Sunday, March 21, 2010

House Hunting Part 3

Technically, part 2 was last week, but I didn't blog about that. Oops. Oh well.

Not all that much to share right now, except:
Yes, that is a bidet.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

DADT Dumbness

Ok, this has got to be one of the most glaring examples of just how stupid our Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell military policy is, and just how stupid it is that people can abuse it.

So called "3rd Party Outings" are when the soldier in question does everything within his/her power to keep the orientation secret (as the rule requires), but someone else finds out that person is gay, outs them to the military, which then has to discharge the person in question. Thankfully it's rare, but not rare enough:
The Rapid City Police Department says Newsome, an aircraft armament system craftsman who spent nine years in the Air Force, was not cooperative when they showed up at her home in November with an arrest warrant for her partner, who was wanted on theft charges in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Newsome was at work at the base at the time and refused to immediately come home and assist the officers in finding her partner, whom she married in Iowa - where gay marriage is legal - in October.

Police officers, who said they spotted the marriage license on the kitchen table through a window of Newsome's home, alerted the base, police Chief Steve Allender said.

Got that? Jene Newsome at work at her air force base. Police showed up at her house and asked her to come home to let them in. She said no, she had to stay at the base. Police started peering through her windows, saw a marriage license on the kitchen table (seriously!?!), and decided this was absolutely vital information that the Air Force base just absolutely HAD to know.

And now Newsome's lost her job. Wonderful.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


I have been waiting YEARS for this.

Monday, March 08, 2010

House Hunting Part 1

Well, house hunting has officially begun. Yesterday Graham (my broker) and I went and looked at a place on Hanover Ave.

The positives:
  1. Absolutely gorgeous kitchen. It's been remodeled, and they knocked out the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, making one big room for entertaining. Lots of counter space, lots of cabinets, both of which are sorely lacking in my apartment.

  2. Nice backyard that I could really do something with. The house is elevated about 6 feet off the street, and a corner lot, so it has a detached quality about it.

  3. The upstairs is crying out to be remodeled, and I've already thought about what I could do to transform it.

The negatives:
  1. North, south, east, and west ... all apartments. I know it sounds horrible, but I want a block where I know that people are invested in its appearance. I've walked by there a couple times in the summer, and there's usually some living room furniture outside on the lawn. Not what I want.

  2. The kitchen floor sags a bit, and when you go down to the basement you see that the previous owners installed their own support to hold it up. Not exactly confidence inspiring.

  3. Small closets.

  4. Don't think the fireplace works.
On a scale of 1 to 10 where 8 and above is "I want to buy this!", I'd give it a 6. So, still looking, I guess. Here're some pictures. In case you're wondering, that guy in the last one is Graham, my broker.