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Old 08-03-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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Busy busy busy

I've been missing from the board for a while... but I'm back here and there to read and catch up.

We've been working on getting our house ready to sell and finally put it on the market this week. In the meantime, we've been looking at options for places to move to (which we have only one good option at this point), so it's been a little hectic lately.

Plus, I've got two 8-month old kids!

I can't wait until deals are done, etc., and things can calm down a bit!

I'll still be buying some metal in the meantime!

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Old 08-03-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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You might have more options on a place to live than you think. There's plenty of good real estate around here going cheap - and a great bugout location, as well as a good place to raise kids...
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:10 AM   #3
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Twins eh? At 8 months old, they just started sleeping through the night recently I'm guessing? You've got a lot on your plate!
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
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Good luck on the house deal ADK. We have toyed with the idea, but I find it hard to conceive moving from this place since we're only about 20 months from paying the damn thing off.

Twins?!?! Wow! I only have one and she was in fifth gear right out of the gate! I couldn't imagine having twins.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by ADK View Post:
I've been missing from the board for a while... but I'm back here and there to read and catch up.

We've been working on getting our house ready to sell and finally put it on the market this week. In the meantime, we've been looking at options for places to move to (which we have only one good option at this point), so it's been a little hectic lately.

Plus, I've got two 8-month old kids!

I can't wait until deals are done, etc., and things can calm down a bit!

I'll still be buying some metal in the meantime!

Take care,

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Good luck with that! I have been trying to fend off the wife who wants to start having children. Having children would also require a housing change, so I will probably be in your shoes a couple of years.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:26 AM   #6
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All good news, congrats!
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:30 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by benjamen View Post:
Good luck with that! I have been trying to fend off the wife who wants to start having children. Having children would also require a housing change, so I will probably be in your shoes a couple of years.
That's exactly what is precipitating this move --- we just need more space. The kids are starting to run around in their walker things, etc.

Well, more space would be *nice* - I always claim that I could live in a canvas wall tent in the woods, but when you factor in the kids and my wife, it's not happening. Did I mention my wife?

Ancona: I have one of each... a boy and a girl. The girl is in fifth gear from the start. My son is easy going, in general, but man - try and take away a toy and you had better plug your ears!

I'd like to move into the country, but there aren't a lot of decent country properties for sale around here. My wife wants to be in the city (if you could call it that) --- we live in a really small Upstate NY town.

The kicker with selling your house, Ancona, is that you incur say 6% fees to the realtor, closing costs, taxes, etc., etc., etc. It adds up to some bucks.

I think that the place we have in mind is going to give me a good opportunity to build a new shop, though. I like that.

I *have* convinced my wife that we need a camp, though. Some land, a stream, a cabin = hunting camp / bug out area / man cave number 5.

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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I know a great place in the Shenandoah Valley in VA if you guys want out of NY!
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:33 AM   #9
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Twins eh? At 8 months old, they just started sleeping through the night recently I'm guessing? You've got a lot on your plate!
We went through about four months of no sleep... feeding two kids twice throughout each night. Then, it settled down and they both slept through the night. It was like a vacation.

Now, they are teething and "sleep regressing" --- so they wake up once or twice a night unless we feed them really well before bed and all of the planets align.

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Old 08-03-2012, 10:49 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by dali lambone View Post:
I know a great place in the Shenandoah Valley in VA if you guys want out of NY!

That's a beautiful spot!

If it wasn't for our families in this area, we would be gone from NY! That's for sure!

Well, the mountains are nice
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Welcome back ADK. Hope things start to calm down a bit for you with the selling of the house and the kiddos and everything else.

There are a few of us here on this forum in a similar boat as you, wanting to move more rural but still working on convincing the family unit. For us in particular, I think in the end it will be some sort of compromise where we each get the best of both worlds: far out enough to be away from the hub-bub, but close enough to go into town without too much hassle.

I am on the other side of the kid spectrum. Our oldest is going off to college later on this month. Wish I would have saved up more for this many years ago!
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:32 PM   #12
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Welcome back, buddy! I've missed you being around.

I just got back from a trip to your neck of the woods.....actually no too close. My oldest just graduated from law school and wanted to go to NYC, so we have been visiting the big city for the past week. Don't think I'll ever go back!

All of young guys make me feel old.....my youngest is 21!
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:10 PM   #13
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Unobtanium: Ooof, college! I'm still paying those bills, myself! It's like having an invisible house / mortgage. Paying one of the loans off within the next month. I've still got one or two big ones to go.

I at least have my parents who have a good chunk of rural land that they let me use however I want. We have projects together, etc. We do maple syrup, I grow hops, garden, etc., on the land. We even have an apple orchard which is very old --- easily over 100 years old and still producing apples --- I bought an antique wine / apple press this year, so hopefully I'll have a little cider to show for it.

I guess that will work until I buy a little piece of land near the ADK park as a camp.

Side note: As a thought, it would be best to have your cash hidden in PMs before sending kids to college if you are looking for aid... I'll have to work on that when my kids get to that age! Well, I guess I am working on that!

HCA! It's been a while!

I haven't made it up into the ADKs yet this summer with all of the "goings on" --- but I think that I am making a trip up next weekend for a BBQ. I think that I might make a trip out to Oswego for the salmon run this fall... hopefully!

I figure that you like Pink Floyd from your avatar. I'm currently sitting in my living room watching an Allman Brothers concert on MSG (you know, kinda similar era as Floyd --- I'm a Floyd fan, myself), finishing up a Saranac Session IPA. Tasty tasty. It's a very good evening so far. Man-oh-man. Well deserved.

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I have one or two issues with my house that need to be fixed and it looks like I chose the hottest day of the year tomorrow to replace a back porch roof that's leaking and all molded up. It's never been too important for me to fix, but I guess since people are looking at the house, I need to take care of it.

It's been rough getting friends to help out this year... everyone has their own thing going on. But, I'm a "head-down-plow-through" personality. I don't care if I have to work into the dark and haul plywood onto the roof all by myself - it will get done.

I'm sure I'll stop by PMBug and see what's up at some point tomorrow.

Take care all!

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Old 08-03-2012, 09:19 PM   #14
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PS - I haven't been to NYC in about 20 years... I *might* go back at some point, but it's very possible that I never will. Limited interest in it! I find that most unique things that I want can be ordered and delivered to my door... But, I do like to get immersed in some things, too.

In general, big cities --- bah!

I do, however, have a photo of myself on the roof of one of the WTC, which I am glad to have.

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