I finally got around to taking pictures of my new house and made a PDF and sent it out to friends and family. One of my cousins wrote back saying that I must really like Albany since I bought a house out here. Heh. The opposite is nearly true. I bought a house here because I don't think I could stand it if I were living in an apartment surrounded by knuckleheads and white trash. I don't like it here at all. There are some nice people that I met through the hiking group, but I can tell that I can't live here for too long or I'll go crazy. I pretty much dread going to work because it's a giant time suck. I feel that I have a lot to offer, but no one's really asking. Most people are slaves to arbitrary timelines that tell you to run a certain amount of lots in a certain time period.
I don't consider my house to be a financial anchor. If I'm really hard up, I'll just walk away from it since I haven't put that much money into it. I think the market will go up and I live in the best school district in the area so the house should be in demand if I need to sell it. I figure that I'll work here another 2.5 years so that I've got about three years on my CV and then bail. I'll keep the house and rent it out.
a little wizard hacker
5 days ago