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Sunday, October 26, 2008

And So I Face The Final Curtain...

The End is Near...

On Tuesday, I fly back to Seattle to pack up the rest of the house, close on it with the new buyers, put the family on a plane and hit the highway with the van and the cat. 8 months and 4 days after I left there for Denver, it's finally over.

I'll spend two days driving through three mountain ranges (in late October...can't wait) to get to Denver. I hope the title of this post isn't too prophetic.

My hope is to be here in Denver with them for trick or treat. I'll have to make good time to do it. Wish me luck.

In 8 days we close on the house down here. I probably shouldn't have purchased a house with the uncertainty in EVERYTHING these days but what the hell. There has been no stability in my family for almost a year now. I had to give them something.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me over the last 8 months. I think I'm only coming to terms with how depressed I have really been and hope that it's going to be easy to pull out of.

More details as they become available.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Two Weeks and Counting, Or So...

The house sale / purchase is moving along swimmingly. We close prior to the end of October in Seattle so that ends our time there, finally. After that, I put the family on a plane while the cat and I drive 19+ hours in the van from Seattle to Denver. That'll be three mountain ranges I have to drive through in November. Whee...

Then, we close here in Denver on the 3rd of November. Assuming all goes well, we take possession that day. The trick though, is we don't get our stuff until Nov. 8th. Kyle had a great suggestion about buying some Nerf hockey sticks and letting the kids go crazy. There won't be anything else to do and they can't break anything.

More updates to come!

Monday, October 06, 2008

An Offer At Last!

On the worst day in U.S. financial history since the Great Depression, we finally got an offer on the house in Seattle that we're going to accept! Sure, I lost a ton of equity in the house, but that really doesn't matter right now. Within the month, I'll finally have the family with me in Denver.

I'll write more later.

Oh yeah. Puppies.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Pork, Anyone?

For all of us homeowners who are being raped by the terrible housing market, we'd just like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Congress for passing this marvelous bailout bill which will make everything better, save us from ourselves, and cause choco-mint cookies to fall from the sky like rain.

Now wake up.

Of course, anyone who knows me knows that I sit on one particular side of this fence. In this case though, I throw condemnation to every f'ing Congressman and Congresswoman that used this crisis to add their own "pork" to this bill. The original bailout bill proposed by the Republicans was four pages. The final bill just signed is now over 400. And guess what, very little of this bill now has anything to do with housing, bank bailouts or the mortgage crisis.

Among other things, it includes legislation and/or tax breaks for companies that build race tracks, produce kids wooden arrows ($6 million), Puerto Rican rum producers ($192 million), television producers ($10 million) and American companies operating in Samoa. (Note that on the last one, a major employer in Nancy Pelosi's district is Starkist, who operates a major canning operation in Samoa. I'm sure it's coincidence.)

The bill also contains buried language that allows the IRS to conduct clandestine spying operations on American taxpayers they suspect of cheating on their taxes. The privacy implications have yet to really be realized. Top loading domestic washing machines have also been targeted by this. (Well, it's about time someone did something about those damn things!)

Another interesting note buried in this bill is that credit card companies in 2011 will be forced to send the IRS transaction records so they can search for untaxed transactions. This could open the door to the IRS finally getting their mitts on billions of dollars of currently untaxed Internet transactions going as low as ebay sellers.

There's more. A lot more. 442 pages of more.

Why do politicians (Republicans and Democrats, sorry) do this? When a bill is going through Congress that is of critical importance and likely to pass, it's the best time for them to add a page or twenty for their particular districts and special interest groups. And yes, both sides have special interest groups.

So, $700 Billion in tax dollars later (which a Congressional Watchdog Group says could balloon to over $112 billion when all is said and done), here we are. With a ton of useless legislation, more waste of our money, and these hypocritical politicians pointing to the greed of banks, Wall Street and even us lowly tax payers.
I'm hoping that we get a chance to see the sponsor of every piece of this bill. They should be held up and ridiculed.

The next post will be about puppies. I promise. Unless they were outlawed by this bill, too.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Another Crazy Plan

Today was Jameson's 5th birthday. I missed it because I couldn't get up there until next week, after my next product release. I'm sure in 20 years that's going to seem real f**king important.

So I hatched another crazy scheme. There's a house here in Denver we want, but we can't get the albatross in Seattle to sell. So, several hours of no sleep one night, a spreadsheet and the thought "it just might work" and here we go again.

Essentially, I've convinced these people here it would be better to rent me their house until the market stabilizes, then let me buy it. So far, they're on board. We'll see what happens.