June 9th, 2006

Sports fan

World Cup Observations

Remark from my father right after Costa Rica's second goal, before we saw the replay:
In Columbia, they shoot you for doing that.
We were the only ones in the sports bar rooting for Costa Rica.

Go Ecuador!
home improvement

Dangerous fantasies

Last weekend, I had dinner with my very good friend, who happens to be my mortgage officer. Due to a variety of scheduling conflicts, I hadn't seen him in a while, since around Christmas time.

We were chatting about our houses, how much we liked them, what we wanted to do to them, and I mentioned my kitchen floor fiasco. I bought tile at the tile sale a few weeks ago, and I'm now procrastinating in making the decision whether to install the tile myself or hire someone to do it.

While I was describing what I had to do to the kitchen floor, I casually (and stupidly) mentioned the remodelling fantasy that I've been harboring for about a year and a half now: to expand my kitchen to the edge of the back deck and build a master suite above, turning my thousand square foot 2 bed / 1 bath into a maybe 1500 square foot 3 bed / 2 1/2 bath. My friend turned to my brother, the architect, and they quickly cacluated how much something like that would cost. The number was large.

I laughed, and said something like "but I could never afford that..." My friend, who knows all of my financials, having financed my house four years ago and refinanced it two years ago, said "of course you can afford it." He pointed out that my house has appreciated in the last four years about the same amount that the remodel would cost. He mentioned the program that his bank is offering for remodels like I talked about.

I quickly changed the subject to less terrifying matters.

Allow me to point out that I don't need a master suite. I don't need another bedroom. I don't need another bathroom and a half. I don't need to double the size of my kitchen. I certainly don't need to increase the amount of space to cool down in the summer (though I really should look into whether or not I have enough insulation, and whether I should weatherstrip the doors and windows and whether or not there are any existing cracks in the house). My dogs don't need to have construction workers tearing apart their house for six months or so, especially since they've (the dogs, not the construction workers) been banned from visiting my parents' house (stupid neighbor) for the foreseeable future. Also, Relampago has been having trouble with stairs at the ranch lately, so I'm not sure that he'd like the idea of having an upstairs bedroom. No one is moving in to live with me, I'm not having kids, I'm not even getting another dog.

I do need to partially remodel my kitchen, starting with the floors and ending with some of the cabinets. I may or may not need to investigate new methods for doing laundry, depending on what's causing the leak that lead to the floor fiasco.


A good friend of mine just started a construction company (which will probably be used for the kitchen floor regardless of what I do). And, my brother is an architect, so it's not like I'd be paying an arm and a leg for a cool design using reasonably inexpensive materials. And, it'd certainly increase the value, for rent or for sale, of my house beyond what the investment is. And, there's been talk of a raise. How much, I have absolutely no idea, but it's possible that the whole thing could be revenue neutral.

I should have never brought it up.

Summer art party

Remember the Beats of Basquiat parties that the MFAH and Starbucks threw in the winter? 7300 people came to the final party featuring Grand Master Flash. Those parties were the events of the winter.

Anyhow, the Museum and Starbucks are at it again. This time the event is in conjunction with the Gees Bend quilting exhibition that opened last weekend.
Saturday, June 10, 2006
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight

Where art and music intersect on select Saturday nights at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. DJs spin and bands play against an arresting backdrop of the new exhibition Gee´s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt.

On Saturday, June 10, the 9-piece Los Angeles-based funk/jazz/hip hop sensation Breakestra brings its soulful proclamations to Houston for the first time, kicking off the second segment of the Starbucks Mixed Media Music Series at the MFAH.

Ubiquity Records / Los Angeles, CA
S.O.S. Radio / KPFT
Manuel Mambo
a.k.a. Joe. B.
Rebel Crew / Houston
Ceeplus & the House of Bad Knives & Dj Samp
Reprogram Radio / KPFT

For more information on this and upcoming events, visit www.mfah.org/mixedmedia

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Audrey Jones Beck Building
5601 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77005
Get a drink, get your groove on, get inspired. Complimentary Starbucks Beverages | Cash Bar

General admission $10
Student with ID $5
FREE for MFAH members
Join online now

GET THERE EARLY! Space is limited.
This part of the series is going to have much more limited admission than the Beats of Basquiat did, so get there early. The exhibition is pretty impressive, and my sister, as always, knows how to throw a good party. She'll make sure you're having fun.