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The new garage doors were installed this week. The old slab-wood doors originally installed by the builder were not in the best of shape - in fact one was starting to crack. Could not quite justify replacing them before. After all ... doors - if they open and close ... (shrug).

Looked up the quietest openers in Consumer Reports, went around to four different places (a fifth was closed) to look at door prices and models. Settled on insulated (quieter) double-walled steel doors (more durable) designed not to amputate fingers, and no windows (tacky). The new doors - they go up, they go down - very quiet though. Going to have to paint the walls now, as the doors make the garage look much nicer.

Total with installation was well under $3K. There was a moment when one of the installers stopped and looked at the car in the garage, puzzled. Perhaps he was wondering why I was installing doors worth more than the car. Amusing.

Another major item off the list of things the house needs, about which I am unreasonably pleased. As to the rest of the house...

Rita Rudner: "Most men don't even live like people. They live like bears with furniture."

... which is not far from the truth. Too much mess ...