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Okay... We still have to wait on some things, but effectively THE HOUSE IS SOLD! Closing will be mid-next month, so it's finally over. :) We didn't get as much as I'd hoped for, but we got enough to kill debts and get furniture and stuff. Woo!

Just waiting on an inspection, then we go into the Labyrinth of Paperwork and Money. I should have the check in my greedily waiting hands at closing.

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These are the posts that would have been made in-game from just after the release of the Vanguard compound to the night of the gathering at the Darken Hollow. I'll repost these if we actually start the Vanguard: Synthesis group here. :)

Also: Jackrabbit! http://www.furaffinity.net/view/8605223/

Jackrabbit's Posts )
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I'm about to head to bed. It's almost 4, and what's going to be pre-moved into the garage is moved. I don't think the move is going to be too bad, but I won't know 'til we get going. The plan is that my folks will get here around 9 or 9:30. We'll head to the apartment and pay the first months rent (half a month) and the second month, and get the keys. Then we'll come back and start moving stuff, starting with the furniture. I think that after that's all moved, I may just do the rest with the car, but I don't know. I think we'll get the furniture (beds and dressers at least) set up, then bring the cats over when they have places to hide.

After that, it'll be everything else. I'm betting with the van-and-trailer, it'll be 2 trips and some stuff in my car.

After we're done, I'll be steam-cleaning the rug downstairs and doing any remaining cleaning that's left, plus doing a walk through to find anything I might have forgotten. With luck we'll be all done with the phone/cable/internet online by 4 PM- I have to take the old set-top box back in, and get the new box from the cable store; Hennepin and Ramsey counties are using different gear, despite it being the same company. Silly, but what can you do. Wish us luck! I'll get the new phone number and stuff to people ASAP.

I... LIVE!

Jul. 2nd, 2012 10:15 pm
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Yes, I'm still here. Yup, I'll still post. I've just been kinda less than enthusiastic with updating given all the stuff going on. Not necessarily bad stuff, mind you, just... Too much.

However, this is decent news. FINALLY the house is officially on the market and for sale! This is a GOOD thing, much as I really don't want to sell it. We also had the first showing today, which was from 3:30 to 4:30 PM. I have no idea what the result of it was, and I won't til the realtor notifies me. I quite doubt we'll get a sale that fast, but it would truly be cool if we did. :)
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Right, then! We are on the market with the house on Monday! We met with the realtor today, and the price has been set at $165,000. There is a bunch of little fiddly things left to do, with one or two things left that could be considered 'big': moving my possessions to a storage facility, and painting the garage. Other than that, it's just about done.

The realtor is VERY optimistic that the place will sell within a month, and as there's nothing for sale within a quarter-mile and NOTHING equivalent to the bargain that this monster represents (5 beds, 1 3/4 baths with 4 off-street parking spots and TONS of updates), I have a lot of hope too. :)

Just about done.
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WE HAVE AN APARTMENT! It's at Hillside East Apartments, off of Old Highway 8 about 3/4 mile north of County Road D / 37th Avenue. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, second floor with 900 square feet and a small balcony. Its a REAL nice area, and we (Me and Chris) move in on July 18. Woohoo!

This is the layout: http://tinyurl.com/6o8kx9j

The work on the house approaches the finish line- the carpet will go in next week, probably Wednesday, and mostly what's left is little fiddly things. We'll be on the market the first week of June, I think.

I can't wait til all this is DONE.
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The upstairs of the house is getting pretty empty. Most of my things are boxed and down in the garage now, or in what was once Max and Khir's room; I get to paint in there tonight, and in the pantry closet off the stairs. I patched the nail and screw holes in both, and I'll be finished with painting after this and the back closet ceiling... I think. We may be painting the downstairs bathroom, but I'm not sure. What's left? Carpet- back room, my old bedroom and Anna's room, new shelving in the pantry closet, staining (finally) the doors on the kitchen closet downstairs, more packing (of course) and some work on the deck. I really think we should replace it, but it IS repairable. The house may be on the market as soon as next week, late.

I'm looking forward to this being done, but... I don't really want to sell. Even if I get miracle-money though I think I still will. I think I kinda need to move on in a way.

I've been real lax at posting here, and at other things as well- I've been bloody tired of late; partly stress and partly insomnia and partly all the work going on. But things should be less nuts soon.


Mar. 20th, 2012 05:48 pm
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I added two more userpics, and nuked one of the old ones. The one on this entry is of my character on the MUD Flexible Survival, and the other is one of likely two that I'll be using for entries pertaining to the Vanguard game- It will appear here and on (probably) the Vanguard_X LJ group, if we use it.

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I can't recall if I posted this at all here before, so I'll say it again just in case- Plague House is going to be sold, and I and all the people currently here will be moving on. There is a lot going on right now, some of which I'm not at liberty to discuss. But, of the stuff I CAN talk about, there is the progress on fixing the place up for sale.

Tomorrow, the bathroom will be done other than fiddly bits (cleaning, maybe new towel racks and such), as will the front room. We're just gonna remove the carpet there and clean the floor, as the wood is in good shape. The kitchen ceiling has been mudded, and will be sanded and likely primed tomorrow. So, there's a lot of progress!

Also, we talked to a realtor from ReMax yesterday. Looks like I should be able to get a decent price for the place, but unless I get the midrange to high amounts she provided as estimates I'll either have to short dad and my brother a bit on payback, or not pay off the whole credit card. However, no matter what things will be better than they are now.

The fix-up stuff that remains includes the new carpet in the back room and my bedroom, carpet in [livejournal.com profile] mirrdae's room, and removing the carpet from [livejournal.com profile] ataramos's room- that won't happen til people have moved out. Obviously, there'll still be a lot of cleaning to do, as well as disposing of all the crap I'm not taking with me. Oh- As suggested by the realtor, we're likely going to have to replace the furnace and central air- like as not it won't pass the city inspection, and replacing them will provide a better selling price. We'll be fixing the parking pad in back as well, but that's not nearly as much of an issue as the furnace and such.

Part of me is looking forward to all this being done, another part is terrified- this is a MAJOR change, and part of the price is effectively losing contact with several people I consider friends. Its also a terrible disruption to their lives as well, and I'm not happy about that, either- but it's really not much of a choice for me anymore.

In the end, I'll have the memories of the place, and a new home to call my own. here's hoping for relatively smooth sailing in the getting there.
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Another year, the fourth since she passed. I was... Okay, yesterday. I didn't think about it at all. I did today though, and still am.

I'll never forget you, Luna.

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Ah, another update!

This last week the prep for selling the house started to seriously get into gear. I've been sealing stains on the ceilings in preparation for painting, chipping bubbled paint in the kitchen and doing plasterwork to fix some damage (nail-holes, etc.) in the front room. Today we'll be doing the actual painting of the front and back rooms, the front hall and my bedroom. Once that's done, I'll be continue to cull possessions and such, and during the next few weeks I'll be painting the walls. There's a lot of prepwork to do, still, but once the painting is done we'll have a realtor over to see what we'll get as a price, and whether or not doing the carpet and kitchen floor will be worth it.

Other than all that, work continues to be work, with little new on that front. In the remaining news, I've gotten new (and REAL OLD) art up on my FA (FurAffinity: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sorien/) site, and a new book- Frostbite. Well, I'm still waiting for it to get here, actually. More new books will be coming over the next few months, and I'm looking forward. I've also gotten a bunch more movies, all from Half Price Books or Pawn America- Captain America and Iron Man 2 being two of them. :)

And that's about it. I'm going to try to get the most recent Horror run typed up sometime today, and maybe try to get the as-yet unfinished writeups for Traveller and the Western Campaign done. Also, watch this space for future writeups for the Vanguard game that is upcoming!
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I've not been able to write at work, and probably won't in the future, so my writing up of the adventures is sort of at a standstill. I do have the notes for a few Traveller runs to type in, but the notes I had on the last Horror run... Were scant. At best. They were SO scant that the GM was winging it more than usual! Worse, given that my laptop has a bad lead between the screen and the body, I'm not bringing it to games- at least not til its fixed. (If you close the laptop, the screen won't relight til you get JUST the right position- thus, bad connection)

So. this is a somewhat quick summary of what happened to Our Heroes last time. Ben, who plays Roy, was unable to attend, to he got fiat-ed to his 'employers at MIB. Our other heroes are:

Bill Vicklin- Up and coming monster hunter. Bill is a little crazy, and getting worse as things go darker and darker for him and his friends. He has a longcoat with an enchanted pocket that he can store disturbing amounts of ordinance within, and the uncanny ability to use ANY form of firearm.

Jackie Tall- A woman with dwarfism, Jackie has gained the ability to raise the dead, in additiuon to her other telepathic abilities. This is eroding HER sanity and self control, and she may eventually become the 'Evil Queen' in truth rather than just fantasy.

Greg Poulte- A motorcycle wrencher and biker, Greg is an on-again, off-again Buddist and full-time martial artist. He currently has the spirit of Doctor Beck within him, and the good doctor is showing him how to manipulate reality to a limited extent- Doctor Beck is so skilled at this he can teleport himself and likely even move through time. However- Greg's mind isn't attuned to this, and the stresses could kill him.

- Are we seeing a trend here?

Lastly, the absent member- Roy Smith. Roy is a junior member of MIB. Yes, the thing from the movie, but real. He was trapped in the Abyss for many years, until he sort of just wandered out when the others were trying to seal a portal they'd inadvertently opened! Since then he's reconnected with his employers, but his loyalties are terribly torn- help his friends, or do his job? Both choices have a price.

Bad Timing )
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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

Via Tumblr

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First, on Friday my game was cancelled. Not a problem, we'll play again a week from this coming Friday. However, my Sunday group DID get together, and we played the Horror Campaign; Our Heroes are still trapped in the future, and things are getting worse. Our allies keep getting nailed by the Bad Guys, and we keep getting our gear stripped. Right now, Bill (my character) has been killed again, but he gets better from that (read the past entries to see why), Jackie has been captured by the vampires, and Greg has been possessed by the spirit of Dr. Beck, and temporarily has strange, quantum-physics-based powers. With these, we MIGHT have a shot at popping the darkness-bubble over Boston, fulfilling our deal to get access to a way back to our proper time!


Other than that, life is. Something screwy happened today right after work, but it's dealt with for the moment. It was rather easy to deal with, actually. We'll see if there's any fallout.


Jan. 13th, 2012 03:45 pm
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Look! Another update! (gasp!)

Anyway, its just a little one. I got the Xmas tree down today... Which is some kind of record for me, I think. The worst I've ever been was one year I took it down in April. O.o Usually its the last week of January or sometime in February that I get around to it.

As to the housework, like as not I'm going to start painting in the front room. It might be the biggest room that I have to do, but it's also simple, with very little do to in terms of patchwork and stain coverage. From there... Either my bedroom, the front hallway or the bathroom.

Beyond that, life is quiet. I did go over to Pawn America on Tuesday- they have a 2 DVDs for 3 bucks deal, so I got some new films. One of them, Black Mask 2, is enjoyably bad, but it skips and freezes a lot. So, I'll probably exchange it. I did get a few GOOD movies- Shadow of the Vampire, which is sort-of a biopic about Max Schrek, who played the lead in the silent-era Nosferatu, and Gangs of New York, which is just cool.

Tonight I return to running my Pathfinder game, and I THINK I'll be finishing up the current story. I dunno if I'll continue running it, or try something else, or if someone else wants to run something- We'll figure it out. I do have more to run in the world, but I wanna see what the players want to do.
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Wow. I've been SLACK here. A lot has happened since my last post, good and bad, plus a big decision was made... One that I really never wanted to make. Checking, my last post was... November. Huh. At least it was shorter than the break before that!

Anyway... For Chrismas, I sold most of my comics for the money for gifts. This isn't a bad thing at all- I wasn't reading them, and they were just taking up space in the closet. So, they're gone. I've been culling my possessions slowly but surely in general too, for more space and less clutter. Christmas this year, despite being the lowest-budget one so far for me was really good. The gathering with family was on Christmas Day, and the friend's party was on January 6th. I got some VERY cool stuff- Big Band music, a set of 50 Martial Arts and bad '70's flicks, the restored Metropolis (Fritz Lang's version- I have the anime), and the Lacakdaisy collection of online strips, Volume 1 were the prizes- bit ALL of what I got was cool!

Now... To the other stuff. I've for the last year been wrestling with finances. Not anyone's fault but my own, but there you go. Thus... In November I finally decided. I'm selling the house this year. I'm not sure exactly when, but the current aim is probably early Summer. I'll be cleaning and painting inside, and continuing the disposal of crap that I no longer want or need. I've already donated some furniture and stuff to Savers.

The work inside the house isn't TOO bad, but its daunting for someone who slacks like I do, and more daunting as I'm likely to have to do it all myself. The goal is to get a good price- which in this market could be dicey. I should be able to get enough to kill the mortgage and the credit card, which will be good enough.

I'm actually planning on getting a double-wide trailer in a park to live in. This SOUNDS bad, but the newer trailers are effing palaces. I've run the numbers, and I CAN afford a nice, if not new one for a total monthly payout of $950. That includes EVERYTHING billwise, excluding groceries, gas for the car, and the insurance on the car. I won't be living high-on-the-hog, but I'll be able to afford it MYSELF. Which is the goal.

So, that's where things are now. I'll try to start keeping this updated again, so people know what's up at Plague House.

Oh! Spaz and Lady are just fine, and are pretty much as they always are.
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I arrived via Greyhound at the Cumberland Avenue station at 3 PM yesterday, and was picked up by Sparhawk, a friend from Flexible Survival MUD. We had a touch of trouble finding the hotel from the station (it was hiding from us, I swear!), but we eventually found it and I got checked in. I ditched my stuff in the room, then we had dinner at Sally's, a pizza place with EXCELLENT deep-dish pizza. I would definitely eat there again, and might before the end of the con.

I lazed about after Spar left, just hanging out in my room for the most part. I slept 9 hours, only waking when Housekeeping knocked- I'd forgot to put the more politely worded 'stay the fuck OUT' sign on the door. I got up and had breakfast, then just bummed about until [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn arrived at about 2 PM.

I had dinner in the lobby restaurant (knicknamed '10-Forward' for the goofy curvy-padded decorative wall-things), having the pot-roast sandwich- pricy but VERY good.

And now I'm in my room. Woo!


Nov. 7th, 2011 10:56 pm
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I DID get more writing done. About 2000 words, actually. But I haven't gotten it typed into the laptop yet. I HATE having to write it longhand then bang it into the laptop. I really, really do. It makes it into far more of a chore than it should be. :P
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Well, not a bad day. Here's the latest section!

Bare Bones 4 )
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And still more progress. Most of this segment was written longhand at work, and typed in just now. I'll try to get at least another thousand words down later today.

Bare Bones 3 )


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