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Aug. 12th, 2005

If you take a piece of wire and bend it back and forth, back and forth, over and over, eventually it will break.

Went to Casa de Bruno last night to make "tent poles" for the set. The idea is that the poles are actually logs that are about four inches in diameter and ten feet high (it's a big tent), but rather than trying to find and wrangle actual logs, I decided that making them out of something light and maneuverable was probably a better idea.
So there was logmaking. Which involved cans of spray foam, plastic gloves, and a lot of "eww, gross!". Plus the discovery that acetone eats through vinyl gloves, and the additional discovery that spray foam sticks to your skin in a way that makes my old high-school girlfriend look like an aloof ice queen.
Then we went in and looked at how to build the rest of the set. And looked at some other problems. And really solved them by Tony calling a delay in the shooting schedule because it was obviously going to take more time to get this built than first glance.
It also meant some changes to the script. Not really substantial changes to the story, but making it more manageable to shoot. It's a good change. But we also have a really tight shooting schedule, and that makes me nervous.

And it's a feature.

It started out as a short film. It isn't anymore.

Dear God, we're shooting a feature.

Okay, house stuff:
I had to call the building inspector to take a look to determine whether I can get an extension on the porch permit. He's a bit cranky that I haven't done more work in the ten months that I've had the permit; I explained to him that I was in a bad situation with the ownership of the house and had been in Iowa untuil just recently.
My guess is that I won't get the extension, and he'll force me to get a contractor, which I can't afford. I have no idea what I will do in that case. I suppose that I'll have to ask about what options are available.

Between the house and the tax frou-frou, I am financially hosed.

Downside of this is that the inspector is going to the house, and can find a number of other violations that need to be fixed, and can pretty much force the repairs through court order. Which I can't afford, at least on the timeline that would be required.

The two options that I can see right now are:

1.) Attempted refinancing
Okay, this is *possible*, but my credit rating ain't the most stellar. And the house title is still screwed up, which makes things difficult. Still, I could probably refi and get enough to hire a contractor to get the work done.

2.) Ug buys ugly houses
Homevestors. Sell the house as-is, which would probably end up at a loss rather than a gain.

Okay. I know that getting out of that house would probably be good for my mental health, but I'd really like to do it in such a way that it doesn't cost me what equity I have already built up.


Okay, I'm looking at properties.

Anyone want to start an artist's commune with me?

Kinda boring, but a little land.

Needs work, but not as much as the Big Broken Box™.


Anybody have any good leads on refinancing or maybe a real estate guru?

Magicmarmot in Penultimate Fantasy

Touted by many as unfathomably beautiful, this daring tale, set in the state of Arizona, is a look into the lives of friends, magicmarmot (Bruce Willis) and lucyruthe (Sandra Bullock), who discover themselves in turmoil when a devastating situation is triggered by her conniving sister, vixenly (Alicia Silverstone). The screenplay was adapted from the memoirs of vixenly, but has less cursing.

Produced by ianiceboy


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Aug. 12th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
We are still apt dwellers. Not sure what this school thing is going to do to our living arrangements. We may end up moving.

Let's hope you get that extension! But, selling the house is an option too. Not sure what I would do in your shoes. Ask around. Find an agent you trust. Explore your options.
Aug. 12th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
I really loved my real estate agent. I can email you her name/number, if you want. She's with Edina Realty. But, looking for houses before you really know if/when/for how much you can sell your place isn't productive.

If it were up to me: get the title straightened out, pronto. Even if you can't refi, you need that solved anyhow. Try to get the extension to get the repairs done. Find out options for installment payments on a contractor, as a contingency.
Aug. 12th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
Working on it.
Aug. 12th, 2005 08:15 pm (UTC)
Personally, I would go with door number 2.

1) Not comically expensive, as is #1.

2) 1/2 acre of land is plenty of room to put up a workshop. Also a part-time soundstage?

3) You say that getting out of that house would be good for your mental health. Not knowing the full details of the situation, my response would still be, "Yeah, and more so than you know." And how much money could you save in anti-depressants and crap, AND get your life assembled, if you had the ability to simple cleanse your space?

A fourth option would be to move to a different city, where houses aren't so fucking expensive. A small mansion, complete with pillars and statuary, in Josh's hometown of Quincy, IL costs less than that first house. And we're talking historical, antique riverboat tycoon mansion. An average house there goes for around $60,000. I'm just sayin', Mpls is all around costly as hell. :p
Aug. 12th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
I like Minneapolis. I have a pretty decent steady job here (finally), a lot of friends, and so on.

Lots of unknowns at this point. Way too many to make any kind of decision, I'm just exploring options.
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