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Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by M&P15T, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. M&P15T

    M&P15T Beard One

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    My work takes me into people's home, and enjoying hours long periods of time where we not only design their kitchen, but get to know one another a bit.

    When I worked in Arlington, I met quite a few "Foreign Service" employees coming back home after years long postings over-seas. They had rented their homes out for years, and needed real work.

    Rumors have it that a few of these "Foreign Service" folks are really OGA, or "Other Governmental Agency", like CIA and such. One customer was a male a bit younger than I, with fresh, healing facial wounds. He was fit, and not very big. He was only home for a few months, just long enough to get his condo on the market and let his wounds heal, before he headed back over-seas. I have a strong feeling that particualr gentleman did not negotiate trade policies.

    I'm currently working with a couple about 15 years or so older than I. They live in (and work from) a home built in 1800, that they purchased and had disassembled, shipped from a location in southern Virginia, and reassembled at it's current location. The original parts of this home have 12' ceilings (helped with heat before air-con), and doors I have to duck to get through. Each nail was made by hand, so all of the exposed nail heads are different. Almost every major part of the home is original to 1800, and completely fascinating. The doors (both interior and exterior) are especially fascinating, with how they were made and finished. I have many pictures, but it wouldn't be appropriate to post them without their permission.

    We have been working for a bit to get their project designed, and are pretty much ready to wrap things up. We were scheduled to finalize things today, but she had to jump on a plane for Jordan, so we had to postpone things. What's she doing in Jordan? Dunno, didn't ask. Could be nothing special, could be something very interesting. Hell, she might work for a gas company for all I know. She could also be getting ready to go all "Sky Fall" on someone's ass.

    Interesting people and homes. I kinda like my work every now and again.
     
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    DanaT Pharaoh

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    Do you think if she did interesting things, even if they asked, they would tell you the truth?

    What is actually interesting, if you read about about, with the digital age it is much harder to fake an identity. If for example, you say you are negotiating oil deals and are working for the govt doing something else, you better have an office, with staff that believe your daily story, etc. It is much easier to check on people. For example, you you say you are in the oil business, reside at 123 Main Street, Anytown USA, within minutes someone who is looking to see if your story matches will have utility records, house sale info, credit checks, etc. Cover stories must be much better now.
     

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    M&P15T Beard One

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    Absolutely not. Which is why I don't even bother asking some people what they do for a living.
     
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    M&P,

    As a courtesy to folks I meet who work for our gov and the UK gov in any sort of clandestine manner, I simply don't ever even mention it much, as I fully realize how easy it is to triangulate someone with what are very innocuous statements. :)

    That story about the old house is very interesting - even without pics. :cool:
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    I would think I was innocuous enough.:supergrin:
     
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    mhambi κολασμένος

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    DanaT Pharaoh

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    Or maybe you are a foreign spy posing as kitchen consultant to gain access to homes....
     
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    yeah. I was sorta echoing your style of being very vague. :cool:
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    Yes....you have figured me out!!!!:rofl::rofl:

    I must leave for Mother Russia now!!
     
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    You know I was joking, but really, dont you think that someone in a position like yours would be a good recruit? Flying under the radar and have access to homes.
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    Nope.

    I have no control who comes through the door to talk to me. I don't make contact, my perspective customers do.

    So, I couldn't...like....."target" anyone.
     
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    Sounds like a very cool house!
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    Nice people too.

    The house is out in the middle of no-where. Gonna be quite a drive for my installers.:rofl::rofl:
     
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    Hmmm. Well, maybe you are not a spy. I am not yet convinced though.


    I need a new kitchen. I am pissed off at mine.

    I am sorta liking black granite counter tops. But I like the clean sink lines of Corian. But black granite just looks classier. But I hate the line that goes between a sink and counter. Corian doesnt have those.

    And I hear stainless appliances are so 2012 and the "iphone finish" is 2013.
     
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    Now you are not just a spy, but a spy ring leader...
     
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    M&P15T Beard One

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    I'm confused as to what you mean by "line that goes between a sink and counter".

    Anywho, undermount a quality stainless steel sink with Absolute Black using no reveal (technical thing), and you have a stellar look. When you clean your counter tops (which you will do quite often with a black top) means wiping crapola directly into the sink, as there is no "line".

    Corian is a plastic. It will scratch, it will burn, it will stain. It is a "renewable" surface, you can polish out blemishes. Over-all, granite (from the right distributor) is a 0 maintenance material. Corian molded-in sinks are pretty awesome, but they kinda get dingy over-time.

    I also have never heard of an "iphone" finish for appliances. Something might take over for the Stainless Steel look, but nothing is really on the horizon yet. There is a painted grey, but it looks like ass and is not durable.
     
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    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    A friend of a friend of mine is convinced our mutual friend's parents are CIA.

    They continue to jet to strange lands as "missionaries" but only work in colleges and never do real mission work.

    In the late 70's, they headed home from Hong Kong to the States. They went WEST. via Ground. To get to Europe and fly home. He has some interesting tales of Afganistan, Iran and Iraq. It was just "a family camping trip across Asia." ????

    I've met Mom and Dad. They are definitely quirky. Could be.
     
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    People are actually very conservative when choosing products they are going to have in their homes for decades. They are massively concerned that products like cabinets (styles, wood-species, finishes) are going to go out of style.

    That white finish will probably be just another flash-in-the-pan, like several others. I believe that particular color started at Kitchen Aid, and it's making it's way down the product line. I think there is also a "Black Ice".

    The White & Black Ice finishes might catch on, might not. They would work in very Modern look kitchens, with gloss thermo-foil, slab, full-overlay european cabinets. A kitchen in Germany might work very well with White or Black Ice appliances.
     
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    Plus, all over Arlington there are Military unit support buildings with innocuous names. Some Naval support facility is a few blocks from my apartment. When I need some SEALs to wreck some stuff, I'll just go knock on the door.