A Room of One’s Own

Before I get started, I just wanted to let y’all know that I have 3 Gmail invites lying around. If anyone is interested in them, holler to me at whazzmaster AT gmail dizot com and I’ll get you set up.

OK, on with the show. Last evening Erin and I got a pre-approval for a home loan. We got approved for a decent amount, and I guess now we’re going to be looking around for homes, condos, townhomes, etc. Ultimately, we may end up living underground like Luke Skywalker. I’m not sure, things are really expensive around here.

Anyways, that’s the news. We’re looking for homes. Not earth-shattering, but no small undertaking either. Wish us luck.

–whazz on

18 thoughts on “A Room of One’s Own

  1. Indeed Luke, I tried to give one to Erin but she doesn’t understand it. She said she just wasn’t gonig to respond.

  2. Yeah, one friend of mine did get signed up, but she wasn’t really sure how it worked. I explained it more to her later, and she seemed interested, but I don’t think she’s ever used it.

    I love grouping by conversations myself. I still read most of my mail in Pine and Eudora, though (from my domain).

  3. Yeah, it’s fairly difficult to explain its benefits to a non-power user of email tools in general. I mean, I get around 200-300 emails at work every day, so the benefits of “conversations” jumped right out at me. I also like the labeling system.

  4. Yo Zach, how’s your house? Any major repairs or problems since you’ve moved in? How is home ownership in general?

  5. Heh…good thing you didn’t ask me… Speaking of web mail, I need to try and set something up in Linux. Any ideas? Or have you given up on Linux?

  6. 1. Heh, I read your blog, Luke, so I see the horror that is “a fixer-upper”.
    2. I’d be interested in anything you had to say about the subject, Zach.

  7. I’m not sure what how many of these would be applicable to you but here are my biggest complaints. Don’t take this to mean that it isn’t worth it, but in the fantasy land of owning your own house, these aren’t really the things you think about. Plus I want to apologize that I don’t have the web ranting skills that you do. I think I’m pretty good at the verbal rant, especially from having you as an excellent example, but I don’t have the pulpit on the web like you do :).

    1) Cost. It cost a hell of a lot of money to do all the things that “make a house a home”, to quote that cliché. Here’s the Henkel household list so far:

    Landscaping (still not done), window coverings (still not done), furniture (not close), wall coverings (hardly started), not having every goddamn thing be white (not started).

    2) Effort. Now that the house is mine I tend to care more about things that go wrong. When I put a hole in the wall at my apartment I didn’t care. Shit, I didn’t own the building. When some water leaked in the ceiling at the townhouse, well we were selling it in a month. Now I care when the front door doesn’t open smoothly, I spill oil all over the garage, or any other of a myriad of small problems.

    3) Shit that the builder did wrong or was too fucking lazy to fix. Things like it being impossible to get them to come back out and fix some of the stucco on the wall (I gave up), not having the intelligence to run the wires to a fan correctly (ask Luke about him helping me fix that), not testing all of the electrical sockets, reversing the hot and cold plumbing in one of the bathrooms (gee why is this toilet hot when I flush it??!??!?). The war zone that is our backyard with nails, discarded building supplies and land mines. This may just be our builder, but probably only applies to a newly built house.

    4) A million ways to screw you out of your money. Sure I want to pay “Mortgage Insurance” (PMI) for the privilege of having a mortgage with you and not have that benefit me ONE FUCKING WAY!. Isn’t that what the fuck interest is for (which at least is tax deductible)? Not to mention that neither homeowners insurance nor property taxes are cheap (yes I’m sure I have it easier in AZ than you do in CA, or certainly WI).

    I’m sure I’d have more but I just got word that things might actually be working here now so I’m off to test. Give me a call if you want to hear more…

  8. What Henkel said…<g>

    “gee why is this toilet hot when I flush it?” makes me laugh.

    The thing with the (builder) stuff Henkel mentions is that it’s *really* stupid stuff. Plumbing is easy. Electrical work is easy. Pretty much the only way to screw them up (other than missing a leak or a short or something) is to either a) have no fucking idea what you’re doing, or b) be too god damned lazy to keep track of what you’re doing. White goes to white goes to silver. Black goes to black goes to brass. Switches are always on the hot side. Etc.

    As for *this* house being a “fixer-uper”…it is and it isn’t. We had it inspected before we bought it, and really the only stuff we thought needed to be done was stuff that we *wanted* to do, like taking down the paneling, repainting, doing the basement, etc. The only “we need to fix this” issue was really the electrical box. All this water in the basement bullshit just kind of crept up on us. The previous owners claimed they didn’t have problems, and *we* didn’t have problems last year. I guess we just didn’t have enough rain then for it to be an issue.

    All that said, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t have to ask anyone if I can run wires, drill holes in the wall (big holes!), rip up the carpet, take down a ceiling fan, etc…

  9. Let’s try this again:

    What Henkel said…

    “gee why is this toilet hot when I flush it?” makes me laugh.

    The thing with the (builder) stuff Henkel mentions is that it’s *really* stupid stuff. Plumbing is easy. Electrical work is easy. Pretty much the only way to screw them up (other than missing a leak or a short or something) is to either a) have no fucking idea what you’re doing, or b) be too god damned lazy to keep track of what you’re doing. White goes to white goes to silver. Black goes to black goes to brass. Switches are always on the hot side. Etc.

    As for *this* house being a “fixer-uper”…it is and it isn’t. We had it inspected before we bought it, and really the only stuff we thought needed to be done was stuff that we *wanted* to do, like taking down the paneling, repainting, doing the basement, etc. The only “we need to fix this” issue was really the electrical box. All this water in the basement bullshit just kind of crept up on us. The previous owners claimed they didn’t have problems, and *we* didn’t have problems last year. I guess we just didn’t have enough rain then for it to be an issue.

    All that said, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t have to ask anyone if I can run wires, drill holes in the wall (big holes!), rip up the carpet, take down a ceiling fan, etc…

  10. I can’t remember but did either of you take 537 at the same time I did? My first assignment for my distributed programming class is a shell just like project 1 was for 537! Sweet code to re-use!

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