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By MartiniPhilosopher (Tue May 30, 2006 at 06:41:09 AM EST) House, Mortgage, Friends, Drum Circle, Absinthe (all tags)
in ways I am still coming to terms with. However, prior to this change, I found myself hanging out with family, friends, and people who are quickly becoming friends. It was strange in some ways and in others quite refreshing.

I should be finishing some VB code and checking it into the system right now but I am distracted by these thoughts. They need to be moved so I can get on with the rest of everything else.

The Big Change was that E and I put a bid in on a house. Negotiation followed the result of which is that we are now waiting for the other agent to get their shit together and send us a contract to sign. The price increased a bit (3k) from our original bid but we got everything else we were asking for. The house has been on the market just over two months and the people behind it were starting to get antsy about it. Apparently they are under a bank deadline to have it sold by July 1st or face repossession procedures. I was afraid at first we were backing them into a corner but it appears that such fears were unfounded. In all the current owners are leaving about 15-20k worth of household items as part of the deal. There isn't going to be much we are going to have to get after we move in because of it. My mind is still reeling a bit because of having to get a mortgage and so forth. Not because this is an alien idea. I knew at some point it would happen as I have wanted a house as well. But this is where the road meets the rubber. We are going to do this and it just seems to be so very big. So very big.

The rest of the weekend was fun, I think. It was mostly a blur except for a few places.

Sunday night was one of the few places.

We game. And by "Game" I do mean we participate in RPGs. Running, writing, and gming. That's not a typo. Elizabeth has a group on Sunday nights that I don't usual involve myself with. I've like having part of an evening to myself. Anyways they're part of her friends she's met through LJ and apparently they have been expecting me. The gentleman who runs the sessions expressed joy at me being able to come and hang out that night. Which was very nice. As an aside, it should be noted that I am not the greatest of social people. Even with turning thirty later this year, I have yet to master the art of the pointless-social small talk. Thusly in situations with complete strangers I tend to be reserved and quiet. Thankfully I have met most of this group at one time or another so such awkwardness is minimal. They too are nerds, albeit of a different sort than myself, but are nerds nonetheless.

At some point while I was writing stuff on my wife's laptop a drum circle broke out. The host's wife is something of a professional belly-dancer I am lead to understand, so there were plenty to go around. It was fun to watch and later after I had gotten the words out of my head, to partake in it.

One other quick note. Saturday night I got to try Absinthe for the first time. While it was potent, I saw no green fairies after having imbibed. Somewhat disappointed in that respect, not disappointed in how long it seemed to say with me.

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Enjoy the drum circle for now by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue May 30, 2006 at 06:48:45 AM EST
Once you become a house owner, you have to protect your property values, so you won't want those smelly hippies sorts banging on djembeks all night long and  ruining the neighborhood.

Good luck with the house, too.

Heh by MartiniPhilosopher (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue May 30, 2006 at 07:03:25 AM EST
Thanks. Oh, and I'll keep them dirty hippies to a dull roar on the weekends. :)

I still have numbers running in the background of my mind. We have a good idea of what it'll be costing us a month, and given our raw income we know that we can aford it. I have been trying to figure out the "How" part to it. You know, the who's accout gets debited at this point. What can we pay off in the next year to free up additional money? The budgetary portion. Elizabeth doesn't seem too worried about it, but my engineer trained mind want to see the numbers. :)

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

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Absinthe... by ShadowNode (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue May 30, 2006 at 12:01:06 PM EST
Isn't real if it's sold legally in the US. I think it's legal here in Canada, but I haven't really looked.

One should note by MartiniPhilosopher (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue May 30, 2006 at 12:05:03 PM EST
that I said nothing of the legality of the drink or its source...

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

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Wow. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #5 Tue May 30, 2006 at 01:53:30 PM EST
I read that whole diary as if you were martingale. Makes a whole lot more sense now I notice you're in the US.

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home ownership by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue May 30, 2006 at 04:53:57 PM EST
Enjoy your spare time now, while you still have it.

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