Thursday, July 21, 2011

vlog – Sewer Backup Update

Lots of things have been going on this past week! The cleaning crew gutted most of the my basement. They removed all the flooring and the lower part of most of the walls. All of the trim, doors, and doorframes are also gone. The drying is almost done. We can start reconstruction after we get the check from the insurance company.

The adjuster showed up earlier this week. He said they’ll just cut the check for the max $5,000 since the damage is clearly more than that. Nice we can skip some paperwork and get the money sooner. According to the city and the insurance company, the damage and repair is estimated between $5,000 and $10,000.

It was hard to watch the cleaners rip apart our finished basement, but it is a necessary thing to keep the mold and bacteria out.

You may have noticed too, that the state shutdown in Minnesota has ended! I had my first day back at work in 21 days (14 working days lost). There are rumors that we may somehow be slightly compensated, but they are just rumors. It was nice to have the time off. It enabled me to do things that I wouldn’t have been able to do otherwise.

I don’t know when I’ll get to start my trip yet. A couple of other complications have arose. The route may be shortened given a reduced timeline and vacation days. I need to spend a few hours with a map and a calendar after things settle.

Thanks again for all the positive comments and support. I do appreciate it.

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  1. Sometimes if it isn't one thing it is another. Hopefully, these times will smooth out and you can get on the road. I, too, having been looking forward to your trip ever since you announced it. I'm sure not as much as you however.

    Good luck with things coming together.

  2. Keith: so true. thinks seem to be smoothing out. thanks! :)

  3. I hope everything sorts out. If you come out this way get in touch with me, camp space is available with a pool next to it :-)
    What video camera did you use? the new Drift HD170?
    I will be buying a camera soon when I get the Tenere, I'm looking at the Contour HD but would like to know how happy you are with the Drift.

  4. George F: I still hope to meet up with you. Life has been hurling obstacles, but I hope to leave MN this friday. Not sure when I'll near you, probably between August 4 and 10. I'll contact you again when I have something more concrete.

    I used the GoProHD. It has great picture and sound. I only bought the drift for the external mic. (vlogging) I still prefer the GoProHd. It's half the size and weight of the Drift which is important when it's on your head.