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    How I Spent My Summer 'Vacation'

    Well, I'm retired, so I guess I'm always 'on vacation', but this was sort of my excuse for not doing much woodworking this summer: only took me 27+ years to figure out everything I didn't like about the original owner's landscaping and get straight in my head what to do about it, but so it goes.

    The "before":
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    There was originally a small patio cover but I nuked it a couple years ago when I had the new windows put it...it was 25 years old and practically falling down at that point anyway.

    The "after":
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    Still a bunch of tweaking of plants and whatnot to be done, but nothing that needs to be done now, if you get my drift. I let the contractor do the new cover: just too much heavy lifting for my taste. But the A/C enclosure and the bench are mine...hardly "fine woodworking" but at least some of my tools got a workout (besides the pick and shovel).

    The real problem is that the patio is now a whole lot nicer place to spend time than my garage/shop.
    Last edited by Lee DeRaud; 09-25-2007 at 01:03 AM.
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    WOW, Lee

    You have been busy, and the back yard looks fantastic! Congrats!

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    Looks fantastic, nice spot to set and enjoy a glass of iced tea!
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    Lee,

    What, no pool? Your back door neighbor has a pool, your next door neighbor has a pool, shouldn't you get with the program?

    By the way, how'd you get the coordinates?

    Turnabout is fair play: 3903'43.56" N 7700'59.20" W

    yes, that's my red pick up in the driveway...

    Thanks,

    Bill
    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 09-25-2007 at 06:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    What, no pool? Your back door neighbor has a pool, your next door neighbor has a pool, shouldn't you get with the program?
    Pffft. This is Southern California: every peon has a pool, but how many of them have laser-engraved Aztec calendars?

    (Plus I'd probably spend about twenty hours a day drying off the dog. )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Lantry View Post
    Lee,

    What, no pool? Your back door neighbor has a pool, your next door neighbor has a pool, shouldn't you get with the program?

    By the way, how'd you get the coordinates?

    Turnabout is fair play: here

    yes, that's my red pick up in the driveway...

    Thanks,
    Bill
    Your house shows up pretty good. When I search for mine using the strteet address, the big green arrow points to a house 4 houses south of mine, (probably due to the crazy way they number addresses here), The satellite camera must have been on a different telescopic setting for our area, because the houses are Tineeeeee, and when you try to zoom in on them, they become completely distorted and badly out of focus.

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    looks pretty comfy lee!
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