Anyone Want To Buy A House?

There are days, make that many days, that I dread being a homeowner. If the air conditioner wasn’t enough of a pain in the ass, yesterday I was delivered another kick in the nuts — a $145 water/sewer bill. This bill is $120 more than last month’s and I though that last month’s was higher than it should have been. Now I need to figure out why my “Sewer Usage” for the month was $99 (a $75 increase) and my consumption was 10 CCF than the previous reading.

I can tell you that it’s not because I’ve been watering my lawn. If you’ve been to my house you’d already know that.

Hello Jambalaya My Old Friend
With a withering green pepper and some thawed chicken in the refrigerator and an aging onion hanging from my vegetable basket I thought it would be a good idea to drop by Kroger on my way home for some sausage. (note: I did not say andouille sausage because Kroger’s andouille is crap. I could have stopped at the Publix on Ponce but feared that I might have seen my friend Betsy out on a 10, 15, 20 mile run and that would have made me feel like the sloth that I have become.) Even though my recipe is a derivative of King Emeril’s no one will accuse me of being cajun. Having said that I must admit that my jambalaya makes me one motherfucking happy camper.

For a brief period it even helped me forget that I have been delivered a $145 water bill.

I also picked up another amazing loaf of bread (a rosemary, olive oil round) while I was in Kroger, and it was even on clearance for $1.79 (originally $3.49)! Carbs are evil and I am on a crusade to rid the world of them by consuming as much as I can.

ITP Flickr Pic
I wish that I had Photoshop (and the necessary skills) to take a picture of my wallet and the money which is flying from it. Instead I will show a picture of a beer keg.

Bung Hole

I could use a stiff drink.

Mondays Feel Funny Without Gordon
For the first time in a few months I was without Hell’s Kitchen. Why did you let the season end before the start of “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares?” You Donkey! What’s a person to do? Turn to the internets of course. Too frustrated and depressed from the water bill I chose not to read and/or learn but instead to try to catch up on the many podcasts which are occupying space on my hard drives. More and more I find myself turning to the internet for my entertainment, and this is all legal stuff as well.

CD Pick Of The Week
These are the days that I wish I had more money (or at least didn’t have to send so much to the Government). Look at the list of artists I like that have material being released

The Flaming Lips (concert footage / dvd)
Imperial Teen
The New Pornographers
Rilo Kiley
Foreign Born

There are also a couple of bands whose music I don’t have much history with that also have new releases on the shelves

Minus The Bear

I can’t pick just one of these. Certainly there must be at least one thing in that list that interests you.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – I want to run away
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 26 playing M.I.A. — “Boyz” (btw- if you trash the new Rilo Kiley don’t go telling me that M.I.A.’s stuff is good)
Website Of The DayBy Your Friend A Drink — and we all know how friendly I can be. Besides, $145 is 29 Beer Units that I can no longer purchase.
Exercise (b)Log – does questioning one’s existence count as exercise?
Monthly Mileage – 7 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

August Goals
1) Get my first Ruby / Ruby on Rails program written
3) Lose 5 pounds (if at first, second, third, fourth, you don’t succeed….)

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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8 Responses to Anyone Want To Buy A House?

  1. beans says:

    Of all the releases today I would suggest getting The New Pornographers, Minus the Bear and Jeremy Enigk immediately. That is what I will be doing…

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ve got the Rilo Kiley and New Pornographers discs on pre-order at Decatur CD. I’d like to hear the Minus the Bear before buying. And I must admit that I’ve never heard of Jeremy Enigk.

  3. romanlily says:

    It’s stories like this that make me kind of happy to just pay $600 for my tiny, tiny studio apartment in downtown Decatur. Not having to mess with water bills and city of Atlanta taxes makes it worth having a living space that is roughly the size of the front seat of my car.

  4. Martha says:

    I seem to be the only person in the entire City of Atlanta that has not had a problem with their water bill.

  5. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    @romanlily: And you have less to dust in a apt. 🙂

    @martha: Getting screwed by the City is like being called for jury duty. It may not have happened yet, but it will someday.

  6. Steve says:

    Clearly the city is smoking something… if the water didn’t jump, then the sewer should not have, as they are directly related to one another. Or they are is most developed countries.


  7. Barb says:

    Steve – quit using logic when it comes to the city of atlanta….. (as the wife of a city employee, they never make sense. the cost of living raise that was supposed to be effective 7/1 still isn’t in the paychecks)

  8. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    I’ll post more stats tomorrow.

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