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Let the Five Hour Countdown to Homelessness Begin!

By     |    Sep 2, 2011
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It’s here: closing day.  Our muscles are tired, our storage closet is full, our wonderful friends are letting us crash at their place.  Life is good right now, and it’s going to get better in a few hours. More to come later.  It’s tough to keep a blog up-to-date while working a full-time job and packing and moving boxes every evening.  Phew.  That part’s over.  Thank goodness. If everything goes […]

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The Countdown Begins Now

By     |    Aug 28, 2011
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We’re nomads in 4 days.  4.  Four.  Fore! Watch out.  It’s happening.  And while it didn’t seem like it’d come together after Saturday’s move-a-thon, it did.  Sunday went well.  Everything not sold, selling, or traveling is in storage.  Almost.  We’re 99% and that’s going to work.  Now, let’s figure out where we’ll live in September.  In October, we’re gone.  After we buy a van, of course. photo credit: Living in […]

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When Does The Countdown Begin?

By     |    Aug 23, 2011
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We have a buddy visiting Chicago the day we [are scheduled to] close on our condo.  Here’s what I replied when he asked how things were going: In September, we will be in either Wrigleyville, Old Town, Logan Square, or near O’Hare.  Hopefully, we’ll find that out this week.  As of today, it looks like we’re definitely closing 9/2.  And by definitely, I’m mean probably.  And by probably, I mean […]

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The Tavern | Adirondack Park, Eagle Bay, NY

By     |    Aug 17, 2011
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Outside the sprawling metropolis of Old Forge (home of New York’s largest water theme park) lies the town of Eagle Bay, New York.  Eagle Bay is tiny.  Its population is under 300 and its main road is nearly its only road — route 28.  And it’s home to my new favorite restaurant and bar — The Tavern.  The Tavern serves two things: beers and burgers.  You can have your choice of lager. […]

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The Serendipitous Book Theorem

By     |    Aug 15, 2011
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We have a lot of books.  There are books we’ve read, books we plan to read, books we’ve forgotten that we planned to read, and, frankly, books we just like having on our shelves. Books are everywhere.  We have three large bookshelves filled with books, we have stacks next to the bed, we have stacks near the couch, we have cookbooks in the kitchen.  And the advice we keep getting […]

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Quiet, Stressful Times

By     |    Aug 13, 2011
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Selling a home is stressful.  We’ve lived here for a number of years, we think it’s worth more than it is, there are hurdles, rules, contracts, appraisals, inspections, and negotiations.  It’s rough.  And it’s why we’ve been radio-silent lately.  We’re under contract.  Things are moving along.  And it’s tremendously stressful.  It’s all we can think about — selling this place.  The close may be as early as 9/2.  We’ll breath easier […]

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Late Night Food: Chicago’s Diner / Dinner Grill

By     |    Aug 2, 2011
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We’re at Ten Cat, and a gent walks into the bathroom.  Nothing new there, but we’re sitting in the back in the wine-barrel chairs and we’ve got a view of the scene and we notice it. And we notice it because when he comes out, he’s wearing a kilt — a full-blown, red wool kilt.  What the hell? A few minutes later a woman in a dress pops into the […]

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Why Whiskey Is The Best Travel Booze

By     |    Jul 24, 2011
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Mission Whiskey     |    2 Comments

A few months ago, I mentioned that whiskey was a great travel drink — especially to have in your room on a business trip. I said: Whiskey is the only drink that works in a hotel room – there will be whiskey-appropriate glasses in your room, ice down the hall, and whiskey doesn’t need a mixer.  Again, minimalism wins.  Makers Mark, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels – grab a small bottle.  […]

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Sell, You Fucker. Sell.

By     |    Jul 14, 2011
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My buddy Joe showed me this article in the early days of Dappered.com.  He always thought of the last line when watching the numbers rise in Google Analytics, “Go, You Fucker.  Go.”  And I can’t help but think about it as we go through showing after showing, waiting for a person to buy our place.  Sell, you fucker.  Sell. Our condo is a great place.  It’s the best 2 bedroom […]

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Sunk Costs: Why It’s Hard To Purge Our Belongings

By     |    Jul 8, 2011
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I read the other day that reporting on the cost and casualties of war can sometimes lead to increased support and investment, because people don’t want the investment to be for naught, and the first thing I thought of was all my stuff.  Not joking.  Here’s why: People don’t make rational decisions.  We’re influenced by a number of things and one of the most powerful is our aversion to loss. […]

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