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Old 11-17-2008, 01:53 PM
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Thanks guys (and gals)...I'm starting to get a little summit fever- the end is near! Only 6 more weekends and I should have it licked.
I'm the guy who haggles with the car salesman over the last $500. I'll do it for 2 hours if I need to ($250 an hour, its worth it).
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:24 PM
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Hey Les, you want to know the kicker? THis whole project is going to run me right around $2,500ish. Can you beleive that? I mean, I cut a lot of corners and did every bit of work myself (didn't even bring in a cement truck)- but it could have easily been $8,000 if I wasn't such a cheapskate.
Nothing wrong with saving a buck. As Modthyrth mentioned, you have added a lot of value even it was sweat equity (literally). My neighbor charges 10-15K for a simple little island. You have a serious kitchen going on. Again, extremely nice job.
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Old 11-17-2008, 02:44 PM
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Way to go Breven,

I just Googled Victorville. Are you officially considered high desert? Hey, braving the heat is every bit as brutal as working in the snow. Great job -- looking good!

I'm a big believer in sweat equity. It all comes back to you when it's time to move.

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:02 PM
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Nice work Breven! I love the brick facing, tile counter top, built-ins... That's going to be a fantastic entertainment center.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:24 PM
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Thanks Ken, Les...both of you guys have helped me out a ton.

I've already been thinking about my official "it's finally done" party. James, if you're willing to drive up to the high desert- all the pizza and beer you can handle- I owe you that much! (or anyone else for that matter)
Anyone have any ideas on how to entertain a large group? I've had a few get togethers- 10 pizzas- and I felt like I was making pizza and cooking all night while everyone else was socializing. I'm thinking of grabbing a kid from the local restaurant and paying him to come cook pizzas that night (after some instruction) and maybe even a bar tender. Otherwise, with 20 or 30 people over, I'll be working my butt off instead of relaxing.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:35 PM
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Looking really great!!!

I see the end in sight and have been stepping efforts to finish my 18 month project so you don't finish before me!!!

I've got well over 5k invested in mine (I'm scared to count up all the receipts - actually) - but that includes 800 sq foot of brick pavers and the grill - I salvaged base block, used old chain link instead of wire mesh - recycled form boards. I can't imagine how much I would have spent to hire it out.

I know what you mean about all cook and no relaxing. I've started to train the neighbors on oven tending and dough handling. I'm going to start supervising more and doing less!!!

I don't mind bartending if you have an opening for your next party.....

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:50 PM
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Breven,

My advice is to invite a bunch of folks from here, on the grounds that they should know how to both use a wood fired oven and to make pizza's in it, then let them do the work of feeding all those that don't, because you have EARNED the chance to sit back and enjoy it! (unless you are like me and just bitch about having to do all the cooking etc. but secretly enjoy it! )

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Old 11-17-2008, 03:54 PM
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Christo- If you want to come all the way out here to tend bar, your hired! Did I mention what a cheapskate I am? I can promise you wouldn't make enough to cover your plane ticket!
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Old 11-17-2008, 04:03 PM
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Trav- dude, I love making the pizzas and I really enjoy cooking them. BUT...when there are a bunch of friends over, I'd like to drink some beers and put my feet up, while someone else serves up the fresh pizzas. A few times, by the time I was done cooking- the fricken party is winding down! I think payign someone to do the cooking for a big party is worth it- with Cristo tending bar- it's a win win, he can help the cook if he gets backed up!
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:20 AM
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Last time I had a bunch of people over, I showed them how to make a pizza and then let everyone do their own. Tending the oven and baking all the pizzas is still a lot of work, but it means that everyone is there and socialising with you while you do it. Plus they all really enjoyed making pizza.

But I must say, hiring somebody sounds like it would give you a more relaxing evening...
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