selected a local guy (begin plug)
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to come in and replace 9 windows upstairs and cap both the upstairs and downstairs windows. Again, what a difference.

Not only do the windows look sharp both inside and out, we can actually see out of them when we wake up on those cold mornings. The original windows were old-style wood windows with storm sashes. They were in bad need of painting and some of them were starting to rot. On cold mornings we couldn't see out of them because they were always fogged up because they sucked at keeping out the cold. Guess what, GOOD RIDDANCE! These new windows have all the latest bells & whistles and their website ( looks really cool.

The installers were machines. Three guys showed up around 8:20 on Tuesday morning and they were done everything by 2:40 in the afternoon. The job went fast because these guys knew what they were doing. When they were finished, you couldn't even tell they were there... everything was spotless. The only thing I had to do was touch up the paint around the bathroom window. That one was a tough install and some of the paint on the molding chipped off. The rest of the windows however don't need to be touched.

At $3400 for 9 windows and 14 cappings, this was another damn good home improvement investment!

I also want to mention our new garage door. The old one was rotted out to the point I could push my finger through it.

We picked a local guy from the old neighborhood (begin plug)
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and are very happy.

An insulated raised panel steel door with capping and a reasonable price of $850. Not something I was planning to do but it needed to be done. Ironically, the garage door took about the same time to install as the windows. However there was only one guy doing the install. That said, he did a hell-of-a good job and we're pleased with the product and the workmanship.

Dave's home improvement tip... select local contractors that specialize in the job you need done and ask for references. You'll be happy that you did.
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Name: David Snyder
Location: Springfield, Pennsylvania, United States

I'm happily married to my high-school sweetheart and have two sons. I love relaxing down the Jersey Shore. I also enjoy sitting by the pool after dinner, talking to the wife, watching the kids, and smoking a cigar.

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