Thursday, October 6, 2011

LESSON LEARNED

Yes, I am still alive. I've spent the last few weeks of my life moving all of my belongings (my XBOX, clothes, and baseball bats) from my old house to my new house which we just recently purchased. It's the first time I've bought a house for myself and I'm starting to learn I'm a complete amateur in the department of "making your new home livable so you won't go crazy". As I sit here with my computer, a little bit of food, and not much else, let me fill you in on my lessons learned over the past two weeks.

Lesson #1
Always set up your cable early

As many of you know I am obsessed with television. I get made fun of because one of my hobbies is to walk into Best Buy and roam the TV aisle, even though I have no intentions of buying one. I just think they are pretty, much like a woman views her pocketbooks. (Although I still feel pocketbooks are a waste of money.) It turns out, once a television is placed in your home without cable, it's not that fun to stare at anymore. I've had my television laying on the living room floor now for two weeks, still waiting for Verizon to come hook up my cable. I never knew it took more than two weeks for them to set the damn thing up. Do yourself a favor and plan the cable to be set up on your arrival date. Make sure to call a few weeks in advance, not a few days like I tried.


Lesson #2
Buy furniture

Why when we were kids was it fun to sit "Indian style"? Remember those days? It was like the cool thing to do. Well, I was a pretty big geek, so maybe that had something to do with it. Anyways, it's really not that fun anymore. At 26 years old it's painful to even try to get from a standing position to the floor, never mind trying to cross one leg over the other. The problem is, I have no furniture, so if you want to eat at my house you either stand, or sit on the floor. I learned this the hard way the first day I moved in here. I found the stairs much easier than the floor, but don't be like me. Order your furniture early and have it delivered the day you move in. Don't be like us and think, "we don't want just any table. We will be living here for years, lets hold off until we find something we love!" If you think like this you will be eating your fair share of dinners as such.


Lesson #3
Order your shower doors in advance

I was pretty excited. For the first time in my life I had a real shower, not a bath tub that also acts as one. Unfortunately, I won't be able to use it for three weeks, because that's how long it takes for glass doors to be made. By this time you're probably realizing I'm quite the procrastinator. I thought all these companies would drop everything they were doing to make sure my house was ready to live in the second I called. I've now learned that isn't the way things work, but Laura is the real one that suffers. Her job is to hold up the shower curtain for me.

Lesson #4
Buy some power tools

You think you're strong? I thought I possessed a decent amount of strength, at least more strength than my sister. Turns out, I'm not so sure anymore. I was assigned the task of installing the mailbox yesterday. No problem. Sounds easy enough to me. Turns out it's a complete pain in the ass. Two hours into the process I started to pray I struck oil and could retire and pay someone else to put my next mail box in. If you follow the directions, they recommend you dig to @#$%ing China to ensure your mailbox is properly installed. Don't think for one second doing this with your basic shovel is going to be a nice easy weekend job.


This was me before my neighbor came over to help (above). He has apparently installed a mailbox before. Because this was me after he came to the rescue (below).


Lesson # 5
Just buy an apartment

Enjoy your weekend!



21 comments:

  1. Can't you just get a tension rod to hang the shower curtain?

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  2. Congratulations! Welcome to your new world of watching stupid HGTV and liking it and hating yourself for enjoying it.

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  3. Yes we did get one for the other bathroom finally lol

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  4. Hahaha I already watched hgtv lol

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  5. Congrats to you and Laura! I can't understand why those companies didn't drop everything to help you move in either. Don't they know who they are dealing with here???? LOL!
    [Hey! BTW Where's your dog? ]

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  6. Haha seriously! Rico is with my parents he's my parents dog

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  7. Congrats on the new house matt! Are you going to be playing any winter league baseball or are you done for the year? Also when you were my age, 15 what did you do to get ready for the season. Or what will help me get better?

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  8. Thanks! I don't think I will be playing at all this winter...and at 15 I just practiced a played a lot...I also played other sports...football and hockey so it wasn't just all baseball

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  9. Hey Matt! We've missed you around the internet.

    It sounds like you've been needing to spend A LOT of time at Lowe's.  I hope you are going there and not Home Depot!  Let me know if you have any questions about window treatments.. those take time to arrive and install too! :p

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  10. Wow, you're a big boy now...hell, you're beyond being a big boy, you are offically an ADULT. Congrats. It's not as fun as it sounds, is it? I had some of the same issues the 1st time I got a house. The whole lack of cable and furniture for awhile had me close to suicidal. Really, it was just the lack of cable (I can still sit on the floor and get back up without old bones creaking....)I found myself visiting people just to use their cable. They knew it too.  Even when Irene,that bitch of a hurricane hit and knocked over my tree & fence I was like "eh, that's not too bad" but when I realized I wouldn't have cable for a week..I again was visiting people just to use theirs. I am looking for a new house so I can move after the holidays and I've learned my lesson this time around and I'll be sure to keep some of the lessons YOU learned in mind. Btw: If you ever stike oil, feel free to share the wealth so I retire young. I'll be your bestfriend.

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  11. Haha we are actually looking at window treatments right now...and yes we have gone to Lowes quite a lot lol

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  12. Hahaha that's funny I did the same stuff

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  13. thanks for writing back! I usually go to the rec center and  lift monday and wednsday, and play pickup basketball after and on tuesdays and thursdays walk to the batting cages near the school and hit with some friends. I am also in a sunday wood bat baseball league at b2b baseball, really cool place and that keeps me playing through winter.
    ps if your ever want to come sit on my couches till you get your new furniture your welcome too!! haha

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  14. Haha thanks man lol...and good luck

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  15. hey matt one more quick thing....pine tar. I just wondered if you used it and what you recommend? I hate the easton stick. And love the tanners grip stick by rawlings, but do you know about any other good ones maybe easier to come by. I have to pay like 25 bucks including shipping for the tanners grip stick!

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  16. I use a stick but I'm not sure what company it is...sorry about that

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  17. Hehe.. I sell window treatments at Lowe's.

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  18. thats fine most people prolly wouldnt i just know about them right now cuz i was looking on wikipedia to see which ones are good and know all the names from that.

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  19. Hey Matt. You probably don't remember me, but it's James Perry. I went to St. John's Prep while you went there. I believe I was a sophomore when you were a senior. Anyways, ever since you entered college, I've been following your career. You were amazing in high school and are still amazing in the minors. In fact, to boast your ego, I'm in a keeper fantasy baseball league and you're one of my prospects and always will be. I was amazed at your pure natural talent in practically every sport. Just want to comment here and hope you see that you have just another fan rooting for your success. Good luck with your move and I know you'll get signed again and play great.

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  20. Suprised she doesn't make you eat in the garage...

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  21. Hey thanks a lot James I appreciate that! Hopefully Ill be able to help out your fantasy team soon lol

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