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Jun 2nd 2013 11:38AM We are constantly bombarded with these stupid real estate articles telling us what not to do to our homes because of "resale value". Well, here's a rule that ABSOLUTELY OVERRIDES all these idiot articles: MODIFY YOUR HOUSE ANY WAY YOU WANT THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF LIFE. If you WANT a pool in the backyard because you'd enjoy having one (and you can afford one, of course), THEN PUT ONE IN, YOU IDIOT. YOU'RE the one who's living there, not the NEXT homeowner.
The problem with these articles is that they're written by real estate professionals (duh). For these people the ONLY issue is getting commissions from sales. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS. What kind of idiot homeowner would use THAT as a guideline to living? Ignore them. Unless you know that you will be moving soon and often, don't treat your house like temporary living quarters. IT'S YOUR HOME. THE JOY OF OWNING YOUR VERY OWN HOME IS OVERWHELMINGLY THE ABILITY TO HAVE A HOME THAT FITS YOUR LIFESTYLE. DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO IT TO GET IT THERE.
Don't let money run every aspect of your life. Money is just a tool to increase your enjoyment of living. One of the reasons to earn money is so you CAN spend it on your home to make life more enjoyable. If you won't spend money to enhance your life out of fear of not getting it back, then you run out of reasons to HAVE money.
Dec 9th 2012 10:40AM This story doesn't include one of the more amusing aspects of the incident. When he called the police, the woman taking the call told him they didn't have any officers available and asked him if he could bring the goods down the station. He had to TELL her that he didn't think it was a good idea for him to drive around LA with 20 lbs of marijuana in his car. She agreed.
Nov 26th 2012 10:09AM It is really sad that someone has such a limited capacity for love and understanding that they can have no feelings towards animals, and they assume if someone loves their pets it means they can't also have friends and family that they love. A family that includes pets in their circle of love has a broader, richer experience of love and is a stronger and closer family as a result. They also have a much closer relationship with God, who gave us these creatures. A family that prays together and rejects God's gifts MAY stay together for eternity, but the question is "where?" .
Oct 13th 2012 9:56AM I live near this house. Because of the mold issues, the Sarpy County tax assessor has already assessed the value of the house at zero (it was deemed worthless). The only value of the property is the 35 acres of land, which was valued at about $540,000, and which of course will not be destroyed by the burn.
Apr 30th 2011 1:18PM The first time I saw her was in the swords-and-sorcery movie "Ladyhawke". She was the most stunningly beautiful woman I'd ever seen. Still is.
Apr 9th 2011 8:16PM I agree with other comments. This article is completely worthless because it gives you no idea how to GET this "sustainable" seafood. What's the point of telling us to buy American shrimp when EVERY SINGLE GROCERY STORE only carries Asian? You might as well tell us to buy shrimp raised on Jupiter.
Mar 22nd 2011 10:50AM I've become an expert at living on a three-week grocery shopping cycle (once every three weeks). Biggest tools are a freezer, a Foodsaver for vacuum-packing foods for freezing, and Sam's Club. Learn which items last a long time; properly stored onions, potatoes and garlic will last for weeks. Surprisingly, you can often find milk in half-gallons end-dated over two weeks out, and pints of heavy cream even longer (you can do a lot with cream). Milk and cream last longer when bought in smaller sizes. Cheeses, eggs, and bacon also last at least three weeks, and my grocery store has a brand of refrigerated bagels that last a month (you can do a lot with bagels too, I even make croutons from them). Buy some dry yeast and quit being so afraid of making your own bread; it's just mixing flour, water, yeast and salt together and it's really forgiving. And lastly, during the season, don't underestimate the value of a good garden. Vegetables that are perishable from a grocery store are always fresh if they're available in your garden. I grow lettuce, spinach, greens (collards and swiss chard), green beans, squash, tomatoes and peppers, and lots and lots of herbs - parsley, tarragon, sage, rosemary, thyme, and LOTS of basil. With some canned tomatoes and fresh basil, frozen Italian sausage and dried pasta, yeast and flour and a pizza stone, you can make some amazing meals.
Feb 14th 2011 10:50AM Dogs understand English more than we realize. A while ago I was putting down my dogs' breakfast in the kitchen. Joshua the Labrador Retriever was on a couch in the other room and Harlan the Great Dane was lying down near the place where Joshua eats. I called to Joshua a couple times to come eat breakfast but he wasn't interested so I finally said "Joshua, if you don't eat your breakfast, Harlan's going to eat your breakfast". He JUMPED off the couch, trotted in the kitchen, growled once at Harlan and chomped down his kibbles. I certainly never TRAINED him to understand the phrase "Harlan's going to eat your breakfast", he recognized the keywords and figured out the meaning. He's almost nine and still surprises me.
Jan 27th 2011 9:38AM Another stupid misleading article. The survey results have nothing to do with pets being more important than people, it's just ordinary compatibility issues. If someone says they'd dump their spouse before their pet it probably means they're already not a happy couple, but it doesn't appear the survey researched that. If two people have wildly divergent lifestyles or hobbies - one person absolutely loves all winter sports and outdoor activity but the other despises winter and the outdoors, or one person absolutely loves dogs and the other hates them - then they're not compatible and probably won't get along. Has NOTHING to do with pets being elevated over people, it's just ordinary compatibility issues.
Jan 21st 2011 9:51AM When Cook's Illustrated taste-tested peanut butter, their number 1 and 2 choices were Skippy and Jiff. They also pointed out in their article the vagaries of taste testing, noting that in blind tests the testers ended up choosing the peanut butter brand they grew up with - to them, that's what peanut butter tastes like. Cook's Illustrated undoubtedly takes a far more scientific approach to their testing than these people. When you take into account the fact that these people's number 1 choice isn't a peanut butter at all, the conclusion is obvious - this whole article is a sham and is really just an advertisement.