Thanks. The granite countertops are now installed and they are gorgeous. I
took some pictures yesterday, but unfortunately only after they were covered
up with contractor's paper while the backsplash goes on. I'll try to do an
update of that page this weekend.
For anyone keeping track with the new residential kithen cabinet project,
the countertop/backsplash installation is complete. Pictures posted.
Feedback (pros/cons) from anyone who has actually used, and personally
installed, Hittech Quadro drawer slides would be appreciated:
Thanks in advance.
I have samples of stain shades right now applied to the same wood the
cabinets are made of, and also applied to the crown molding and baseboards
in the general area, but I am waiting for the hardwood floor guys to get
theirs to us for comparison.
The crown molding in the kitchen and family area, and the cabinets will
probably be a somewhat darker shade of the same stain, and the floors will
be a bit lighter.
I let my ID choose the shades as I am basically color blind, except that I
can tell you if what I see is too light or too dark for my taste. They are
always saying things like "that has quite a bit of red in it" ... goes right
over my head. Hell, once I'd been working on a RGB monitor for hours and was
not aware that the "R" pin in the monitor cable was shorted until someone
pointed it out.
Since I've never seen it, I don't miss it.
Yep. I can always tell the green because it is lighter, looks an off white
and is very distinct, day or night. And during the day the red is darker
than yellow, but at night it is a toss up between the two.
I do have a problem with flashing caution or stop lights at night ... but I
have developed methods to deal with that down through the years.
Recently there is new development: left turn lights that stay lit, but
change colors ... a diabolical move for the color blind. I've only seen one
in Houston thus far, and it would have thrown me if it had not been for my
usual cautious self.
Really a strange development when you think about it. With all of the
issues related to ADA, some of the draconian enforcement, and some of the
really odd things that get classified as disabilities that goes with it, it
is really strange that a fairly common occurence such as color-blindness
was not accounted for in a product that is used almost exclusively by
If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
I just chalked it up to the incompetence that goes hand-in-glove with the
declining level of intelligence of government employees, particularly in
urban areas ... examples abound:
I am apparently a wanted man ... by the city of Detroit, MI ... and I've
never been within five hundred miles of the damn place. I traded in a car to
a dealer two years ago and apparently whoever bought it from the dealer got
a $75 parking ticket in Detroit shortly afterwards. The Detroit authorities
have been trying to intimidate/threaten me with a warrant here in Texas for
the better part of a year.
No amount of documentation, or reasoning, will convince them that when you
transfer a car title in Texas, the license plates go with the car.
I now fully appreciate that being forced to repeatedly deal with blind,
uncaring stupidity like that is why the phrase "going postal" is in
Take solace in the fact that you're not the only one that is experiencing
crap like this. Fifteen years ago, I got rid of an aging car at a junk yard
up here in Toronto, Canada. Eight years ago, some employee of our vaunted
Ministry of Transportation started calling me to say that I owed money on a
parking ticket that was issued four years after I got rid of the car.
Approximately every two years after that, I receive a collection notice from
someone trying to collect for the same parking ticket and every time I have
to spend twenty minutes on the phone explaining why it has nothing to do
with me. The only saving grace now is if they demand some type of
documentation, I have a doctor's note stating that I'm confined to a
wheelchair and I didn't have a valid driver's licence at the time the
parking ticket was issued.
For anyone keeping up with the continuing saga of the new residential
kitchen cabinet project: The cabinets, after the finish was applied, were
covered for the past couple of weeks to protect them from the ongoing paint
spraying on surrounding walls of the new house.
They have been recently uncovered and the doors installed. Pictures posted.
Last update: 5/20/05
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Man, if I was in a band that attracted half century old busted up
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Tom Watson - WoodDorker
Red oak ... the flash increased the contrast of the wood grain much more
than you see with the naked eye. The stain is a mix that the paint
contractor came up with, and my ID approved. I don't see colors, but I do
like the stain _shade_ in both natural and indoor lighting much better than
it photographs with my digital camera and its built-in flash.
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