This will be a short blog post because the project was relatively easy. I had to replace my back door because the old one was just terrible. The handle was broken and I could barely get it open. And I was only able to lock it by sticking a bar in between the wall in the door. So I hired a good friend to come … Continue reading Total Home Remodel Part 6: New Back Door
This is my fourth video in a series chronicling my ancestors on my dad’s side of the family. I’ve found it difficult to find all the records. The further back you go, the harder it is to track down information. This video discusses my relatives during and immediately after the American Revolution. One of the problems I’ve encountered doing this ancestry project is that in … Continue reading A New Nation
So far the biggest challenge with my house has been keeping the cats out of my front yard. There are many cats in the neighborhood which I suspect are people’s pets and they just love going under my front porch to do their business. Apparently, my front porch area has been the neighborhood litter box for the past couple of years. This is going to … Continue reading Total Home Remodel Part 5: Front Landscaping
Working on my basement was quite a challenge, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The main problem was mold growing on the ceiling, but fortunately, it wasn’t black mold. I had a company come out and give me an estimate and they wanted to charge me about $5000 to de-mold and paint it. I decided this was a project I … Continue reading Total Home Remodel Part 4: The Basement
The second project I decided to work on with my house was creating a driveway so I could have a place to park my bus. This was a fun and easy project to do that didn’t cost me a lot of money. First, I plotted out the area where I wanted my bus to go. Then I checked various gravel and landscape businesses to compare … Continue reading Total Home Remodel Part 3: Building a Driveway
After an incredibly successful first day of waterfall hunting in the Richland Creek Wilderness area, we decided to pack another day full of waterfalls, this time in the Upper Buffalo area. We thought this hike would be trickier, but these waterfalls were all so close to one another, it was actually easier than day 1. The first waterfall we found was the easiest because it’s … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls in Arkansas: Day 2
A goal of mine this season was to find some waterfalls in Arkansas before they all dry up. I was told a lot of them dry up before summer arrives, so we decided to go when it was still chilly out. Fortunately, I have a friend with several books on Arkansas hiking and waterfalls, and I knew he would be an asset to the trip. … Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls in Arkansas: Day 1
Now that I’ve got a basic plan about what I’m going to do with my new home, it’s time to secure funding. I estimate the cost of my home repair to be between 20K and 30K . Initially, I was going to take out a loan and pay for everything all at once because I’m pretty good with my money, and I have excellent credit. … Continue reading Reevaluating how to fund my home improvement project
This question is based on a stereotype, and like many stereotypes it’s not entirely true, but exists for a reason. I would even extend this question to Republicans and Christians. Why? Because having interacted with conservatives, Republicans, and Christians my entire life, I’ve noticed a prevailing attitude of contempt toward environmentalism and any attempt to take care of the planet, and I wasn’t sure why … Continue reading Do conservatives hate the environment?
Income inequality is one of the biggest issues in the United States, but there doesn’t seem to be a clear way to deal with it. The gap between the ultra wealthy and everybody else is both shameful and shocking. How did this happen and how do we fix it? The first step is acknowledging that income inequality is a real problem and not an issue … Continue reading How should we address income inequality?