House For Sale


Things went about as badly as they possibly could have yesterday. All of my fears were realized and and at least one more was introduced. Yippee!!! As if there weren’t nearly enough things wrong with my life! I never thought the decision I made to purchase this house ten years ago would haunt me so. I’ve passed my wit’s end. I don’t think rationally any longer.

I’m not trying to be a downer, but let’s just say that yesterday will never make my list of “Best Days Ever!”

Cut And Run?
That’s the decision I’ll be making in the near future. What is “important” in my life? I plan to work a lot more because I love to code. I plan to spend time at home getting rid of “things.” I plan to make decisions which will radically alter the days that exist from now until I pass.

I’ve learned a lot — like I’m not sure that I ever want to own another house, or at least I’ve learned many things which will be “deal breakers” if the time to buy another house ever arises again.

If there is a positive in all of this, I’m not upside-down on my loan. I could possibly sell it and make a few bucks (not much, mind you), but at the moment I see no living alternative that I think is fiscally responsible for me.

Looks like it’s a life of eating out and laundromats for Paulie for the foreseeable future.

ITP Flickr Pic
One of the few things going well at my house.
Mmmm, Basil
If only I had a functioning kitchen in which I could make pesto.

And now for something better, even if it began because of a bad thing…

If You Are A Cyclist Who Wants A Ride Tonight For A Good Cause
Tonight is the annual Ride Of Silence which is a slow-paced ride to make awareness of cyclists who have been killed or seriously injured while riding on public roads.

This year’s Atlanta group will be riding from Piedmont Park at 7pm and is being organized by my friend Maigh (where she finds the time to do everything that she does I’ll never figure out).

If things were different in my life right now I’d be there tonight. However, I plan on putting in a few extra hours of work tonight to start making up for yesterday.

Stats & Goals
Current Mood – shitty, worn out, confused, wanting life to be “normal” — like everyone else’s, tired of being shat upon, ready to become a workaholic again in order to forget about my troubles
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – Say you are sitting in the theater and you feel like you have to pee… Pull up Run, Pee to figure out the best time to go so that you don’t miss any action.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – does worrying, fretting, cursing, asking why so many bad things happen to one’s self count?

Foot Mileage – 0 miles, Wheel Mileage – 0 miles
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 10 (10)
Vegetarian Days – 1, Carnivorous Days – 19
Marta Rides – 0

May Goals
Whoops, I didn’t even consider this. Perhaps something will be here on Monday.

2009 Goals
– Reduce my weight to 190 pounds (today’s weight was 199.5 pounds)
– Completely read the book 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die
РEarn at least $150 through photography sales in order to cover the cost for the renewal of the Jalape̱o Beach SmugMug account I opened the other day.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop

The Unmeasurable
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C (iPhone development) and Ruby on Rails (Black Sheep web page concept)
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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16 Responses to House For Sale

  1. bob says:

    Damn Paulie, sorry to hear about the bad house news. If there is anything I can do to help just let me know. I’m pretty talented with a shovel. Or maybe a book of matches :-).

    I’m heading down for the ride of silence tonight, anybody else? If all goes as planned I will be enjoying a George’s burger post ride.

  2. sal says:

    So, what was the verdict?

    I have 2 other engagements tonight….women’s night at Phidippides…..and a softball game.

  3. Barb says:

    Hey Paulie – you could sell the house ‘as is’ and buy a condo of some sort, where you aren’t responsible for the maintenance? I know you’d probably not make any real money on the sale (or, possibly lose a little), but as much as your house depresses you these days, that might not be a bad idea. My parents sold my grandmother’s house that way, and yes, you have to sell it for a little less, but if you gotta put a bunch of money to fix it to sell it, it saves you a lot of hassle.

    I’ll ask Allan is he wants to go downtown tongiht to the ride, I don’t know, I think he wants to ride to Kennesaw Mtn and ride up it again.

  4. sal says:

    Barb: did you guys ride up last night? Didn’t see you.

  5. Martha says:

    You can come to my house to make pesto anytime.

    Barb is right, just dump it if it makes you this unhappy. Condo prices are so low right now, you would get such a deal it would make up for any loss on the house. Or just rent, even less hassle. You could move closer to work and not have to deal with the commute either.

    Can’t make the ride tonight, I will be looking for swamps in Gwinnett.

  6. Barb says:

    Sal – no, we ended up riding over in Roswell, had to go by a friend’s house that is getting married this weekend to get our list of things for them to borrow for the rehearsal dinner that is at their house. (coolers, folding chairs, etc.). It was quite breezy by the river, but it makes me work that much harder, isn’t that good for me? And, as I get in better riding shape, so does Allan, so I’m still having to chase him the whole time, it about kills me.

  7. Steve says:

    I’ll be at the ride tonight.. I didn’t realize Maigh was the organizer. Cool.

    Paulie, now is NOT the time to be making any rash decisions about houses. Unless they have uncovered a toxic waste dump or a tunnel used by illegal aliens, it can be fixed and you can be happy.

    This too shall pass…


  8. I’m considering the sell “as is” option, but the housing market being what it is…. And I can’t afford to lose a lot of money on the sale of this house either because it’s not like I’m made of money or anything. Fiscally speaking if the sales price of the house costs me, oh let’s say $20k, then it’s cheaper to fix what ails the house and live there.

    Time will tell. I’m downsizing office to cubicle now, perhaps that will spur me on to downsize from house to something smaller.

    In my opinion condos in Atlanta are not a good decision. There is a huge glut on the market now, prices haven’t dropped all that much, there is the condo association fee on top of mortgage and taxes, and I think selling a condo will be problematic in the future. I’m much more likely to rent again… at least until I figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

  9. Oh, one other crappy thing about this all…

    I’m considering canceling my Chicago/Milwaukee vacation in order to save some money. 🙁

  10. sal says:

    Don’t cancel your vacation plans…that will make you even more miserable. Just figure out a way to do it on a tighter budget!

    If you would just fix the dang plumbing…….you could save money by not having to eat out all the time………

  11. brenan says:

    I think I heard somwhere recently that the American Dream of owning a house has been replaced by renting a house. As a result, being a landlord will likely be a growth industry.

  12. Steve says:

    I have a report from the mizzus that she did indeed spy the rocket and a watermellon patch near Cordele, and she wondered if anyone had any trivia about Hoboken… Georgia, that is.


  13. Beth/Size says:

    Paulie — look on the bright side, at least you didn’t get married to someone who also had a fixer-upper-house (sorry Bren) 🙂 You’ve also got TONS of space, which IMHO is worth putting some money into plumbing-wise. When the market does come back (fingers crossed), then a house with space ITP will sell before a house w/o space. I would kill for more space!

  14. Sal says:

    That’s a one good Steve….seeings how the population is probably less than 500 and most of those are probably alligators….Debbie could always visit the swamp, I suppose..

  15. brenan says:

    Maybe we could swap houses? (just kidding……well, sorta).

  16. I think that I’ll stick with the problems I know over those that I do not. 😉

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