Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm so sad

Today is a sad day, I can no longer tease my parents about forgetting my birthday when I was 16.

The title transferred on our house in our short sale this afternoon. The 12 month ordeal is over. (18 months if you count the 6 prior to receiving an offer).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time's ticking

"The tick tock of the clock is painful, so sane and logical, I want to tear it off the wall" - Eve 6 "Inside Out"

Ah, it seems to come down to this. Our latest extension on the house offer ends tomorrow. Supposedly the bank and the title company are working on the final HUD for the offer, although that's been happening 2 weeks. If things go right, then it should be signed off on tomorrow, just ahead of the foreclosure proceedings. (I should also note that the buyer and his realtor appear to not want any further extensions)

Some fun facts if tomorrow is the closing day.

1. It will be almost 1 year to the day since the offer came in. I received news of the offer last year on April 3rd, as I was up in Cleveland for opening day with friends.

2. If it closes tomorrow, it may be the best birthday present ever. Hoping for a little birthday karma to get it through.

3. My birthdays and houses seem to go together. After my parents built their house, we spent 6 months in a 1 bedroom apartment waiting for it to be finished. (it was supposed to be done in 1 month). Those 6 months almost tore my parents marriage apart. We got to move into our house on my 16th birthday. My parents were so relieved and thrilled with the ability to move, they forgot to wish me happy birthday :( . I've used that as a constant barb since then :) . They no longer find it amusing!

4. I promise to never mention it to them again if my house closes tomorrow. Unfortunately for them, the odds are not on their sides.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Thoughts 3/2/2012

1. Deep sympathy to the families of the victims in the Chardon, OH school shootings. It's a terrible tragedy and hits home, as that's an area that many of my relatives still live.

2. School shootings always bring up a lot of difficult topics. I have one I want to talk about, but I'm going to wait a bit until things calm down some. Especially since my topic may have nothing to do with the motives or situation in Chardon and I don't want to make any assumptions about the event anyway.

3. Man brings cell phone jammer device on bus to prevent loud talkers. I have a bit of advice for him, invest in noise blocking headphones or ear buds.

4. Creepy school teacher resigns. Unfortunately I have no advice for this couple. If and I stress "If" the relationship developed as they said it has, there maybe nothing legally wrong with it. However, I do believe their is an ethical obligation for a teacher to not take advantage of their relationship with a student. I try to refrain from judging people, but 'falling in love' with a 15 year old or (even an 18 year old) would make me question your mental capacities. Any adult that has a conversation with a teenager can easily see that there are significant differences in interests, conversations, and just about everything else. My amateur psychology analysis, would say that this man has confused a mentoring role and an interest in a student with love.

5. Thank you "Mother Nature" for this mild winter. After a number of hard years with the economy, I think it's one of those things that people in the Midwest and Northern climates may get a real emotional boost from.

6. Another 1st quarter brings more layoffs for my company. I was caught off guard by it and hadn't gotten any wind of these. Which means I haven't been able to establish the same inside network, that I had in my old position. I hate days like this, as you realize that it's likely to be you on that list someday. Considering the fact that the company I work for is rather successful, I cringe when I try to imagine what people in other businesses are experiencing.

7. Burger King chicken sandwiches are 2 for 1 this week. I consider them to be the crack cocaine of fast food and a direct contributor to my 300lb+ days. However, I do think I'll be indulging in them tonight.

8. Next week brings another job fair for my wife, and some visits from friends from out of town. One of my friends is likely coming down mid-week while the wife is off at her job fair, and over the weekend, another one of my best friends and his wife are coming down and the four of us will be heading out for a night on the town. It's always nice to visit with friends, even more so now that we don't live in the area anymore.

9. My wife is obsessed with the electric cake pop maker I got her. Between the dozens of cake pops she's made, we also regularly have pancake balls (as I call them) for breakfast now. For a $20 appliance, it's sure getting a workout.

10. Have a great weekend, stay away from tornadoes and snow.