I can't believe it's been this long since I've posted. I didn't miss it, to be honest. I haven't felt like doing it. It's like trying to get George Bush motivated about reading.
Updates? I've lost over $100k in the stock market and haven't made any progress on the house. Also, someone was shot on my corner last night. I think he may be dead because the cop cars were still there this morning. I hope the guy who got shot was a criminal, and that they catch the shooter, so that we kill two birds with one stone (no pun intended). But since this is DC, I'm not getting my hopes up.
I got a second estimate on the foundation issue, and the second guy wanted $4,900. I'm starting to think that the first quote $3100 now sounds reasonable. I may call the guy today. Maybe I should make some progress on the place while I still have SOME money left.
Also, the abandoned building a few doors down from me has had people in there clearing out the debris from the inside and the stuff from the shared driveway that keeps me on a first name basis with the tire-repair shop. So that's good, I guess.
Things are going well with the girlfriend. In the famous psychologist Maslow's heirarchy of needs, sex is like number 3 or something, so maybe that's why the other stuff (like losing money and people getting shot a few feet from my doorstep) doesn't bother me so much. I've also been meditating lately, so maybe that has something to do with my better mood. There's a lot to be said for Zen, but if given a choice between having sex with a hottie and sitting in a chair and practicing mindful breathing, I think you'd rather get your rocks off too.
According to the DCist, it was a fatal shooting. Maybe the police will start patrolling more in my neighborhood. You know, instead of giving people parking tickets in Georgetown.