We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
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Wednesday, June 28. 2017
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I don't get much money from Social Security, so what I'm looking for is a place that can utilize my fix-it skills in exchange for reduced rent. I was a sub-contractor for 14 years and can fix pretty much anything in sight.
And, for what it's worth, I'm also a computer whiz. I did field work (repairing and updating business computers) for 6 years, and ran a web design business for a number of years.
I also worked for Dodge for a couple of years way back when, so while I'm a little hazy on the computer end of cars these days, I still know the basics.
Icing On The Cake Dept.: I also come with about 500 DVD movies, heh.
So, if you've got a place that needs a bunch of repairs and would like your very own personal live-in handyman, give a holler in the comments and we'll take it from there. I'm willing to relocate anywhere within the continental US.
Thanks for the consideration,
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Side note: I still haven't found a place to live. If you didn't catch my about-to-be-homeless post, it's here. I had a couple of promising leads in the comments, but they both flamed out. I have a couple more I'm still pursuing. Fir
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Can you build a deck? Do you like dogs? I'm getting a new Manufactured home and want a deck built on the front. Local deck builders are too expensive or don't return calls or follow through on their commitments. Wife and I are currently staying in the RV on the property while the old home is removed and the new one arrives and is set up. Have two dobermans, a toy poodle, and a terrier mix on just under a half acre outside of San Antonio TX. Wife is not long for the world and soon will be just me and the dogs. RV is a 30' New Horizons built like a tank and will be the rental unit. Late August early September is the time frame that works best. South Texas has great year round weather, just very hot in the summer. I'm going on 70years, a veteran, and a Trump fan. No TDS folks need apply.
I had to look up 'TDS' in Urban Dictionary. Decorum prohibits me from repeating it here. :)
Er, no, never built a deck, just repaired a bunch. I take it you mean from scratch? I'm tempted to ask, "Hey, how hard could it be?", but I'm afraid the answer might be 'Very'. On the other hand, there are probably lots of 'How To Build A Deck' manuals around, so I guess we'd have to think about it. I'll do some research, and thanks for the response.
'Trump Derangement Syndrome'. Yup, there's a gazillion 'How To...' build a deck books on Amazon. I'm just getting too old to do all the heavy lifting, although I'm a good helper. Did a bit of carpentry in my younger days and was also a systems consultant for Wang Laboratories for a few years. These days I just like to read books, bake sourdough bread from scratch, and watch movies. I also lift weights and do all the cooking in the house, even for the dogs.
Ah, so it's not 'Tiny Dick Syndrome', as per Urban Dictionary. Although, given the 'small hands' meme, I suppose it's not too far off. :)
Well, the next question is, what happens after the deck is built? I'm just cast adrift? I'm obviously looking for something a little more permanent than 'one project'.
The 30' New Horizons RV is the rental unit that will be available once the new home is delivered and set up. There's always something to do around the property; the RV needs part of the kitchen floor replaced, iron pipe fence needs painting, dog kennel fence needs tightening, no casting adrift comes to mind. The wife even suggested I get a renter for the RV once she's gone.
Okay, we'll put the whole thing on hold for now. And thanks for the offer.
Maybe you missed the part about Jake making all the food for his Doberman. What do you think he uses for ingredients? HINT: The last seven people who respond to his CraigsList ads were reported missing.
Worse, he has two Dobermans! And then there's the toy poodle -- maybe he gets the leftover parts, like ears and toes? That would just like the egalitarian Jake -- equally distributing the parts amongst the clan. Whutta guy!
Doc, you could always do a snowbird thing. You'd be welcome to check out north central Wisconsin - we have a room for you.
That sounds interesting, and I thought Wisconsin was beautiful when I drove through it once. Let me get back to you, and thanks for the offer.
Absolutely. It's one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Great people, too. My college roommate was from VA, and he was a total hoot. :)
We have a one bedroom spacious apartment with all appliances and city amenities except no pizza delivery. Our property consists of 178 plus acres situated near 2 creeks No farming being done; let
Neighbors cut hay to keep meadows dine but dies require some mowing, weedeating and care.
We are 1 1/2 hours north of Charleston West Virginia and 1 hour south of Marietta Ohio about 5 miles off I77
Sounds great. I sent you an email at the GMail address.
When I read your description, my first thought was everyone is going to want you to come and live with them! You sell yourself well. You'd be welcome to join us if southern Maine appeals to you.
LP and Distributionist - Maine! By der gorry! Would I, uh, be called a 'Mainiac'? Actually, I lived in the delightful hamlet of New England back in the 70's. I loved the people -- if it hadn't been so cold, I might be there today. And it wasn't the cold per se, it was the duration of the cold. You'd wake up on a beautiful April morning, the rest of the world is enjoying a delightful Spring, you'd rush outside to work on your car, grab your tools -- and they'd FREEZE to your hands because it was 29 out.
Actually, I might have something local. A guy answered one of my Craigslist ads, has a house about 20 miles away that the last renters totally trashed, so that be a nice, long-term project. I'll look at it tomorrow and take it from there.
Have an 1832 Federal style brick farm home on a 160 acres
with a nice creek in Indiana that needs
TLC. It has outbuildings and a barn. Located in a peaceful
valley this side of heaven.
Okay, best of luck, Doc! But, if you're answering a Craigslist reply, best keep us all informed here on Maggie's Farm. That place is a clusteryuck of serial nogoodnicks in training... I suspect Zachriel hangs out there...
And you're right about the duration of Winter here in Maine. Longer than the lapse between seasons of Game of Thrones. Our woodstove, while it hasn't been fired up in almost a month, is at the ready should any of these rare June nights decide to provide us with a sudden dose of good sleepin' weatha.
Post here daily so we know everything is cool!
Uh-yup, I'll keep everybody informed. Loved the comment about Zach. Hey, no saying bad things about my best buddy!*
*Well, at least until my next AGW post, heh.
As for Craigslist, yeah, the place is the very definition of 'den of iniquity'. Or 'caveat emptor', case depending.
Sweet! Lemme get back to ya, and thanks much for mentioning it.
I have a friend who owns about two dozen rental properties and his property manager refuses to advertise on Craig's List because it apparently generates lots of viewing requests but few tenants. This property manager will only advertise on Zillow, so given that other property managers most likely feel this way you might want to check out that site as a resource as well.
I have two houses two states apart. I left my old Nebraska house for a few years to work and mostly live in Oklahoma. Ye olde house is minimally furnished, needs some work, including handyman maintenance, and a house sitter would be a blessing.