June 30, 2005

Let's try this again

Don't say anything, but I'm going to put an offer on a house this evening. It's a FSBO (for sale by owner) and the guy and I have agreed in principal. He seems pretty eager to sell and is willing to give me allowances on carpet and paint...or that's what he said last week.

It's 1400 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, in a great part of town. It's a single-street subdivision and the houses are about 15 yrs old. There's only about 15 or 20 houses in the subdivision.

If it goes through, I'll post pictures. And yes, Dear Reader, there's an extra bedroom if you want to visit.

UPDATE: We signed the contract Thursday night. I didn't get everything I wanted, but it's still a great deal. On Friday, my agent said that he thinks the seller may be experiencing some 'remorse' because he knows he could get more money for the home.

The home inspection is scheduled for Wednesday, and I'm pretty sure he's going to use this as a reason to get out of the contract. If a big-ticket item (heating/air, plumbing, electrical) has a significant problem, I'm 99% sure he's going to balk at fixing it. Then I'll need to decide if I want to fix it or kill the deal. We shall see.

June 22, 2005

House-hunting blows dead donkeys

Yeah, I know that's kinda rough, but it leaves you, Dear Reader, with no doubt about how I feel. Didn't think it'd be this hard...or take this long.

The house I made the offer on this past weekend? Rejected. No counter offer, just flat-out rejection. Since the offer was made on Father's Day, and the man's father recently passed, I figured it might have been emotion that led to the rejection. Modified my offer and submitted it...and I'll be damned if the fucker didn't reject it again. The problem, imho, is that the guy is trying to recoup his investment to put the house on the market...in short, his asking price is going to be $10 - $15 higher, per sq foot, than any house in the area. We're talking 8 to 10 grand higher. Good luck with that one, dumbass.

I've looked at lots of houses in different areas and just can't find anything I like or that doesn't need a lot of work right off the bat. Yeah, I admit it, I'm picky, but I don't want to drop a lot of cash on a house and then have to start remodeling. I don't have that much cash, either, so I continue to look.

Anyway, thought I'd bring you up to date on the house hunting. Fortunately, I can go month-to-month with the apartment for an additional $50 a month...beats signing a new 7 month lease...yeah, they do weird stuff like 7 months.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to peruse the MLS listings...again.

June 19, 2005

A multitude

Sorry for not writing, Dear Reader, but things have been hectic lately. I've been fishing, house hunting like a mad man, getting to know an incredibly awesome woman, and working. That's quite a lot going on for me.

I hope the house hunting is finally over. I made an offer on a house Saturday. It's an older house (25 to 30 yrs old), but is undergoing an extensive remodeling. The owner passed away unexpectedly and his son decided to remodel before putting it on the market. Fortunately for me, my real estate agent is also the listing agent so I got to see it before it even hit the market.

It'll have new kitchen countertops and flooring, new bathroom countertops and flooring, new carpet, and best of all, a new HVAC system. If the offer is accepted by tomorrow, I will be able to pick out the flooring and countertops since they've not been installed. Will probably do tile throughout, except for the kitchen counters. My 'friend' gave me a great idea of looking for a piece of marble that may have a small irregularity in it. Marble countertops would be great...plus, she even agreed to help me decorate. :-) I'll let you know as soon as I hear something.

As for fishing, I went again yesterday with my friend and his son and we caught 19 bass between us. I had the biggest for a while until my buddy reeled in a 5lb 3 oz. beauty. We didn't keep any, although I wouldn't have minded a little grilled bass for supper. Maybe next time. I got another offer to go today, but laundry called.

That's all for now, Dear Reader. I will keep you up to date on all things 3legged as they occur. Out.

June 15, 2005

Why the fish weren't biting

A friend and I went fishing Sunday afternoon. First, we stopped to see the bald eagles that have nested off of the local reservoir, then we headed up the river to fish. Trouble was, we had a visitor that was keeping the fish away.

That's my foot, and the lure above his head is a yellow buzz bait, which is what attracted him. He chased that thing for a good 10 minutes.

Here he is in all his glory...

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June 08, 2005

Work Tip #8168

When replacing the power supply in a PC, be sure to take off your pager. It is a known fact that it will go off right as you remove said power supply and the intense vibration on your hip will freak your brain out for a split second, thinking you've just electrocuted yourself.

Trust me on this one...I think I peed a little.

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June 07, 2005

Dutch Chocolate Fuzz

If you want to add some flavor to your Dutch Chocolate Isopure, which is really good by the way, try adding a small, whole peach. One word of advice? Peel the peach first. Peach fuzz is nasty in a smoothie.

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June 01, 2005

One of those days

It went something like this...

Scene: Company breakroom, early morning. Our hero enters, dragging ass, trying to find some caffeine.

Cleaning Lady: Mornin'! How you doing today?

Our Hero: grumblegrumblegrumble

Cleaning Lady: Oh, now, don't be that way.

Our Hero: I know, I know, but I'm already worn out and it's only Tuesday.

[silence for about 3 seconds]

Cleaning Lady: Darlin', uh, you know today ain't Tuesday?

Our Hero: Huh?

Cleaning Lady: Today's not Tuesday, it's Wednesday. We were off Monday.

Our Hero gives her a blank look as his brain wraps itself around the fact that it's not Tuesday.

Cleaning Lady: It's Wednesday, I promise.

Our Hero: Holy cow, you're right, it IS Wednesday. Wahoo! Yes!

Cleaning Lady: (laughs) You need to dial it up a bit, son, the days are gettin' by you.

Our Hero: Yes, Ma'am, you got that right. Either that or buy a watch that has the days on it.

I guess the moral of this story is this: Going through life being a dumbass isn't so bad if you don't realize you're a dumbass.

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