Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Since everyone is showing off their new toys, WII Fit, Philly home, horse and foal, I thought I would show you my new used tractor. It is a New Holland T33D. All I know is that it is much smaller than my old tractor. It has 33 horsepower, three cylinder diesel engine with 4 wheel drive. I did cut down a fairly large tree tonight and used it to pull the tree to the woods. It seemed to get the job done.
As of 5:00 p.m. on June 23rd I became a permanent Philadelphia resident because I now pay property tax. My closing finally went through. I still have mixedfeelings about it. There was so much paper flying around and so many numbers going around that I still haven't quite figured out what happened. A lot of emotions involved as well, which I think I had done a pretty good job of staying calm about other than the frustrations of renting the apartment. I do know that I got a pretty sweet deal and a pretty sweet house. I had a good team of people helping me out that offered a lot of encouragement, council, advice, support and help and want to thank them all very much for making it happen.
Come to Philly! Now there's more to see than just the Liberty Bell (though most people never really go see that anyways) Oh yeah....anyone know how to fix a refrigerator?
Monday, June 23, 2008
We went to the gay rodeo on Saturday. It was really really hot. The weather that is. We got to see a bunch gay pants a goat and many just fall on their ass. Connie has been wooed by the gay Polo team! She may head out to the polo fields to check out a practice or two. She says she's in it for the fashion, but watch a year from now Derby will be of the past and she'll be in the Advocate again- this time representing girls in polo.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Nothing makes you feel better about yourself than a machine that tells you that you probably trip a lot. Meet the Wii Fit. Luckily it hasn't called me fat just uncoordinated. I woke up at 7:30 am this morning after stalking our local target online and stood in line to get my hands on one. Connie is so competitive that she stripped just to try to get a better Wii Age than me. A Wii age is the combination of your BMI (weight/height) and balance. Since we both struck out at the balance part we arrived at around they same age. 45!!! I guess I have some practicing (training) to do. The balance part is pretty hard- but I find the yoga super interesting because you can really see how one side of your body is more balanced that the other. It makes you really concentrate on your core. Connie isn't here to take a pic of me on the stupid thing so here's a pic of this girl looking pretty silly.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Though nothing is set in stone yet. It looks like my grants will go through and I will close sometime next week. The more exciting part is that today I found a tenant for my apartment. After almost 2 full months of showing it to complete strangers everyday a sophomore Uarts student and her dad came and saw the apartment and put a deposit down for her and a roommate.
The beginning of the story starts off with postings on Craigslist and tours starting as early as May 6th. Let me just mention that this apartment is awesome. The location is amazing and the rent is very very reasonable for the location, size and amenities. I am really going to miss it. But for some reason no one wanted to take it, even when I opened the move in date to be anywhere from July1 - August 1.
There was this crazy girl who put down a deposit and was going to sublet to a roommate she was going to find on Craigslist to try to make money off them. I allowed her to come into my apartment 4-5 times to show potential roommates and even offered water and food. In the end she backed out because she decided she wanted a dog. The landlord wouldn't give her the deposit back until I found a new tenant to secure the lease. This put me in an even tighter spot. She then filed a complaint about the landlord to the attorney general and better business bureau and was calling me everyday to see if I found another tenant. How stupid and annoying can you get?
Well, finally it's resolved - sort of. I still have to pay all of July's rent which I'm just chalking up as an additional closing cost. In total I received 235 emails about my apartment responded to 95% of the once and 75% of that 95% a second or third time for follow up. There is still follow between some people that needs to be taken. Also bear in mind that mind that my landlord does not use email.
In conclusion here is what I learned:
1) Craigslist is amazing............but a total pain in the ass.
2) People that use craigslist are usually retarded..................or someone you already know.
3) I will never become a realtor.......................because it's a total pain in the ass.
4) No matter how good it get's there is always something better out there...............or at least you think so.
5) Not everyone is willing to walk 3 blocks to do laundry................in fact I am the only person I know that is willing to walk 3 blocks to do laundry.
6) Not everyone shops at IKEA! It was very surprising that people asked me how I got furniture up the stairs and I would say I bought it at IKEA took the box upstairs and put it together and that's the same way I'll get it out idiot.
7) Hire movers......I still might not take my own advice on this one but in the distant future when I do move again no matter how much stuff I have I will hire mover. The headache of moving can only be topped by the physical pain of carrying boxes and furniture up and down 3 flights of stairs about 400 times.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
This is horse number two: Mister Peppy McMoon. So far he "goes" by Mr. Mooney or Mic. He's grown on me pretty quickly. A bit skinny, which is easy to fix, but he is very easy going and in the two times Kyler has ridden him so far, he has been quite broke. Slightly thrown off by ditches and bridges, but not for too long. He is quite the opposite of our first purchase. Suave is currently locked in the box stall in order to heal up the hole in her side from trying to jump the fence and getting impaled.
All photos by Megan Quinn.
The good news is that my finger is on the way to healing - I finally got to take the splint off, I just have to wear it when I play Derby. We have a big tournament next weekend, and then I get two months off! I am so excited for hiatus you cannot imagine...
We also got a write up in the LA Times last Friday - it is a good article, and there is an accompanying slideshow with audio. I was supposed to be in what was going to be a large photo essay, but the photrapher said they had to cut the size. Oh well - you can't be in everything!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Finally, after many hours of fretting with roses growing bigger by the minute, I finished all the bouquets and floral work. Jessica and Connie have now arrived to attend the wedding and are willing to help me transport all the flowers to the wedding . We get up early to pack up both cars. We leave around 11:20 to arrive by 12:30 at the wedding hall. As we are going down the road, Connie calls me on the cell phone and tells me that I have a flat tire. I ask how bad it is. She says pretty low. We barely make it to a gas station on up the road. It is pouring cats and dogs and we are trying to put air into the tire to see if we can make it to the wedding. How am I going to get these flowers to the wedding all the way in ST. Louis? I ask a guy to help me put the spare on. He says no, but that there is an auto repair show across the road. We go there and ask the guy if he can fix our tire. I tell him that this is an emergency and that we have to be at a wedding within the hour. Thank goodness he agrees to fix it. I'm drenched, Connie is starving and hitting the vending machines, and Jess is trying her best to keep me calm. Finally, we are on our way again. I felt like I was in a Julia Roberts movie trying to get to the wedding! The wedding went off without a hitch, the flowers were beautiful, and the bride was happy.
Word of Advice - Do not get married on Friday the 13th!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Love you all,