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Entered on: July 14, 2004 12:00 AM by Swerb
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Welp, this may be the house for Stacy and I... we put in an offer for it yesterday, and we accepted the counter-offer for it today. We're just waiting for inspections and paperwork (wish me luck), and then we're going to have 30 years' worth of debt! Whee! And yes, Bert, it's the same one I told you about on Saturday. Some good things about it:The living room can accommodate an even larger TV than the one I have, plus it has a big-ass 2 1/2 stall garage. The bad things: That driveway is really long. If you want to buy me a housewarming gift, a snowblower would be nice... :)

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From: Ross Entered on: July 14, 2004 10:32 PM
Good luck Swerb! Can't wait to take a tour, that's great. Any idea what the closing date is?
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 15, 2004 12:53 AM
Forget the closing date... when's GAMING NIGHT!?!?
From: The Bone Entered on: July 15, 2004 1:01 AM
Dude, that house rocks out with it's cock out! I like the staris leading to the basement. Sweet. Can't tell from the pic but is that a flat roof? Isn't that a problem with snow and rain?
From: John Entered on: July 15, 2004 1:55 AM
Looks pretty cool Swerbstation. I hope it works out for you and Stacy.
From: Swerb Entered on: July 15, 2004 8:05 AM
Bone, to answer your question, the roof is slanted to a slight degree, but really heavy snowfall may require me to get up there and shovel it.
From: Creeko Entered on: July 15, 2004 8:18 AM
What, you're not gonna lug the snowblower up there?
From: BigFatty Entered on: July 15, 2004 8:56 AM
Congrats on reaching the American Dream - debt. Very nice, cozy house. I think Wally and the Beav will like it. Weren't you a little hard on the Beaver last night? Maybe tonight you should be :) Hopefully you will be all closed by the time I am home in August. I love to see it. My condo is going up for sale shortly. I am getting out of some major debt for a while. Unemployment doesn't pay all the bills, but it certainly pays for a year in Europe.
From: Ross Entered on: August 16, 2004 9:47 AM
So are you moved in yet, Swerb? Wasn't this past weekend the major move date?
From: Swerb Entered on: August 16, 2004 10:36 AM
Yeah, I'm neck deep in boxes right now, and I may not have an internet connection at home for a week or two, which really sucks. I will be posting my new address and phone number as soon as I can find the tiny scrap of paper I wrote the info. on. It may be a while. :)  
Get this: These dumbfucks from GE came out to deliver my new washer and dryer, and they failed to remove these two shipping bars from the inside of my washer. So, I turn it on, and a few minutes later, the thing is practically jumping off the floor! My dad and I figured it out, removed the offending parts, ran it, and my brand new washer is fucked up now. I was pissed, but I went back to Home Depot, and they were totally cool about it, and said I'd get a new washer. A shitty experience, but at least I didn't have to threaten to swing from their balls.
From: John Entered on: August 16, 2004 10:55 PM
You would hate to have to swing from their balls but sometime it's the only recourse.
From: Ross Entered on: August 17, 2004 7:58 AM
Yeah that is an unfortunate incident but suffice it to say it could have been a lot worse. Good luck with unpacking!
From: Swerb Entered on: August 17, 2004 10:48 AM
My house is a maze of boxes right now. I have one coat of paint on the living room, and it needs another, except there is shit piled up to the ceiling practically, and the satellite TV guy is coming on Thursday. Calgon, take me away!! Good thing is, I'm getting a new washer tomorrow - Home Depot kicks ass, seriously. I recommend going there if you need appliances.
From: Ross Entered on: August 17, 2004 1:40 PM
Yeah, I love that store. Around here they are especially well-known for their selection of grills.  
At least you get your satellite service soon. Don't want to miss out on any Lions stankfests...
From: Swerb Entered on: August 18, 2004 11:21 AM
Fuck you, buddy! The Lions have a good team this year! Just you wait!  
(Note: The above statement is simmering in denial.)
From: Ross Entered on: August 19, 2004 9:11 AM
Well Snerp, I just snagged 2 tix to the Pearl Jam Vote for Change show. I don't exactly know how to interpret the seating chart vs. what they say my seats are, but it appears that these seats are good: Section CR, Row C, Seats 7-8, Main Floor. That sounds to me like 3rd row on the left, in front of Mike McCready, like I seem to always get. Not that I'm complaining. :)  
By the way, Heather isn't going, but if you want to get yourself another pair of tickets and bring Stacy, I'm sure I can find someone else who'll want my ticket.
From: Ross Entered on: August 19, 2004 9:32 AM
Actually looking at the seating chart, it looks like they start numbering from the right, so I'd be on the right side in front of Stone. Oh well, can't complain much about that either.
From: Swerb Entered on: August 19, 2004 1:16 PM
Snerp... I like that.  
Yeah, those seats are pretty sweet. I had almost forgotten about it, since I have so much going on right now. Shitty thing is, we won't be able to sit together regardless. The pre-sale only lets you buy two tickets at a time, which sucks... I had considered having you buy tix for all of us until I saw that. But yeah, Stacy wants to go, since I told her eons ago (right after we first met) that "you haven't lived until you've seen Pearl Jam." She holds that over my head every time I jaunt off to a Pearl Jam show without her. :) But let me discuss and finalize plans with her before you get someone else to go.  
So here's my latest snag: The Dish Network guy came out this morning, and I can't get a satellite signal unless I trim one of the trees in my backyard... which could cost me about 200 bucks. Cutting it myself is a bad idea because it's over power lines - I could potentially fuck my electricity, my phone line and my neighbor's power lines. Such are the pains of home ownership...
From: Swerb Entered on: August 19, 2004 3:14 PM
Bert, here's my latest Pearl Jam conundrum: There are two other writers here at the Press that want to cover the show. I'm not necessarily a shoo-in for such assignments anymore (even though one is an intern and has sort of bowed out of the race), so I may have to buy that second ticket from you. I'm currently duking it out right now with my co-workers. Seniority is on my side, so things should turn out OK, but please hold on to that ticket for me...
From: Ross Entered on: August 19, 2004 3:16 PM
Damn, that sucks arse! I dunno.... would your dad be willing to give the trimming a go? I know that's the kind of thing my dad would probably be chomping at the bit to tackle. The shitty thing is, it sounds like it will probably be periodic maintenance. But I'm sure you'll get it figured out. I can't imagine going back to cable unless I absolutely had to.  
And the ticket is yours until you say otherwise....
From: Swerb Entered on: August 23, 2004 11:40 AM
Actually, it cost me $375 to get my tree trimmed, and that was after haggling with the guy (he originally quoted me for $475). Ouch. But I had him trim extra so it won't grow more and interrupt the signal. My problem was, the Dish guy was coming back on Friday, so I had to get it trimmed Right Now. My dad was out of town, and I didn't want to climb up a ladder with a chainsaw and kill myself, so I just bit the bullet and had Hank's Tree Service come out. It sucks, but it's STILL better than cable. As it is, I saved $300 on my shiny new Dish receiver, so it kind of balances out. By the way, my new receiver is like cable internet, and my old receiver like dial-up. It's super fast when scanning menus and such, plus it has two tuners, picture-in-picture and 90 hours of storage on the hard drive. It was definitely worth the trouble.  
Now, if the fucking SBC guy would ever come out and get my DSL hooked up, it would be great...
From: Ross Entered on: August 23, 2004 2:20 PM
Fucking sweet, man! You're as good as Tivo at this point. (I know, I know, your super-fast foward is better than Tivo....)  
And you're going DSL over Comcast this time, huh? Whaddaya gonna do about newsgroup access?
From: Ross Entered on: August 23, 2004 4:52 PM
Are you sure they carry the newsgroups you want? I think Heather had SBC DSL and it was less than ideal. However, that's not to say you can't do like I do and spend $11/mo for 10GB or whatever it is.  
By the way, if you don't want your number to be listed, I suggest you hit the "mark private" button on the above message, or else the world could find your number on a Google search in a few days.

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