February 25, 2013

Out of this world

English: A slice of moon rock available at the...

English: A slice of moon rock available at the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution for visitors to touch. Taken back to Earth by Apollo 17. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whilst at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum, we stopped by and touched a Moon rock brought back by the Apollo missions. Turns out it's pretty easy to buy one yourself: We just got our own piece of the Moon and a piece of Mars and also just a "regular" meteorite. The meteorite is nice and heavy (for its size); The lunar and martian rocks are tiny, like big grains of sand. Caroline dropped the mars pebble and for a few minutes it was lost in the carpet. I think we found it. Or It might be an old cookie crumb.
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Posted by netrc at 07:42 PM

January 11, 2013

VLC's Brass Rubbings

Over the past summer, I finally started to go through and study the collection of brass rubbings made my mother during our stay in England in the early '70s. Naturally, I couldn't just jot down my research in a notebook - I had to put together a web site: http://vlcb.netrc.com . The basics are all there: a page showing each rubbing, info on the brass itself, and a description of the church, including a map of the church locations. And various writeups I'm putting together trying to make sense of it all.

There's a lot more work to do and much of the text and commentary is just fragments. But if I waited until it was all polished, who knows when that would be. It's fascinating that these days there are digitized texts of old books describing the brasses, and plenty of amateur photos of the brasses and churches, all on-line. That makes the research somewhat easier, though I've lots of work left to do. (E.g. I really need to make new pictures of many of the rubbings; the first bunch of pics have bad lighting, etc.)

Anyway, of course there's a site blog along with RSS feed. I'll be posting most updates there.

All in all, the collection is intriguing and quite a legacy from my mother. Enjoy!

Posted by netrc at 04:48 PM

November 11, 2012

Storm Recap

The Monday of Hurricane Sandy, we had battened down the house and yard, taped up a couple windows, removed anything moveable from the outside. We had hunkered down in the living room, and waited. I was watching a local amateur weather station's live reports on my tablet, and saw the wind speed and gusts moving up and up, to just over 40mph around 8pm. But there was no appreciable rain at all, which was helping. At 8:30pm, I heard a loud "pop" down the street and our power went out. Our house generator kicked in, and one minute later, we had some power back. The living room, kitchen, and office had power, and our furnace, water heater, and sump pumps were ok. And our cable TV and internet were still working! We had brought the kids small mattresses downstairs and started to put them to sleep. By 9:30pm I saw that the wind gusts were dropping along with the average wind speed. And the barometric pressure had bottomed out and was beginning to rise. By 10pm, I figured we had weathered the storm ok, and while we still might get some damage, it wasn't going to get much worse.

The next day, I walked the property and saw that there were just a few branches down, not much really. Several neighbors had their generators on and were fairly loud. The weather was actually quite nice (as it was for the next several days). My job was just to check the oil in the generator every day and replace it as needed; as long as I did that we should be fine for a couple weeks. Tuesday I worked from home, but went in to work on Wednesday. Kristen's dad and Mary Ann came over, as they were out of power. And Carol and Billy, who lost power but had heat, would stop over for the evening to catch up on the news and watch Jeopardy before heading back home.

We were fortunate due to our location well inland and relatively high up that flooding was never an issue. But all the storm surge in the lower-lying Newark basin meant that there were vast substation outages, which meant that the priority for electrical repair work went to the urban areas. So we lived like this for most of a week. The problem turned out to be getting gasoline. We had both filled our cars before the storm, so we had several days to spare. And, I had done the extra work to make sure our generator was fed by our natural gas system, and so didn't require daily fill-ups of gasoline. So far, our Generac system has proved it's worth.

Our power eventually came on a week and a day later. I was able to get some more gas that day too, so, again, all told, we were lucky and our plans for weathering such events worked out.

And then.. We got the Winter Nor'-Easter. Both Kristen and I had to work in New York City on that Wednesday; as usual, we both took our local NJ Transit express bus service in to Port Authority. It was raining in the morning, but not too bad. By the mid-afternoon though, the snow was coming down pretty good. I got out of work early and made it through the chaos of the bus terminal, got on a bus, back home, and picked up the kids by 5pm. They were able to play outside in the snow for a few minutes before we had to go inside because it was getting dark and very cold. By evening we had 2+ inches of snow all over. Parts of our town were out of power again. Kristen made it back about 7pm with a fairly normal bus ride. This time we didn't lose power - just had to shovel off some snow and clear it off the cars in the morning. Sadly for the kids, it was warmer and rainy the next day, so they never even got to play in the snow at all.

All in all, we were very lucky and we're grateful that we had no damage at all to our house and happy we were able to help out neighbors and friends who had a far worse experience.

Posted by netrc at 08:10 PM

October 31, 2012

Storm Update

We’re all fine. Not even a picture worth posting – just some misc branches down here and there. There are plenty of trees down around the area (and by “area” I mean the NorthEast Coast). Power went out about 8:30pm Monday night, probably won’t get it back for a couple weeks. Our generator is fine, kicked in right away, keeps the baseboard heat going and TV/Internet running! We’ve been able to help out neighbors who need to charge their cell phones and give out cups of coffee.

And we’re lucky that there was very little rain; of course, no storm surge as far inland and high up as we are. (Still wondering about the family friend’s beach house in Long Beach Island – expecting bad news there) According to our local amateur weatherman , we only had a few gusts up to 40mph. Not nearly as bad as places more North or South (we may have gotten a little shelter from the rolling Wachtung Mountains (glorified hills) that buffer the Caldwell area ).

You can read my brief storm twitter feed here: http://www.twitter.com/netrc .

Posted by netrc at 08:37 PM

September 01, 2012

My convention

English: Photo courtesy Ronald Reagan Library,...

English: Photo courtesy Ronald Reagan Library, White House Photo, PD Ronald Reagan giving his Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention, Detroit, Michigan. 7/17/80. Source: http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/photographs/large/E10-2.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For no particular reason, some notes from the 1980 GOP Convention in Detroit, Michigan: The summer of 1980, my mother got a job at the Detroit Convention Host Committee which was a local organization running interference for the GOP, arranging lodging, catering, transportation. Somehow, she got me a four-week stint working for the party's print shop - really, just a glorified copy center in the basement of Cobo Hall for the committee to print out speeches, agendas, and miscellanea for distribution mostly to the news media. Turned out to be a lot of fun, and a quick commute, a mere 20 minutes down I-75 from our house.

When there were left-over floor-access passes (thanks, Mom!) I'd call up a friend and we'd head down and wander around the floor, not during prime time, mind you, but during construction and during the daytime. Ran in to various news personalities, sometime ABC anchor Max Robinson, NBC's John Chancellor, and the irascible Andy Rooney.

Got an errand to pick up one of the campaign managers from a local home and bring him to the convention. During the trip, he used his portable radio to ask about someone named "Rawhide". I later learned that was the Secret Service code-name for Reagan.

And, finally, a slight brush with greatness. The picture above was basically my view of nominee Reagan's acceptance speech. I managed to wrangle yet another floor access ticket for myself and a friend for the final night's events, and we got to Cobo Hall in the evening. We eventually worked our way up to a loge box, and I squeezed out to the balcony, finding myself several floors almost directly above the speaker's platform. His speech was well delivered, of course, and even more well received. I distinctly remember the closing few minutes; Cobo Arena is fairly large (Wikipedia says 12,000) but during that finish, there was a palpable sense of everyone holding their breath, of history unfolding, and a perfect and uncanny silence. I had no particular understanding of the political shift to come. But I did know that I had been witness to something very special.

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June 04, 2012

New daytime schedules

Family news: Kristen is now working in marketing at Epicurious.com. It’s great that she’s back in the business and even better working on new digital media campaigns (sadly iPhone/iPad only!). The commute into the city isn’t fun, but for now this is a job-share, about three days a week. And, if we’re lucky, we’ll even start trying out more interesting recipes at home!

Caroline and Liam, of course, will be spending some more time at their day care center, but will get picked up by “nana” Carol, and I’ll be leaving work promptly at 5pm to relieve her and bring them home. Caroline is now in a “pre-pre-K” environment; Liam is going to hang with the regular day care crowd for a while.

And I have started a new position as an Architect (software) at TIAA-CREF, the venerable pension manager. Of late, they’ve moved to expand their portfolio offerings, modernize their systems, and have even started offering banking services. Interesting times; I’ll occasionally get down to their headquarters in Charlotte, N.C.

Posted by netrc at 09:26 PM

January 29, 2012

Capt. Moses Campbell

Another genealogical tidbit…. An old Campbell cousin, was a representative at the Connecticut ratification of the U.S. Constitution. That happened just a few days over 224 years ago.

My seventh-great-grandfather, Robert Campbell (b. 1675, perhaps in Coleraine, Ireland) and family, emigrated to the Americas in 1718, arriving in Boston, Massachusetts. They apparently moved immediately to New London, Connecticut and then took up with a Presbyterian church community in Voluntown, Connecticut. Robert’s son, Dr. John Campbell (b. 1698, Ireland), had a son Moses Campbell, born 14 April 1737. He married Sarah Dixon.

During the Revolutionary War, he rose to the rank of Captain in the Connecticut regiments, along with a few other family members.

After the war, The Continental Congress passed the Articles of Confederation, but by the mid-1780s there were many calls to revise these and in 1787 a Constitutional Convention was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That convention rewrote the articles from scratch and passed the new Constitution in September. The Congress then quickly referred the document to the 13 states, which each called for their own state convention.

Connecticut elected their delegates to their convention in November 1787. Moses Campbell and Benjamin Dow represented the town and area around Voluntown. On 3 January 1788, the Connecticut Convention began in Hartford, the state capital. With just a few days of debate (mostly concerning Federal power to lower tariffs between states and to repay debts owed to War veterans), on 9 January 1788 it became the fifth state to approve the new Constitution.

Moses Campbell voted in favor . UPDATE: A PDF of the actual ratification document, from the National Archives. Moses signed in the fourth column, second one down.

Later on, Moses Campbell and his family, along with some other Campbells, moved further north in to Oneida County, New York, and settled in the Norwich Corners area. From there, many of these Campbell's, including my fifth-great-grandfather’s family, moved to the Rochester, New York area. Moses died in 1827 and was buried in Paris, New York.

Posted by netrc at 06:57 PM

December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

My mother spent many afternoons in England rubbing brasses in the Midlands area. This is one I selected for this years Xmas cards for our family. The brass is from the tomb of John Harewell in the church of St. Peter's in Wooten-Wawen, Warwickshire. You can see a good picture of the tomb here . The tomb features a large brass of John Harewell along with his wife, and also smaller brasses of their 5 daughters and 5 sons. You can see a closeup of the actual brass of the sons here.

One long-term hobby of mine is to get all of my mother's rubbings scanned in and posted, of course, to the web. Still trying to decide the best tech for this - google app engine? Rails? roll-my-own cgi? I'm surprised that there's no definitive listing of the brasses in the UK on the web somewhere....

Posted by netrc at 01:42 PM

September 09, 2011

JPO and "Stonewall"

General Jackson's "Chancellorsville"...

Image via Wikipedia

I've done a little more family research recently, and uncovered a bit more info on my (maternal) Owens family. My great-great-great-grandfather Jonathon Owens was born about 1793, and as of 1830 was living in the Macon, Georgia area as a carpenter. His son, Jonathan Parrish Owens was born in 1831. In 1861 he enlisted in the Georgia Volunteer Infantry, 61st Regiment, Company I. This regiment was part of the Confederate Army's 2nd Corps commanded by Stonewall Jackson (see picture). He took part in the many civil war battles - Gain's Mill, Second Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Battle of the Wilderness - finally getting wounded in the leg at Spotslyvania in 1864. He had a son, Carlton Julius Owens, my great-grandfather, and finally passed away in 1899. It'll be interesting to see if I can find any Michigan Campbell ancestors who might have fought against him.
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Posted by netrc at 02:36 PM

June 14, 2011

Virginia Lee Campbell

Virginia Lee Campbell ... 8 March 1935 - 12 June 2011

My mother passed away last Sunday after a two-year struggle with cancer. After one surgery in 2009, there was a recurrence last year. We were able to move her up to New Jersey from her home in Tampa, Florida, where she had been caring for her father for many years. She was able to spend some good time with her grandchildren, but far too short of a time of course.

As every one knew, my mother was not one to complain and the last nine months here were trying. But in between treatments, we were able to enjoy our family ties and create more memories in our new house.

There will be a service on Saturday 25 June 2011 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Please send me an email for details.

Virginia Lee and her brother Jim in about 1941 Mom and Robert about 1960 Mom and the Statue of Liberty, 1991 Mom and Caroline and Liam, 2010
Posted by netrc at 09:30 PM

September 17, 2010

L & C

A little video of L & C...watch how she imitates his coughing....

Posted by netrc at 10:24 PM

April 02, 2010

E-in-C to Dean

My old boss, David Meyer. Editor-in-Chief of The Michigan Daily (1981-1982) has now been named Dean of Tulane Law School. A picture of the gang back in the day (David is on the left) and now. I can understand the white hair, but I'd figure even law schools would have upgraded from blackboards to whiteboards by now!

David Meyer
(Photo from the College of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Posted by netrc at 01:12 PM

February 26, 2010

Our New House

Even though the formal "closing" ceremony has been postponed (due to the snowstorm - one foot of snow around these parts), we're told that all the docs have been signed and the monies transferred, so, apparently, we are new home owners! We're planning on moving next week...

Of course, same email and same cell-phone numbers; get in touch and let us know when you can drop by!

Posted by netrc at 01:54 PM

February 20, 2010

Livin' on a prayer

Map of North Caldwell in Essex County. Inset: ...

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The headline is in keeping with the local NJ music scene....the news is we are scheduled to close on our new house in North Caldwell next Friday 26 Feb. Several planets still need to align, electronic wire transfers must complete, and even then who can say. But if this doesn't work, we're moving to North Carolina!
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Posted by netrc at 09:19 PM

December 11, 2009

Happy Holidays!

From the Campbells....

Posted by netrc at 08:43 AM

October 17, 2009

Yellowhammer

Interesting (for me) bird sighting here in middle-north-eastern New Jersey. We've got lots of blue jays in the back yard, but for the first time I've seen the Northern 'Yellow-Shafted' Flicker woodpecker. Big bird, overall brown-hued, flew past the window; then I saw several on the ground. One of the few woodpeckers to search for food around the yard (and given our recent rain, you can understand why). Nice picture on the (current) wikipedia page
Posted by netrc at 09:48 PM

September 19, 2009

Off-Island

One reason for the lack of postings has been our move out of Manhattan into the Garden State. Our kids pretty much filled up the two-bedroom condo, but the real problem was just the added burden of dragging a two-seater stroller up and down the 7 stairs in our building, and the unbelievable amount of 'stuff' needed to be carried along when travelling by car (again, lugged in and out of the apartment seemingly every weekend). When it's such a chore to take a kid out of the apartment that you just stay indoors, something's wrong.

Selling the condo in this market wasn't a disaster, but took many months too long. All in all, things worked out ok - due to my renovation/combination, the fiscal side was fine. But dealing with devious, lying, inconsiderate, and incompetent real estate brokers was terrible.

We were looking to buy a place and basically just move in; had a place picked out and were in negotiations. But again, dealing with that seller's attorney made us continue to lose our faith in our fellow man.

So, now we're renting a house in Towaco, NJ (no decent Wikipedia page!). The house is quite nice, quiet street, one-level, big deck, nice yard. Can't tell you how nice it is to park a car in the attached garage, as opposed to looping around Upper West Side streets looking for parking. And we're able to just open the sliding doors and let Liam and Caroline crawl outside.

So now, we're all closed on our condo sale and off on a house search. Kristen's mom is coming over to watch the kids for a couple hours - she's only 10 minutes away, and that's the main benefit to moving out of the city.

Of course, we're both sad we moved. I moved to New York in 1991 - 18 years ago!!!!! Longest I've lived in any one spot. Luckily we both moved to the city when it was in full recovery from the dreadful '60s and '70s (a real economic disaster). We had great jobs, close friends, and the infinite and ever-changing variety of restaurants, clubs, theater, street-life, subways, and construction that make up that greatest of cities.

Not to worry though, if we really need a quick fix of good Chinese food, say, we're just 30 minutes away.

Posted by netrc at 09:36 AM

May 07, 2009

A New Hope

I've started a new position at a financial services firm, Senior Principal in the Architecture group. I'll be working out of their New York (57th & Lex) and New Jersey (Harborside) offices. It's going to be a lot of fun putting my financial services and technology experience to work for a web services company. And I've got a view of the Chrysler Building from my cube!
Posted by netrc at 10:28 AM

April 11, 2009

Dad's Scotch Broth Recipe

Cleaning up files today, and ran across this recipe from my Grandfather, James Preston Owens. No guarantees, but he did live to be 102.

Dad's Scotch Broth

  • 2 or 3 Lamb Shanks
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 2 cups celery
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 2 medium sized onions
  • 1 large potatoe
  • ¾ cup barley (if you like barley, 1 cup)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 pats butter
  • clove of garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
Put lamb in about 4 quarts of cold water and simmer until tender (about 1-¼ to 1-¾ hours). Skim the top after cooking about 30 minutes.

Chop rather finely carrots, celery, onions, parsley, and garlic, and put in a bowl - cover with cold water.

When lamb is tender, remove and put chopped vegetables in pot including water that covered them. Remove lamb meat from bones, chop finely, and add lamb and bones to pot. Also add bay leaf, barley, butter, and seasoning. Simmer 45 minutes.

Chop finely one potato, add to pot, and simmer another 20 to 35 minutes.

Makes about 4 quarts. A bit more vegetables won't do any harm.

N.B. As the recipe is in his handwriting, it could well be that the 'Dad' refers to his father, Carlton Owens, of Newnan, Georgia.

Posted by netrc at 10:33 AM

March 03, 2009

Normalcy

Well, not normal, not yet. But things are getting more organized here at the Campbell household. Enough so that I can occassionally engage in my accustomed evening martini. And I believe I've found a new usual gin for my concoction: Not that 'buy American' is a correct economic policy, but craft-distilled, Philadelphia-based Bluecoat American Dry Gin has just the right combination of florals, citrus, and gin-ny flavor to give a martini zing and zest. (And it's also cheaper than most other gins). Of course, there's no substitute for oak-aged Noilly-Prat French Vermouth. 6-to-1, up, with a twist, please.
Posted by netrc at 02:56 PM

December 30, 2008

Xmas

Looking back, those first pictures are pretty scary. Liam and Caroline came home early in December and have been putting on weight every day. Everything's working out fine - including the midnight feedings. We've had a great Xmas, with our two special gifts being the center of attention.

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Posted by netrc at 01:22 PM

November 05, 2008

Liam and Caroline

We knew there were going to be surprises in this journey, but last night with no warnings at all, Kristen began contractions (1:45am, naturally), we rushed to the hospital and Liam and Caroline introduced themselves to us. They are almost 31 weeks, they are good sized they're breathing ok, and we're going to start worrying about them every day for the next who-knows-how-long.

Liam Robert Campbell - 3lb 10oz - 3:52am, 5 November 2008

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Caroline Lee Campbell - 3lb 2oz - 3:54, 5 November 2008

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Posted by netrc at 11:07 AM

July 23, 2008

Expectations

In other blockbuster news, Kristen and I are expecting. In fact, we're expecting twins. Due date should be late Dec/early Jan. Probably earlier than later, they tell us. So far, all looks good and we're trying to figure out how this is all going to happen in our little NYC apartment.
Posted by netrc at 04:51 PM

March 12, 2005

Saturday 22 October, 2005

....set to be our wedding day. We've tentatively reserved The National Arts Club for the gala. Should have plenty of room for our family and friends. The guest list will have to be pared down to about 125 though. While we obviously have a lot of work to do, the basic plan will be for an evening affair, say around 6pm.

The Club is located in Gramercy Park, on 20th Street off of Park Avenue. For out of towners, we'll be getting some hotel rooms set aside.

More to come!

Posted by netrc at 09:53 AM

February 21, 2005

Phase III

The final phase of the Campbell Apartment renovation is underway. "Sander" (a friend of Nick, the superintendent) has come in and broken out the old closets, sheet-rocked the ceiling, and is plastering the walls. Should be done in a couple days. I'll then be getting The Closet Factory to build in a new, 90" wide, 90" tall closet.

Posted by netrc at 04:02 PM

December 21, 2004

Late Finish

The renovation was completed about September 5th. Since then, there's been a lot of furniture searching and general household upgrades. Then, finally, a Wine Tasting (pics of that later). Here are a couple shots of the current state.

More inside....

Posted by netrc at 09:36 PM

August 10, 2004

A Fine Mess

The renovation is done, but the unpacking is a mess. I'll upload pictures after getting the boxes stored away.
Posted by netrc at 08:07 AM

July 12, 2004

Done this week???

Maybe, just maybe, the job will be done by Friday. Well, at least all the significant work -- finishing touches may never be done. But, as you can see, the bar is done and looks stunning.

...the slate doesn't have grout yet and I'll replace the white outlets with stainless steel. But you get the idea.

Here's a look from the living room....

next: light fixtures, odds and ends.

Posted by netrc at 08:25 PM

June 23, 2004

Begining of the End

Getting in to the home stretch. Here you can see the cherry cabinets and the stove and microwave are installed in the kitchen.

At the other end of the kitchen are more cabinets and thenew refrigerator:

The bar has a similar decor (though this picture comes out a bit too red):

Left to do: the slate for the bar, the granite counters, and refinishing the floors.

Posted by netrc at 08:40 PM

May 28, 2004

New Bookcase

The contractors installed the new bookcase along the far wall. The first picture shows the entire length, foreshortened due to the length of the bookcase and because I took the picture from the doorway to the office. The second picture shows the section of the bookcase in the living room. The construction seems very solid.

Also, Granite! We went out to Queens and picked out a "Verde Ubatuba" for the kitchen countertop and the bar. This site's picture looks pretty accurate.

Posted by netrc at 06:54 PM

May 18, 2004

Kitchenless

I approved plans for new kitchen cabinets last Wednesday. Today (Monday) the kitchen is gone - everything from the tiles, cabinets, appliances, and yes, the kitchen sink.

Of greater interest, over the weekend I hired a designer to help pick out colors. Collette Whitney of Whitney Interiors came to chat and over a two-hour discussion we picked out my "palette".

The colors are hard to describe and I'll try to figure out some way to show you some sort of mock up....they're all Benjamin Moore and the names are

  • main color - Nantucket Gray (HC-111) - more of a greenish-grey
  • secondary color - Georgian Brick (HC-50) - a dull red
  • hi-lite color - Dorset Gold (HC-8) - for misc areas
  • ceiling - Pale Almond (OC-2)
  • office walls - Van Cortland Blue (HC-145) - a grey-blue
Collette was great. I hope my choice of a modern cherry cabinet won't upset her!

Posted by netrc at 09:33 PM

April 28, 2004

Latest....

The latest news. Lots of work has been done: most of the rough (and not so rough) framing, electricity, and plumbing is finished. In fact, except for the floors, the new rooms are all done!

And today, the old Apartment # 2 door is (essentially) shut for good. Here's the view from the living room back down the new foyer to the front door # 1. (I'm told that the preferred term is "entrance gallery")

Here's a view again from the living room looking through the dining room. You can see the half-wall and in the distance the small door to the new office.

Finally, here's a shot into the new office as seen from the front door.

Posted by netrc at 10:03 PM

April 10, 2004

Dining Room

The rough framing and sheetrock and some electrical is done. Here you can see the new "dining room". I have a temporary table there for the weekend while Charley is here. The columns will separate the dining from the living room; the piece of duct tape stringing between them simulates the half-wall which will be built.

Posted by netrc at 04:55 PM

April 04, 2004

Initial Framing....

The initial framing for the office/2nd-bedroom is done. Hard to see in the photographs perhaps, but I can walk through the space and get a real feel for the rooms. The sizes/shapes, flow, seem to be pretty good.

Posted by netrc at 11:54 AM

March 31, 2004

Law&Order - Renovation Unit

Good news - lots of work done. (Of course, ostentatious demolition is the easy part of a renovation project). You can see that the main living wall is completely gone and new openings have been made to the kitchen. Meanwhile looking back to the studio's doorway, you can see the new opening to the master bedroom.

Unfortunately, one resident has complained about the dust -- though the building superintendent has noted that the contracting company is "very good" and does "the cleanest work I've ever seen."

The resident has also set the Building department on me, claiming that there are no permits. This is false. Permits were obtained over a month ago. It is true that they may not have been posted. Big deal, except now I have to take care of the "violation".

Finally, just to formally note that the resident is wrong in the extreme, one of his points is that the studio door isn't taped from the inside while work is going on. I direct the jury's attention to the following photo taken just after returning home today:

Posted by netrc at 07:03 PM

March 29, 2004

Breakthrough

It has begun....Meanwhile, there's a wall of plastic dividing my living room and hallway. The other half of the living room is piled with stuff. Not exactly sure if I thought this through all the way....This shot is from the center of the studio apartment looking into my apartment's living room.

Posted by netrc at 06:59 PM

March 28, 2004

Before - Day '-1'

Look for many postings regarding the renovation. Here are the before pictures, looking in to the current living room's main wall.

The next two look in to the new apartment.

Today, I'm off checking out tiles for the foyer and the kitchen. The guys start working tomorrow morning!

Posted by netrc at 11:25 AM

March 25, 2004

Contractor Contracted

Richard Trieste has been selected as the contractor. He'll start this Monday!! The price is ok and he's favored by my architect. By the way, here's the plans:


Posted by netrc at 07:54 PM

February 12, 2004

Contractors Galore

I've just completed interviews with two more contractors. That makes four that we're going to get bids from. So far, indications are that the bids are about 30% higher than I'd like. Especially as there's several grand more to purhcase in the way of new furniture, sundries, and the like. And yes, that includes some sort of TV.
Posted by netrc at 09:31 PM

December 14, 2003

Architecture

I've selected Robin Bernstein to design the renovation of my combined apartment. He's started to work on the plans and we've settled on a basic outline. It's a compromise of a couple ideas I've had (over the past six years).
Basically, the office/bedroom is a little smaller, and the dining room is also a little smaller. The dining room is definitely not a big deal -- I don't have that many large dinner parties.

But the compromise allows the large rooms of my combo unit to show themselves off as much as possible.

more to come...

Posted by netrc at 04:33 PM

November 22, 2003

Choices...Architects

Interviewed three architects this week

  • Chris - mainly drawings, expiditing
  • Rob - one-man shop, design work, whatever. Nice guy.
  • Michael - medium-sized shop, does soup-to-nuts, expensive design work if needed, otherwise an assembly line for people combining NYC apartments

Rob and Michael are the choices. The first would be more fun and individual; the second would be very quick, precise, and knows a bit more about dealing with NYC.

Hmmmmm.

Posted by netrc at 03:23 PM