"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

Friday, January 20, 2006
Cordeiro Manor Update
Many apologies for the lack of substantive posting over the past few weeks. The stage two remodel of Cordeiro Manor is about to begin, and I've been busy pouring sweat equity into the project.

As Spock so eloquently stated (in the Wrath of Khan) when asked for his take on the Genesis Project, "It has always been easier to destroy than create". Thus I have been tasked by the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro to take up the hardwood flooring that was incorrectly laid by Bonehead Contractor.

For those of you who may have questions about the proper way to lay a hardwood floor, here are some pointers which will cost me about 2.5 large and a lot of sore muscles to learn:

1. Hardwood flooring is laid parallel, not perpendicular, to the floor joist. It is done this way so as to allow the floor to adjust to any settling of the house. Laying the flooring perpendicular to the floor joist will result in buckling. Its not a question of if, but when.

2. When you, or your (hopefully non-boneheaded) contractor begin laying the floor, it is secured to the sub-floor with staples, or some other fastener. These staples are usually applied with a compressed air gun. If your boneheaded contractor starts arming the compressed air gun with staples that are more than 1 inch long, kick him squarely in the crotch and introduce his face to the curb.

Like I said, I've learned these two lessons the hard way.

On the Legal front, Bonehead Contractor came before the circuit court a few weeks ago and attempted (through his shiester lawyer) to claim he had no responsibility for the actions of his Operations Manager. He stated this (in very pathetic testimony from the witness stand) despite the fact the company bears his name and the contractor's license is issued to him. I didn't buy it. The county regulators didn't buy it. More importantly, the judge didn't buy it.

Bonehead Contractor now has a criminal record (misdemeanor though it may be). Civil case to be tried in about a month or so.

On a lighter note, its Championship Weekend. My beloved Broncos host the Steelers this Sunday at Mile High Stadium. The Steelers are a formidable team, let there be no doubt about it. That said, the Broncos are very unforgiving when it comes to opponent mistakes. Champ Bailey won't be nailed at the one-yard line again. Make us proud, boys. Go Broncos!
Friday, January 13, 2006
Playoff Weekend
Go Broncos!!
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Elder Morgan W. Young
Elder Morgan W. Young, a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was shot and killed by an unknown assailiant late Monday afternoon. He was serving as a member of the Richmond, Virginia Mission along with his companion, Elder Joshua Heidbrink. Elder Heidbrink was also shot and remains hospitalized as of this writing.

Every missionary mother's nightmare just came true for the parents of Elder Young. Godspeed to him, and may the Lord watch over those who have been given cause to mourn in this new year.

UPDATE: Chesapeake Police have arrested and charged James R. Boughton with first-degee murder, malicious wounding, attempted malicious wounding and three counts of using a gun during the commission of a felony in connection with the death of Elder Young and the wounding of Elder Heidbrink.

Evidently the Elders were witnesses to a crime. Wrong place, wrong time. No word on "special circumstances" being attached to the first degree murder charge.

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