The Countdown Begins Now

The Countdown Begins Now

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 …

When Does The Countdown Begin?

When Does The Countdown Begin?

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 …

Sell, You Fucker.  Sell.

Sell, You Fucker. Sell.

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 …

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

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

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. …

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

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

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 …

Four of Our Favorite Sources of Travel Inspiration

Four of Our Favorite Sources of Travel Inspiration

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 …

Be Prepared: A Few Thoughts on Packing Theory

Be Prepared: A Few Thoughts on Packing Theory

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 …

Another Win for the Minivan

Another Win for the Minivan

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 …

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

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

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 …

Sometimes Free Is A Great Deal (For Everyone)

Sometimes Free Is A Great Deal (For Everyone)

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 …

Hello, @bootsnall, I Love Your Site

Hello, @bootsnall, I Love Your Site

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 …

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

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

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 …