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This ain’t gonna be your momma’s travel blog

By     |    Sep 14, 2011
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The date’s been set. We leave Chicago and start our adventure on October 1st. Once we’re doing this full time, we’ll be more disciplined about bringing you regular posts and interesting content. Aside from the typical travelogue, we’ll have a few regular features: Lessons learned: in the hopes that you can learn from our mistakes, or at least laugh at them. Today’s would be something along the lines of “beggars […]

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From Roscoe Village to Roscoe the Cat

By     |    Sep 8, 2011
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This morning we woke up in Roscoe Village.  Tonight we’re in Lincoln Square with Roscoe the cat.  He’ll probably sleep under the bed.  That’s where he’s been all night.  He’s not a fan of us invading his space.  Neither is Cookie.  She’s barely left the bedroom. Not sure how this is going to work, but we’re cat sitting while my brother is in China and we need a place to […]

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The Long Nightmare of the American Dream is Over

By     |    Sep 6, 2011
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And just like that … we’re homeless.  It’s wonderful.  Boy, real estate ownership isn’t exactly a cakewalk.  We learned some important, expensive lessons. photo credit: cdsessums | You can’t leave. Your home needs to appreciate by (at least) 10% for you to break even Yep, 10% — maybe closer to 8% in some cases.  And by “break even” I mean get the money you put in when buying your home […]

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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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