Saturday, September 11, 2010

houston, we have a problem.

A few weeks ago I arrived home from work to find this:
Do you see the problem?  My neighbour painted her garage door.  And she painted it a different colour than mine.  As you can assume, with me being completely anal and all, having my garage door a different colour than my neighbour's really, really bothered me.  Let's look at it from a different angle:
I decided to sleep on it before overreacting.  I mean, it's only a garage door, right?

After sleeping on it, (and going outside to look at the doors again), I was still troubled.  I figured out that I had 5 possible options:

1. Leave my garage door as is and try to get used to the mismatched colours (unlikely).
2. Paint my neighbour's garage door back to white so it would match mine (preferable).
3. Paint both my neighbour's garage door and my garage door a completely different colour altogether (likely to cause problems and maybe she doesn't like bright purple as much as me).
4. Spray paint "YO WTF HOMEY?" on her garage door so that she would have to repaint it and ask her to paint mine while she's at it (Scott vetoed this).
5. Paint my garage door the same colour as my neighbour's garage door (the adult thing to do).
After much consideration, I decided that #5 was likely the option which would cause the least amount of conflict.  And, it's a nice colour that she picked, so you know, why go recreating the wheel?  I texted her to ask her if she had any paint left over.  Nada - but she would leave the empty can by my front door so I could go and buy the same colour (which I did).  I will point out that the fact that she only bought enough paint for her own garage door taught me something about my neighbour and that is that she would have been completely comfortable with our garage doors remaining mismatched forever more.  I'm not going to lie, I will never look at her the same way again.
The weather finally cooperated with me and this morning I painted my garage door, while Cam made chalk drawings on the driveway.  I feel much better now.  I hope if my neighbour decides to do anything drastic like, I don't know, repave her side of the driveway or something, she lets me know beforehand...and don't even get me started about Christmas lights.
Also, I think the neighbourhood dogs have been "helping" water my cedar globe bush and hostas.  Assholes.  Speaking of assholes, guess who didn't even notice that I painted the garage door?  Captain Oblivious, who drove up, walked inside, and only realized all the hard work I'd done when he read my blog.  Sheesh.


  1. I think you should have went with the "Yo WTF homey" option.

  2. yeah, some graf would have perked things up considerably!

  3. Love

  4. well. you know what? That's why I won't buy a house. That said. the final colour is nice.

  5. We are kindred spirits Kat. That would drive me crazy!! Oh and at least Scott reads your blogs...tell him to tell Dave that he should do the same!

  6. Caroline3:46 p.m.

    Funny, I would have been looking for ways to make my house look different from hers! Not because hers isn't nice, just because I'd want to be individual. I might actually have gone with the bright purple, in fact. I'm not as fond of matching-up. Just me.

  7. Anonymous11:48 p.m.

    Jenn: Kat badgers me to read her blogs immediately after she posts them. This is not to say I wouldn't read her stuff anyway, but she doesn't give me the option of not reading them because she knows what a good editor I am and she wants me to catch any typos she might have made.

    If you want Dave to read your blogs, then insist that he reads them. Use bribery if you have to. I know he loves you, so it's not like he doesn't care what's on your mind.