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Where is Mike Holmes When You Need Him?

So last Saturday, we embarked on a bit of painting. You see, the paint in our apartment is some sort of "priming basic paint", which isn't totally awful to look at (unlike primer), but isn't quite awesome either, it's prime quality being that it's easy to paint over. After we recently discovered that this quality also made it a fairly hospitable surface for mold, we decided we'd paint the bathrooms with a more appropriate type of paint. While we were there, we also wanted to paint some of the doors a darker shade, a bit like the cupboards.

Unfortunately, after sleeping at azrhey's parents and going to liberation_now and tygrbabe's brunchwarming (where several attempts to make us explode with delicious food were made!), we came back and saw that there was actually a number of screw-ups we hadn't noticed the day before that piled up to make it downright disastrous.

So there has been episodes of peeling off misapplied paint, sanding down some defects, putting in some spackle in places, and repainting some insufficiently covered areas. The bathrooms are more or less back under control, although the doors still need work.

That's combined with finally getting the delivery (albeit a bit later, and taking longer than expected) of the custom wall unit we had ordered a while back for the living room. It's very nice, although it has some of the warts of a one-off, such has just about zero cable routing and the very stylish smoked glass door apparently messing with the PVR's remote control. There was a small mistake in the design, but we actually like it better than what we wanted originally, so there (we'll be able to have a small bar in it!). Still, a fine piece of furniture. Now we just need to get more DVDs to stuff in its gigantic drawers!

It seems like I'm the worst bike mechanic in the world. For a few days now, I was hearing a bit of a metallic noise when I was going over potholes and cracks in the pavement, as if a screw was loose and a washer was bouncing around on it. I tried to locate the origin of the sound, grabbing my cables, derailleurs, and various other mechanical parts, all the while going along Notre-Dame (not the safest plan, by the way). No luck. So I stopped by Belleville Cycle Co-op on the way to work, worried that this might lead eventually to something more serious, like a broken chain or whatnot, and the guy there put me to shame. One of the unused bottle cage screws was loose, and the spacing washer was bouncing around on it. Duh! I swear I checked those guys, but there's four of them, and I as I was doing that while riding, I guess I skipped the culprit... Argh.

azrhey and I took a small break today to go to the Akoha, uh, thing. We've both left wondering a bit about where the money is going to be coming from (but you have to admit that you get to wonder about that for most of what you see on the Internet, and yet, it's there!), but it's a pretty cool and generally positive idea. I'll try to do well as a tester. :-)

Coming back from there, I saw a pretty sweet bike locked on St-Laurent, a Specialized Langster Seattle. I guess that for a fixie, getting it all done like that is kind of cheating, and I'm not entirely sure of what I want yet in a fixie anyway, but it looks damned nice (the Chicago colour is very nice, but the Seattle handlebars are more to my liking). The Seattle one has a coffee cup holder? Uh, anyway...

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hub_
Aug. 29th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
You have to make it right the first time.

I guess that you should get HGTV first :-) Ask you know who about how HGTV is like crack addiction.
azrhey
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:24 am (UTC)
Oh... but we do have HGTV, & Idées de ma Maison ....

hub_
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
In your case it would be more Brian from DIY Disaster that you should call.
pphaneuf
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Haven't heard of that one, but it sounds about right!
thebabynancy
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Unless you or madame az is a licensed tradesperson... it is definitely Disaster DIY.


*snickers*
azrhey
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Since you have never seen any renovations I have done your speculations hold little credit I am affraid.
hub_
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
maybe you to should agree on your story :-) It seem to be inconsistent :-P
thebabynancy
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
it's definitely Disaster: DIY. Mike Holmes wouldn't touch it unless one of the "trades" was involved. :D
thebabynancy
Aug. 29th, 2008 02:48 pm (UTC)
renovating a brand new condo? *snickers*

if you buy directly from builder... should be able to have them come in an paint to your specifications.
azrhey
Aug. 29th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Not in this case. We had an array of materials/colours to choose from which we did. Paint jobs were not included as everything was painted with a white permaprimer so people coudl choose and paint what colou they wanted. Ceramics & woods we coudl pick and choose and such but the painting was specifically not included.
*shrug* I still think Pierre exagerated the extent of the problems, there were some problems here and there when we painted last week but nothing as disatrous as he makes it sound. Meh...Painting almost white on white is also a pain, not something _I_ complain about because I was expected it to be a pain when we decided to do it.

dcoombs
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Akoha, uh, thing. We've both left wondering a bit about where the money is going to be coming from.
I wondered the same thing, honestly. I'm sure it's going to come from somewhere, once it's been operational for a while, (I mean, they must have thought of this), but of course I am curious.

I like the philosophy behind it. It'll be interesting to see how well it works.
dcoombs
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, and, nice to see you again! :)
pphaneuf
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yes, likewise! Albeit a bit briefly, but it's not like you're on the other side of the world, uh, most of the time. ;-)
pphaneuf
Aug. 29th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
I like the philosophy too. Whether it works or not remains to be seen, but it certainly is promoting better ideals.
cpirate
Aug. 29th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
It's built for "lapping racers at the velodrome" with straight bars and fenders. Yeah, try again, marketing dweebs. Just promise you won't get the New York colour.
pphaneuf
Aug. 29th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
I think this part applies more to the S-Works than the Seattle. :-)

I don't think I'll go with this, but I know that the handle bars I'm looking for are in the style of the Seattle.
joenotcharles
Aug. 29th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
Wish I could have gone to the Akoha thing. I messed up the date and thought it was on a night I was busy. Typical.
vierge_en_trop
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, a bike with a coffee cup holder is my dream come true.
pphaneuf
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:56 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of that in more civilized countries like Denmark or the Netherlands. We hardly get any of those bikes here nowadays, though it's making a bit of a comeback...
morethanreal
Sep. 2nd, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Well, we all know that a fixie is for wheeling (not riding) between coffee shops.

For an off-the-shelf fixie, I'm partial to this (comes already with a fixed/free rear wheel!): http://www.raleighusa.com/bikes/road/one-way/

Saw it for ~600 USD. It's not mentioned on the page (maybe I saw the 2008 model), it comes with Brooks leather bar tape (that matches the color of the saddle!) too.
pphaneuf
Sep. 2nd, 2008 01:55 pm (UTC)
I am not aware of the difference between riding and "wheeling"?

I'd tend to prefer those short semi-straight handle bars rather than dropped bars, but I do want to stay away from the track bike frames.

Although, like I said, I'm not sure about exactly what I want in a fixie. I'm hesitating between a minimalist type of deal with the only "luxury" being brakes (maybe just in the front?), or a tough, practical bike to ride through the winter, where I'd probably go for cyclo-cross tires, fenders, etc...

I just might have to get one of each! Now, to find space to put them...
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