The Things I Did This Summer – April To June

  • Tuesday / October 17, 2023
The Things I Did This Summer - April To June 1

The Things I Did This Summer – April To June

What a summer! It was another historic “let’s melt the planet” kind of summers. The hottest on record! But regardless of the temps I did what I always do: work within the construct! Between heat and health (read: chronic fatigue) I worked when I could and rested when I didn’t feel up to the “task of the day”.

My routine pretty much never changes. I’m in bed between 9-10:00 PM & up and in the yard or in my shop by 7:00 AM ready to go—on the days I was “ready to go”. And if I didn’t feel up to it, I didn’t beat myself up and rested that day.

I had a lot of things I wanted to do. The most important things were plant seeds for flowers, and build a fence to keep the neighbor’s dogs in their yard. But I also envisioned that the fence would also be a 150 foot long trellis for the flowering vines that would eventually adorn them. There might have been other things—besides also planting those sprouted seed weeks later—but they escape me right now.

If I said this was a crazy summer; it would be an understatement. Besides finding a new contractor and finally scheduling my new sidewalks & driveway, I also had my 2010 Kia Soul Exclaim stolen right out of my (mud) driveway; adding a ton or two more of stress to all that was going on and would be going on. Thanks TikTok Kia Boy Challenge!

There’s a whole other side to the added stress and finances of having to buy a new car here in Missouri; it’s called additional property tax. Yeah … vehicles here in Missouri are seen as property to be taxed. Never mind you paid state tax on the vehicle when you bought it—tough shit! Let’s see the money! Add to that having to pay for the new car out of my home equity loan. Only upside to that was considerably less interest than a car loan—especially these days of very high interest rates.

And while we’re on the subject of taxes … the state/county reassessed property values in the state. Mine went up a whopping 75%. WTF??????? Anywho … there is soon to be filed litigation by Independence to the Jackson County assessors office. The entire thing was botched from beginning to end. I could have tried to have mine reassessed but a lawyer I spoke to said I should just let it be. With all the work I did on the house, my assessment could get even bigger. FUCK THAT!

So … here are my Facebook posts from early spring to the present. They dodument in words and photos what was going on here in IndeMO.

But before all that, a little preview: before and after photos of my house. From the photo that was in the listing to what I have done since May 18, 2022.

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April 4, 2023 @ 6:34 PM
It’s All Starts With French Cleats—Baby!
#joWorkshop: The latest project: a French cleat wall.
A man/boy/child needs a place to put his toys when not in use … so …It’s been a couple weeks in, and I’m still not finished, but every day brings me a little closer to that.With tools strewn all over the basement it will be nice to have a place to ALWAYS put a thing back. Organization? Control Freak? Anal retention? All good qualities in my book. 😝

Today’s project was making a charging station for my Ryobi tools. I’m 3/4s the way there. Tomorrow I’ll make hangers below the battery shelf.

I do what I can and on the days I have energy. And on those other low key days I “plot” my next steps. It works for me!

Just figured I’d post even though not complete. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#frenchcleat #frenchcleatsystem #tools #project #justanotherday

It’s All Starts With French Cleats—Baby!

April 5, 2023 @ 4:28 PM
Ryobi Tool & Charging Station
#joWorkshop: Tool Hangers & Battery Charging Station
Complete!I like that I was able to fit ALL my #Ryobi rechargeable tools on this new station—including the 18 gauge brad nail gun. Awesome!
Not bad for a couple of days work. 👍#frenchcleat #frenchcleatsystem #project #chargingstation #batterypower #tools
Ryobi Tool & Charging Station

Regina Galluscio: Nice work!

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April 5, 2023 @ 5:34 PM

Joe Streno: Regina … Thanks! One thing at a time. It will be nice when the basement will be completely organized & easier to navigate. I have the ability to tolerate/navigate much chaos, but it’s not high up on my list of likes.😝

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April 5, 2023 @ 5:42 PM

Scott Harvey: I am amazed!

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April 5, 2023 @ 7:45 PM

Joe Streno: I’m so butch, it’s scary sometimes. 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

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April 5, 2023 @ 8:25 PM

Brenda Siegelman: Very nicely organized!

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April 6, 2023 @ 2:35 PM

April 6, 2023 @ 5:02 PM
Pencil Cup Holder & Miter Saw Table
#@joWorkshop: New Pencil Cup Holder & Fence & T-track on Miter Saw Station

Busy day! I made a French cleat pencil cup holder for my wall. This way there will be nothing on the work tables except work & tools in use.

The cups BTW are part of a series I slip cast & fired at Alfred University, in Anne Currier’s class. They are a plaster cast distributor cap, turned into funcional cup. AKA: Distributor Cups. Anywho … I’ve had them since I made them and soda fired them circa 1982-ish. I LOVE the glazes on these cups … all melty/runny. Mmmmmm. SSSSSSSlurp!

They function, plus remind me where I’ve been & how much I still love & miss clay. (Everything in its own time.) They also make me smile : 😄

My other project was finishing up the miter saw table fences & t-track install. I used screw inserts (1st time) to thread removable 1/4′ bolts from under, securing the squared fence but also making it removable, if I ever need the space of that 5ft table for making.

This was my 1st ever t-track install & use of my new Bosch router. I learned some valuable lessons using the router today: always watch perpendicular surfaces so the router hardware doesn’t make contact & push you off your straight line. A router also makes a LOT of dust/shavings! Already looking at a dust collection system. Good thing I wear a dust mask! 😷

Next thing on the list: Get rid of the box dust collector & fabricate a custom 1/8″ rubber wrapper to help keep collection more local rather than dispersed into the box & then try to suck the dust to multiple dust ports.

It’s all a work in progress. But I make a little & or a lot more progress each day.

#frenchcleat #frenchcleatsystem #tools #dewalt #project #bosch #router #dustcollection #ttrack #stopblocks #melikey

Pencil Cup Holder & Miter Saw Table

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Your “crafting” space is tdf

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April 6, 2023 @ 6:31 PM

Joe Streno: Susan … I’m just a “crafty” kind of guy. lol

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April 6, 2023 @ 7:33 PM

Chris Gibson: Love your shop. Great work Joe

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April 6, 2023 @ 9:14 PM

Joe Streno: SChris … thanks! It’s getting there. 👍

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April 6, 2023 @ 9:20 PM

April 19, 2023 @ 5:32 PM
New KCMO Cell Number
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I’m in the process of getting a new local KCMO cell phone number in the 816 area code. For any of my friends & or family that want it … FB message me & I’ll send it.Otherwise … carry on.

April 19, 2023 @ 5:53 PM
Future Sunflower Forest
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These are my sunflower seedlings. There are multiple colors & sizes. And that’s only half of them. 🙀I have so many other flower seeds to plant yet. It’s crazy! But I do what I can, when I can.With any luck/skill I’ll have a sunflower forest!

Will be interesting to see how many actually sprout. 🙏

#gardening #gardeningfun #seeds #sunflower

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Awesome. I want to get some sunflowers too

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April 19, 2023 @ 5:58 PM

Joe Streno: Eileen … this what I got on Glamazon: 1000+ Sunflower Seeds for Planting Heirloom Non-GMO, Bulk Package of 15 Varieties Mix Seeds, Individually Packaged

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April 19, 2023 @ 6:35 PM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Joe Streno thanks just ordered

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April 19, 2023 @ 6:50 PM

Joe Streno: Tom … you might like the front ones: Velvet Queen. 👍

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April 19, 2023 @ 6:58 PM

Christopher Goewey: That sounds cool

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April 19, 2023 @ 8:00 PM

April 23, 2023 @ 10:03 AM
New Drive & Sides Booked
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Scott Harvey: Very cool! Can’t wait to see!

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April 23, 2023 @ 11:54 AM

Joe Streno: Scott … me either! I’ve waited too long for this to happen. Will change the whole look of the front yard … but in a good way. 👍😎

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April 23, 2023 @ 1:42 PM

Joe Streno: Which also means I need to get moving on the fence project before the drive goes in. Need to take a very large delivery of pressure treated lumber and cattle fence panels. I have my work cut out for me! No pun intended. 😸

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April 23, 2023 @ 1:46 PM

May 22, 2023 @ 4:47 PM
U-Haul & Cattle Fence Pickup
joProject: In for a penny. In for a pound.

Well … I guess I’m tied into my fence project now!

My fence panels were on sale which took another $2.00 off per panel. And I got a 5% discount on top of that. Plus zero APR on the order for 24 months. 👍

Rented a 20 ft U-haul & picked up the forty 16 ft welded wire panels at Tractor Supply. Brought them home & I was fortunate my neighbor Marco was there to help unload. Damn I’m out of shape! Thanks Marco! You ROCK DUDE! 🤟

Next step … order all my lumber & cement from Home Depot tomorrow. (I now have a Pro Account.) And find some place to get bulk gravel delivered, for the post holes.

I need to get all this done, delivered & moved from the street by Monday the 29th. That’s when my new drive & sides are started. Awesomeness!!!! 👍😎👍

Nothing like a time crunch to motivate one into action. Let the building begin! 🔨🪚🔨

#fence #fencebuilding #cattlefence #homeowner #joproject #IndeMoJo

U-Haul & Cattle Fence Pickup

Doug Hitchcock: Damn Joe! The work you’ve done is big already! I’m feeing lazy. hahaha!

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May 22, 2023 @ 4:47 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Can’t wait to see the finished project

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May 22, 2023 @ 10:06 PM

May 23, 2023 @ 5:45 PM
Shit Be Gettin’ Real!
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Roberta Baumann: Hope it all goes well. Fencing is a big job

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May 22, 2023 @ 8:19 PM

Joe Streno: Roberta … I hear that! On both counts. lol
May 22, 2023 @ 9:24 PM

May 25, 2023 @ 8:26 AM
Lumber & Cement Delivery
joProject: Home Depot Delivers!

Well. That was easy! The @HomeDepot guy was able to maneuver my order from the street to my back yard. AWESOME!!!!! 👍😃👍

Saved me the back breaking work of moving all that lumber & cement, if he wasn’t able to get back there.

Now comes the fun part. Laying out & building the fence. One day at a time.

Yesterday I started cutting up my 16′ cattle fence panels into 8′ lengths & piling them on their own pallet.

Moving right along …

#fence #fencebuilding #cattlefence #homeowner #joproject #IndeMoJo #HomeDepot

Lumber & Cement Delivery

May 29, 2023 @ 6:40 AM
My 2010 Kia Soul Exclaim Was Stolen
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Chris Gibson: Do you have a Ring camera?
May 29, 2023 @ 6:42 AM

Joe Streno: Chris … I do have a doorbell camera, but it didn’t record the theft. F*CK! Believe me … I checked. Guess I’ll be widening the trigger area now. I’m guessing it was one of those TikTok steal a Kia challenges.

What kills me is the car auto locks even if I forget. But no broken glass. Police officer told me on the phone it’s real easy to break into a Kia. Grrrrrrrrr.

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May 29, 2023 @ 6:55 AM

Chris Gibson: Joe Streno I didn’t know that. I have a Kia too. I’m sorry. Hope they locate it soon

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May 29, 2023 @ 8:17 AM

Joe Streno: Chris … I hope they don’t. Allstate said with my current coverage they will replace the car. So I might end up with a new Kia Soul out of this mess. I’ll double check that tomorrow. I’ll also get a rental for up to 30 days for free, or until they replace my car. Guess we’ll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
May 29, 2023 @ 8:36 AM

Chris Gibson: Joe Streno good insurance. My car was stolen once in Seattle. When they found it, it had been stripped. Took the tires, airbag, stereo, everything

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May 29, 2023 @ 8:45 AM

Joe Streno: Happy Memorial Day! My 2010 Kia Soul Exclaim was stolen sometime between 9:30PM & 5:30 AM. Called the Independence police reported it & got a report number—all via the telephone. They don’t even bother coming to your house now. Really?????

I wasn’t planning to buy a car any time soon. My Soul only had maybe 56,000 miles on it & was still in good running shape for being 13 years old.

What kills me is, Kia sent out a mailing about a ongoing TikTok steal a Kia challenge. Kia was offering a steering wheel anti theft device to older Kia owners.

Sad to say there have been MANY Kia stolen by stupid kids. They show you how to get in the car & start the engine using only a USB cable. IT’S NUTS!

Now I have to call Allstate & report the theft & I guess … start looking for another vehicle.

I’m in shock right now. AND PISSED!

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May 29, 2023 @ 6:51 AM
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Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: So sorry to hear. That’s horrible

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May 29, 2023 @ 6:53 AM

Liz Samolyk-Finegan: Woahhhhh …FN Tik Tok challenge ..WHY on earth would this be an accomplishment ?

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May 29, 2023 @ 6:53 AM

Joe Streno: Liz … this is the modern world. I am absolutely baffled by current “culture” … or lack thereof. 😕
May 29, 2023 @ 7:55 AM

Liz Samolyk-Finegan: Joe Streno counter culture has sunk to new lows
May 29, 2023 @ 7:56 AM

Regina Galluscio: That’s awful, so sorry.

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May 29, 2023 @ 7:16 AM

Maureen Sheeran Gardner: That’s horrible!!

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May 29, 2023 @ 7:23 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: O M G!

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May 29, 2023 @ 8:32 AM

Joe Streno: Yeah. Welcome to the TikTok world. 🤬🤬🤬

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May 29, 2023 @ 8:37 AM

Joe Streno: Okay. Called Allstate & filed a claim. From what I understand, they will now buy me a new car? I have a full replacement rider on my auto insurance? I don’t know what that really means yet … but we’ll see.

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May 29, 2023 @ 8:53 AM

Kathleen Scurlock: Joe Streno
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May 29, 2023 @ 9:13 AM

Joe Streno: Kathleen … so I do believe I’ll get a replacement. I guess I’ll get a new Kia Soul or equivalent. Time will tell. At least I’ll get a rental for free tomorrow. Enterprise is closed today.
May 29, 2023 @ 9:28 AM

Kathleen Scurlock: Joe Streno if you’re going to get another key and make sure you buy a club for it.. as you are probably aware Kia and Hyundai vehicles are being stolen easily using the USB port. Good luck .. again sorry you are going through this!
May 29, 2023 @ 9:39 AM

Kathleen Scurlock: I am so sorry to hear that…. What a hassle!

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May 29, 2023 @ 9:14 AM

Mary Kelly: That really sucks! I hope you do get a new car out if this…but it still sucks. (And thanks for posting the warning about that stupid TikTok challenge!)

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May 29, 2023 @ 9:43 AM

Lori Rembetski: So sorry. You‘re lucky you insurance coverage, a lot of companies have stopped covering Kias and Hyundais.

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May 29, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

Amy Roberts: We have a club for our Kia Soul. Local police and Kia dealers were recommending this a while ago. I think our dealer even offers them now.

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May 29, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

Joe Streno: Amy … yeah … I got a letter from Kia just 2 days ago explaining about the TikTok theft challenge & offered a lock for free. Didn’t act on it fast enough … I guess. I’ll get a rental tomorrow & see how car “replacement” works. Time will tell. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
May 29, 2023 @ 11:30 AM

Geoff Hoover: Oh Damn!!!

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May 29, 2023 @ 12:26 PM

Carole Herscheit: Omg! 😩

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May 29, 2023 @ 12:33 PM

Harriet Drucker: No way I can click on “Like” for this. Sucks. Sorry Joe

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May 29, 2023 @ 1:23 PM

Carolyne Mas: Oh no!!! Good luck with whatever you have to do!💗
May 29, 2023 @ 2:10 PM

Roberta Baumann: What a sucky way to start your day!
May 29, 2023 @ 2:18 PM

Ken Wiener: Sucks.
May 29, 2023 @ 2:24 PM

Brenda Siegelman: I am so very sorry this happened to you , Joe

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May 29, 2023 @ 2:36 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Brenda. Wish it was tomorrow already so I can get my loaner & call my claims adjuster to go over the details of getting another car … like how long I must wait before they deem it stolen / irretrievable. Kind of hard to just kick back & relax. Oh well. Life goes on.
May 29, 2023 @ 2:49 PM

Brenda Siegelman: I understand , we went though something similar, sounds like you are well insured and that maybe you can get the answers to your questions tomorrow – but I can definitely understand that the situation is anything but relaxing . Holiday weekends are tough this way , when anything goes wrong .

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May 29, 2023 @ 2:59 PM

Tom Quinlavin: I think they are the #1 car stolen in ca because it’s ridiculous easy to steal.
Sorry for loss.
Kia Strong 🇰🇷

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May 29, 2023 @ 4:22 PM

Joe Streno: And with this TikTok challenge it’s even easier because more kids now know how to steal a Kia & don’t care about the consequences. Fantastic! Grrrrrrrrr.
May 29, 2023 @ 4:30 PM

Tom Quinlavin: It’s not like in our days when, never mind.

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May 29, 2023 @ 4:34 PM

Tom Quinlavin: Hopefully they give you money and you can buy what you want. I think it’s time you bought a truck.
May 29, 2023 @ 4:35 PM

Joe Streno: Tom … In our day we just did drugs & listened to loud music. We were too high to steal cars. 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂
May 29, 2023 @ 4:37 PM

Tom Quinlavin: For sure😂

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May 29, 2023 @ 4:41 PM

Joe Streno: Tom … I’ll find out tomorrow how that “replacement” thing works. I have thought about a truck … but the lousy gas mileage makes me think twice. Plus it’s easier getting in and out of a smaller car. Just may get a Soul again. I’m a glutton for punishment.
May 29, 2023 @ 4:37 PM

Tom Quinlavin: Now for something completely different. I need to submit this photo meeting these requirements
Images must be in 72 ppi resolution and between 1920px (minimum) and 4600px (maximum) on the longest side
I’ve always had problems getting the photo to meet that. Can you help?
Not sure if it’s measurement
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May 29, 2023 @ 4:47 PM

Tom Quinlavin: I found away to adjust it once but I’m still clueless if it meets the requirements
May 29, 2023 @ 4:54 PM

Joe Streno: Tom … check FB messenger I just messaged you.

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May 29, 2023 @ 4:57 PM

Sherry Brown Pettinari: That’s just awful. Hope your insurance gets you a new one

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May 29, 2023 @ 11:34 PM

June 1, 2023 @ 2:59 PM
The First Post Is The Deepest . Baby, I know ….
joProject: The First Post Is The Deepest . Baby, I know ….

Well not really … but took a lot to get here(, there, and everywhere).

Even with an 8 inch auger, a 3ft deep x 8 in diameter hole is a lot of earth to move.

The first post was a 12ft 4×4 because that’s the lowest part of the yard. The rest will be 10 ft. 👍

One down only 44 more to go. 😳

I would have done more today, but it’s supposed to rain.

Tomorrow I’ll start in earnest & see how it goes. It’s a LOT of work for one person to do. Guess we’ll see how I fare. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#fence #fencebuilding #cattlefence #homeowner #joproject #IndeMoJo

The First Post Is The Deepest . Baby, I know ….

Tom Quinlavin: Try hard clay, the auger I rented just threw you into space😂. I used a 3′ pry bar and a hammer to break up the soil. Good that your getting rain , it should make it a bit easier. Have fun 😆

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June 1, 2023 @ 3:27 PM

Joe Streno: Tom … yeah it has rained & made digging easier. Clay soil here too. So I know what can be in store for me. Fun fun fun! 🙂

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June 1, 2023 @ 3:58 PM

June 3, 2023 @ 6:32 AM
They Found My Car!
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Joe Streno: Police said it was drivable—whatever that means. But the towing company that towed it is closed on weekends & I can’t even see it until Monday! WTF!!!! I still have the rental … so I guess it doesn’t matter. Nothing I can do until Monday. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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June 3, 2023 @ 6:37 AM

Roberta Baumann: Joe Streno may it still has its catalytic converter since it is deemed driveable. hoping for the best my friend!

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June 3, 2023 @ 12:57 PM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Glad they found it. Hopefully not too much damage

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June 3, 2023 @ 6:47 AM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Echo what Eileen said. Sorry people are acting so stupid nowadays

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June 3, 2023 @ 10:07 AM

Linda J Teller: Wow! Now I’m reliving my senior year in college. My Camaro was stolen from behind my apartment building. They found it *2 months* later, with cheap wheels and tires, no rear speakers, and the steering column torn up. Thief apparently sold the mag wheels and speakers to buy gas, popped the lock on the hatch to get in, then tore apart the ignition to start it. I had the *worst* luck with that car! Stuck in snowdrift, stuck in mud, ran into a guardrail on a freeway ramp (my dumb fault), stolen, etc. I finally threw up my hands and traded it in for a “sensible” station wagon! 😂😂😂. Hope yours is *intact *when you recover it! 🥰

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June 3, 2023 @ 11:59 AM

Joe Streno: Linda … I had it for 13 years. Bought it new in Seattle & it still only has 56,000 miles on it. Was hoping to have it for another 56,000+. Guess I’ll find out Monday what they did to it. I really don’t want to buy another car. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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June 4, 2023 @ 8:22 AM
Two down … forty-three to go.
joProject: Two down … forty-three to go. 👍

Lots-o-Work … that’s for sure. The ground is so wet it’s like trying to auger through bags of ceramic clay. Well… then again… the soil is pure clay. Go figure. 😝

#fence #fencebuilding #cattlefence #homeowner #joproject #IndeMoJo

Two down … forty-three to go.

Neil Squires: Looks great Joe 👍

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June 4, 2023 @ 8:41 AM

Bill King: Is that for the chickens?😁

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June 4, 2023 @ 8:57 AM

Joe Streno: Combination keeping the neighbor’s dogs out of my yard … and flowering vine trellises. That’s why they are so high. 👍
June 4, 2023 @ 9:06 PM

Regina Galluscio: Joe Streno Scarlet Runner Beans! Beautiful flowers, and gives you food. They will do fine in your clay soil as well.
An FYI buy a small package of bean/pea inoculant. Adding that powder when you plant your seeds will ensure a bountiful crop should you ever decide to grow them. Don’t be tempted to get a big package as it expires and you need miniscule amount on each seed/hole.

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June 4, 2023 @ 11:54 AM

June 5, 2023 @ 9:23 AM
Waiting On Cabrera Concrete

June 5, 2023 @ 1:16 PM
Recovered: Stolen 2010 Kia Soul !
So … this is what my car looks like now. The car WAS all black. They painted the rear bumper, & the side mirrors gray. They painted my custom aluminum wheels black. The ripped the lock off the console, & left staples & a single BULLET in the console. They put stickers all over the back hatch. They left hardened bags of grout/mortar , plastic tarps, someone’s hiking boots, & a red gas can in the back … plus other junk. They stole my luggage rack from the roof. The steering column has been trashed. And they also scratched their initials in the hood … for good measure.

When I first saw the car, I went back into the ER Towing office and told the woman—that’s not my car! But after looking closely a second time, I realized it WAS my car. They disguised & destroyed it so well—even I didn’t recognize it.

This is turning into an ordeal. And to top it off … I hate my claims adjuster.

Yippee! 🖕🤬🖕

Recovered: Stolen 2010 Kia Soul !

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Wow that sucks

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June 5, 2023 @ 1:36 PM

Kenneth McGee: This is f*cked up. 🤬🤬

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June 5, 2023 @ 1:43 PM

Mary Kelly: Awful! It would’ve been better if they hadn’t found it.

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June 5, 2023 @ 1:51 PM

Kim Dillon: They need to total this vehicle out and you should be entitled to an new vehicle. That’s awful.
June 5, 2023 @ 4:08 PM

Geoff Hoover: Fuck
June 5, 2023 @ 4:15 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: I’m so sorry this happened to you Joe. Agree with Mary

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June 5, 2023 @ 5:05 PM

Ann Marie Acampora Schock: I’m so sorry. This is such a terrible violation.

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June 5, 2023 @ 6:56 PM

Joe Streno: Ann Marie … exactly how I feel. 🙁

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June 5, 2023 @ 8:33 PM

Ann Marie Acampora Schock: Joe Streno just looking at these pictures makes me sick to my stomach. Violation is the only word I can think of. You’ve been violated. Your car has been violated. Knowing you all these years and seeing your posts, I know that you take care of your things. You take pride in your things. This is an outrage that someone would not only steal your car, but feel entitled to deface it in any way they saw fit!! I’m so angry for you.

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June 5, 2023 @ 8:45 PM
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Tom Quinlavin: So sorry

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June 5, 2023 @ 7:15 PM

Lori Rembetski: So sorry

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June 5, 2023 @ 7:58 PM

Roberta Baumann: That really blows….so sorry you are going thru this

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June 5, 2023 @ 8:35 PM

Sherry Brown Pettinari: Awful. You definitely deserve a new car

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June 5, 2023 @ 11:01 PM

Joe Streno: Sherry … Sadly that will not be the case. Whomever I spoke to initially gave me wrong information. And my adjuster hasn’t investigated who that person was & how they came up with that info. 🤬🤬🤬
June 6, 2023 @ 6:06 AM

Sherry Brown Pettinari: Joe Streno that’s ridiculous. Your car is trashed
June 6, 2023 @ 8:43 PM

Doug Carson: Sorry you have to go through this, Joe. Did they find the perps?

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June 5, 2023 @ 11:28 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Doug. Not that I know of. All the cops told me: it was found & towed. And that was via a voicemail. They found it sometime after 1 AM Saturday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
June 6, 2023 @ 6:02 AM

Doug Carson: Sorry to hear that. I get trashing the steering column – you have to do that to steal it. I get using the car for something (mortar? huh?). But painting pieces of it? Carving initials in it? That’s weird.
June 6, 2023 @ 11:30 AM

Phyllis Stein: Oh, I’m so very sorry that you are going through all this. I know what you mean . . . I hate dealing with insurance companies. See if you can request another claims adjuster. Some are better than others. Good luck!

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June 5, 2023 @ 7:39 AM

Dorian La Padura: Sorry you have been put through this.

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June 6, 2023 @ 8:41 AM

Joe Streno: Just wanted to say thanks for all for your empathy & the utter disgust we share for my current situation.
Went to the repair shop & did a walk through with the them. It will probably be a total & all I’ll get is fair market value. Bummer!
And so it goes ….

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June 6, 2023 @ 9:21 AM

Carolyne Mas: I am so sorry that you had to go through this!💗

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June 6, 2023 @ 1:57 PM

Randal Doane: yikes! That’s terrible! glad yer keepin’ yer wits aboutcha.

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June 6, 2023 @ 3:46 PM
Diggin’ In The Grass Hits Gas
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Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Oh no. How are you making out with your car?
June 6, 2023 @ 3:48 PM

Joe Streno: Eileen … I now have to wait for an inspector from Allstate to go out on June 12th to look at the damage & assess the damage. More than likely they will total the car & I’ll get next to nothing for it. 😕
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Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Joe Streno wow
June 6, 2023 @ 4:07 PM

Joe Streno: There was a section of the sidewalk where I decided to not go with a curved edge. As they were pulling up the steel support spikes, they smelled natural gas. I immediately called Spire (our gas company) and they sent one guy and now there are a half dozen people here, digging a 10 ft section of my lawn to replace the leaking pipe. Of course that includes 2 manager/foreman types, running the show.

Better now than after the concrete was poured and hardened over it. 👍

I’d pose a question here … but why tempt the fates? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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June 6, 2023 @ 3:48 PM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Joe Streno unreal
June 6, 2023 @ 3:56 PM

Joe Streno: This is a test. This is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency I’d have been dead by now. 🤯🤯🤯
June 6, 2023 @ 4:09 PM

Lori Rembetski: Wow! Guess since it wasn’t marked right calling before digging didn’t matter.
June 6, 2023 @ 6:45 PM

Lori Rembetski: Holy cow! Atleast the gas line was marked by the utility company and it’s their fault.

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June 7, 2023 @ 1:16 PM
Hittin’ Gas & Hittin’ Water
Today’s Drama: the street water shutoff valve was broken by one of the workers running it over with the Bobcat.

Gee … only an additional 3K to fix! The contractor will be splitting the bill with me … but I’m still paying an additional 1.5K out of my pocket for something I didn’t do, or didn’t even think could happen.

What an incredibly shitty drama-filled week this is turning out to be. And it’s turning out to be one EXPENSIVE drive & sides!
Edit: changed prices to more accurately reflect current reality. But it still sucks!


Hittin’ Gas & Hittin’ Water

Joe Streno: Where’s the pulling my hair out (what little is left of it) & screaming emoji?
June 7, 2023 @ 1:18 PM

Mary Kelly: Wow, Joe…that really sucks! I’m so sorry!

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June 7, 2023 @ 1:19 PM

Joe Streno: Thanks, Mary. So … I wanted to be a homeowner? 😭😭😭😭
June 7, 2023 @ 1:21 PM

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Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: They broke it they should pay for it all

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June 7, 2023 @ 1:24 PM

Joe Streno: Eileen … yeah I hear that, but the contractor is taking additional money off the cost of the drive & sides & paying about 50% of the repair bill. I just want this all to be over. Way too much has happened since Memorial Day & my car being stolen.
And life goes on ….
June 7, 2023 @ 1:32 PM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Joe Streno hope the rest of the summer is quiet and drama free😊
June 7, 2023 @ 1:37 PM

Joe Streno: Should I count myself lucky? The plumber said the city sometimes forces the homeowner to relocate their basement water meter to outside the house, at an additional cost of 8-10K. We talked to the inspector again after finding this out & he said we didn’t need to. Small miracle I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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June 7, 2023 @ 1:28 PM

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Wow. Never a dull moment

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June 7, 2023 @ 1:32 PM

Dorian La Padura: This seems like something you might want to bring to the attention of the water department.
June 7, 2023 @ 1:32 PM

Joe Streno: Dorian … Inde Utilities has already been here twice. Because the valve is broken on the house side of the street water main, it’s my responsibility to have it replaced. Though the inspector just left and told me I shouldn’t pay a penny of the repair because the contractor broke it.
June 7, 2023 @ 3:07 PM

Dorian La Padura: Joe Streno the contractor should have insurance for mishaps like this. Obviously, it would be great if the inspector tells the contractor that he’s responsible.

I just had a extraction and an implant in the same day so we are in a close race to how many thousands of dollars we can spend in a day.

You seem pretty good about getting your ducks in a row, I hope you have some success with your contractor. 

June 7, 2023 @ 3:33 PM

Dorothy Orant Morrison: You better find a lawyer! FFS!
June 7, 2023 @ 3:43 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Does your homeowners insurance cover by of this?
June 7, 2023 @ 3:53 PM

Lori Rembetski: Wow!
June 7, 2023 @ 4:44 PM

Joe Streno: Update. The pipeline and vale were replaced and inspected by the city.

The price will only be 3K & I’ll be splitting that with the contractor. His price for the concrete job was low enough to begin with. We talked and came to an agreement that we are both comfortable with.

Plus I just want the job done, so I can deal with the what will happen with my car. It’s been a week from hell! But I will carry on & deal with whatever comes. What else can I do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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June 7, 2023 @ 8:06 PM

Tom Quinlavin: If looking for an upside, the odds are astronomical that will ever happen again. 🤔💰

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June 9, 2023 @ 9:34 AM
Bunnies In The Grass
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Was cutting the lawn this morning and I must have disturbed a nest of bunnies. Or they were all hanging in my tall grass. I picked them up gloved & moved them to safer places in the yard.



#bunny #bunniesagogo #rabit #socute

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Dorothy Orant Morrison: You shouldn’t have moved them. Mom might not be able to find them.
June 9, 2023 @ 10:15 AM

Joe Streno: It was either move them or them getting ground up in the mower because I didn’t see them. NOT! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
After 3 to 5 days wild bunnies are on their own & can take care of themselves. Plus I put them on the perimeter of the yard. They can get back to the nest if need be. None of them were harmed either. 👍
June 9, 2023 @ 10:33 AM

Dorothy Orant Morrison: Joe Streno 👍
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June 12, 2023 @ 7:29 PM
Good News / BadNews: Kia Soul Totaled
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Mary Kelly: The best of a bad situation…

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June 12, 2023 @ 7:52 PM

Dorothy Orant Morrison: YAY!

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June 12, 2023 @ 8:12 PM

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Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Score!!! Congrats. DON’T get a Kia or Hyandai. These are the cars that are getting stolen.

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June 12, 2023 @ 8:48 PM

Sherry Brown Pettinar: Glad to hear it

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June 12, 2023 @ 11:12 PM

Brenda Siegelman: Good , hooray , get something safe that no thief would want !

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June 12, 2023 @ 11:12 PM

Joe Streno: Brenda … I’m probably going to get another Kia Soul. Not sure if it will be new or used. Of if it’s used I will have someone custom install a better alarm system, a motor kill switch & and add an Apple AirTag for tracking it, if it ever did get stolen again. Though the new Kias have keyless starters, and kill switches standard now. Guess we’ll see. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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June 13, 2023 @ 4:49 AM

Lori Rembetski: Joe Streno Are you sure you want another Kia?
June 13, 2023 @ 7:09 AM

Joe Streno: Lori – yes.
June 13, 2023 @ 8:35 AM

Neil Squires: That’s great news!

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June 13, 2023 @ 6:00 AM

Roberta Baumann: That’s awesome!

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June 13, 2023 @ 8:44 AM

Jeffrey Kaufman: That’s awesome! Congratulations! Be safe

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June 13, 2023 @ 12:55 PM

June 14, 2023 @ 7:34 PM
It’s a done deal: 2022 Kia Soul LX
It’s a done deal! I bought a used 2022 Kia Soul LX w/ 40,000 miles on it.

I was lucky my Allstate agent called while I was there. They were starting on the sale paperwork of 2021 Kia Soul S. The agent told me Allstate is no longer insuring 2010 to 2021 Kias & Hyundais because so many have been stolen. Good thing she did call! I really did get the car I wanted. 👍

Big shout out to my sale person Karen @oakes_kia for a wonderful sales process. No pressure at all! Just lots of great info on both the cars I was looking at & going out on test drives on both. All the while telling me more about features my old Soul did not have.

She was also kind enough to drive my new car to the downtown Kansas City Enterprise to drop off my rental.
I love my new Soul! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

#kia #kiasoul #newcar #ilovemysoul

It’s a done deal: 2022 Kia Soul LX

Joe Streno: Too bad I can’t park it on my new driveway until Saturday. 👍

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June 14, 2023 @ 7:39 PM

Joe Streno: That’s awesome! Congratulations!
June 14, 2023 @ 7:43 PM

Joe Streno: I heard there is suppose to be a club thingy offered by Kia motors for extra security too
June 14, 2023 @ 7:50 PM

Joe Streno: Scott … yeah models over 2022 now have theft protection built in. And if someone wants the car a club is easy enough to cut through. I’ll also be installing an Apple AirTag to track the car. 👍

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June 14, 2023 @ 8:07 PM

Jeffrey Kaufman: That’s awesome! Congratulations! Best of LUCK!

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June 15, 2023 @ 3:46 AM

John Shoulberg: Congrats!

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June 15, 2023 @ 11:07 AM

June 16, 2023 @ 6:37 PM
joProjects: After
joProjects: After
Here are my new 2022 Kia Soul LX & my new drive, sides, and pea gravel divider (soon to have raised flower beds). I like how it all turned out.

It’s strange parking on the new driveway. But I’m sure I will get use to it soon enough.

Redressed the two front flowerbeds this morning. Got them all looking purdy. Even planted some wild flower seeds where things were empty. Guess we’ll see what happens there. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

All in all I’m happy. Even after all the drama. I have a new car. My house is looking less rural mud pit. It’s all good! 👍😁👍

#newcarfeeling #newcar #newdriveway #driveway #homeowner #independencemo Cabrera Concrete and Foundation

joProjects: After

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Everything looks great. Good luck with your car

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June 16, 2023 @ 6:45 PM

Gail Torrey-Mele: Looks fabulous

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June 16, 2023 @ 6:49 PM

Chris Gibson: Looks awesome!!

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June 16, 2023 @ 6:56 PM

Joe Streno: Chris … yeah … makes such a dramatic difference. The new car helps too. But that was one expensive prop!😝

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June 16, 2023 @ 7:01 PM

Susan Fleischmann Farbstein: Your house and grounds look awesome. Nice car too

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June 16, 2023 @ 7:10 PM

Jeffrey Kaufman: Looks great 👍house and grounds look fabulous.

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June 16, 2023 @ 7:56 PM

Neil Squires: Hard work has now paid off, the property and the grounds look Awsome..👍

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June 17, 2023 @ 1:42 AM

Diane Streno Clark: Looks awesome!!

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June 16, 20231 @ 6:58 PM
joProjects: Before
joProjects: Before
These are the photos of the drive & sides. Overall the crew from Cabrera Concrete and Foundation did an excellent job.

There were a few snafus but they were all taken care of promptly & the job was finished.

I’m very happy with the end result. 👍😃👍

#newcarfeeling #newcar #newdriveway #driveway #homeowner #independencemo

joProjects: Before

Chris Gibson: Wow

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June 21. 2023 @ 12:02 PM
Happy Gotchaversary Rocco & Rudie
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Rocco & Rudie: Happy Gotchaversary Boys!

I can’t believe it’s been two years already with the these two fur balls! They are both so different, yet sweet in their own way, Rudie is the lover/cuddler of the two, and Rocco follows me like a dog. He also bites first, licks after. He’s a strange one … but I still love him even with all his oddities.

I’m glad they got to spend time with my mom in her home before she passed. She loved them like they were her own.
Now we all (Rocco, Rudie, and sister Rose) live in IndeMO and are one big fur ball family.

I’m so glad … I got you—babe(s)!

Happy Gotchaversary, Rocco & Rudie!

#cats #catsofinstagram #gotchaversary #catdaddy

June 25, 2023 @ 8:39 PM
Fence Panels: Nine Down. Ten To Go.
joProjects: I’m 9 panels in … 10 to go on this side.

With weather in the 90s I’m doing one panel a day. Give or take. I start at 7:00 AM and work until noon.

It’s tough trying to navigate and work on the slope of the hill. But I’m trying to be careful.

One thing I have discovered: pressure treated lumber seems to be made from the dregs of the tree. Lots of knots & chunks of bark. The bark especially distorts the appearance and square of the wood. I’ve had to resort to hiding the distortions, divots, and knots by turning the wood so they won’t be seen from my side of the fence. lol

I’ll also be returning a bunch of warped boards. That’s pressure treated lumber …. I guess. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

#pressuretreatedlumber #lumber #fence #fencing #homeowner #diy

Fence Panels: Nine Down. Ten To Go.

Eileen Pandolfi Rankosky: Looking good

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June 25, 2023 @ 9:20 PM

Carole Herscheit: Wow looks great!

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June 26,2023 @ 6:33 PM
My car was stolen by a juvenile. WTF?
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Joe Streno: Seems in Missouri children 17 or under are tried in family court. The theory is that it’s easier to “rehabilitate” a kid rather than try them as an adult.

My current though: lock that little f*cker up! That will rehabilitate his ass!

Yes … I’m venting. 😝

But … part of the process is that as a “victim” of a juvenile crime, and through this program, I can go to all court proceedings & even testify. Plus I may also get compensation for my “losses”. Still not sure what that covers, how it works, or means.

I’ll call the contact in the letter and discuss my options. Only problem: the first court date is the 28th. And the contact is “out of office” until tomorrow. Guess what’s first on my agenda for early tomorrow morning? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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June 26,2023 @ 6:44 PM

Tom Quinlavin: He deserves a trip to Disneyland, that will show him he’s on the wrong path. Also send the parents, they deserve a vacation after having to deal with the little shit they’ve been so passionately bringing up.

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Joe Streno

Joe Streno

artist . musician . photographer . retired apple computer consultant . residing on planet earth with his two cats rudie, & rocco & living to tell tales about it

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