Tuesday, May 29, 2007

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

I am sick of this shit.

It has been said that nothing in life is certain except for death and taxes but I was hoping to add shelter to that list. Once upon a time we had a nice little apartment in the north end, I had my own parking spot and I felt secure. Then one day Lindsay got the crazy idea that we should move to a house and going against my better judgment we decided to move. So we moved and it was a good move, everything went smoothly and quickly. We had a small army helping us and it was good. I gained a garage, a back yard and a noisy neighbour; I lost my parking spot, three flights of stairs and 17 neighbours. It seemed like a good trade off at the time but the Sword of Damocles soon fell. Not two weeks into this we found out the landlords, Lindsay's Aunt and Uncle, wanted to sell the house. Unpacking stopped. I wondered how long we would have a place to live and life went on with even less security. After a week of having strangers waltz through our home, not our house but our home, willy nilly whenever they felt like it we were told that the house sold. Yay! We can start unpacking again. Everything was back to normal.

I now realize that this feeling of relief was premature. Our combined rent is covering a $90,000 mortgage but the house sold somewhere north of $185,000 and probably quite a bit north. So we wait for the ultimate conclusion of the rent increasing. Never do business with family.

If I knew they were going to sell the house we wouldn't have moved or at least not into this house. I can't imagine someone decides to sell a $200,000 house completely on a whim.

Depending on the rent increase we will probably be able to absorb it. I'm making more money and Lindsay has a new job so this should be no problem. But. Well Lindsay isn't getting as many hours as promised and true I am making more money but we now have to pay more utilities and the rent is higher than the apartment already. Why is it that everyone always has to live to the edge of his or her means? I used to think that I wasn't one of those people, I could accept living in a small apartment if it meant that I was more comfortable, well the comfort hasn't increased. On which side of the line is the quality of life better? Do we plan for the future or live in the now? It would appear to me that the now is more important to most people.

A wise man once told me to live without regrets. I can't say I've done that and now I've got another one to add to the list.

I regret moving.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Let the unpacking commence

Sweet zombie jesus, its been 20 days since I posted last!

Well its been kinda stressful around here lately. We moved into a new place and then two weeks after being here our land lords told us they were selling the house. We have since found out that the house has sold and the new landlords want to keep the current tenants at the current rent. We'll see about that last one. I don't know if our rents will cover the mortgage on $185,000+.

I can now start getting back into some hobbies. I've been suffering lantern withdrawal since I didn't want to haul anything over here if I wasn't sure we'd be staying. Now I have a garage and a workbench I should be able to catch up on some projects. I was able to put together a rocket in the last few days. My uncle got my a rocket kit for my b'day last year, it is a cluster rocket. It uses two engines instead of one so I'm really interested to see it fly.

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It is the white one in the center. If you look closely you can see two engine retaining clips.

Shipping on eBay is really starting to piss me off. I got a couple 500mhz P3 processors for free and I was thinking I'd find a cheap dual proc motherboard and make a dual system. I've found lots on eBay for $20 and under but they want $20-40 USD for shipping. How can it possibly cost $40 to send a motherboard from California to Canada?! It's ridiculous. I've had lanterns shipped for less than that. Needless to say my dual processor system is on hold for now.

I've been promising to put some pictures of the new place online but it won't be today. It is raining out and I don't want to go out there in the rain and take some pictures. I guess the teeming masses will have to wait a few days longer.

Have fun and stay dry.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

TV and internet withdrawl

Well we're moved and I finally have tv and internet again. I don't have any pictures for you and I'm dissapointed that I didn't take any of the move because it was the best move ever. Actually the second best, you should ask mark about the best.

Anyways I have to send out a big thank you to everyone that helped, it was described as a small army. We rented a 16ft cube van and had 12 people helping us. The move was complete in 2 hours. Too bad for everyone who left early because my grandmother made lunch for us and it was spectacular.

I'll post more later as well as some pictures but I just wanted to post now that I have the internet again. Mmm.... internet.