Taking us to the cleaners.

Summer 1989. Family just moved back to Fairfax from Baton Rouge, LA.  Our house was needing some cleaning, so my mother, sister and I rented a carpet cleaning vacuum.  We end up spending the day cleaning the house, 3 floors, before moving the boxes and furniture.

Fast forward…

Summer 2011.  A friend tells us that Groupon has a deal.  $49 for $99 carpet cleaning.  2 rooms and a hallway.  I sigh… not for me, but my wife wants it.  I hesitate, like always, why pay for something that you can do yourself.  (I am Chinese after all… ahem, frugal…).

Anyways, friend takes our credit card and ends up purchasing it for us.  Earlier in December my wife schedules an appointment with them to come this Monday between 9-11AM.

We wait, and wait, getting a little bit impatient, I end up calling them.  Oh yes, your appointment is between 2-3PM.  Um, excuse me?  We scheduled in the morning, when were you going to let us know?  Sorry.

We wait, and wait, and wait… between 3-4 we call and we call…  no answer, no one coming…

Around 5PM the company calls again, oh sorry, we were delayed, we can be there in the next two hours… yeah, right, we think to ourselves… just overall frustrated, we say ok, come on over.

Around 8:30PM, we call again, not sure why, maybe hoping for something in return, something to report to Groupon, I call just to see what happened.  The guy picks up and makes another excuse.  It’s been a bad day.  Ok. Sure. A bad day.  He goes on and asks do you want me to come over now… around 9PM?

Thanks but no thanks.

Tuesday.  I end up going to Giants, rented a rug doctor for $26 and solution for $20.  I did my bedrooms, stairs and basement in about 2 hours… with plenty of solution left to do a couple more houses… not bad, a little bit of a learning curve, but done for less than the cost of the Groupon + time.

Not bad for a couple hours work.  Perhaps my next venture.

#firstworldproblems

Recipe: Beef stew

First try on wednesday and repeated on Friday. Good and easy dish… For a meat and potato guy.

A Christian is one who recognizes Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God, as God manifested in the flesh, loving us and dying for our redemption; and who is so affected by a sense of the love of this incarnate God as to be constrained to make the will of Christ the rule of his obedience, and the glory of Christ the great end for which He lives.

Charles Hodge (via drquote)

my girls with steve jobs and giant iphone displays… at the patent office…

my girls with steve jobs and giant iphone displays… at the patent office…

Recipe: Chicken and Pasta Primavera

1 can campbell’s condensed cream of mushroom
1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 bag 16 oz frozen vegetables combination (broccoli cauliflower carrots)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 pkg 8oz spaghetti cooked without salt and drained

1. heat soup, milk, cheese, garlic powder, and vegetables in 3qt saucepan over medium heat to a boil. reduce heat to low cover and cook 10 min or until vegetables are tender crisp
2.  stir chicken in saucepan and cook until mixture is hot and bubbling stirring occasionally serve chicken mixture over spaghetti.

craigslisting…

Been craigslisting lately. i mean we are doing a lot of it…  we just bought some ikea dresser drawers and sold our old one… we used to do craigslist a lot, but stopped… just because it took a lot of time to coordinate pickups. 

However working from home has its advantages, especially being able to be here if anyone wants to pick up during the work day.

We bought a nice danish mid-century dining table and in the process of selling a  tv entertainment stand. 

It’s neat meeting new people, but I’ve also noticed there are some really sketchy people that respond to emails.  So just a note… be careful and use a junk email address to post and reply to emails… that way you can screen people without letting them access to personal information.  We haven’t given phone numbers or home address online either… only after making the initial contact over the phone do I divulge any info.

Can’t wait to sell more stuff.