Thursday Rant: The financial media sheep rebleat, rebleat, rebleat.

I have no time lately, so I wasn’t going to post today. My full time job is keeping me very busy. So is the bathroom remodel. And wow, Mrs. 1500 just started a sweet gig*. Life is good, really good. Just hectic.

However, I read something on Wednesday morning that I had to post. First, I need to explain some of my thoughts.

One of the side effects of blogging, for me anyway, was that I started paying a lot more attention to all things financial on the Internet. Way back in January 2013, I remember reading comments and articles from various people who were ‘staying out of the markets because of the extended bull run.’ If you did that, you missed out on really incredible gains:

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Days ???: My name is Mud* and stinky cheese

On Saturday, Mrs. 1500 went out with friends for dinner. I did when any husband would do when left alone, For dinner, I had toaster-oven taquitos,  beer and Cap't Crunch. I'm sorry body.

On Saturday, Mrs. 1500 went out with friends for dinner. I did what any husband would do when left alone: For dinner, I had toaster-oven taquitos, beer and Cap’n Crunch. I’m sorry body.

This week (month?), I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I tried to finish the entire thing in 5 days and failed. I was going to quit, but in the interest of transparency, I need to show you the full story. The good news is that we are almost done.

This is my second to last bathroom update. The thing is soooooooo close to being done, but with the work-week upon me again, I probably won’t finish until the weekend rolls around again.

As has been the case, (insert one: bacterial infections, real job, beer, neighbor spats [across the street, but not involving us]) have continued to conspire against me. Most of all, it’s been my full time job. Lately, it’s been full time and a half. Software development is fun, but can also be highly stressful and involve lots of hours. It isn’t fun to work 50-60 hours a week, only to have these projects going on at the same time. I said in the last post and I’ll say it again here, the Frugalwoods nailed it. However, I hate to complain when life is still pretty great and the project is almost in the can. Time for the update.

Making things harder than they need to be

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Days 7-9: Thursday pants

This week (month?), I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I tried to finish the entire thing in 5 days and failed. I was going to quit these posts on Friday, but in the interest of transparency, I’m going to post until it’s done, hopefully very soon. Today, I tell you about days 7-9 (Monday-Wednesday).

My clean workpants

My clean workpants

I have some really old, nasty, stained, smelly, vulgar, grimy, threadbare, holey, disgusting, gross, filthy, dirty, cruddy and unsightly clothes. Besides that, they are fine. Anyway, Mrs. 1500 is always like:

You should throw those old clothes out!!!

I can’t toss them because I need them for dirty tasks. I can’t even eat half a meal without spilling half the food all over myself. Pizza and anything Mexican are always a bad idea if I’m wearing anything white (or anything at all for that matter). You should see what I look like after I’ve been doing chores around the home.

Stop me, I’m getting distracted. This longwinded opening is leading to the bathroom update, I swear.

Stuck in mud

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Day 6: Mud fest

This week (month?), I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I tried to finish the entire thing in 5 days and failed. I was going to quit these posts on Friday, but in the interest of transparency, I’m going to post until it’s done, hopefully very soon. Today, I tell you about day 6 (Sunday).

Mud Fest

I took Saturday off to attend a beer fest. It was the 7th straight day of rain and the party was outside in a field. This meant mud, lots and lots of mud. Epic mud. Flip-flop wearing person, what were you thinking?

The shindig started at noon and adding to the mud misery, it was also cold. As the day went on, it got progressively colder and windier. Near closing time, you couldn’t drink enough beer to keep warm. At least the lines for the porta-potties weren’t long.

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Mud Fest II

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Day 5: The beginning is the end is the beginning

This week, I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’m going to try to finish the entire thing in 5 days. Today, I tell you about day 5.

Rain Redux

Way back in September of 2013 near the start of our home remodel, we had torrential flooding. Epic, once every thousand years flooding. Houses and bridges were washed away. People died. The National Guard showed up in Humvees. I wrote about it here and here and here.

Now, as our project nears completion, the rains have come again. It has rained every day for the past week and it is storming as I type this. All of our neighbor’s basements have water (I’m thankful we don’t have one). The scene isn’t pretty and the rain isn’t predicted to stop until Sunday.

The little creek that runs near us is supposed to be a couple feet deep and 10′ wide. If the rain keeps up, it will overflow its banks again. We are in no danger, but others are. It’s a bad scene. Hopefully the rain lets up.

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This creek is not supposed to look like this.

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Day 4: What the flux?

This week, I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’m going to try to finish the entire thing in 5 days. Today, I tell you about day 4.

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Yep, this beer egg is staying in the wall for the next remodeler to find in 50 years.

Yep, this beer “Easter Egg” is staying in the wall for the next remodeler to find in 50 years.

Have you ever had one of those days where you worked your ass off, but at the end of the day, you have no idea what you accomplished? Today felt just like that.

We actually accomplished a lot, but it didn’t look or feel like it. We fought the shower enclosure for a long time, but it’s now installed and plumbed, except for the finish plumbing parts.

Mrs. 1500 went on her secret mission today, which I’m not allowed to discuss. However, I must report that it went well.

In any case, I was on my own for a good part of the day, but at least I could blast some good music (Hello Pantera!) which she despises. Continue reading

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Day 3: Testament to the excellent Element

This week, I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’m going to try to finish the entire thing in 5 days. Today, I tell you about day 3.

Rocking and rolling

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Navigating shower parts through the kitchen

Today was a much better day. The bathroom is starting to come together. We accomplished the following:

  • Cut and framed wall to accommodate new door: For some reason, the bathroom had a super narrow door. We carved out the wall and reframed to fit a normal sized one.
  • Got the tub in place and fitted (we’ll install it in permanent position tomorrow)
  • Hung new drywall on the ceiling
  • Completed the plumbing
  • Put together the vanity and linen closet thingy from Ikea
  • Fixed more rotten floor that we just found

I’m a huge fan of tile, but for this bathroom, we are going with one of those prefabricated shower enclosures. There are only two use cases where I would use one of these; rental home (less stuff for a renter to destroy) or for our kids’ bathroom (less stuff for kids to destroy). In this case, it is the latter. Children aren’t easy on anything, so this is an almost maintenance free choice for their bathroom.

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Day 2: Plumbing and puncture wounds

This week, I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’m going to try to finish the entire thing in 5 days*. Today, I tell you about day 2.

Plumbing problems

What could possibly go wrong?

What could possibly go wrong?

So, we got the tub out today and quickly realized that we’ll have to replace most of the plumbing. Didn’t account for that. Oops! I also figured out that I need to sweat the copper connection for the tub spout. I’ve been spoiled with PEX and PVC for a while, so I haven’t touched copper in years. Hopefully, it’s like riding a bike. In any case, I didn’t account for that either. Ooops again.

But plumbing isn’t hard. The actual plumbing work takes about 5 minutes. Proper planning to prevent 58 trips to Home Depot takes 5 hours. I spent at least 2 hours this morning just thinking the job. Down to the crawlspace, back up to the main floor. Repeat, repeat, repeat. Then, on to Home Depot where I stare at the parts bins, eyes glazed over for another hour.

Behind

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Day 1: Bathroom of mass destruction

This week, I take a break from my normal posts to show you the bathroom I’m remodeling. I’m going to try to finish the entire thing in 5 days. Today, I tell you about day 1.

Pesky plaster and rotten wood

Old bathroom is in those bags

Old bathroom is in those bags

Day 1 of the bathroom remodel is in the bag. Actually, the bathroom is in the bag – the garbage bag. Lots of them. Our house is from the 50s, so the walls are 1″ thick plaster. And plaster is heavy. Really heavy. We took out 23 bags, each weighing about 75 pounds for a total of about 1700 pounds. I am scrawny, so tomorrow, I will be sore. Continue reading

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Berkshire, Buffett and bathroom remodeling

1500 Days takes a slight diversion this week. Ask the Reader will return next week as we turn our focus to our last major home project.

Munger and Buffett

Before I tell you about that though, I must tell you just a bit about the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders’ meeting that we got back from just hours ago.

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The event is like a rock concert

The Berkshire meeting is rightfully called the Woodstock of Capitalists. Folks come from all over the world to hear the wisdom of Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett. Continue reading

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