April 05, 2004

Home Ownership Is 11 Days Away

This weekend was spent driving by my house to be, followed by rollerblading past my house to be. I think I could tell you everything about the outside of the house, right down to the number of trees, right down to the types of bushes, right down to the insane landscaping that will be a gargantuan bitch to mow.

The inevitability of financial brokeness that will ensue come the closing day April 16 has pretty much sunk in. I've been pinching pennies so hard, copper wire practically spews from my butt like Dairy Queen soft serve. More than anything, I want to be able to afford, at least, the paint required to bring the inside of the house out of the 1950s.

I find myself toggling between emotional extremes. On the one hand, I'm so excited about moving in, I can barely contain myself. On the other hand, I have so many nightmare scenarios jostling in my mind, Freddy Krueger seems like Mickey Mouse. I can just imagine, come a few strong spring rains, that my basement will become a swimming pool, and large mutant rats will be drifting along on some rat-made Ark.

But, no, I'm mostly excited. Especially given the realization over the weekend that my house is about a block away from Rochester's newest man-made lake, which is slated to have a sprawling park and trail system built around it. Melissa was totally adorable about everything, getting all excited when she found out about the big sledding hill located about a half block away. Somehow, the thought of two almost-30-year-olds dragging sleds up a hill to go sledding seemed goofy to me, but she thought it was among the coolest things EVER.

Actually, there are all sorts of little and bigger-than-little projects springing up all over my soon-to-be neighborhood, which should make for an exciting few months coming up. Everywhere I look, it seems, there are indications that my property value is going to go nowhere but up, up and up, and the general consensus from everyone I talk to is that I got a steal at $125,000. I hope they're right.

Posted by Ryan at April 5, 2004 09:58 AM

Sledding is cool, Ryan. What more do you need? Its a chance to snuggle up with your girl and engage in some high speed sliding together. Bonding experiences and all that.

My advice is to start a spreadsheet or book of projects so that you don't forget them all. We're still adding to our list but we're also crossing off ones we're completing and the ones we're realizing have absolutely no chance of happening.


Posted by: Johnny Huh? at April 5, 2004 01:45 PM

My suggestion? Send in that devil pic of you standing in front of the Precious Moments figurines to "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy". Then you'll get a personal makeover AND a house makeover. Win win!

Posted by: Layne at April 6, 2004 07:29 AM
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