The house is complete, the old barn is fully restored and has a new floor. It’s time to party!
Last Saturday night, we held the Furrer Farms open house. Heidi did all of the massive preparations and made all of the food, and she did an awesome job! All of the guests loved the food, beer, and music.
Other than a little snafu with a blue grass band that thought they were Fleetwood Mac and made a bunch of undeliverable demands, everything went off smoothly. Of course, if there is a stage and an audience, the Procrastinators have to play. We had a great time and people enjoyed our set.
Compared to the drudgery of packing boxes and moving, which is what I am doing as I write this, the memories of this event are sweet.
Here are some pictures of the event:
It always seems like it is the proverbial “two weeks” away, but the house on the farm is finally seeing the end of construction. Cabinets and counter tops are installed, the Tulikivi mass fireplace is in, most interior painting is done, carpet goes in next week, etc. My new target date for move in is now the end of July, mainly due to us being gone for vacation the middle two weeks of that month.
Farm wise, the old barn has been restored, the big “fun” barn has been enclosed and the recoding studio is nearly finished. We have a huge learning garden planted and our hay has been cut. I have been doing a lot of research about what kinds of crops, animals or services we can grow and provide, but have not made any real decisions about what the business model will be.
We are going to have an open house 8/2/2008 with a live bluegrass band, Heidi’s Darn Good Burgers, Ninkasi beer, and a short Procrastinators set.
Colleen, Heidi, Tim, Jonathan, Sarah, Allison, Chris, Terry, Norine, and I all went the Portland Bruce Springsteen concert together, all courtesy of us! Due to a screw up trying to buy tickets in person and on-line at the same time, we ended up with 12 tickets. We sold two and gave away the rest.
Don and Mavis Poole came up too, and we all stayed at the Holiday Inn about two blocks from the Rose Garden. Great pre and post function fun!
As the picture above shows, we have “great” (hope you can read sarcasm) seat. The Boss is that little pixel in the middle of the picture below the bright lights.
This is my second Bruce concert, and I have to say that the Rising Tour concert Colleen and I went to in Sacramento 4-5 years ago was better. The sound was better, Bruce was a little more charged up, and Patty was there However, an average Springsteen concert is still an evangelical experience.
I have always thought the claim of replacing one bulb with a CFL in every home would save $800MM per year was overstated. So, I did a little research, and it is not overstated. There are over 112MM households according to census.gov, and each 60W bulb running 8 hours per day replaced with a 60% more efficient CFL will save over $800MM per year. Here is the spreadsheet:
Hmm. iframes do not work on WordPress.com due to security issue, but the sheet is available on the link. Looks like the savings really are there. It is amazing how big 112,000,000 households really is. We have over 130 bulbs in our house. Some are rarely used, so CFL’s would not make sense, but if 1/3 were replaced all across the US, the saving would amount to billions. Wow.
Oh man, was this fun or what? Playing rock and roll in the bars again. Lots of friends turned out to watch us open for Aaron’s band, The Athiarchists. Most of the people in the bar were not even born the last time I played in a Eugene bar, but they gave us an awesome reception anyway.