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Sunday, July 31, 2005
Started packing up the house
Getting ready to pack up the home theater
Even though we have just under 3 weeks until we have to get out of the house, we have already started packing up a lot of our stuff. With 3 kids running around (and 2 of them are sick), it's best to start early.

Our dining room is serving as a temporary storage area for the stuff we have packed.

Our first of two pods is arriving on Friday. We plan to pack that (over the course of a few days) with stuff from the basement and the garage (all of the stuff we don't use regularly), then have a second pod delivered closer to our closing date that will contain all of our furniture.

It should be a fun few weeks. I should probably go ahead and call my chiropractor now.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Back on GameFly
I tried a free 30-day trial of GameFly earlier this year and I liked it a lot. However, with Netflix and Rhapsody subs, another $22 for GameFly seemed too much for me.

On Thursday, they sent me one of those "we-want-you-back-and-we'll-give-you-a-discount-to-prove-it" kind of e-mails. Like a sucker, I took. However, there is actually some logic at work here:

1. They allowed me to pre-pay a 2-month subscription for $34.95 ($17.50/mo)
2. There are a ton of games out right now that I want to play (NCAA Football 06, LEGO Star Wars, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
3. There are a bunch of games that I want to play coming out in the next couple of weeks (Madden 06, Burnout Revenge)
4. I would rather rent XBOX titles now and then buy the really good ones when the XBOX 360 is released on November.
5. I'm cheap and don't want to buy all of those games at one time.

So GameFly looks like the best way for me to still play the games I want to play while waiting to buy some of these titles (Madden 06, Burnout Revenge) for the 360.
Spent Thursday night at the hospital
Amy and I spent a sleepness night at Kosair Children's Hospital Thursday night after Miles had a couple of episodes that doctors think were febrile seizures caused by a fever.

Amy had the kids at Target, when Miles started acting very strangely. As she was heading to the doctor's office, he had another brief episode. At this point, she headed to the Baptist East ER and called me to leave work.

After some scary moments at Baptist where Miles was very lethargic, the doctor (who was fantastic in taking care of Miles) recommended that we transfer him to Kosair's. So they sent the Kosair's ambulance and transport team to pick Miles up.

By the time we left for Kosair's, Miles was looking dramatically better.

We spent Thursday night in the ICU at Kosair's so that they could monitor Miles more closely. And after a ton of blood tests, a CT scan, a chest X-ray and an EEG, doctors were able to rule out things like bleeding in the brain, pneumonia, and neurological disorders.

We brought him home on Friday evening and he is feeling a bit better; although, he still gets a pretty high fever in the evening that is sometimes accompanied by a rash. Other than that, though, he is running around and playing like a normal 4 year-old.

Amy is taking him to his pediatrician's office today for a follow-up.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Tagging 101
Last month, I filmed a ZDNet Whiteboard Video on Tagging. The video series is designed to explain a topic (usually in 2-3 minutes) using a whiteboard.

Mine is not nearly as good from a performance standpoint (my delivery is really monotone) as some of the others in the series; however, I think the content is pretty good for anyone trying to understand how to use tags and tagging.

http://news.zdnet.com/2036-2_22-5798694.html
Sunday, July 24, 2005
House update
I went by the new house this afternoon and they have installed all of the drywall and poured the garage floor. It is actually starting to look like a house now.

On the exterior, it looks like they are getting ready to start laying the bricks. There are a bunch of scaffolding parts stacked in the yard.
New copy of Make arrived
I got the latest copy of Make magazine yesterday. Although I haven't had a ton of time to read through everything, this one looks very light on stuff that I'm interested in. The cover story is on mods for your car. Some of the other big projects are an automated cat feeder made from an old VCR and a cold fusion project you can build in your basement.

The light up potato gun that you can build for less than $50 might be something I have to try. I'm sure the kids would love to be able to fire a potato 200 yards from something that looks like a big light saber.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Maybe Madden isn't so bad
Last week, I blogged about my indecision over which upcoming games to buy for the XBOX and which ones were worth the wait for the XBOX 360 version in November.

Well, GameSpot is reporting that EA is looking out for me. They are going to package a demo of Burnout Revenge with Madden 06. Sweet! That almost makes me forgive them for signing that exclusive deal with the NFL that killed the superior ESPN NFL2K series.
I must love toothless people
CNN.com is reporting that West Virginia (43%), Kentucky (38%) and Tennessee (32%) lead the nation in the number of toothless residents. Those percentages represent the number of people who lost 6 or more teeth last year to tooth decay. So 43% (43%!!!) of West Virginians lost 6 or more teeth last year. That is crazy!

I grew up in WV, went to grad school in TN and now live in KY, so I feel like I've really beaten the odds by retaining all of my teeth for this long. Here's to one more year.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
BenQ Networked LCD TVs
Wow, I've gotta get one (or two) of these TVs! BenQ just launched a line of LCD TVs (14-46") that connect directly to your home network and allow you to access content on any PC in the network.

As I've been building HTPCs over the past couple of years, I've realized that a networked display would be much easier and more efficient.

The software is being written by Mediabolic and you can read their press release here.
Monday, July 18, 2005
The house is SOLD!
We got word today that our house is officially sold. It was perfect timing because our builder was going to require us to arrange for a bridge loan if we didn't remove the contingency today. Whew!

Today was also our pre-drywall inspection at the new house. It took about 45 minutes and was basically a walk-through with the construction superintendent and the rep from Ball Homes. Everything looks great and we should be ready to move in in about 70 days.

The one thing I forgot to arrange for in the new place was home theater speaker wire. I will need 6 pairs of wire run (4 for surround speakers and 2 for bass shakers in the couch) in the family room. I need to figure out how I am going to get that run before the drywall goes up.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Netflix is throttling me...
and now I have proof! I've long speculated that Netflix has adjusted my "unlimited" service based on both my length of membership and my rental activity; however, it has been difficult to prove.

For example, when I first joined, movies would ship out the same day and arrive the next business day. As my membership has gone on and my rental volume has stayed pretty high, I've noticed a pretty dramatic drop in the level of service I receive. In addition to "Shipping tomorrow" being the norm for items placed in my Queue, they've started to ship movies from Denver even though we have a NF facility here. Of course, shipping from Denver slows down the turnaround time and reduces the number of rentals I can get in a month.

Recently, my co-worker Bryan joined the service. As a test, I asked him to add a movie to his queue. See, I have had "The Pacifier" at the top of my Queue (for my kids, not me) since before it was released. And since the day it was released (over 2 weeks ago), my Queue says "Very long wait." Kind of hard to believe for a movie like "The Pacifier."

So when brand new customer Bryan adds "The Pacifier" to his Queue, guess what it says? Come on, guess! COME ON! That's right, it said "Now," meaning that it was available right away.

Hmm. Isn't that curious? Netflix supporters often dismiss the idea of throttling and say that it has more to do with the capacity of the shipping centers (i.e. they can only ship so many discs per day, so often they can tell you early the previous day that your movie will have to ship tomorrow). However, this has nothing to do with capacity. After all, I'm not being told "Shipping tomorrow," I'm being told "Very long wait."

How can it be available for Bryan "Now" and I have a "Very long wait?" After all, we're both in the same city and use the same distribution facility. The only explanation is that Bryan is getting priority based on his length of service and his rental volume.

Limiting unlimited services got some of the telcos in hot water a few years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if Netflix finds itself in the same predicament.
Which games for which console?
As the release of the XBOX 360 in early November looms, it is becoming difficult (and a little frustrating) to figure out which games to buy now on the XBOX and which games to wait 2-3 months for on the 360.

For example, Burnout Revenge is set to be released on September 1st for XBOX. Burnout 3 was my favorite game last year, so I am dying to get my hands on it. However, I know the game will look so much better on the 360.

Another example is Madden 06. As previous readers of my blog know, I have sworn to never buy a Madden game (I feel the gameplay is inferior to the Sega 2K series). However, because EA has effectively wiped out all competition for NFL, I may have to cave in and buy it. As with Burnout Revenge, I can buy Madden 06 for the XBOX in early August (just before the NFL season) or I can wait until November (midseason) to get it for the 360.

My plan, as of right now, is to buy Madden in August for the XBOX and then wait until the XBOX 360 launches to get any more games (although I am getting the LEGO Star Wars game for the boys' birthdays next month). I figure that Burnout Revenge and NHL 2K6 will be worth waiting for on the 360.
Friday, July 15, 2005
CVG, SFO and MC Hammer
I'm not what anyone would call a frequent flyer. Before Wednesday, I hadn't flown since October of 1999. It's not so much the actual flying I've been avoiding. I kind of enjoy that part. It's more a fear of crashing and dying.

However, there were two events in San Francisco on Wednesday that required my attendance, so I bit the bullet (and an Adivan) and got on an airplance for the first time in almost 6 years. And to make matters even wackier, I decided to fly out of Cincinnati at 9AM (so that I could take a direct flight) and then to leave SF for Cincinnati at 2AM. In my mind, it seemed like it would be easier for me if I just got all of the flying over with in one day. Plus, I figured I could sleep on the plane trip back to Cincinnati before driving back to Louisville. Turns out that I'm an idiot.

Wednesday
5 AM - I wake up and get dressed for my trip. Because I will be attending a sales meeting at a client's site, I am forced to wear a suit.
6 AM - I leave for the airport, grabbing some Starbucks for the 80 minute car trip to Cincinnati.
8 AM - I arrive at the airport, park the car and head for the terminal. I had already printed out my boarding pass at home, so I bypassed check-in and headed for security. Of course, this is my first flight since 9/11, so I didn't know what to expect from the security check-in.

As I arrived at security, I was probably the 150th person in a line that eventually splits into 3 or 4 checkpoints. After winding through the line and showing my photo ID a couple of times, I got to the scanners where I had to take off my jacket, my belt and shoes, then remove my laptop from its bag. I then had to load all of these items in separate plastic bins before sliding them through the scanner.

Of course, on the other side of the scanner, there are half a dozen people trying to get their shoes and belts and coats back on while grabbing laptops and cameras from the conveyor belt. Lots of fun.

8:30 AM - The waiting begins. I buy a neck pillow, a Rolling Stone, a USA Today and an orange juice and sit down at the gate. For some reason, the flight is pushed back 30 minutes, so we aren't set to depart until 9:31AM. Considering that I had set up an 11:30 AM PST meeting with a co-worker in SF, this was going to make it a mad dash from SFO to downtown. In order to "mentally prepare" for my flight, I take my doctor prescribed 1/2 of an Adivan and wait for it to kick in.

9:30 AM - We've boarded the plane and I'm waaaay back in row 30 of a 737 (I think there are only 32 rows) wedged between two other guys. For the next 4 hours, we did not really communicate at all. One guy wore noise-canceling headphones and read the WSJ, so I found myself yelling "I NEED TO GET OUT FOR A SECOND" when I needed to go to the restroom. The other guy alternated between napping and reading a bar exam study guide.

Even with the Adivan, I still wasn't crazy about takeoff. However, I felt pretty calm compared to other flights where I had been known to claw at the emergency exits and scream "WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!" for the full duration of the flight.

Because I was too wound up to sleep, I ended up watching the in-flight movie ("Sahara") and preparing my PowerPoint presentation for the Community Summit I was attending that evening.

Due to a less-than-anticipated headwind, the flight was going to be 4 hours long instead of 4:35 minutes, so I still might be able to make my 11:30AM meeting.

11AM AM PST (2PM EST) - We arrive at the SFO gate and start to exit the plane. However, since I am in row 30 of 32, I don't get off the plane right away. Then I have to make the hike from the terminal to the lower level cab stand. By the time I find a cab (that will accept credit cards), it is 11:15AM. The cab driver says that the trip should only take "abow fivteen meenose." I'm feeling pretty optimistic. Unfortunately, "fivteen meenose" is not equivalent to 15 minutes.

11:45 AM PST (2:45 EST) - I arrive at our headquarters downtown. It's my first visit, so I have to get signed in at the receptionist's desk before heading to what remains of my 11:30 meeting. Of course, because this is my first time to the SF office, I wander aimlessly for the next 10 minutes trying to find it. At the Louisville office (40 employees), you can ask anyone you see where someone else sits; however, in the SF office (600 people), I got quite a few slightly indignant "I don't know who that person is" responses for directions and then looks of suspicion because I am wearing a suit and talking like a hillbilly while everyone else is wearing jeans and faux vintage t-shirts.

11:55 AM PST (2:55 PST) - I arrive at my co-worker's office (which has a fantastic view of the SF skyline) and apologize for being late. Because he has another appointment, we agree to postpone our meeting until he visits the Louisville office next month.

12 PM PST (3 EST) - I grab a sandwich at Subway and return to my temporary desk at the office to check e-mail and complete my Powerpoint for the Community Summit.

2-5:30 PM PST (5-8 EST) - I meet up with 3 of my co-workers for the 1-hour drive down to San Jose for a client meeting. We meet with the client for an hour before taking a 1 1/2 hour drive back (rush hour had started by the time we left).

5:30 - 9:00 PM PST (8:30 PM - 12 AM EST) - We attend the Community Summit meeting at Autodesk with reps from Netflix, IBM, Intuit, Dwell, Babycenter.com, SAP and Autodesk. Because we agreed that "what's said at the Community Summit stays at the Community Summit," I can't give a lot of details about the content other than to say that I presented about what we are doing with Community and how we have implemented Member blogs. The feedback I got was pretty positive and felt good about what we've built this year.

Afterward, we grab a taxi and head for the airport.

Thursday
9:30 PM PST (12:30 AM EST) - We arrive at the airport (I'm flying back on the same flight as my co-worker). We grab a sandwich and then go through security. The next hour is spent waiting for our 11:05 PM PST (2 AM EST) flight to board.

10:45 PM PST (1:45 AM EST) - The flight boards and I am lucky enough to have an empty seat next to me. So I get my neck pillow out and prepare to sleep. As I am about to doze off, I notice a guy coming on the plane at the very last minute. Even from the 26th row of the plane, I knew he looked familiar. As he approached, I realized that we would be flying with the one and only... MC Hammer. As he got to his row and waited for the other two people to get up and let him into his seat, we made eye contact. I gave him the "you're-f*cking-MC-Hammer-right?" look and he gave me the "yeah-but-please-don't-bring-that-sh!t-up" look. So even though he may be a super dope homeboy from the Oaktown, that night, he was just another passenger. As I was about to close my eyes, panic! In my flight-weary head, I realized that lots of pop stars meet their end in airplanes. Needless to say, I didn't sleep much after that.

6 AM EST - We arrive in Cincinnati. Because our client meeting isn't until 1PM (I didn't realize that when I agreed to tag along), we checked into the airport Radisson to sleep for about 5 hours.

12 PM EST - I'm up and dressed (I've been wearing the same suit for 30 hours now). My co-worker and I each have our own car, so our plan is to caravan down to the client location and then find some lunch. I hadn't eaten since midnight and I seriously needed some caffeine.

Unfortunately, the Yahoo! directions we got totally sucked, so we spent much of the next hour in the absolute worst areas of Cincinnati (Thanks, Yahoo!). We saw prostitutes, a drug deal and a telephone pole that was decorated with teddy bears and candles and signs for someone who had been shot there. Fortunately, I was in a Volkswagen and my co-worker was in a Lexus. I figured if the sh!t went down, I had a better chance of making it out.

1 PM EST - We finally find the client location, get a parking spot and head right to the meeting. No food. No caffeine. As soon as we get into the conference room, we notice the agenda for the meeting projected on the wall. It spans 3 hours!!! I almost started crying; however, I was too tired to muster up that much energy.

The meeting turned out to be pretty good, even though I was miserably tired and hungry. The best part was that we finished up in just over 2 hours.

3:30 PM EST - I grab a Dr. Pepper and find my way back to the interstate to make the 90 mile drive back home.

5:00 PM EST - I arrive home, hug my wife and kids and pass out in the bed. It's over.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Trailer for Waiting...
The trailer for Waiting... is now available. It's starts off a little slow, but it gets funnier as it goes along. Having read an early draft of the script, I am surprised that they were able to find enough profanity-free footage for a trailer.

Waiting... will be released this September and you should go see it. In the meantime, watch my short film that launched Rob's career (NSFW).
Monday, July 11, 2005
The new king of all media?
I got a call today from a producer at WFPL our local public radio station here in Louisville. They are planning to devote an episode of their State of Affairs call-in show to blogging. So either on July 19th or some time in early August, Rex and I will be on the radio discussing the basics of blogging.

Of course, everyone I've told about my upcoming appearance has vowed to prank call the show. I just hope they have good screeners.
Trailer Crashers
sMoRTy71 Trailer Crashers
The site for the movie "The Wedding Crashers" has an area where you can put your face into the trailer for the movie. By uploading a photo and selecting a few checkboxes, the site will put your face on a character's body. It will even more your lips with the dialogue.

For my first attempt, I chose Owen Wilson. I think the hair acuually looks good on me. I had forgotten what that feels like. The second one is as Vince Vaughn. Not nearly as good as the Owen one.

Check out my trailer as Owen. And then check out my trailer as Vince. Oh, and the site says not to show this trailer to anyone under 21, so I'm trusting you.

BTW, thanks to Beth for sending this my way.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Everybody's sick!
Starting last Sunday as we were about to leave Chicago, all of the kids have gotten sick one by one. First, it was Miles then Mahlon and now Mira. Mira has it worst of all - fever, congestion, cough. She slept about 3 hours last night. The boys are feeling better; however, they're still not 100%.

Now, I'm starting to feel a little run down. I'm going to try and fight it off until Thursday. I have to fly to San Francisco (and back!) on Wednesday. Should be a fun week.

UPDATE: 6:15PM - Mira is now at the hospital. Her fever hit almost 104 and that was with Tylenol. Her cough has progressed to sound a lot like croup. So Amy took her in at the advice of her doctor.

UPDATE: 10:00PM - Mira is back from the hospital. Her fever is down a bit. They gave her a steroid shot that should help open her airway while she gets over the croup. She is very run down and her little voice is hoarse. She did perk up when we gave her a Pedialyte popsicle.
IfoEdit is terrific
I wanted to back up some of my movies, but I wanted to remove all of the menus and junk first. Unfortunately, I was having trouble getting DVD Shrink to recognize some of the DVDs that I have ripped to my HTPC. Seems Shrink didn't like the names of some of the IFO files.

Using the free IfoEdit app, I was able to rewrite the IFO files and create new ISOs that worked perfectly with DVD Shrink and DVD Decrypter.

The interface isn't the most intuitive; however, once I figured out what I needed to do, it was a snap.
Saturday, July 9, 2005
Uploaded some stuff to Google Video
A couple of weeks ago, I tested out the Google Video Upload tools. Well, I actually forgot about it until today. When I checked back on the status, I found out that the video was now live.

This video was the first "film" I ever created. It was shot in Bradenton, Florida in 1995. It stars Rob McKittrick (writer/director of Waiting... coming to theaters near you in September 2005) and Anna King. It has some bad shots and edits; however, it's pretty damn funny.

It's probably not appropriate for work, so you may want to check it out at home.

My other submission is one of my graduate thesis films, "Unseen Power of the Picket Fence." It is still in the verification stages, so it isn't available to view yet.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005
Slingbox in legal trouble already?
According to WIRED, my most-anticipated consumer electronics device, the Slingbox, may be facing future legal battles.

The Slingbox allows you to placeshift TV or other video content. You connect your Slingbox to your home network and to a video source like a satellite receiver or cable box. You can then connect to your Slingbox from anywhere on the internet.

I am planning on using it in our new house as a way to distribute video. We have way more PCs than TVs, so I am hoping to use the Slingbox to video enable all of them.

Maybe I should snatch one up now...
FFL 2005 begins!
Well, it's that time of year again. The time when we ignore our friends and family every Sunday in order to stay on top of our Fantasy Football scores.

I set up our NFL.com league (which is now free!) today and we already have 7 of the 12 slots filled. Our draft is scheduled for August 16th.
Chicago trip recap
View of downtown from the Field Museum
We spent the long 4th of July weekend in Chicago. With all of the house selling and house building stuff that we've been dealing with, we figured it was best to get out of town for a few days.

Friday
We arrived in Chicago Friday afternoon. Our hotel (see photos) was right in the middle of downtown. We were less than a block from the Sears Tower and about 3 blocks from the Art Institute on Michigan Ave. So we parked our van in a parking garage and opted for walking or public transit over the next couple of days.

View down Wacker from Michigan Ave.Friday night, we decided to walk down to Michigan Avenue and go shopping (see photos). Taste of Chicago was going on, so there were a ton of people out and about. I had forgotten how far all of the shops were on Michigan, so we ended up walking waaaay too far (So far, that I ended up giving Miles a piggyback ride back to the hotel).

We hit the GAP, Crate and Barrel, and the LEGO Store before calling it a night.

Saturday
We got up early Saturday morning and headed out to the Field Museum (see photos). Mahlon and Miles really wanted to see Sue the T-Rex that was on display.

The weather in Chicago was great on Saturday. It was around 80 with very little humidity (a nice break from the 90 degrees and high humidity in Louisville).

Field MuseumBecause we have a Louisville Zoo and Science Center membership, admission to most of the museums in Chicago was free. Sweet! The Field was nice. I found myself marvelling more at the architecture of the museum than at the exhibits.

Next, we grabbed a bus and headed out to the Navy Pier (see photos) to check out the Children's Museum (more free admission!). The bus trip was pretty chaotic. Tons of people on the bus and our bus driver was a maniac.

The Pier was packed with people, so we slipped in the Children's Museum for about an hour. Not a really big museum, but the kids had fun. I think our favorite exhibit was "The Big Backyard" which featured this really cool video installation that uses your shadow to change the images on the screen. On one, you could change the direction of these multicolored raindrops based on where your shadow was (see video). On the other, a swarm of butterflies would move based on how your shadow moved. Very cool.

After the museum, we decided to head out to the Pier; however, it was just too crowded. We did order some ice cream, though, and, while I was waiting in line, I ran into Rex from work. He was heading up to Milwaukee and had made a pitstop. How weird is that? We're in Chicago in the middle of the Navy Pier and I run into someone from work. Crazy!

The rest of Saturday was spent shopping over on State Street on the way back to our hotel.

Sunday
Sunday would end up being our longest day in Chicago. We got up early and grabbed a bus for the long trip up to the Lincoln Park Zoo (see photos). They just opened the new Children's Zoo area on Thursday, so this was great timing.

Lincoln Park ZooThe kids really enjoyed seeing the lions, cheetahs, gorillas and bears.

After spending a couple of hours at the zoo, we took the bus back to the hotel to change clothes and get ready for our trip out to Naperville for Ribfest. Why the hell did we want to go 30 miles into the suburbs? Urge Overkill (see photos), of course. UO was playing at 8:30 Sunday night, so we figured that for $14 total ($7 for adults, kids free) we couldn't go wrong.

After spending 30 minutes on the CTA bus, spending 30 minutes on the open road in the car seemed like a treat. We found some free parking and hiked the 3/4 mile or so to the festival. It was much more state fair-ish than I had expected (Ted Nugent was the headliner on the main stage, so...); however, we ended up having a good time.

Nash and EdThe kids ate funnel cakes and drank lemonade. I dogged out some ribs. Mahlon and I even bumped into Ed from UO out among the festival goers. He was very nice (as usual) and introduced himself to Mahlon. Mahlon thought that was pretty cool.

Urge played about an hour and fifteen minutes and sounded great. The crowd was pretty respectable for a band that hadn't released an album in 8 years. We even managed to get an encore out of them ("Woman 2 Woman" and "Stalker").

Monday
We checked out of our hotel early on Monday morning and headed back out to the suburbs for a day at IKEA. Amy and I are pretty much IKEA junkies and the fact that there isn't one in Louisville always puts IKEA on our itinerary when we're anywhere near Chicago.

IKEA - the promised land!Of course, the place was packed because of their big July 4th sale. We ended up grabbing a $.99 breakfast before shopping for several hours and then grabbed lunch before we left (Total cost of both meals for 5 people was under $20). We only spent about $150 (mainly because the car was already too packed) so we felt pretty good.

We arrived home around 10PM Monday night. The cool part was that we crossed over the I-65 bridge into Louisville just as the fireworks display was in full swing. The fireworks were being shot up from a barge in the middle of the river, so the view was fantastic.

Tuesday was spent unpacking and relaxing. Now it's back to work.
Tuesday, July 5, 2005
We've sold the house (sort of)!
While we were on vacation in Chicago (long post coming about that soon), our realtor called to tell us that someone had made us an offer on the house. Unfortunately, the offer was too low, so we countered with something a bit higher.

Much to our surprise (and delight), our counter was accepted. The sale is contingent on our buyer selling their house first; however, our realtor thinks our buyer's house should go quickly.

This means that we will probably be moving twice (which is bad); however, we may rent one of those crazy Pod things to store all of our stuff in. Pods seem like a good idea because we can have it parked at the house for several days while we load it, then they haul it away and store it until we need it.

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.