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(no subject) [Apr. 10th, 2008|11:58 pm]
Work is great. Roommates are good. Lots of sports games for entertainment. Month one out of Chico was an A+.
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Clueless [Jun. 27th, 2007|09:54 pm]
I watched Clueless tonight and it made me miss the mid-90s. Fact.
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Anyone else? [Apr. 9th, 2007|04:08 pm]
What started as a quick three-day excursion to NYC for Berta and I right after my birthday has turned into...something else.

It started with my brother and his girlfriend cashing in on their Xmas present from me of a free round-trip ticket to come with us. Then my dad thought he would surprise me by showing up out there, but he couldn't make the airfare work, so he had to ditch the surprise and call me to help him book the ticket. I got a kick out of that.

Berta's friend Jenn, who works from Chico for a Manhattan-based company, found a way for her company to pay for most of her trip so she decided to join us. After that, I convinced my mom and step-dad to come out there (airfare was like $240 per person, so it was easy). Today, Berta's dad started kicking around the idea too.

Anyone else? Seriously, I think we might be able to take up the last few hotel rooms in Manhattan that week...
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(no subject) [May. 1st, 2006|01:12 pm]
What the hay.

1. I'll respond with something random I like about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll name something we should do together.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me (or just me).
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll leave you a quote that is somehow appropriate to you.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal. You MUST.
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(no subject) [Mar. 21st, 2006|11:31 pm]
All the stuff is moved into the house, but not necessarily unpacked. It will be a busy few days getting everything settled in.

The weird part of the day was closing out the apartment. Lots of great times were had there.

Housewarming party and barbecue sometime in April. Stay tuned for details.
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Homeowner [Mar. 9th, 2006|08:29 am]
As of today, I am an official homeowner.

The problem is that I am also now a landlord. The seller isn't moved out yet -- and when I say not moved out, I mean not even fucking close, as in it's going to take at least two days and probably more. This means that he is now renting from me, so I had to figure what it costs me each day to live in my house (mortgage, insurance, and property taxes) so he will know what to pay when he does move out. Also, I withheld 1% of the purchase price as security against the payment of the rent and to insure that the house is in good condition when he vacates. I'm worried that because all of the moving has to happen so fast, it will be done sloppily, and walls may be banged or floors may be scratched.

Luckily, I'm not out of my apartment until the 21st, so there's a couple of days of leeway in my schedule. Still, the seller did a piss-poor job of handling this. In fact, he was the one that requested that close of escrow be moved to March 8 from March 10 -- and he made this request three weeks ago. If he knew he would need to be out by the 8th, seems to me it wouldn't be too hard to know that he had to start packing up well before that. Why people gotta be stupid?
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House update [Feb. 23rd, 2006|11:14 am]
Escrow is scheduled to close on March 10. My loan was finalized and approved by the underwriter yesterday and my hazard insurance quote came through today. I have never signed and/or faxed so much paperwork in my life and it's barely half over. I also turned in my 30-day notice of intent to vacate to my apartment complex.

The only issue (and it is a small one) is that the current owner of the house has installed a pull-down ladder in the garage ceiling for access to the attic. Normally, this would be OK, but because the garage is attached to the house, it must have special "fire seal" insulation and sheetrock on all walls it shares with the house, which includes the ceiling. The pull-down ladder was installed sans the correct materials. We submitted a request for repair to the owner for that a a few smaller items (bad wax seal on the toilet, leaky faucet, etc.) and are waiting to hear back.

The owner is under no obligation to fix any of my requests, but it is in his best interests to fix what he can, and then come back to me with some potential negotiating points for the items he does not want to fix. For instance, offering to knock $500 to $1000 off of the selling price of the house in lieu of repairing the pull-down ladder would be appropriate.

This is all standard and "part of the process", I am told, so I am not too worried. In fact, the whole process has gone much smoother than I anticipated. Still, it's all very surreal. Me? A homeowner? Bwah.

P.S. If anyone wants an awesome three-bedroom, two-bath apartment in Chico for $895 per month (new leases for these apartments are currently $975 per month), let me know now! Also, because we have been there so long, if anyone takes over our lease, they will get carpet cleaning, blinds cleaning, full apartment painting, and four hours of general cleaning PAID FOR when they move out.
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House update. [Feb. 5th, 2006|02:14 pm]
It's done. I signed the paperwork this morning at 8:30. Escrow starts tomorrow.
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(no subject) [Feb. 3rd, 2006|07:08 pm]
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Made an offer on a house today. I've never had to sign/initial as many places as I did to complete the offer paperwork. I feel for the trees.

It's a great starter home -- awesome floorplan, only 7 years old, and low-maintenance. I asked for a response by 5:00 PM tomorrow.
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New Year's [Jan. 4th, 2006|10:00 pm]
It will come as no surprise to anyone that Berta and I spent New Year's in New York. We rang in the new year at Detour, a jazz club in the East Village. If you go to the website, you'll see a picture on the bottom of their front page of Berta and I -- I guess they thought us hip enough make us the bar's "Happy New Year" photo!

While in NYC, we saw a few shows, including The One-Man Star Wars Trilogy, RFK, and Waiting For Godot. We also caught the utterly amazing Pixar exhibit at MoMA.

Back in Chico now and very tired, but STCP has been taken care of expertly in my absence by Michelle and the skeleton crew of Chad (he of the 67-phone-logs-in-one-day), Eamon, Mandy, and Weston. I'm not sure they actually need me around...hmmm...maybe I can sneak away again on another trip. ;)
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