later during the day a longtime frequent customer of my parents, genghis lapointe, painter/web designer, paid a visit to the house to offer some painting tips. i was a little embarassed because he had seen my weblog and read my little tirade from yesterday on how much i hated the house. when we got to the place it was really freaky when genghis realized the house bordering my backyard was actually the house he was painting at earlier today. he told me the right kinds of paint for different jobs (oil versus latex), how to inspect the walls for defects that need smoothing out before painting, and some other tips. it was kind of cool when we discovered that the flaceplate on the lock for the master bedroom door actually had some intricate design work on it.
after dinner, i went with my mother and sister to the jordan's furniture in waltham to check out some sofas. some interesting styles, prices were reasonable, but nothing that screamed out "must buy." there was a moss green sofa set that i really liked (very comfortable, the right size, felt good sitting in it), but it didn't have any legs, which i think is important, especially if it ends up going above the forced air heating vent on the living room floor. i still have a boston interiors (brookline) and a bob's discount furniture (saugus) to visit.
waltham seems like a happening place, it's really hipped up since i last visited, especially down moody street. with the embassy theatre and loads of great restaurants, it seems like a cool little area to hang out. i'll have to revisit this town in the near future.