12 Apr 2006, 05:36

It’s harder than it looks

Contrary to popular opinion (and by popular I mean mine, previously) a house is not just like an apartment that you’re allowed to paint. It turns out that owning one is, to put it mildly, a fair amount of work. I mean, I’m sure it’s worth it, what with all the equity and whatnot but still a lot of work. At any rate, it’s certainly kept us busy over the past couple months. The move itself went smoothly and with minimal destruction of personal belongings. We’re mostly unpacked now but we still need to kind of improve the storage situation somewhat. Another thing that I didn’t realize about getting a house is that it means that Home Depot gets all of your money. Of course I’m just kidding and that’s not really true. Lowe’s gets some of it too. Speaking of fun ways to spend a lot of money on your house, here’s what we woke up to one morning in March a couple weeks after we moved in:

You can’t really tell from the video but a lot of the hail was almost golfball sized. Here’s Jolayne holding some of the hail stones afterwards.

At the time we just thought, “Man, isn’t it awesome that we have a garage. Otherwise our cars would be totally messed up.” It looked to us like we escaped with no other damage than some window screens that got knocked out. Just to be safe though we had an insurance adjustor come out and look at the roof. And that’s when we learned a valuable lesson about home ownership, the lesson being that hail is very, very not good for your roof. Consequently, we’ll be having the roof replaced shortly. Welcome to owning a home!


Comment by Tobin on 2006-04-11 23:13:29 +0000

Welcome to owning a home.

Have you bought a lawn mower yet? That’s when it really sank in for me.

Comment by Carrie on 2006-04-12 01:10:14 +0000

Holy hail Batman! Roof damage is the worst, so luckily the worst is over. Positive thinking! 😉

I agree with Tobin — the lawn mower is the clincher … pretty much any type of lawn-care device.

Welcome to zee club!

Comment by Posko on 2006-04-12 16:11:24 +0000

Wow! It hailed so hard it shook the camera!

Comment by Will on 2006-04-12 22:21:48 +0000

Not only that but at the end the hail was coming down sideways! Or maybe it was just gross incompetence on the part of the camera operator, one of the two.

We’ve got a lawnmower, and I’m rediscovering the weekend pasttime that I loved so much when I still living with my parents. Putting off mowing the lawn as long as possible. Fortunately you only have to mow it once and then you’re done, right? Oh.