Monday, June 30, 2008

Collapsed Pool

Wouldn't Akubi look adorably pissed off in this Hello Kitty™ costume?

While browsing for Sweet Deals™ I discovered this gem. If you're tempted to snap it up, I'm sorry to say it is in firm escrow.

I just love the description of this lovely house:
WARNING, the pool in the rear of yard has collapsed in on itself. The pool deck arond the pool is very dangerous. We are advising that you not enter the rear yard, and if you do enter the rear yard, you are doing so at your own risk. The City of Petaluma may be requiring a soils report.
According to Zillow someone just paid 465K for this POS on 11/30/2007. There must be another Casey out there.

Speaking of Sweet Deals™, upon closer examination my latest find isn't all that impressive. They did a half-ass job on the foundation and ruined the feng shui of the living room by adding a stairway to the "loft" in the attic and didn't bother to obtain permits. When I crawled under the house I discovered that parts of the foundation looked as bad as this one.

Anya <br />Bubble Babe Nice chart.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Poop Survey

Poop Tarts by ~Spaztik06

A friend and I were discussing poop frequency and I was surprised to learn that he only poops once every two or three days. He insisted that was within the normal range and after googling a bit I realized he was right.
It may have had something to do with my grandmother, but I always thought everyone should poop at least once a day. When I would stay with my grandma as a kid an inability to produce a "BM" at least once a day was cause for concern and a prunes and prune juice only diet.
Any thoughts on poop schedules?
poop by ~dgerdem

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Seeker of Sweet Deals™ Addiction Returns

This short sale is currently listed well below Zestimate and it includes a new foundation, roof and other key structural fixes for an Art and Crafts era house.
Here's the 5 year Zillow chart:

Nicely preserved vintage details:

Here's the 10 year Zillow chart:

Due to issues with a "tenant" who is getting free rent I haven't seen the inside yet. However, what I saw from the outside suggests someone put some serious effort into key structural issues within the last 5 years. The newly reinforced foundation couldn't be older than that. Given places like this other sweet deal™ (in a far more expensive location) that can make a huge difference in real cost vs. Zestimate.


I love real estate in foreclosure!
I love Craftsmens
I love entangled sheets
And Victorians!
Boom de yada!
Boom De Yada!

In other news, I was amused by this video Ogg sent me:

"Safe as Houses" via Fabulist!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Happy Fishnet Friday with Doggies!

Fishnet Reference by =MarticusProductions

Le Femme Biskit by ~covertcreativity

More Fishnet Friday Fun at Edgar's Toilet and Zillow Book . Woohoo!

Cherry Picked

polac_cherry05 from In luv with cherry set.

Funny Wagga finds of the morning:

US hackette ponders jub-powered iPod. He recommends that you go for the strenuous option on this clicky link.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Thanks to some text message-savvy grandchildren, North Carolina drivers whose license plates have the potentially offensive "WTF" letter combination can replace the tags for free.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday the state Division of Motor Vehicles has notified nearly 10,000 holders of license plates with the letter combination. Officials learned last year the common acronym stands for a vulgar phrase in e-mail and cell phone text messages.

But this week, the DMV officials got another surprise when they learned the same letters appeared on the agency's own Web site on a sample personalized plate.
More WTF

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My Sweet Deal sans Toilet

While I don’t think anyone else would, I love this place. It is in one of my highly desirable locations in the shade of the redwoods and is super-cheap by any comp standards, but it lacks a few things – like a bathroom. Since my real estate agent no longer responds to my email, I was pleased to note that the lockbox was nothing more than a ruse this evening. A basement door allowed accidental entry – and I found a lot of potential extra space I wouldn’t have imagined in the bottom floor. Of course, a decent foundation might be needed, but it’s a sweet f-ing deal. Once I crawled up from the basement and let my BF in, he wasn’t all that impressed and seemed more concerned with not falling through the floorboards. Tried to remind him of local Zestimates and such to no avail…

songs you already know: scared from Posalootly on Vimeo
eating your beans
a video (and cover) of "scared of something" by Caroline!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Octo-Toaster Tattoos and WiiBrators

I mean, what’s the point of buying a toaster with artificial intelligence if you don’t like toast?

These guys seem to find the WiiBrator far more entertaining than it looks...

Team DWiildo isn’t stopping at basic vibration though and is considering ways to expand the application, including linking it up to an image slideshow and enabling online multi-player action.

Of course, the application could be perfectly innocent and have been designed simply for enhanced gameplay…

Hat tip to Wagga for the Wii hack find!

One more absurd find of the day:


Sunday, June 22, 2008

Slime-Green Pools Spread to Kansas City!

It is not just in California anymore!
The Casey Virus™ continues to spread...

Hat tip (again) to Wagga for this find:

Some nights Terry and Carrie Madden won’t even step onto their patio in Waldo — the stench and mosquitoes from the abandoned swimming pool next door are

The Maddens’ cash-strapped neighbors moved out in August, and the lender on the now-vacant house let it fall into disrepair. The pool is slime-green.

Their foreclosures delayed, vacant homes fall into disrepair

Don't miss the slime-green video!

And the Moon over Marin Slouch in hiFi:

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Happy Semi-Vegan Saturday and Sunday!

Well, I've been busy offline falling backwards (not forwards like Casey) into the bay today (fully clothed) and pondering a sweet deal sans functional toilet. Currently watching The Stranger for the umpteenth time...

Noodle Casserole by ~vickangaroo

Brought to you by Wagga: this intriguing recipe that may help Casey gain a few pounds!

Semi-vegan Veggie Casserole

1 lb. fresh white mushrooms.
2 tablespoons butter.
1 frozen green peas, thawed.
1 can Cream of Celery soup.
3/4 cup milk.
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese.
Salt & pepper to taste.
1/2 cup crushed potato chips.

Wash & slice mushrooms. Saute in butter until tender.
Stir in peas & continue to cook for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile blend remaining ingredients in well-greased baking dish (except for potato chips), then combine mushrooms & peas. Sprinkle with potato chip crumbs. Bake 30 minutes @ 350 degrees.

Serves 4-6

Vegan Variation:
Substitute olive oil for butter, build a roux with 1 1/2 tablespoons of
cornstarch or
flour whilst sauteeing the mushies to build body, quench with 3/4 cup of
(or white wine!), and substitute tofu for cheese.

Variation kc
Use Vegan Variation, pour 1/2 of combined mixture in baking dish. Add layer of shrimp, beef , chicken, pork, crab legs or all of the above.. Cover with remaining mixture. Sprinkle with potato chip crumbs. Bake in eight ovens until the power is turned off.

Salt Lake City Variation:
Make Standard Variation, pour 1/2 of combined mixture in baking dish. Add layer of 2759 pieces of Koi ( A type of fish). Cover with remaining
Sprinkle with potato chip crumbs.
Bake at room temperature until the housing market recovers.

This Friday Staff lunch was (as always) well received.
It tastes good or you will be fired!
Peas with Pearl Onions are a good alternative.
The dish turned out a little watery with a slightly gray color. A little flour or cornstarch during the sautee would be good, & be careful not to brown the mushrooms much. I did. I somewhat overdid the ground black pepper - hurt the color, I should try white pepper & a schosh of sugar. Next time I will experiment with olives, onions & peppers, and, of course, canned Tuna or Salmon.

Stolen from: a Tamar Meyers novel. (Just Plain Pickled to Death)

my waffle song by ~Firecave

Grooving further on the latch key kid 70's:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Today is the Happiest Fishnet Friday of the Year!

The happy day equation: O + (N xS) + Cpm/T + He.

Let's celebrate with a fishnet tea party!

Drink me? by ~LittleLyingDelilah

Pondering. by ~xmansonx

As featured during our last tea party.

Casey's beer fairy Doppelgänger has been located!
We are fully aware of all of his ballet Traditions.

Is that you, Alice? by ~bittersweetgrenadine

Drink Me by ~LittleLyingDelilah

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Charlize Ate my Thong and I'm Going to Sue!

Sweet Sushi

my lovely sweet sushi... by ~genjek

Hopefully this won't offend my Vast Christian Fundamentalist audience, but after encountering these human ovulation images I've been wondering what that golden roe might taste like.
Would it be best served on toast like caviar or as sushi?
And I thought I had an extensive fish egg culinary history...
In the end and the beginning we're all fish - or koi if you prefer.
Caviar by `miskis

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Allergic to Everything - don't follow me..

Follow me by =5yearcheddar

Probably due to all the allergy-inducing particulates in the air these days, I woke up late feeling somewhat shitty yet also in need of getting stuff done like fixing my fence.
Casey probably accomplished more than I today.
I’d like to get back to the book I wasted time on so I’ll keep it short. I measured the various dimensions of my fence that has been broken since January and puzzled over the ways it might be fixed, but it was too hot to think too much about. After returning to more manageable stuff I hate to deal with yet do – like laundry and toilet cleaning – I realized the hardware store would soon close and the fence would not be remotely fixed.
When I reached the hardware/lumber store all I really cared about was a few strong pieces of wood to hold my fence up for now. Well, I found some sweet deals in the misfit bargain area and left having paid only $3.20.
One of the pieces of redwood was particularly long and challenging to fit in the car so a Rosie the riveter sort of lesbian circa my mom’s era gave me a hand – and broke the future fence post in the process. Itwasallgood though because Rosie the Riveter knew that hardware store backwards and forwards and called the sales guy over to replace the broken one with a decent one. Perhaps she didn’t realize I was only foraging through the cheap crappy pile in the first place, but I left with some pretty solid future fence posts.