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Old 02-15-21, 12:49 PM
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That's what I have been saying since we bought this house 20 years ago. We are supposed to be empty nesters now but youngest one is still at home doing school remotely, so hoping to be empty nesters in August. However, our family and work are all here, so the idea of moving south is seeming less likely. Maybe a month each winter in Andalucia instead of moving will be good enough.
I'm assuming that we will continue to remain as remote workers. Regardless, we'll be close enough to a major metro where we could get decent jobs in our field if the remote option isn't open to us.
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Same here. We're even further limited by not having a basement - that's really the only thing I would change - but this neighborhood just doesn't have them, and I'd rather live in this neighborhood than have a basement.
No basement? We would be in deep doo-doo without ours. This includes our laundry room, a large finished area that is a guestroom/stereo room/bike training room....and a medium size unfinished "crawl space" with 5 foot ceilings where we keep boxes and "junk" items that are too good to throw out but likely will get tossed when we move eventually.
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One problem I have is that I grew up with a big back yard, and I really like the feeling of the outdoor space. Mom and Dad had 1 3/4 acres, which Dad worked on lovingly for 50 years, basically working a good 8-12 hours most Saturdays from March till November, and often starting plants like tomatoes in the basement with grow lights so they'd be ready to plant after the last frost.

We bought our house because of the big (for here) yard, which turned out to be even bigger than we realized. It's about a 1/3 of an acre, where most yards are 1/4 or less. But it turns out I'm not my Dad, and when Saturday rolls around I don't want to get up and go do yard work. And yet, when I'm on Zillow or Realtor, I'm drawn to the houses with big yards. Go figure.
I like big yards, I cannot lie.
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So judgey
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PCR just came back negative too. Could be too soon though. Will have to retest depending on what happens with the girls.
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How did that end up?
Much as one would expect.
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I like big yards, I cannot lie.
Me too. But I don't like working in them. I'm more like my Mom, who could while away an entire Saturday on nothing but sleeping in, then drinking coffee and eating breakfast, then wasting time and then having a big nap.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
Same here. We're even further limited by not having a basement - that's really the only thing I would change - but this neighborhood just doesn't have them, and I'd rather live in this neighborhood than have a basement.
I've never lived in a house with a basement. The house previous to the one I live in now was 900 sq ft with no garage. It was enough room even though Mrs John tried to fill it with stuff.

There is a house across the street from me which has recently become vacant. I heard the landlord passed away and the family is going to sell it. It's in bad shape, needs a roof and has junk cars, etc. Zillow says it's 486 sq ft and has no garage. The Zestimate is $450,000.
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One could do this on a real bike, practice jousting.

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I really don't get the desire to have 3000 square foot monstrosities for most families. Who wants to clean a house that big??? We could have dropped a big hunk of cash on a brand new 3000+ home, but quite honestly, our 1700 SF is perfect for us and we get to do things like buy bike stuff...
This place is 1400 sf but it feels much smaller. I wonder if they counted the mud room or the half of the attic that’s finished. I think I could dig 1700, but yeah 2400 or 3000 would be too much for our current lifestyle.

Actually I would love the 2200 I used to have with the ex.
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Old 02-15-21, 01:31 PM
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Me too. But I don't like working in them. I'm more like my Mom, who could while away an entire Saturday on nothing but sleeping in, then drinking coffee and eating breakfast, then wasting time and then having a big nap.
Gotta keep it simple. No fussy landscaping.
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I've never lived in a house with a basement. The house previous to the one I live in now was 900 sq ft with no garage. It was enough room even though Mrs John tried to fill it with stuff.

There is a house across the street from me which has recently become vacant. I heard the landlord passed away and the family is going to sell it. It's in bad shape, needs a roof and has junk cars, etc. Zillow says it's 486 sq ft and has no garage. The Zestimate is $450,000.
I would not put too much stock into a Zestimate. From what I can tell, they simply take an average $/square foot in a neighborhood and apply it. Not very accurate IMO.
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I would not put too much stock into a Zestimate. From what I can tell, they simply take an average $/square foot in a neighborhood and apply it. Not very accurate IMO.
True, but that one seems about right.
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Strong and wrong.
I'm right very often.
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Gotta keep it simple. No fussy landscaping.
What about shrubs? Are they OK?
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Gotta keep it simple. No fussy landscaping.
I went out in the yard and started weeding. The area that the gardener had torn out all the stuff? He covered it with several inches of mulch. Now parts of the mulch are sprouting a big crop of Nasturtiums and Oxalis. I spent about an hour on hands and knees, working in from the edges of the patches. It's hard to stop - and yet I managed!
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No basement? We would be in deep doo-doo without ours. This includes our laundry room, a large finished area that is a guestroom/stereo room/bike training room....and a medium size unfinished "crawl space" with 5 foot ceilings where we keep boxes and "junk" items that are too good to throw out but likely will get tossed when we move eventually.
We could live without a basement.
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I'm right very often.

What about shrubs? Are they OK?
No.
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I would love to have more room than I need. I crave a separate room for my stereo, given it now sits cramped, virtually useless in my tiny living room. I'm considering the bold move of redesigning my office, which is now essentially the 3rd bedroom. Get rid of the bed and make room for my stereo setup. I LIKE IT. Half my vinyl albums are already here anyway. I could blast the music while putzing around on the computer with you guys. That's starting to sound awesome.
I am redesigning my office a bit this year too. Biggest change is the addition of a small workbench.

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Could still use a bench vise and maybe a better task light.
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I'm tracking all the bits I ordered for the Cannondale. Most of what I need should arrive this week! If I can get my LBS to switch the cranks by Friday, I'm good to go!

Except.........
The righthand shifter, for the rear. The ones I have are 7 speed, indexed (but can be run friction). I needed 8 speed. The only 8 speed RX100 shifters I found were in Italy. And the ETA is literally a month from now.

I suppose I can put it all together and use the old shifter in friction mode till it gets here.
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No, but when I was a child I did once refuse to poop for a number of days because the only available facility was an outhouse.
I did that for five days on a very rough ocean race where the toilet broke. I would have loved to poop, but me bowels wasn’t having it. I remember the combination of coffee and rum starting to work as we waited to clear in with immigration and wondering if I wasn’t going to have to run for it.


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I did that for five days on a very rough ocean race where the toilet broke. I would have loved to poop, but me bowels wasn’t having it.
How is this even possible? (unless you're on a hunger strike)
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I did that for five days on a very rough ocean race where the toilet broke. I would have loved to poop, but me bowels wasn’t having it. I remember the combination of coffee and rum starting to work as we waited to clear in with immigration and wondering if I wasn’t going to have to run for it.


The more of your stuff I read, the more you need to plan on your epic adventure in the near future. You have already done some epic stuff, and you really do need to out-epic those.

FWIW, I would have and could have done the same. Note to self: If I ever go on a boat, I'm bringing Gorilla Glue.
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That's just another bogeyman you socio-economically less-advantaged angry old white dudes like to harp on about, as you lament the fact that you are no longer kings with your HS diplomas and stay-at-home wives.
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The more of your stuff I read, the more you need to plan on your epic adventure in the near future. You have already done some epic stuff, and you really do need to out-epic those.

FWIW, I would have and could have done the same. Note to self: If I ever go on a boat, I'm bringing Gorilla Glue.
Just remember, Gorilla Glue is not a hair care product.
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