Xmas eve, 1989, Singapore. My family is on vacation in Asia, and we’re invited to my Dad’s office holiday party in Singapore. On the walk from our hotel to the hotel where the party is being held, my sister and I receive a long talk on how important our behavior is (but really I think it’s mostly directed at me) and how it will reflect on him, and that we especially need to eat the food that is served because not doing so would amount to a huge insult that would impact his career.
The event is huge — several hundred people, at least. My family are among the dozen or so westerners in the hall. The master of ceremonies for the evening is local Singaporean TV celebrity/ventriloquist Victor Khoo. Continue reading Xmas Miracle
Yes, we skipped the entry for Week #29, partly because of my issue with seeing another prime-numbered number of weeks on this project, and partly because very little happened that week — the cabinet-maker adjusted some drawers and installed (but did not electrically connect) the LED under-cabinet lights. Continue reading Renovation Week 30: appendix c&d
26 weeks since we started this. Half of a year. Are we done yet? The goal of late was to have everything wrapped up by the end of the day Friday, so that on Saturday morning I could finally go downstairs in a house that was only occupied by people related to me and fire up my stove and fry an egg. Are we done are we done?
We must be getting close to the end one way or the other; our contractors have started taking away tools that they’ve been storing in my garage for months. That has to mean something.
When last we spoke, the critical path for this project went directly through the island cabinets that were being built. Without them, the countertop people won’t finish their templates. Without the countertops we can’t install sinks and final plumbing, or do the tile backsplash. Without the island, the Minnow would be lost.