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The Week In Review

Last Monday (Labor Day) Steve finished painting the guest bath. We had gone to Ikea over the weekend to get a new shower curtain and other stuff, so after Steve was done he led me blindfolded into the bathroom and did a Changing Rooms-like reveal. I think it turned out brilliantly:

In the afternoon iberianbear came over to hang out and soak in the hot tub. Our friends Carlos and Eduardo were coming over later to go to dinner, so we invited Alberto along. We went to Eric's in Noe Valley, my favorite Chinese-with-a-twist restaurant. It was Carlos' birthday, so we had a lot of fun. After dinner, we came back to our house and yakked and ate macaroons.

Tuesday I had an emergency dental appointment. Over the weekend as I was snacking on a Baby Bel cheese, one of my many crowns came right off. It seemed to be in one piece, so I called my dentist on his cell phone and asked what to do. He was driving with his partner to southern CA, but he said to just get some Fix-o-Dent and glue it back on, and that he'd see me on Tuesday. I felt like a little old lady at the drugstore buying denture adhesive, but it worked. Tuesday the doc glued it back on with stronger stuff.

Wednesday and Thursday were a blur. Thursday night Steve and I met at fuzzygruf's place to eat pizza and sing show tunes. His partner Steve is just about all moved in, and the flat looks great, with lots of artwork, bookshelves and a big grand piano in the living room. Tom was there too (he lives in the apartment over our old one), and also Chip and John, visiting from NYC. All have great voices, so it was fun, and Gary's Steve kept cracking bad puns. My Steve's favorite was:

Anal Wipes, Anal Wipes
Every morning you greet me
Soft and white, clean and bright
You look happy to meet me.

It works in a twisted kind of way.

Friday my Steve (rootbeer1) and I met at the Edge for happy hour. We were supposed to meet up with some guy from online that was in town, but he never showed. We chatted with a few friends, but were amazed at how many people we didn't know. It's like a whole new crowd moved into town. Well, we don't get out as much since we moved out of the Castro. We left after an hour and went to La Tortilla for dinner, then home.

Yesterday we slept in, then puttered around the house all day. Steve actually left the house for a few hours to help Gregg paint his master bedroom, while I stayed home and did laundry. When Steve got home he made a delicious Eggplant Parmasan with ingredients he got at the farmer's market on Tuesday. Dave and Vic came over later and we watched an episode of Fireball XL5, followed by the Ed Wood classic Plan 9 From Outer Space. It was cheesier than the eggplant.

Today Steve made a lovely eggplant parmasan omelet for brunch, and this afternoon we're going to the gym, then the Lone Star for a bit.


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Sep. 7th, 2003 08:46 pm (UTC)
It does look nice, doesn't it?

Now, just keep it clean!
Sep. 7th, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
That guest bath looks lovely. You should send Steve over to do our bathroom next...
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:21 pm (UTC)
He loves to paint!!!
Sep. 7th, 2003 09:00 pm (UTC)
Looks terrific! A bathroom without windows DEFINITELY needs "personality" and this does the trick! Kudos to Steve!
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You've seen the old version:

Sep. 7th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)
Could we please invite me over for a dip next time iberianbear comes over for a hottub?
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
Sure---or c'mon over anytime!! Shoot us an e-mail...
Sep. 8th, 2003 03:15 am (UTC)
Wow, what an improvement! Great job, Steve! Can't wait to see it for real sometime!!!
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:27 pm (UTC)
Well, you've also seen the old version in person. We'll keep it nice and clean for your next visit!! Of course, Steve's mom will be the first house guest to experience the luxurious comfort of the soothing honeydew and elf green walls.
Sep. 8th, 2003 05:40 am (UTC)
Makes me want to take a shower in it! I considered a green like that for my hallway, but settled on something whiter and mintier. Looks like a good place to take a bath.
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:28 pm (UTC)
Rub-a-dub-dub!! We'll scrub your furry back for you!!!
Sep. 8th, 2003 06:38 am (UTC)
Hi. I just found your journal through a random search. First, I want to tell you how much I LOVE the way your bathroom turned out. The colors are fabu. It really works.

Second...I want to say how much I enjoyed reading your entry. One of my closest family members and friends was a bear who used to hang out at the Lone Star until he died tragically 3 years ago. His name was Stephen Kaster and I miss him so much. Reading your journal made me feel like I was in his company again. I know that sounds weird since you don't even know me, but you have the same humorous way of expressing yourself or something. It's hard to say. Anyway...thanks. It meant something to a stranger out there...
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:35 pm (UTC)
Well, thanks very much. It was pretty much Steve's idea, though I helped pick out the colors and remove the hardware from the walls. He's the artist; I'm the engineer.

And thanks for your words about my journal. We remember Steve from the LS and Lazy Bear weekends--I didn't know him very well but certainly saw him around and said hi. I do know many people that knew him better, and from all reports he was a very nice guy, sweet, funny and friendly. It was tragic to lose him so early, and I'm sure he's missed by many.

Please feel free to read anytime--may I add you to my friends list?
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely that you were familiar with my "Stevie"! That makes it even better!

I'm new to the Bay Area and had always envisioned living here with him around. Good to know that he had such sweet acquaintances. Do you happen to know his friends Eric Osterle and Rob Doughty? They are Lone Star patrons and have become my dear friends since Stephen's death. They live in Napa.

Take care and thanks for writing back....and keep that new bathroom clean, honey! :-)

P.S. My name is Stacy.
Sep. 8th, 2003 01:47 pm (UTC)
Bravo! Bellissima!
I wish I could give my bathroom a makeover, but my landlady insists on keeping the orange-and-avocado vinyl wallpaper, which is probably as old as the house itself...
Sep. 8th, 2003 11:39 pm (UTC)
Sounds very 70s. When I bought my first house back East, it had chartreuse shag carpeting throughout, harvest gold appliances and a black wrought-iron stair rail. Hmmm...I guess I prefer 60s retro now to 70s, at least in house decor.
Sep. 10th, 2003 08:52 pm (UTC)
My father's place at the Lake is a museum of seventies pop culture: knotty pine and faux finishes everywhere--like linoleum made to look like unfinished, distressed pine--various old games and toys, including a set of Sunshine Family dolls, and, until recently, a Peter Max litho in the bathroom (which my sister stole, along with my old comic books, and is probably now selling on that dreadful auction site).
I should rescue, and frame, my bathing suit up there that I wore when I was 3. It has narrow red and white horizontal stripes, and white leather suspenders.

Hey, dig the sideburns!
Sep. 11th, 2003 12:05 am (UTC)
My high school yearbook photo, taken spring 1973. I had a real helmet of hair back then too, but by the time I was 20 it started to go. This pic is from 1985, when I was 30.
Sep. 9th, 2003 04:07 am (UTC)
That's I, Claudius on the back of the toilet, for those of you trying to make it out.

In the "before" picture, the book on the back of the toilet was Greatest Superman Stories of the 1950s.
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