Jan 14 2013

Really? Sigh …

As you can tell from my previous post, I’m not currently in Santa Fe. I’m not at my house. And it is very cold. Here’s a view of my living room from Sunday afternoon:

And a view of the entrance area from Sunday evening (hint: the blue things and the holes in the walls are not part of my normal decoration):

The freezing temperatures caused a water pipe going to an outside spigot to burst. Instead of just wasting water to the outside (and potentially creating a beautiful ice sculpture), the water longed for warmer temperatures a decided to flood the house instead. Oakley noticed it (thank god!) when she returned to check on my house. She called in the water damage troops and they did not waste time and attempted to dry out the house as quickly as possible. Yesterday the plumber was here and he fixed the root problem and tomorrow (my today) they start patching things up again.

I mentioned over email that I feel like watching a bad horror movie where your own home gets dismantled and you can’t do anything about it. Not a good way to start the new year, but I’m grateful that I had somebody check on the house and act fast to try and minimize damage. Thanks Oakley!

On a positive note, it seems to have paid off to invest some time and thought into my document filing process. While in Europe I wanted to give my Homeowners insurance a heads-up about the damage. Normally an insurance policy is something that’s buried deeply in a filing cabinet in your home. As I scan, convert-to-PDF, full-text index and store on Google Docs all incoming paper/electronic documents, I found the latest revision of the policy within a few minutes and was able to contact them with my policy information (the blue thumbnail below is for the latest version of the policy from 05/2012). I have not heard back from them, but that’s a different story.

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2 Responses to “Really? Sigh …”

  • Rob J Says:

    Holy Kahuna, Hamburlar! What a mess! Sorry to hear. But good thing you had someone watching your place and could spring into action.

    At first, I thought you had web cams set up and that’s how you noticed, but it was probably Oakley that snapped those pics.

    I recall you mentioned before your scan-to-PDF solution, and again, it comes in handy for you, right on! I’m curious about the details of that. What scanner are you using to process all the incoming paper? I just happened to see on Boing Boing Mark Frauenfelder talking about a cool scanner (thought it kinda sounds like an advertisement).
    http://boingboing.net/2013/01/14/scansnap-ix500-a-great-scanne.html
    Are you using something like that?

    And how are you doing the full document indexing? That sounds cool, and I’d like to do that too, but unsure how to get started.

    Thanks in advance for any tips, and again, sorry about your situation.

  • Tobias Says:

    Hi Rob – you can read some of the details about my setup here: http://www.kahunaburger.com/2006/10/26/paperless-finally/

    Yes, I’m also using a ScanSnap scanner. The setup has changed slightly since I posted the message above 7 years ago. Now all my documents are scanned directly to a location inside the Google Drive (Google Docs) folder. Google will index the information and I can use Google Docs search to find documents. For offline usage, I also use Acrobat Pro to generate a full-text index in the same Google Drive/Docs location.

    The ScanSnap is a wonderful device – go and get one – you won’t be sorry!

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