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Broken Spirits on the Mend

I’ve been coming to terms with some bad news. My bubble has been burst - yet again - about this house selling business. Last week my realtor went over his market analysis with me. I’ve been trying to absorb it but all the number crunching in the world isn’t going to help. Even in the best case scenario, my net profit would be far too little to make a move worth it. Sure, house prices are lower across the board. I’d be selling low and buying low. But it still wouldn’t work. I’d have to finance more of it than I’d anticipated. And because the child support we receive isn’t court ordered it can’t be considered income, and I’d qualify for less of a mortgage. I don’t want to move us into a crappy house in a crappy neighborhood, just for the sake of living somewhere in Minneapolis.

Been trying to look on the bright side about staying put. In the last nine years nearly all of the major issues have been addressed (read: a lot of money has been thrown at problems to make them go away). The house is spacious and gorgeous and decorated just the way I want. The neighborhood is safe and not without charm. The commute is going to suck even more for the little man, whose school is moving further south in a couple of weeks. But many Minneapolitan folks I know have been having trouble with break-ins (two of them while they were in their homes).

Another consolation prize? Punch Pizza is opening a new location on Grand Avenue, not so very far from here.

Hello Kitty bandaid

Bonus: Just ordered a copy of Stencil Nation: Graffiti, Community and Art by Russell Howze, which includes pages featuring the lovely and local Amy Rice. And speaking of books - how about Philip Pullman on Age Banding.
Plus: Radiohead’s Big Ideas (Don’t Get Any) played by old computer parts. Perhaps better than Prince covering Creep (not because of the quality of his cover, but more because of his proprietary attitude about it).
And: Like a giant ball pit, but in water - the L.A. Department of Water and Power dropped 400,000 plastic balls into the Ivanhoe Resevoir. And speaking of balls, the 30th Anniversary of “Ping-pong Diplomacy” Marked in Beijing.


  1. shokufeh wrote:

    So sorry that it’s not going to work for you to move right now. I know you were really looking forward to a new place.

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 8:31 am | Permalink
  2. Hey, thanks. I was looking forward to a new neighborhood more than a new place. I was really hoping we could live closer to school and work and friends to save on time and money and stress.

    Le sigh.

    Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  3. sheelar wrote:

    well: colour me thrilled that you are staying in my city!!


    Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  4. Upsides?
    - Staying close to Sheelar
    - New Punch Pizza opening on Grand
    - New Mississippi Market opening on West 7th
    - The little man’s school only goes to 5th grade, so the commute will only be an issue for a couple of years

    Temporary downside?
    - Living too close to the site of the Republican National Convention

    Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 10:33 am | Permalink
  5. sheelar wrote:


    Friday, June 13, 2008 at 11:34 am | Permalink

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