welcome, Smidlapper, to the mostly lower case (e.e. cummings) version of my babble.
you might want to consider cost of ownership regarding repairs on the old beast before they arise. i think i mentioned mrs. smidlap bought this monster house before we met and we generally love and appreciate living here and doing what we like with it. hell, we might even retire and keep it as a rental property, who knows? i just wanted to touch on the home maintenance bucket of your regular split of your income. i know you have your buckets set up, right? these are those expenditures that regularly occur and you know they’re coming. they never don’t come (like my grammar?). we have ours set as vacation/gift/repair, emergency fund, Roth IRA’s, tax, FS overtime, and MB art income.
i mention this because we’re right in the middle of what could be a shocker for some. we have an 1860’s house in buffalo. it’s big and stone and generally awesome. well, it turns out we had an appox. 70 year old asbestos roof and it finally came time to replace and it is happening this week. well there are some funky rules around this type of work but i understand it boils down something like this. the owners are allowed to remove those roofing tiles themselves (death trap for unskilled on a high pitch, 40 foot peak on slippery old tiles), or have the roof repaired with no big permit. the problem with our place is these brittle old shingles easily break and are tough to repair. there was already an old layer of wooden shingle underneath so another layer over the asbestos was no option. well, let’s just say with the abatement the cost of a new roof in our case around thirty thousand american dollars! doh! if any readers want my takeaway, here it is. 1. know what is up there when you decide to buy the place so you can prepare and get the cash in place for crap of this magnitude. 2. if you already own an old house like this, adjust home repair budget accordingly, even if it hurts. 3. don’t blow all your hard earned repair fund every year on cosmetic wants, as you never know when a big ticket item like this eats up several years of that fund and you already spent it on granite countertops.
Free activity of the week
making a phone call. you see, i never have owned a cell phone and can barely operate one due to my aversion and contempt for the antisocial devices. i got tired of paying verizon for land line service as normal people still make the occasional call. i ditched them in favor of a google voice account. you do need an internet connection and i had to buy an OBI device for about 40 bucks. but now with this set-up i pay zero bucks a month for unlimited calling in the united states of ‘murica. it might even include canada.
Quote of the Week
“no good can come of this.” — i said this to a group of friends who wanted to save a recording of a bachelor party in the 90’s. they took the advice and we destroyed the evidence.
What we did right and wrong
in the “right” column, mrs. smidlap started listing on eBay last week and even sold something. i kinda huck finned her into that one but now we have 16 listings of stuff we don’t use or need. i consider that a win/win as even if the stuff brought in zero dollars it’s still decreasing the crap and clutter in our house and taking up some spare time when that spare time could be spent on the other side of the ledger out in the world wasting dollars. i also came to an agreement to see my drum set to Tequila Mick in New Orleans. The stipulation is that he’s flying here and renting a car and i’ll help him drive it back to NOLA. in other words, what could go wrong?
in the “wrong” column, we didn’t need those giant 12 ounce pours of free bourbon at the tropical isle bar. sometimes free is your enemy. mark it down!
as always, feel free to comment on this substandard content. blast away, i can take it.