be gone, flowering bushes!

What is that?  A duck blind? Apparently, just before you die, your bushes start eating your windows. Aha!  It’s a residence! Tame that bush, little shaver!  1-800-TAME-HER. There’s much left to do to the outside, such as painting, re-landscaping, replanting the grass, fixing cracks in the driveway, and replacing whatever […]

Law, Neighborhood


I try to categorize bad news as either:  1) a problem or 2) an expense.  If it’s just the latter, I can bust my ass, file a bunch of lawsuits, and make the issue go away.  But if it’s the former (or if the expense is…say…$20,000 or so), great weeping […]


it is finished! sort of.

I just finished closing on the house we’ve pursued for the past several months.  It took 3.5 hours.  There were the 6 amendments to compile and review from the past two months.  There was the fact that the roofer has yet to be paid.  And someone forgot to get a […]


the great house hunt of 2011

Ever since we moved out of our small, 3-bedroom bungalow to a cramped, 4-bedroom ranch a few miles north, we’ve been looking for what our 5-year-old calls our “forever house” (in contrast to our current “in-between house”).  I thought this would be a fun process, given the real estate dystopia […]

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