Hopefully your late summer has been just as great as ours. The oppressive heat is gone for now, humidity levels dropped a bit. The garden is looking great (13+ foot tall corn, seriously...), ripe tomatoes. The new kiwi vines are looking very vigorous.
We are making headway on the kitchen again. We had a string of things that virtually stopped progress for a while, all good things mind you, but stopped nevertheless.
Now that we have that out of the way again, progress picks up with renewed vigor and determination. We just about have the old kitchen floor leveled out. Prior to our ministrations, there was a 3" difference in elevation between the high spot and the low spot. It felt like walking on a ship's deck that was pitching and rolling.
I also have all the supplies to rough in the propane line and the plumbing drain and supply lines. Then comes 6 mil polyethylene vapor barrier, 5/8" drywall, wads and gobs of blown in cellulose insulation, cabinetry and appliances. I am very hopeful to have the drywall and insulation done before it gets seriously cold out. It will be odd, considering the floor was too cold to stand on last winter, and this winter should be toasty warm.
I ran across two compelling things today, about how not to run your state government. The first is a blog from a small business person, who has finally had it with Kalifornia and is moving to a state that isn't trying to punish the entrepeneur with punitive taxes and regulations. She figures she will keep 10% more of her income in her pocket by moving to Texas, which will allow her to hire another person and maybe even cut her hours a little.
You could read her interesting story here: Leaving California
It turns out, she is not alone. Droves of businesses are fleeing the state due to high taxes and regulations. Little friendly reminder to all you governors and state legislators who read my blog, if you tax us enough, and make life difficult enough through ever more legislation, we will leave your state and go somewhere that is more business friendly. Small businesses (as defined by less than 500 employees) provide roughly 2/3 of all the jobs in this country.
This site claims Kalifornia has lost 25% of all its manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2007. Kalifornia claims to not track this data, but I find that shockingly improbable.
Read all the details here: Sending businesses packing from California
This is the unavoidable consequence of spending too much money at the state level. I am once again, and still, a proponent of small government.
I know this seems like advanced rocket science to state legislators, based on the number of states that are teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, but the math really does work out better in the end if you spend less than you make, all the time.
Monday, August 15, 2011
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