Run For Your Lives! This City’s Not Safe!


High tech gun removal?

A few weeks ago, I was walking my dogs around the ‘hood, when I came across a sign that scared the crap out of me. The city had put up one little sign on my block to warn residents that they were working on a high tech gun removal program. And they were courteous enough to also warn that this would entail loud blasting. Holy S***!!!!

I know my neighborhood’s got some “issues.” But WTF??? I glanced up and down the surrounding sidewalks and streets, expecting to see a whole fleet of police cars or something, but there was nothing. Nobody. Nowhere. WTF was going on?! And what were they going to blast? Danger, Will Robinson. DANGER!!!!

Sadness crept over me, as I pondered the decay of our society. And naturally, I wondered what kind of high tech guns had been spotted in my community. This was scary shit.

Right then and there, I decided that I was freakin’ tired, TIRED of city living. It’s just not safe.

And then, suddenly, a loud roaring noise erupted at the far end of the block. Huh??? And then I re-read the sign.

Oh….gum removal…not gun removal. And the blasting that they warned of…nothing more than high tech power washers. Ahem…never mind. 

Where The Hell Have I Been?

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Celebrating!! Got our building permit January 15th, 2016!

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May 2, 2016

Did ya notice I’ve been MIA since October 10, 2014? No?

Well, October 10, 2014 is the day Mark and I and the doggies returned from our four month Space Shuttle Adventure. And then, after sorting through a freakin’ gigantic box of junk mail, this happened:

We settled back into life in our downtown San Diego condo and plotted our next big adventure!

As it ends up, our next big adventure hasn’t had us traveling at all. Instead, we searched high and low for a vacant piece of land so that we could build a house.

Of course, being us, we had to find a piece of land that was so difficult to figure out and so difficult to build on, that no other sane person would buy it. And, VOILA!!! We found one!

And that’s what we’ve been doing since October of 2014…looking for land, buying land, designing a house, getting building permits, stressing out, going gray, and plotting revenge on the City of San Diego for what surely must be the worst, most aggravating building department on the planet.


De-stressing after a day at the building department.

It took 2.5 months to find our funky piece of land, 6 months to design our project, and 6 months in the building department to finally get our permits.

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January 15th @ the building department. Nothing says, “F.U., go home,” like a locked door and a little garbage can lined with plastic!

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January 15th @ the building department. So many cubicles…

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January 15th @ the building department. More cubicles and some awesome fluorescent overhead lighting.

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January 15th @ the building department. Very hip, if you like an impersonal institutional theme to your interiors.

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January 15th @ the building department. Details….

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January 15th @ the building department. And…the post-it notes come out….

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January 15th @ the building department. I stared at this for about 20 minutes while Mark talked to the guy in the cubicle.

We broke ground on March 21st. Let the fun begin!! (If you’ve ever built before, you know that was a totally snarky statement) Welcome to this journey. Enjoy the photos. I’ll post more pics as things progress……I’m back!!!!

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March 21st = Day #1 of Construction! Construction toys, big and small, start arriving on site.

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March 22nd. Digging down 16′ to the sewer line.

April 1 construction

April 1st. Digging up everything.

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April 13th. Digging some more. Some of the biggest construction toys can barely maneuver on the narrow lot!

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Power to the people! Getting temporary power pole hooked up. April 13th

All Good Road Trips Must Come To An End!

Southwestern-most point, and Northeastern-most point of the trip!

Southwestern-most point, and Eastern-most point of the trip. But, NOT the Northern-most point!

Day 123     October 10, 2014

Palm Springs  to  San Diego, CA

We’d been on the road four months, and were getting excited about getting home. Not that we didn’t love living in the Space Shuttle, but there’s something about knowing that you’ll be home soon, that makes you very happy!

Before we got on the road this morning, we packed up as much of our stuff as possible so that the unloading process at home would go faster. And we dumped and flushed our holding tanks so that they’d be clean and empty when Fiona went back to her storage garage.

And then, before we knew it…..we were home!

  • Days on the road:  123
  • Miles driven:   17,245
  • Ferry boat rides:  7
  • Miles travelled by ferry:  unknown
  • Number of US States:  33
  • Number of Canadian Provinces:  6
  • Visits to Veterinarians:  2
  • Traffic/parking tickets:  1
  • Number of beers drunk:  unknown
Home sweet home! Looking out on the 'hood.

Home sweet home! Looking out on the ‘hood.