Monday, December 25, 2006
2006 – The Year that was….the condo story.
Current mood: nostalgic
2006 was a strange year, and I hope to write a bit about what happened, why it happened, and what I learned from it.
I bought a condo this year – I was in an apartment at January 1st but sometime around March decided that I didn’t want to live there anymore. Was it because the people in the apartment upstairs from me liked to have wild “animal” sex every Friday night/Saturday morning to the point where the cops were called? Was it because the building had 1 working washer/dryer that someone always decided to wash oil rags in and put a nice film over everything else anyone wanted to put in there? Was it because I the turnpike that was less than 100 yards from my window and the air brakes that would blow day and night. Was it the constant fear of car break-ins?
So one day I was online and just for giggles, I entered information to find out if I would qualify for a home loan. Now, in the past I kinda f’d up my credit – so I was pretty leary. But I knew the real estate market was in a little bit of trouble and they may take a chance on me. Well, they did and I qualified for a pretty good chunk of change. With this in my pocket, I went about looking for a new “fortress of solitude” – hopefully one with more than one window, possibly some stairs, a backyard, and a garage. I contacted a Realtor and we looked at five places until we found the condo. It had everything I was looking for – a deck, small backyard, a garage, and a loft. Bonus included a fireplace and a quiet community.
Papers were signed and phone tag was initiated, but I eventually moved into my place and spent my first night on my birthday – June 3rd. I din’t realize that the water was turned off under the condo, so I was crawling around in the crawlspace to get it moving. So hiccups along the way, but it was worth it.
Six months later, I still have painting to do. I’m trying to find the right shade for the kitchen. The office/guest room went pink to neutral grey/beige until I can figure out what to do with it. I built a tiki bar upstairs, and just have to get shelving and some couches up there for the lounge.
I’m working on getting network cable run throughout the place so that I can always have either a hardwire or wireless connection to the internet.
2007 should bring some progress – and I will document what I can. I also plan on redoing my website www.kahunacommunications.com to take advantage of it.