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Entered on: July 11, 2003 7:43 AM by Ross
I couldn't let Roche have all the fun - I'm moving as well! I am closing on a condo in Chicago on July 25.

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From: The Bone Entered on: June 14, 2003 12:50 PM
That's pretty cool. 1600 sq ft ain't too shabby. Chi town is pretty pricey but it's still cheaper than Honolulu. The jacuzzi sounds sweet. It looks like the Oracle might live in your building. Hope things go smooth.  

From: Swerb Entered on: June 15, 2003 11:34 AM
Dude, that sounds like a pretty sweet place - plenty of room, parking, and the second bedroom would make for a nice computer-command headquarters. Good luck getting everything finalized.
From: BigFatty Entered on: June 16, 2003 6:42 AM
Congrats on being a future Homo - ner. That is pretty cool. Seems like there is plenty of process fornication potential for Bone's arrival. I'm sure there will be some work arounds. Maybe we will just have Bone help you and Johnny move. Thats what I call a vacation!
From: Ross Entered on: June 16, 2003 8:40 AM
The sellers want to move the closing date up to July 25, but that might be too soon for my (or their) loan. So if it does get pulled off, the 31st might be okay for me. I'll let you guys know more when I do.  
Swerb - yep, the 2nd bedroom is going to be computer central - but I have to figure out a way to get the computers and a futon in there without being cramped. Might impinge on my style a bit - I've had grand fantasies of huge computer desks and filing cabinets and shit that I might have to put on hold.  
Fatty - for it to be a "real vacation" wouldn't it have to involve eating lots of hamburgers?  
Heather is going to the house today while the inspector does his thing, she's going to take pictures so when I get them I put some up so you guys can see how sweet it is.
From: Ross Entered on: June 16, 2003 1:26 PM
Looks like the close date is almost certainly going to be the 25th, and I will probably lease the place to the sellers for the month of August until they find a new place. So I will probably be able to be in GR for any shenanigans around the 31st, though I will probably be poor as hell.
From: Ross Entered on: June 16, 2003 6:22 PM
Here are some pics, hot off the digital camera, courtesy Heather:

The front deck. Alas, we must buy our own grill.

The living room and kitchen.

The kitchen.

The living room and fireplace.

Another (washed out) shot of the living room showing the deck. The right side opens up to a diing area.

A shot of the master bathroom.

The whirlpool tub in the master bathroom.

A shot of part of the master bedroom. You can't really tell from the pic, but it's huge.

There weren't any great shots of the 2nd bedroom, and it's not really that interesting a room anyway. There is also a nice big back deck with plenty of room for a grill and furniture if need be.

From: The Bone Entered on: June 16, 2003 6:43 PM
Nice Ross, real nice. I'm jealous. I've been wanting to buy a place for a while and it's impossible to find anything that is affordable and worth a shit.
From: Swerb Entered on: June 16, 2003 9:22 PM
I will second The Bone's jealousy. That's a pretty goddamn nice place for your cats to destroy. :)  
What, no shots of the three parking spaces? THAT'S the hot commodity in Chicago.  
And I like that Heather took a picture of herself taking a picture in the bathroom mirror.  
Seriously, though, congrats. I can't wait to see it after you move in.
From: Heather Entered on: June 16, 2003 11:11 PM
These are only a few pics that I took. I believe there was one of the back end of the place, however it might not have been worth putting on the site.  
And, of course I had to get myself in one picture! As you can see I tried my best to stay out of it, but I'm not a professional here!  
I can't wait to move in! It is a sweet place! And you're all invited when we have our welcoming party!
From: The Bone Entered on: June 16, 2003 11:40 PM
Who is the girl staring at the microwave? Is she cooking a burrito?
From: Ross Entered on: June 17, 2003 9:44 AM
The burrito cooker is the seller's real estate agent.  
Yeah, Heather took a good one from the outside where you can see the back deck and the parking spaces, sort of. I'll try to post it a bit later.
From: John Entered on: June 17, 2003 2:05 PM
You new house looks sweet! I can't wait to come and visit. When your ready to move just let me know and I'll be happy to help. I love the fact that parking will no longer be an issue when I come to Chicago. Anyway, I'm looking foward to seeing your new place.
From: The Bone Entered on: June 17, 2003 2:20 PM
Is the seller's agent cooking a burrito whilst showing the house?  
Any good bars or anything within walking distance. Like an old school irish pub?  

From: John Entered on: June 17, 2003 2:27 PM
I used to love old school Irish pups like the one we went to in Hawaii Bone. Chicago has many bars and I'm sure some are near Bert's new home.
From: John Entered on: June 17, 2003 2:35 PM
I was watching Today this morning and they listed the top 20 most expensive cities to live in around the world. One American city scored in the top 10 and it was New York. On the way to 20 only L.A. And Chicago appeared on the list. I thought this was odd because Honolulu is also very expensive to live in. Apparently though Chicago and L.A. are even worse.
From: The Bone Entered on: June 17, 2003 2:55 PM
It depends on what they factor in.  
In Honolulu a typical box of cereal is between $5 and $6 bucks and Milk is about $5 per gallon.  
The median house price is $366,000 bucks.  
Gas is about $2  
Movie teckets are $9  
Property tax is almost nothing though.  
New and used cars are about $500 to $1000 over national average.
From: John Entered on: June 17, 2003 3:05 PM
Ah, I see. So basically a bowl of cereal is out of the question. That does suck man. I don't really know how they came up with the list I saw. It sounds pretty expensive in Honolulu though and it can't be far from the top 20.
From: Ross Entered on: June 17, 2003 3:14 PM
Is the median house price for a single family home? Because in Chicago, that would be much higher than $366k. I'm buying a condo, which is far more affordable. Gas here is $2 for the good stuff, and movie tickets are also $9. However, food is cheaper since we don't have the distribution issues that Hawaii does.
From: Ross Entered on: June 17, 2003 5:52 PM
Here is the pic of the back, as promised. You can see the yellow lines at the very bottom, we will have the middle section, which has the most room. The bottommost deck is ours as well.


From: The Bone Entered on: June 17, 2003 6:01 PM
The back totally flips out and kicks ass.
From: Ross Entered on: July 25, 2003 1:02 PM
The closing went well this morning, and I now have keys to my first home. I haven't been over there yet, but Heather is picking me up from work in about 4 hours and we're going to head over. I'll be sending out an email in a week or two with the new contact info.  
Roche will be helping with the move, and taking my old leather couch for his trouble. Official move date is Sunday, August 10.
From: Jackzilla Entered on: July 25, 2003 3:22 PM
Congrats on your home, Rosster!  
Sorry, I can't help you move. I work that day. Or wait... no, I have jury duty. Yeah, that's it.  
My brother Tom will be moving into his brand new home in Lowell in the next month. You know what's sweet? In new homes they now wire all the rooms for cable AND ethernet! So he'll easily be able to network computers and xboxes all over the damn place!  

From: Ross Entered on: July 25, 2003 3:25 PM
I am struggling with this notion already. I have to network between the living room and 2nd bedroom and I have a feeling there's going to be some nasty wall-drilling going on. I don't know about cable - the satellite dish is going to have to go out on the back deck I think and the cable will be strung the length of the house - not sure how that's going to work, either. If I was getting new construction, I would definitely get ethernet built in. Most people I know these days do.
From: John Entered on: July 27, 2003 2:14 PM
Congradulantions (Creeko spelling) On the purchase of you new home. I can't wait to help you move so I can check it out.
From: Ross Entered on: July 27, 2003 3:33 PM
We made a couple of purchases for the new place today: tables. We got mahogany coffee, side, and a longer taller one (console tables) that will go along a wall. Also, I got the cable modem installed yesterday and I did a speed test: 1650Kbps! It's faster than the theoretical top speed of cable (1500Kbps) and is about 30 times faster than a dialup modem. Hopefully the upstream speed for Jackassery's new home is at least as fast as my current provider.

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