My son’s remodel

Yesterday, Mom and I went over to my son’s (Jamey’s) house to see what he and Sage had done to it in 2019. Due to Covid, we weren’t able to see it when I was here last year. In fact, Jamey hasn’t been to a barber since Covid hit and I was surprised (pleasantly so!) to see that he has grown a ponytail and it’s curly like my hair!

Jamey hugging his grandma!

Many years ago, Jamey built a webcomic aggrandizer called Comic Rocket so that he could keep track of his favorite webcomics and be notified when the artists put out new comics. He made this available to anyone else who wanted to do the same. He started a Patreon account for anyone who wanted to support him and he would get a few dollars a month from it. Over time, he moved on to other projects, and then recently discovered that Comic Rocket was still working and people were still using it, so he decided to reach out to his followers and patrons with a survey to see what they would like from him and they mostly said, “Just keep doing what you’re doing!” He let it be known that he had this Patreon account and more people began contributing, so he decided to develop his own merch. The cool mask and hoodie he’s wearing in this picture are some of the things he sells to support Comic Rocket.

They extended the back of the house to make this really spacious and bright dining area just off the kitchen.
Sage has always been a very organized person and I was impressed by this storage system. I want one like this!
Where Jamey is standing in this picture used to be a steep cement staircase to the basement. I love the windows above the stairway and there is now a nice landing halfway down so that the steps can be more standard.
As most of you probably know, Jamey and Sage are geeks, so Jamey had the electrician put in this bundle of wires so that he could wire the house for computers to be set up anywhere.
Once the wires were put in, Jamey set up this panel which is his pride and joy. Their home is a very old house, but this brings it into the 21st century. This is in a shallow cabinet in Jamey’s office and it covers the whole house.

I have to say here that I am very proud of my son. I just read a post he wrote on Comic Rocket about the upgrades he’s been working on and he admitted that he had figured not very many people were using it anymore, but he got an outpouring of love from people who told him they have been quietly using his site for many years and talking about their lives pre-Comic Rocket and post-Comic Rocket; how confusing their leisure life was before and how much more relaxing it is now. His site is the best thing they’ve found out there, and they were surprised to find out that he’s been running it alone for the last 5 years or so.

I am reminded of the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, where George Bailey never knew how many lives he had touched until he was in desperate straights and an angel decided to show him what Bedford Falls would have been like if he’d never been born. Jamey, my son, you are the George Bailey of webcomics, and don’t you forget it!

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