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Our Sailboat is SOLD; Can I Still Wear Boat Shoes?

By     |    Jul 1, 2011
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We just made it over our second biggest hurdle — we sold our Merit 25 sailboat.  It took months, and it’s done.  We are no longer boat owners … so can I still wear boat shoes?  This is a question I must now answer. Here’s how it went down: The engine went first to a J/24 owner in the northern suburbs.  He wanted something with reverse for his boat.  The most […]

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Four of Our Favorite Sources of Travel Inspiration

By     |    May 27, 2011
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We recommended the movie 180° South to a couple friends the other day … and now they’re considering an extended trip and maybe even a drastic lifestyle change.  We couldn’t be happier for them — if they move someplace exotic, it’s one more fun place for us to visit. Here are four of our favorite sources of travel inspiration. 180° south, @180south Definitely watch this movie if you feel a little […]

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Be Prepared: A Few Thoughts on Packing Theory

By     |    May 16, 2011
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Be prepared — that’s the Boy Scout motto.  Luckily, I only made it through Cub Scouts. Being prepared means different things to different people.  Remember Captain Lone Starr in Spaceballs?  “I said to bring only what you need to survive!” To which Princess Vespa responds: “It’s my industrial-strength hair-dryer, and I can’t live without it!” Luckily, Lisa’s not a Princess Vespa. Be Prepared The Boy Scout motto, as I was taught, was […]

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Another Win for the Minivan

By     |    May 8, 2011
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I love this story from Grassroots Motorsports: Soccer Moms’ Revenge.  In it, they compare the Honda Odyssey with the Porsche 356 and Jaguar XKE.  And there’s a race.  And I don’t necessarily agree with the last sentence, but I do like seeing the minivan kick some ass. photo credit: MSVG | Just another classic sports car.

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We Almost Have a Kitchen, But We Still Have a Boat

By     |    Apr 27, 2011
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We’ve made big progress on the kitchen front: we have new maple cabinets, working water shut-0ff valves, a working and installed microwave, stove, and refrigerator.  We’ve made minimal progress selling our Merit 25 sailboat.  We feel … closer.  But having your entire kitchen vomited into the rest of your home certainly doesn’t make it LOOK like you’re closer to moving.   Mentally, I think we’re starting to fatigue.  It’s a […]

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Sometimes Free Is A Great Deal (For Everyone)

By     |    Apr 20, 2011
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You’ve probably heard that we love craigslist.  Love it.  We’ve bought and sold a bunch of stuff on craigslist over the years.  But sometimes what we’re selling has no value.  And not only that, sometimes our stuff is such a liability that giving it away for free is a great deal.  Hear me out. We’re remodeling out kitchen.  There are existing cabinets that we no longer need screwed into and […]

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Hello, @bootsnall, I Love Your Site

By     |    Apr 14, 2011
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I love finding inspirational confirmation of what we’re trying to do.  Today was on bootsnall.com: 11 Reasons to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning Your Round the World Trip. My favorites: #1 — You are only going to get older #5 — You can be free from all your crap (still an issue for us) photo credit: Aric McKeown | Packed.

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The 10 Cheapest 2-Bedroom Condos in Chicago’s Lincoln Park (60614)

By     |    Apr 11, 2011
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Things seem to be picking up in Chicago’s real estate market.  There are a bunch of condos listed as ‘under contract’ on Baird & Warner’s website.  That’s good news for us — we want a quick sale when we finally list.  But there are still a lot of units for sale.  We know we’ll be at the bottom-end of the cost spectrum, but we’re still not sure what price we’ll […]

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Can We Score a Free Van?

By     |    Apr 7, 2011
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We’ve been brainstorming vehicles for a while.  First, we thought we’d do a truck or SUV, then a minivan, now we’re thinking Dodge Sprinter.  We have four criteria — MPG, space, handling, and cost.  We don’t want a car that gets 11 MPG, we need enough room for a bed and all our stuff, we don’t want to drive a beastly bus, and we have a limited budget.  But what […]

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7 Week Countdown to the New Kitchen

By     |    Mar 31, 2011
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Funny — I almost typed ‘Our New Kitchen’ as the headline.  It ain’t ours.  It’s the buyer’s kitchen, and it’s going to take 6-8 weeks to be ready.  The cabinets are ordered.  The remaining details are TBD, but the cabinets are the long pole in the tent, the limiting reagent, the … caravan’s wheelbarrow.  We’ll figure the rest out shortly — counter, sink, faucet, etc. The kitchen is our last […]

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