Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

random chameleonics

16 days remain.

I was up until almost 1:00 this morning getting all the tax stuff
together to send. Dropped them in the mail this morning, along with the
checks needed to pay both federal and state. Considering that yesterday
I had over $14k in the account, I most definitely don't today. I have
enough left to make sure I get back to Minneapolis next weekend, and to
cover basic expenses to the end of the month, and that's about it.
However, I'm caught up on all of the bills.

When it gets down to it, I'm pretty much leaving Iowa with nothing. All
of the "extra" money went into the house remodeling and repair. Which
does put me ahead in the long run, and was absolutely necessary, so I'm
not faulting, just observing. It would have been nice to save up a chunk
of change to finance a movie or two, but c'est la vie.

It does put a damper on my "prison release" party plans. I will very
likely have to find an alternative to the Sheraton, but I'm still vying
for a hot tub. I don't think the Big Broken Box(tm) will be in any shape
to have company yet unless a miracle happens or I manage to get a
cleaning crew together that is hale and hearty enough to declare war on
the beast with few casualties.

Of course, the house needs more work. The front porch alone is major
work that will cost many thousands of dollars-- figuring about $4-5k
just for the materials, and that does not include the windows yet.

I picked up a book on building codes yesterday. Pretty heavy duty: a
little thin on plot, but chock full of information on what you need to
do to be up to date with standard building practices. Considering how
much work I'm doing on the Big Broken Box(tm), a worthwhile investment.
It even includes a section on soundproofing that actually has useful

Excited about getting back home.

  • There's a theme here...

  • Nice Guys and the Last Finish

    I'm a nice guy. By this, I don't mean that I'm the creepy "nice guy" who invades your personal space far too often and buys you things to get your…

  • (no subject)

    Yesterday, in a frothy need to get the hell away from working on the house and job hunting, I went over to Tiff's place and we spent the day…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.