Sunday, August 24, 2008

They Still Work and Are Better than Plastic

Does this look bad to you?
I didn’t call the Wide Wide World of Windows for replacement windows (starting from as low as $29.99!). Instead, I actually performed maintenance that needed to be done to 100 year old windows. This one should be good for another 15 or 20. And after I apply a new storm window, they’ll be as efficient as any plastic double paned replacement.
I care about the environment. Discarding perfectly good resources is wrong. Look for more ranting on this topic soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

SEJ Festival Recap

We could not have ordered up a more perfect day for the first annual SEJ Neighborhood Festival. It took a lot of people make this event happen. There will be a ton of thank you notes in the mail soon. Special thanks to St. John Presbyterian – who graciously supplied all the tables and chairs and the bulk of the muscle power to get everything set up.

The Tribune covered the event – select this link to view.

Some photographs from the day:

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

S. Ellen Jones Neighborhood Festival - Saturday, August 16th - 11am to 3pm

Approximately 25 organizations will be represented. Lot's of fun kid stuff. Music. All around general merriment. It could also easily be called a health fair. There will be free health screenings provided by the Presbyterian Church Health Van and Norton Healthcare is providing bone density testing.

Parks deserve an occasional festival. The SEJ Park will get its first one this weekend thanks to a lot of work and donations from many people. Please make plans to stop by if you are in the neighborhood.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

I'd Vote for Him...

Sometimes when you carry the camera around you get lucky.

Yes, I’d cast a vote for Eli. Read this Tribune article to get the background.

Bye Bye Black Building. Hopefully forever.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Everyone Likes a Good Comeback Story

It’s quite a contrast. There’s significant time invested in doing this, but the end result makes it worth while.
This old growth poplar continues to surprise me with its resiliency. The faults I find and fix are man made. Drilling holes for insulation causing splits. Maintenance failure leading to gaps in caulk and resulting in wood rot. Rot issues around down spouts due to further maintenance failure. Split boards due to thousands of nail holes from the past vinyl installation.

Yet the wood still comes back strong. It’s inspiring. Homes like mine, and many in New Albany, can absorb decades of neglect and abuse and still be salvaged.