XYDEXX - Squeaky ponies, old abandoned things, and awesome distractions.

Kitchen Painting Completed

November 21, 2015. Kitchen painting is finished! We had to lock Strudel up in the library for the day while painting was being done so he wouldn't rub up against it while it was wet. He complained and meowed about it, but I built a big cardboard box fortress for him to explore and hide in. You can't really tell the difference from the pictures, but it looks really nice in person. We had three cans of Behr Soft Bronze to paint the kitchen but the painters only used one can. Now we have two cans of paint left over.

kitchen painting done
Kitchen is now freshly-painted and ready for Thanksgiving!

Paint Color Selected

After some discussion and review, Rigel and I decided to go with Behr Soft Bronze paint for the kitchen. We put our paint swatches up on the wall, did some mock-ups on the computer and looked at them, and decided what looked best. It's coincidentally the one that matches the Sherwin Williams Woodstock Tan the closest, so we agreed it's clearly the way forward. We're still trying to schedule someone to come over and paint, hopefully before Thanksgiving. In other news, I'm out of pumpkin raisin bread and need to bake some more. Maybe this weekend if I have time.

Behr Soft Bronze paint for kitchen
A mock-up using Behr Soft Bronze paint.

Renovations Complete

The countertop installation this weekend went well and the kitchen looks really nice. Here are some before and after pictures of the kitchen. Ignore the yucky green paint. We still have to schedule painting. Rigel and I went out to Home Depot to pick out more paint swatches. We were going to go with Sherwin Williams but Rigel says Behr has higher ratings. I am going to make some more mock-ups and ensure we're getting a color that will go well with what we have. We're hoping to have the painting done by Thanksgiving. Strudel is still adorable as usual.

Kitchen renovations - before.

Kitchen renovations - after.

Pumpkin Time!

It's almost Halloween! I've got to find time to carve our pumpkin... hopefully not minutes before the Trick-or-Treaters show up like what usually happens every year. In previous years I carved a Minecraft creeper pumpkin, but probably won't be doing that this year. I might carve either a Cheshire Cat grinning or a unicorn. It all depends on what I have time for and how creative I'm feeling. We're getting our new granite countertops installed tomorrow so things might be a bit hectic in the kitchen. Hopefully I can do it once they're finished. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Aliens!

Our new mattress was delivered this weekend. Strudel ran around the house trying to hide from the delivery people, so I put him in the library temporarily. Once the new mattress was set up, we decided we needed new bedsheets and pillowcases. I got artsy and decided to get red sheets and pillowcases. Now our bed has the color scheme of a chocolate-covered cherry. It doesn't look bad. I actually slept pretty well last night and had a nice dream about space aliens. Nice space aliens. They were nice. Not much else to write about, so I'm gonna call Mom.

Busy Day

October 24, 2015. It's been a pretty busy day today. Rigel and I finished shopping for countertops and went out to a pho restaurant for lunch, then headed home for delivery of our new mattress. Then we bought some new bedsheets at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I'm getting into the habit of writing 100 words when I can, even if it is little quotidian updates like these, because I don't write as often as I should. I think I'm going to be working on a project involving book titles from Xydexx_ebooks as my next art project. It should be interesting.

State of 2015

My 2010 goals are more of a then and now snapshot than anything else:

  • Bike another 1000 miles this year. I hardly biked at all this year. It's terrible, but in 2012 I did 1,500 miles. 2013 was a really rough year for me. 2014 was just busy. This year I had a lot on my plate. Maybe next year?
  • Bike from Leesburg, VA to Hawthorne, NY (or an equivalent 300-mile, multi-day bike tour). Didn't happen. The trip to New York probably won't now. I do have a tent and camping gear, though.
  • Check out the D&L Canal Trail. Not planning to go to New York any time soon, unfortunately.
  • Spend 1 hour on the treadmill 4 nights a week. Treadmill broke, we have a rowing machine now.
  • Finish that 2-page piece of pn0y pr0n that's been languishing in draft form for two years. I really should do this.
  • Finish artwork for Johnny. Probably did it.
  • Design something every day (at minimum, make up the days you missed). Updating websites counts as long as I write 100 words a day. Xydexx's Quotidian Adventures, perhaps? I miss having an actual journal.
  • Reduce (eBay) the amount of Stuff I have that's just cluttering up the downstairs storage room (Dragon Magazines, &c.). We decluttered a bit but did so by bringing stuff to the ReStore and thrift shops.
  • Move all non-active (not used in 3 months) files out of office/filing cabinet. I should also do this.
  • Empty closet in guest bedroom. I probably did this, but then we moved.
  • Buy a laptop, larger monitor, and (maybe) a color laser printer. Did this!
  • Adjust sleep schedule enough to be able to take 15 minutes to eat breakfast before leaving for work. I do this frequently. If anything I procrastinate too much in getting out the door.

State of 2010

I had a recent look at some of my goals for 2010 and got to thinking about the status of some of them:

  • Bike another 1000 miles this year. Just go out and do it whenever you have and hour or two of free time (leave time to get degrungified afterward). (Also: Recharge batteries in lights. Fix bike helmet.) Find a biking partner (Bicycle Outfitters in Leesburg has a ride scheduled every Tuesday night).
  • Bike from Leesburg, VA to Hawthorne, NY (or an equivalent 300-mile, multi-day bike tour). Buy a tent. Plan route (probably via Harrisburg, PA).
  • Check out the D&L Canal Trail. Bring bike up when travelling to New York.
  • Spend 1 hour on the treadmill 4 nights a week. Do this if home at 7PM (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday), before Rigel gets on the treadmill at 8PM).
  • Finish that 2-page piece of pn0y pr0n that's been languishing in draft form for two years. Find draft copy of pn0y pr0n.
  • Finish artwork for Johnny. Come up with concept artwork.
  • Design something every day (at minimum, make up the days you missed). Updating websites counts. Write minimum 100 words/day.
  • Reduce (eBay) the amount of Stuff I have that's just cluttering up the downstairs storage room (Dragon Magazines, &c.). Take inventory of what exactly needs to go.
  • Move all non-active (not used in 3 months) files out of office/filing cabinet. Gather all clutter in office into one pile and sort. Make a filing/organization system to process incoming papers.
  • Empty closet in guest bedroom. Make room downstairs to put it.
  • Buy a laptop, larger monitor, and (maybe) a color laser printer. Do research and find prices on all of the above. What kind of laptop do I use for work?
  • Adjust sleep schedule enough to be able to take 15 minutes to eat breakfast before leaving for work. Start going to bed the same time Rigel does.

Occasional Ramblings

November 17, 2010

In my latest effort to provide the internet with cute and weird content, I've created the Ultimate Horse Nozzle page. I pumped up a giant life-size inflatable palomino and took lots of pictures of its nozzle. I'm so naughty!

And then when I was finished, I unplugged it and let all its air out. Aww. -=)

Xydexx's inflatable palomino has a nice nozzle.
Xydexx's inflatable palomino has a nice nozzle.

October 18, 2010

Rigel and I got back from a week-long trip through Colorado and Utah. We drove around the mountains on treacherous dirt roads with no guardrails, explored abandoned ghost towns, went on a gold mine tour, rode a narrow-gauge steam locomotive, and wandered around in the desert looking at all the crazy rock formations.

There are lots of towns with buildings from the old mining days, many rebuilt of brick (the entire town burning down around 1889-1890 seemed to be a common theme in most of the towns we visited). We went to Leadville and Cripple Creek and Victor in Colorado, and then eventually crossed into Utah and ended up at my older brother's place in Salt Lake City.

Old buildings along the main street in Leadville, Colorado.
Old buildings along the main street in Leadville, Colorado.

View our complete collection of pictures at: http://picasaweb.google.com/xydexx/Colorado!

August 23, 2010

I've been thinking I should develop and area here to store all the cool stuff I find during my internet wanderings. There is an incredible amount of it out there, and I'm having a hard time keeping track of it all.

I went out biking today, and covered a good 30 miles total. I explored several abandoned houses along the way. I enjoy mixing my various interests together. It's more efficient that way. Here's an abandoned house that's one of the few remnants of the town of Willard, which was mostly obliterated in the 1950s when Dulles International Airport was built.

An abandoned house near Dulles International Airport, site of the former town of Willard.
An abandoned house near Dulles International Airport, site of the former town of Willard.

More pictures here!

About Xydexx

Xydexx is old enough to drink but younger than Jon Stewart. He once got in trouble for Unnecessary Smiling.

Xydexx is originally from Westchester County, NY (just north of NYC). Someone once said he has the patience of a Saint, and the morals of Satan. He is eccentric, but harmless.

Modern Ruins

Xydexx is obsessed with abandoned buildings and old maps and local history, and spend an inordinate amount of time researching and/or trespassing visiting decaying old structures and sometimes entire towns that no longer exist. He is very familiar with the Hudson Highlands region (his old stomping grounds) and the cornucopia of abandoned iron ore mines and crumbling mansions in that area.

Online History

Xydexx first got online in 1982, using CompuServe with a 300 baud acoustic coupler that he bought for $350. Back when he was young and crazy (now he's old and crazy) he didn't think 1200 baud was necessary. In 2010, he created the Ultimate Horse Nozzle as a way of making the internets more awesome.

Zine Publishing

Xydexx published a zine called The Grumbling Yak from 1990-1991. He met Mike Gunderloy and pals at one of the famous Factsheet Five parties. He also dabbled in mail art, and ran Ed's Pregnant Yak Service out of his Dobbs Ferry post office box for many years.

Furry Fandom

Xydexx has always been a longtime Warner Brothers/Disney fan, and was delighted to find out about Furry fandom in 1993. He serves as Publications Director for Anthrocon, the world's largest Furry convention. He used to be an active editor on WikiFur back when Wikifur was actually about Furry fandom.

Recumbent Biking

Xydexx spends his free time riding his Sun EZ-Sport recumbent bicycle. He has always had a bit of wanderlust and would go on long treks on his bike, even when he lived in New York.

Today

Xydexx currently lives in Bornhausen, Germany and spends his copious free time exploring castles and drinking beer. And that's just awesome.

Life Was Meant To Be Awesome

Xydexx Squeakypony is a squeaky pony (actually a silly inflatable lavender unicorn) who believes in making life as awesome as possible and has great enthusiasm for cute and weird stuff. He has little patience for drama and people who enjoy being asshats.