example of a kludgeAccording to Wikipedia, a kludge, also referred to sometimes as a kluge or cluft, is "a clumsy or inelegant solution to a problem or difficulty". In engineering, a kludge is considered a "workaround", typically using unrelated parts cobbled together. And in computer programs, a kludge is often used to fix unexpected problems usually caused by earlier kludges.

Last night, in response to my nine year-old not taking the time to thoroughly search his pajama drawer - and therefore incorrectly, and rather impatiently, concluding that there were no long pajama bottoms available - decided on this novel, yet decidedly kludgy, way of addressing the problem. Simply wear three pairs of short pajama bottoms to create the necessary coverage! Although not fully committed to the idea of wearing clothing appropriate for the weather, I have managed to drive home the point that he could be responsible for the doctor bill if he gets sick as a result of not dressing appropriately for the weather. And so, while I have to give him credit for trying to dress warmly, I wasn't a fan of the rather kludgy solution he devised as I could easily envision a host of problems that might ensue, particularly at inopportune times such as the middle of the night!

And so that leads to my apology for not updating my new blog these last couple of days, but I've been working fast and furiously (literally 'round the clock) to flesh out the remaining tools and content needed to really hit the ground running with my new website in 2009 - with solutions that are useful and robust and which will really benefit my clients. So please bear with me: I'm making good progress and promise it will be worth the wait (sans awkward kluges!). In the meantime, if you think of something I don't have that you'd like to see, feel free to call (563) BUY-SOLD (563-289-7653) or contact us online. 


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Love the whole KLUDGE thing! Your website ROCKS BTW! Your son has a future career in comedy, no?"

Posted by Gael Boyd on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 5:54pm

Nice work on the website and I just love the "Kludge"..
I see you have green walls as well:)

Posted by Todd Harth on Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 at 10:07pm

The offering in Greater Madison makes us folks in Hong Kong so jealous. We bought an apartment for USD400,000 with only 2 rooms and 520 sq. ft. in total. We saw a water frontage cottage with real lawn and real river for the same price. My 10-yr old son asked me <Mom, when are we moving to the US?> Take care

Posted by Eva Liu on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 at 10:07am

That's awesome - love the 3 pajama solution - kids do make life interesting don't they :)

Posted by Morgan on Saturday, January 17th, 2009 at 10:42pm

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