Monday, December 31, 2007

2007 in review

2007 in review
Originally uploaded by gapey
A lot has happened in 2007. The year went by fast but have managed to pack so much into it.

I didn't go on any big trips this year, but am planning on one next year to Denmark/Sweden. The family is also planning on heading to Denmark/Germany next year. I'm not sure if we will make it there at the same time, but we'll see.

Here are a few of the highlights from this year:
- ended a long term relationship
- joined the Seattle Flickr group
- have been increasing my photography skills
- have made lots of new friends
- went whale watching
- did lots of hiking as I had hoped to do this year
- had one of my photos in a gallery
- got a new car

Thursday, December 06, 2007

It's that time of year

Week 5 - Making Lotion
Originally uploaded by gapey
The soap and lotion making has been at an all time high this year. I've received lots of requests for soaps and lotions from family, friends, and co-workers. I made two batches of lotion last night and three the night before to fill some new orders. I've also started making gift bags for $10 this year that contain a bar of soap and a bottle of lotion. They seem to be a hit. Let me know if you're interested in anything. You can check my website to see what I currently have in inventory. If you're local just send me an email or reply here with what you'd like and I won't charge you shipping.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

My new baby

My Audi A3 on Rieter Road
Originally uploaded by gapey
Bought my new car last Sunday and have been enjoying it immensely. I decided to splurge and go for the Audi A3. I fell in love with it after test driving it. I think I test drove 3 of them before I decided to buy it. I went with the 2007 model, it was the last one in stock and they were trying to get rid of all their 2007 inventory so I think I got a pretty good deal on it. I took this photo last Tuesday along Rieter Road between Index and Gold Bar.

There's really only one minor thing that I don't like about it:
It does not play mp3 CD's or auxiliary output. However it does have a tape deck so I can use one of those cassette tape adapters, if only I could find mine.

After only 2 days I had my first mishap. As I was driving on Hwy 2 from Sultan to Monroe, a big rock came flying at my window, giving me a rock chip the size of a quarter. :( I was pissed to say the least. I'm going to have it looked at when I take my car in to get a sunroof installed on Monday. They may have to replace the whole wind shield. grrr

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Seattle Flickr group show

Seattle Flickr group show
Originally uploaded by gapey
The Seattle Flickr group will be having a Gallery showing at Cafe Vega in Seattle's Central District this month. Photos are being hung on Sunday, October 7th so check them out if you get a chance. We have an awesome group of talented photographers displaying their work. My Lake Crescent tree will be on display and available for sale (first row, fourth column in post card photo).

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

new paint job

new paint job
Originally uploaded by gapey
Woo hoo I got my house painted this week and I'm in love with the color. I don't think I'll get sick of it anytime soon! I was referred to Blair Painting by a fellow vanpooler and they did a great job. I gave her the address of a house I liked the color of and she was able to match it. The paint job was long over due. It hadn't been painted since it was originally built 10 years ago. My next door neighbors also just painted their house last week.

Sunday, August 05, 2007


Hurricane Ridge jumping crew
Originally uploaded by gapey
I had a plan to do more hiking this year and even bought an annual Northwest Trail Pass in hopes of using it, a lot. The plan is finally getting some action. I was starting to doubt I was going to get much hiking done as I've been so busy with other things. I've found quite a few fellow Flickrites who also enjoy hiking and have been on a couple of hikes already in the past month which is more than I went last year. I'm going out again on Tuesday to Mt Rainier's Spray Falls/Park. So, I'd say my plan is a success.

I went to Hurricane Ridge and Lake Crescent a few weeks ago with 7 guys from the Flickr group and Noble Knob yesterday with 3 other Flickrites and a dog. I'm taking Tuesday off from work this week for the Mt Rainier Spray Park/Falls trip with 3 other Flickrites. There is also another Hurricane Ridge/Lake Crescent trip coming up where we will be staying at a cabin on Lake Crescent for the night, which I'm also looking forward to.

There were a TON of unripe huckleberries on the Noble Knob hike. I was sooo sad they weren't ripe enough to eat. I love me some huckleberries. I'm guessing they will be ready for picking in about 3 weeks. I'm going to have to go on a hike at the end of the month to get my huckleberry fix. I haven't figured out where that hike will be yet.

Monday, July 23, 2007

whale watching

orca family
Originally uploaded by gapey
I got up early on Saturday morning and met some Flickrites in Seattle at 6:45 AM to go on a Victoria Clipper Whale Watching Tour in the San Juans. I didn't have any high hopes of getting any good shots of whales. I figured if we saw any at all they would be way far away. I don't have as good of a telephoto lens as most of the other people in the group, just the one that came with my camera (40-150mm). The trip turned out to be way more than I bargained for. The guide said it was one of the best tours they've taken all season. I saw 3 whales jump completely out of the water however I wasn't fast enough to get any shots of those, but a few other people did. I did get some good close up shots though. Where was a pod of whales that came within a few yards of the boat. I was not expecting to get to see them up that close, it was a real treat!

Friday, July 20, 2007


Originally uploaded by pepperoni
Went out with my photography group last night and did a little modeling. I wasn't really planning on doing much. We had another girl that was going to be doing most of the modeling. She did some jump shots mostly, but she left early and a few people showed up late so they needed another model. I volunteered. I didn't really know what I was doing since I hadn't done this before. John did a good job directing me and telling me how to pose. He was the one with the nice lighting set up and got some good shots. Other people jumped in and took some pics too. You can see some of the other pics people took here.

It was fun, I might do it again. :D

Monday, July 02, 2007

Jumping Fools

Fake fisheye? Why not!
Originally uploaded by Viking054
My Flickr group seems to be a bunch of jumping addicts. Yeah it's silly, but it's also fun and a great work out. Saturday night a few of us met up at a park on Beacon Hill, where this was taken. I didn't happen to take this one, but I couldn't resist using it for my post cuz it's too good not to. It's kind of funny to see all the weird looks we get while we're doing this too.

After the 4 of us jumped around we went to Sculpture Park and met up with a few more people to get some sunset pics. In case you didn't know, Sculpture Park closes at 9:00 so we got kicked out and had to take pics from the trail down below the park.

And then after much indecisiveness, we ended up at the parking garage at UW to do more jumping with a flash setup, including two umbrella's. They are getting fancy.

Net jump shots will probably be at my house this Saturday which may include a trampoline. That should be interesting...

Friday, June 29, 2007


the break
Originally uploaded by gapey
No, not really. I haven't actually gotten sick in over a year *knock on wood*. I honestly don't remember the last time I got sick. I did however call in sick this morning for the first time in over a year. I might call in sick more if we still had sick leave. We have all our vacation and sick leave in one pool of Personal Time Off and we get it all at the beginning of the year and have to use all of it by the end of the year. I get 28 days this year and have no idea what to use them on. I think I've only used up 5 so far and will use 2 more next week. So that leaves 4 more weeks. I'd like to go on a trip some place fun like Europe or Hawaii but where and with whom is still yet to be seen.

So, the last Thursday of the month is the Seattle Flickr Brews & Views and I ended up staying up way too late last night and decided I wasn't in any condition to get up at 5:00 AM to go to work. I'm tempted to just schedule to be off that Friday of every month, but that's not likely.

So I spent the day getting my license renewed, uploading pics from last night, and watching a Netflix movie, Volver. It wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. I started falling asleep towards the beginning and ended up just turning it off and took a little nap. Ghost Rider is up next. Maybe I'll watch that this weekend.

Oh and happy iDay to everyone!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Brit Airborne

Brit Airborne
Originally uploaded by gapey
Woo I just found out this pic made it into Explore. It's my first one to make it. I noticed it said I had an Explore pic on my Flickr Badge and it took me a while to find out which one. I eventually found this site where you can look up pics that have made it to Explore by user.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Cougar Mountain Zoo

I'll bet more than half of you that live in the Seattle area didn't even know there was a zoo in Issaquah. Admit it! If it makes you feel any better I didn't know a week ago either. It's not a huge zoo by any means. It's actually a zoological park, whatever that means. They have a couple cougars, alpacas, wallaby's, reindeer, and lots of birds of all different sizes. Here's a couple of my favorite shots.
macaws Crowned Crane

Friday, May 11, 2007

June Travels

Finally got around to making my flight reservations to Vegas in June for a friend's wedding. I think this will be her third. Hopefully this one goes better than her last couple. She seems to be pretty happy and sure that he is "the one" so I'm happy for her.

I'll be staying for 3 nights, though I still haven't decided where to stay yet. I'm leaning towards Harrah's cuz it's cheap and near the hotel the wedding will be at. Though I have a co-worker that knows some people and he may be able to get me a room at the Venetian, but I'm not going to count on that. I don't really know what I'm going to be doing down there for 3 days. Not sure if I'll make it to any shows. The only show I'm kinda interested in seeing is Phantom. I've seen all the Cirque shows, which are all pretty good, but I've seen them too many times to justify seeing em again. If I go to any shows it will be something I haven't seen yet.

A couple weeks before I go to Vegas I'll be in Hotlanta to attend a planning meeting with the rest of the engineering managers. Not really looking forward to that trip but maybe I'll get to go to some good restaurants on the company or on our vendors.

I don't have any other trips planned for this year yet. I'll probably visit the family in Montana at some point, probably Christmas or Thanksgiving or not, I don't know.

Saturday, April 28, 2007


I'm getting so excited to get my braces off I can hardly stand it. If all goes well they should come off in a couple of months. I was actually asked if I'd like to get them off on my next appointment when I went on Thursday for an adjustment. I was really tempted to say yes take them off now, but there is one tooth that could use some adjusting still. I'm thinking the tooth may just be an odd shape and won't ever be perfect. It's one of the side teeth so it's not a big deal. So next time I go in and they ask that question I'm going to say hell yeah I want them off.

I just hate that they schedule my appointments so far apart. 6-8 weeks apart they are. I asked them to do 6 weeks. Though I may have to call and reschedule because as it stands now I will be in Atlanta during my next appointment. Maybe I can trick them and have them schedule it a week early instead of a week later.

The first thing I wanna do when I get them off is go see a movie and get a big bag of popcorn with lots of butter smothered all over it. mmmm

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pear Basil

Who'da thunk this combination of scents would smell good? I guess Jav did cuz he requested it. I found it to be an odd request so I did some looking up on the internet and the only place I could find this was at Crate and Barrel who make a cleaner, hand soap, and hand lotion with that scent.

I was willing to experiment so I made some up and I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. It seems everyone that has come in contact with the stuff is wanting some now. I've sold all my first batch already and am needing to make more to accommodate the flood of requests I'm getting for it. The scent kind of reminds me of pistachio pudding. It's hard to describe but it's a real nice scent.

I'll be selling it in the following quantities:
1 oz jar - $2
2 oz jar - $4
4 oz jar or squeezy bottle - $7
8 oz pump bottle - $10

Let me know if you'd like some. I'll be making more when my lotion bottles come in.

I've also got my new domain up and running finally:

Thursday, April 05, 2007


I was all excited and had high expectations for this new Multiplayer game that is coming out. Lots of old buddies from my AC and SWG days are playing it so it must be good, right? Umm no not quite. I was highly dissapointed in this game.

I pre-ordered the game in order to get in on the beta testing that started last Friday and to get in on the low subscription price of $10/month. I've been playing it a lot over the past few days, getting my elf to level 14 with the max level for beta being 15. Finally last night I decided this just is not fun.... at all and went back to playing CoH. I really thought this might be the game that takes me away from CoH.

Here are just a few of the reasons I do not like this game:
1) The quests are mostly self quests that you can not share in a group. There is a series of fellowship quests but there are not many. You can do self quests in a fellowship if the other person also has that quest. But it can be hard to find a group that has the exact same quests as you do. I spent most of my time playing by myself because of this. I thought the point of a multiplayer game was to play with other people.
2) It takes FOREVER to travel anywhere in the game. I spent 3x, maybe more, more traveling than killing stuff.
3) It's impossible for a low level to team with a high level. In order to team with someone else you pretty much need to be within the same 4-5 levels or you will get pummeled.
4) Each character class appears to start in a totally different town which are way way far apart from eachother so if you want to play with your friends you have to either travel for an hour to get to your friend or you have to start a char that is the same class as your friend.
5) Some of the quests are very vague in where you have to go and you spend about as much time looking for someone or something as you do traveling to get there.
6) Most of the quests are just stupid. The quest I got that finally made me decide to stop playing was one where I had to carry something or other somewhere without running into a "nosey hobbit". Well the distance you had to carry it took about 10 mins, the chances of you running into a nosey hobbit = high. First of all it took me a while just to figure out where I needed to take it because that part of the map wasn't uncovered yet. My first attempt I got almost there and ran into a hobbit so the quest failed and I had to start ALL over again. I ran back to get the quest again and got about halfway to where I needed to go and realized I forgot to pick up the thing I was supposed to be carrying. I swore and said scroo this I'm done and haven't logged back on since.

I wish I had a way to keep track of the time I spent doing various things like traveling, searching, and killing. My guess is 20% killing, 50% traveling 30% searching. You need a lot of patience for this game that I just don't have. I don't know about you, but when I play a game I like to kill stuff. 20% is just not enough for me. I think CoH really spoiled me because it takes almost no time to get from one place to another. You have travel powers that make you fly or run fast or jump high. Plus there are trams that you can get on to instantly go from one place to another and there's even base portals that can take you wherever. And with the addition of the base recall power you can get anywhere in no time at all.

So no, I don't think I'll be playing LOTRO. Sorry old friends, maybe some day there will be another game I will enjoy as much as CoH, I have yet to find it.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007


As some of you know, I was considering going into management at one point and interviewed for a position a while back but didn't get it. Later I was given a contractor to manage in my own group and that went alright. I was still undecided if I really wanted to be a "real manager" or not and still am not really sure about it. Well a manager job kind of fell in my lap recently and I decided to take it. It is starting out to be a temporary position but could move into a permanent one. How long it will be temporary is still unknown.

My director move to direct another group that has had an open position for some time so his position opened up and my manager was asked to fill that role (temporarily) so then I was asked to fill the manager role (temporarily). It doesn't appear to be that temporary because they are working on trying to get approval for me to hire a contractor to fill my engineering job and they are changing a lot of documentation to show me as manager, including the company org chart. I probably won't get any kind of raise until this temporary arrangement becomes permanent.

So at the moment I'm working my engineering job and the manager job until we get approval and find someone else to take on my old work. Luckily things aren't too hectic right now so I am able to handle both for the time being. I've gotten a lot of congratulations from people I work with and a lot of mixed feelings because people don't want to lose me as an engineer. It will be really hard to keep my hands off of engineering because I've been doing it for so long and have gotten pretty good at it. I guess we'll just wait and see what happens.

Monday, March 26, 2007

new TV setup

I guess I haven't posted since I got the new TV set up. Doug came over and helped me carry it upstairs. It was a lot heavier than I thought it would be. And LCD's are supposed to be lighter than Plasma's. I can't imagine how heavy Doug's 50+ plasma is. I'm enjoying the new TV that is for sure. I've been watching more TV since I got it but not being a couch potato. I took a couple pics of the new set up. One of them is a pic of the feature called picture by picture which is similar to picture in picture which it also has and the other is of my mom's favorite show, which I don't watch but just happened to be on while I took the pic.

Picture By PictureHDTV

Sunday, March 04, 2007


I have no clue when the last time I bought a tv was. Most of my TV's have been hand me downs so I don't know if I've actually ever even bought a new TV before. I've been thinking about getting an HDTV for a while now but haven't until last night. I got an email from Costco advertising a 42" Sceptre LCD HDTV for only $999 with free shipping. I just couldn't pass that up. I have a Sceptre monitor that I got for Christmas this year too which is pretty nice. They have a 90 day return policy so if I don't like it I can always return it. I'm sure I will be liking it though. I should be getting it in 7-10 days. I'm going to have to alter my entertainment center for it to fit though. Here's what it looks like:
Entertainment Center
I'm thinking of taking the top part off and just putting the TV on top of the bottom part. Not sure what to do with the stereo, DVD player, and DVR though... Not sure if they will all fit in the hole in the bottom or not.

More Snow

I thought it wasn't supposed to snow in Seattle well this year has been a different story. We had another round of snow fall last week and I chose the wrong night to go watch a movie. From what the weather forecast said the snow was supposed to turn into rain but it decided not to. I went to see Pan's Labrynth in Redmond at about 4:30 on Wed. I took that day off since I was out quite late the night before at a Snow Patrol concert and didn't want to have to get up early and go to work the next day. So anyway I got out of the movie and it was sleeting like crazy. I made plans to meet Doug at MSAH for dinner. I was considering changing my plans due to the weather but as soon as I left Redmond it was just raining so I decided to go anyway.

After dinner I walked outside to find it snowing. Oh joy. I dropped Doug off and proceeded to head home the further I went the snowier it got. It was the big huge wet flakey kind of snow. It was close to the biggest snow flakes I've ever seen and it was falling hard and fast. The snow on the roads was starting to accumulate. People were going 45 then 35 then 25 then 15 in 55-60 mph zones. I saw a snow plow go by in the opposite direction. It didn't look like any snow plow had made it by in my direction. I was low on gas so I stopped in Monroe to gas up and went on my way. 8 more miles to home and everyone was crawling along. 2 miles past Monroe and I started sliding to the right and kept sliding and ended up sliding right into the ditch. It was not a big ditch. I would have been able to drive right out of it had there not been snow on the ground. Great, so I called AAA and they were unable to help me because all of their companies were on emergency only and could only respond to blocking accidents and injury accidents so I was stuck there for a while. They gave me the number for the local police station so I called them and they said they'd call a trooper and mentioned it could be a while. Finally a patrol car stopped by. I don't think he was called, I think he just saw me sitting there and decided to stop to see if I needed help. He called a tow truck and about 45 mins or so later one showed up and was able to tow me out. $170 for 15 mins of work. Luckily AAA says they will re-imburse me for it. AAA sure came in handy this time. I'm glad I was able to use it, it just paid for itself right there.

While I was sitting in the ditch a snow plow went by so the roads were a little better than before. I made it back to Sultan fine. However the roads off the hwy in Sultan were not pretty. No snow plow came through there obviously. I ran every stop sign I came across because I was afraid I either wouldn't be able to stop or if I did stop I wouldn't be able to get going again. There were several inches of snow on the ground and no cars in sight. I ran about 4 stop signs on my way to my house. There's a small hill going up to my house and I was planning on not even attempting it but I couldn't find a place to park. I could barely tell where the road was with all the snow so I decided to give it a try. Well I didn't make it... I ended up abandoning my car for the night and walking the rest of the way home. By then it was about 11:00 and I was ready for bed. I'm just glad I made it that far without getting stuck again. I was able to drive it back up the hill the next day, which I decided to work from home.

I'm tired of snow, I want spring to get here!

Here's a couple of pics I took the following morning:
Front Yard:
more snow front yard

Back Yard:
more snow back yard

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Vegas Girl

After taking a couple years off from Vegas I've gone twice in the last 6 months and will be going again in June for a friend's wedding. There was a couple years where I was going 3 times a year for work but haven't gone there for work for several years so I'm having to take a few days off work to go.

There's a lot of card games in Vegas that I had never tried so I decided this trip I was going to try them all and I pretty much succeeded. Though for some reason we couldn't find a Spanish 21 table anywhere on the last day. I know we saw one somewhere but couldn't find one but we played some other weird 21 game that I'd never seen before so I guess that makes up for it. The dealers were all pretty kewl about teaching us how to play the various games. You could even show them your cards and they'd tell you what they would do if it was their hand. I don't even remember all the games I played, I should have kept track. These are the ones that I remember: Craps, Roulette, Black Jack (a couple diff versions), Caribbean Poker, Pai Gow, Bacarat, Texas Hold em, Let It Ride, Three Card Poker, and possibly a few others I can't remember. It was fun learning how to play all the different games. Ended up coming out ahead on this trip and able to pay for the trip so that was a nice bonus.

Looking forward to going again in June. I'm still deciding where to stay. The wedding is at the Venetian but I'm leaning towards staying at Harrah's, which is right next door and is a little cheaper. They were smart and are having the wedding during the week so the hotel prices won't be so bad.

Don't have any other trips planned for this year yet. I'll probably go to MT and visit the family at some point and am also thinking about visiting a friend in Colorado who is due to have a baby any day now.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


Man my teeth are in pain today. Went to the ortho yesterday and they shaved my bottom teeth. :o Before I got braces they took two top teeth out because they were too crowded and there wasn't really room in my mouth for them. So out they came. They gave me the option of taking two out from the bottom too but I decided to pass on that. So instead they are shaving the teeth to make more room. Yes it's as bad as it sounds. It was this tiny circular saw that they stuck between 5 of my bottom teeth. A couple times he went a little too far. Ouch! Luckily I took some Ibuprofin before my appointment so it could have been a lot worse. I bled a little. So now I have a small space inbetween a bunch of my bottom teeth. I also have to wear elastics which I've been wearing for quite some time, but I have to wear them in a different place this time to move my back bottom teeth forward to close the gaps the shaving created. I think this is what is causing the most pain. I'm going to be eating soup for a couple days I think.

Monday, January 22, 2007


I got my incense making supplies today and am in the process of making some incense. It seems pretty easy to make, we'll see how it comes out. I'm starting off with some cherry vanilla sandalwood incense. It should be ready in a few days. Need to let it soak in oils for about 24 hours then dry for a few days. My next project will be lip balm! Thinking about taking a trip to Zenith in Seattle to pick up a few supplies. Maybe check out the new Sculpture Park while I'm in the area.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Nice People

There's some nice people here. I've heard on the radio about people that do this but have never witnessed or been a part of it. I think more people should do it...

I went to the orthodontist this morning which is just a couple block walk from my office to replace the top chain on my braces cuz it broke, even though I have an appt on Monday. Anyway on my way back from the ortho I stopped for a coffee at Tully's. They have something new and thought I'd try it. It's called Yerba Mate Latte, which is a traditional South American vitality drink. It's actually pretty good. So I walked in as the door was closing behind someone else. They quickly apologized for not holding the door open for me. How rude. However, to make up for it, he bought my drink for me. So free latte for me woo! He was wearing shorts too which is kind of odd since it's nearly freezing temperatures outside. I didn't ask. He seemed nice. I thanked him for the free drink and went back to work.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


It is snowy and cold here in Seattle. It's never snowed this much since I moved here. I have 13" of snow in my yard and it's been there for days. The trees are still snow covered. When is this stuff going to melt? It's pretty and all but I'm getting tired of the cold weather. I miss the summer time. I only went into work one day last week because of the roads being ice/snow covered. I heard it took one person 9 hours to go 13 miles last week. Its crazy. I'm glad I decided to stay home. I took a few pics of the pretty snow the other day.

Click on my house below to see more.

my house

Monday, January 08, 2007

Braces update

It's been a while since I've posted any braces pics. Over a year in fact. So I thought I would take some tonight. I am so close to being done with these things! Should only be a couple months to go. I'm hoping to get them off in March.


Now (sporting my Christmas colored bands):

You can check out some other angles on my brace face page.

Tamales are coming!

Once in a while my mom makes tamales from scratch. She makes the dough herself, covers the corn husk with it, makes her own filling using pork, beef, and this time she is trying chicken tamales, by my request, with lots of spices. She's never made chicken tamales before but I think they would be great. I'm not sure how many she is making but she usually makes a lot at one time. Probably over a hundred. She freezes em and gives some to my brother, some to me, and keeps some for herself. She made them on Sunday and said she would send me some this week. I can't wait! *drool*

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A theme party

I don't think some people get the idea of a theme party. I have a group of friends that are really into theme parties. They go all out, above and beyond, decorations, costumes, you name it. I went to a "Beach Theme Party" for New Years this year with a different crowd of people. I only knew two people at the party, not counting Doug. So I was expecting everyone to be wearing shorts and a tank top, the heat up to 80 degrees. Turns out, these people do not know what theme party means.

I got decked out in my wet suit and a towel around my neck. Doug wore shorts and a hawaiian shirt. I felt like I was in one of those dreams where people invite you to a costume party and you're the only one wearing a costume. There must have been 30+ people there and me, Doug, and one of the other people we knew were about the only ones dressed up in beach wear. Oh there were a couple of people wearing flip flops... along with jeans and a sweatshirt. Come on people! I did get a few nice comments on my wet suit though. :)

Monday, January 01, 2007

Bad wind!

Got an email and a call from my neighbor on Friday:

"I wanted to let you know that part of the fence blew down in a big wind gust last night about 2:00 AM. The part of the fence is in your front yard, with the corner being between our houses. It looks like it is leaning on the hottub. I didn't get a chance to look at it this morning, but will when I get home tonight, if you haven't already seen it."

That's great! Joys of home ownership... I was gong to take a pic and post it but I forgot. Doug and I took the fence apart on Sunday morning and stacked it up in the backyard. It was pretty much toast. The wood isn't that great so I think I will just have it totally redone instead of trying to put the old fence back up. 3 4x4's broke in the ground which made it fall over in a big gust of wind. This is a 25' section of fence that was in front of my hot tub so now there is no privacy at all for hot tubbing. Not sure how soon I will be able to have it fixed. The ground is hard as a rock so getting any 4x4's in the ground might be tough though a professional might have some tools to make the job easy. I will have to start looking around for someone to do that.