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Hi, I'm Darryll and I live in Pullman, Washington with my wife and two kids. I'm a licensed Architect and am employed as a Project Manager at Washington State University. In addition, I have my own business doing residential designs in the greater Palouse area. I am a self-taught pianist, song-writer and singer and am involved in the music department at my local church.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I am still here... honest :)

I have been so incredibly busy!  I know, I know – that’s no excuse, I should still be able to throw up a blog posting at LEAST once a week.  I’ll try to get better, really, I will.

Work has been very busy and we just had 14 of our 60 person department let go due to budget cuts, so I am working hard to stay busy and valuable there!  I have seniority (almost 20 years) and am pretty secure in my position, but let me tell you, I was relieved that I found out about the whole layoff thing through an office email explaining what had happened, as opposed to being one of the unfortunate ones who was let go.

In my side business, I have a beautiful new home that I’m in the middle of designing.  Right now it’s at 4,500 SF and is located on the top of a local mountain with an incredibly commanding view of the surrounding area.  Here are a couple of sketchup views of it.  Click on them to see the pics at full size...  We’re still in the midst of design, but this is a fun challenge.  Even though it’s a huge home, the clients are trying to give it a “small cottage in the forest” feel – think Thomas Kinkade.

On top of this, I’m trying to at least put in a front yard on our 3½ acres this summer so we don’t have a muddy mess for the second year in a row this winter.  The “little” front yard is 3000 SF.  This will at least get us started.

My ‘70s comment today – I’ve seen and, of course, LOVED “Super 8” when it was in the theaters awhile back.  I told my friends that JJ Abrams was incredibly successful in that as I watched the movie, I felt like I was watching a movie that was MADE back in 1979.  The ONLY issue I had with it is that I don’t think kids carried backpacks back then… at least I didn’t in ’77 when I graduated.  Maybe I’m wrong – maybe they became the thing within 2 years of my having left the high school scene.  Actually – it’s hard to imagine that they would have gotten that wrong, so I’m probably off.


LaraAnn said...

It's so nice to have you back. You certainly have been busy - that is such a beautiful home that you designed. Take your time, whenever you do post again I'll be here to check it out. Your reflections on the past are always enjoyable.

I never did get around to seeing Super 8. I kept putting it off and by the time I finally decided to go it was no longer in the theater around here. I hope that the dvd of it is out soon, it sounds really good.

Marco said...

I agree with Laura. Your posts are well thought out and offer a chance for reflection. I check your posts often just in case there's a new one. :) . Besides, I can't really criticize for lack of posts since I haven't posted for over 8 months. But I love to leave comments.

I like the house too. I can see it blending into the lanscape quite nicely.

As for the size... Check out this absurdity that's being sold in a town next to mine...
http://www.bgshomes.com/CamelotII/index.php?cat=Two Storey&id=92

Check out the floorplans. It's truely not a home unless you have a salt water fishing pond in the basement. The term starter castle is definitely appropriate.

joe said...

Welcome back (:

Blast from the Past said...

LaraAnn - Thanks for the re-welcome and the kind words. I'll try not to wait so long until my next post... :) I do encourage you to see Super 8 - it's a really good movie.

Marco - thank you, too, for the kind words. Glad you like the house I'm doing. They hope to break ground in a month or so, so I have to get to finishing the construction drawings.

BTW - that thing that is selling in the next town from you... wow! I like big homes, but that is ridiculous!!! Like with a CAPITAL R! And it doesn't even look like a home from the front - more like a big church or convention center. While I'm sure I wouldn't mind the fees I would receive from designing a house like that, I can guarantee you that I wouldn't ever want to live in anything NEAR that big.

Blast from the Past said...


Thanks for the note, Joe! :) I got so wrapped up in commenting about that house that I missed you at the end there...

Didn't meant to ignore you... :)