It's a damn shame too, because that was framed in Oak and set in place with the lathe and plaster finish work over the edges. I had to saws all out some damn fine cabinets, and put in some first class crap.
Because you can't buy those ugly solid wood cabinets anymore. It's all prefabbed with crappy maligned mil-work.
"Lathe" and plaster? Do you mean trimwork turned on a lathe, or do you mean lath and plaster? Lath and plaster is used for walls, not trim work, and was replaced by gypsum board in the '40s/'50s and later drywall. What exactly are you trying to say here?
Simchaland, there is a six stage grieving process for the American Dream. I think you are still in Denial--and I say that sympathetically. 10 years ago when I found PatNet, I was in Denial, too (well, actually, New York City). Look, you have a sweet deal on rent. I don't think you are "freeloading", so much as sitting on a windfall and not counting your blessings.
Like Strategist said, you are going to eventually pay market rent. It's a matter of time. We haven't had our rent raised in 6 years and continue to store our acorns for the winter, but I have no issue with the inevitable day that the LL asks for the favor in return. Meanwhile, we invest our savings as wisely as we are capable of.
After I passed the Denial stage in 2012, prices starting going back up. That's the problem with metro-city areas; they dropped the least after the bubble, and immediately went right back up. By the time I had a 20% DP, it was cash-only-or-FUCK-YOU. So, I could have been stuck at the Acceptance stage, but instead I jumped right ahead to the Move the Fuck out of The City stage. I came from a longtime Southern family, though, so small towns and backroads are not uncomfortable for me. We all travel our own journey.
The end of the grieving process for the American Dream is when you realize we were not born at a time that allowed endless cheap land and opportunity. Our grandparents did not compete with Chinese money or the massive population we now have, nor did they prize metro-city real estate the way we do today. That said, we all have our personal situations, and if you cannot move for personal reasons, perhaps the price you pay is not to own where you live and instead play the renter's game.
I don't see a bubble. Certain markets are definitely going to plateau, or even decline somewhat if there is a recession coming, but SF/NYC/LA/etc. are going nowhere but up.
List of ethnic groups in the United States by household income
Anybody notice this list of countries (not "ethnic groups") details European American but also Portuguese American, Belgian American, Polish American, German American, et al. So WTF is " European American" then--if all the European countries are then duplicated in the "data"? Or is that a euphemism for all the Jews from European countries since they can't be real Germans or real Swiss or whatever?
This list is one of the more bogus pieces of pseudo-knowledge I have seen on Wackopedia.
Iwog, you didn't eat at the right places. Which is nuts b/c you can trip over good food in NYC. I hope you weren't judging the entire city based on mid-town "by the pound" luncheonettes. A good rule is stay below 23rd in Manhattan, or no further than two neighborhoods out from the river in Brooklyn or Queens. Actually, there's some insane ethnic cuisine further out for the adventurous.
SF has an amazing food scene, no doubt. I actually like the food in Napa/Sonoma even more.
At least NYC and SF don't have the obnoxious restaurant hype that we have in LA.
take out a bunch of credit cards. Pay off the balance with cash advances. Declare bankruptcy. Discharge the card balances
We've suggested this in the past on PatNet. I always wonder if anybody has ever taken the advice. Would be interesting to know if this works as simply as it does on paper. "He who dies with the most debt wins".
Just because someone is not pragmatic about putting themselves in danger does not mean it's their fault if they are victimized--maybe stupid, but not culpable. A crime is a crime; surely you can see the distinction?
the latest move being calling the election over on the eve of the last day of voting.
Funny enough my polling station didn't have their voting equipment as of 11 a.m. this morning. We only do this once very two years; why would I expect a bunch of incompetent county clerks to get voting equipment to the site? They offered me a provisional ballot printed on toilet paper which they were stuffing into some kind of leftover Old Milwaukee carton next to the trash cans. Yep, looks like Hillarity bagged this bitch already.
We can get nostalgic for cold bottomless champagne and hot bottomless stewardesses, but you can still get that in first class and pay about what they paid back then. As for people dressing to go on a flight, it's no longer special and Americans are slobs now.
Given Congress is just going to be obstructionists and do-nothings while they prove some Republican grudge, Obama basically couldn't give a shit and is acting unilaterally. I would admire his wherewithal to get things done in spite of them, but this is a total waste of time when there are so many more priorities.
He must be trolling the whole country with his Fuck It list.
Some of the best values in wine today are coming out of Spain. All the traditional European methods and some comparable terroir but with low prices because people are snobby about wine. I happen to love the rustic qualities of some of the traditional Spanish wines, but there are also many very polished wines coming from certain areas such as Ribera del Duero in the last couple decades. Also, while Americans don't generally have a pallet for true sherry (the dry and off-dry styles), Amontillado, Manzanilla, and Oloroso are some of the most flavorful tipples you can get your hands on and pair stunningly with a variety of unusual food combinations.