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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.
posted by David Snyder @ 9:29 PM   RSS Feed
Friday, April 06, 2007
Seriously, Get Off The Road
Back in September I warned everyone to Clear the Road and Pray. Well now it's official; Jimmy passed his driver's test and has been issued a Jr. license by the PA DMV.

He can now drive by himself with no adults in the car with him. While he has all the knowledge needed to drive and killer reflexes from playing video games 6 hours a day, he lacks the fine motor skills and the experience that comes with years of driving.

Now I get to wonder where he's taking the car when he's out with friends and what he's doing in it. I get to inspect the car every time he comes home looking for dents and/or scratches. As if my hair isn't gray enough!

Hey, what does my head and Antarctica have in common? The bare spot on my head and the ozone hole are getting bigger every year and at a faster rate!!!

Anyway, that's the latest update. Now I'm going to shoot over to and check out GPS devices.
posted by David Snyder @ 9:35 AM   RSS Feed
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Gallup Against Bush
Tonight the phone rang and I debated about answering it. The call was from the 402 area code and I didn't recognize the number. I answered it anyway and I'm kinda glad I did.

The call was from a gentleman from the Gallup Organization and I had the opportunity to participate in a Gallup Poll. Wow, I finally get a chance to let my voice be heard and influence politicians. Yes, voting does that too and I do vote. But the Gallup Poll is yet another way for Americans' voices to be heard.

The poll took ~20 minutes and covered everything from politicians & politics to global warming & the economy. I'm proud to say that I've contributed to Bush's sinking approval rating! The adjectives I selected to describe him were "worthless" and "failure".

I may have also influenced Fred Thompson's decision to run for president. When asked if I support him, I asked, "Who's Fred Thompson?" Later Michele told me he was the head DA on Law and Order. After I Googled his image, I said, "Oh, I know him... he's thinking about running for President?"

At first I thought I wasn't keeping up on current events but then I said to myself, "Hey, I know the main 8 for '08... I can't keep track of every Tom, Dick, & Harry."

So that was the highlight of the evening. Now it's time to watch American Idol. God I have a boring life. Anyway, let's see what Haley Scarnato is wearing tonight.
posted by David Snyder @ 8:53 PM   RSS Feed
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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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