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I know this is really obvious, but here goes anyway:

Owning a house isn't for everybody. It sounds like your friends should buy the duplex, and you be their long-term tenant and loyal friend.

And trust your instincts.

Posted by Robin (not verified) on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 10:25


Posted by Jo Stockton (not verified) on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 16:40

Are you kidding me? They're moving back? That's awesome! Consider my neighbourhood. It's quite diverse ;)

BTW, I'm ready for you to visit my, um, office.

And I'm glad I my talking made some sense to someone somewhere.

Posted by Jamine (not verified) on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 20:46

Sorry, one other thing. That's funny that I say the dinner table because I don't even have one. We eat at a counter at my "house."

Posted by Jamine (not verified) on Thu, 04/03/2008 - 20:47

Well look who's all grown up! Hey Megan!!

It sounds like your having a stressful time, so maybe I can help take some of that away by playing a game with you....I'm an old friend, and we'll see if you can guess who I am. : )

First hint: Edie: Ciao Baby

Although, I think that will give it away pretty quickly. It's been quite some time. I hope all is well. Looks like your doing well, and I'm happy to see that.

Ciao for now!

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 08:39

I've just went through this. Unless its the suburbs or some ultramodern condo about the size of a matchbox, you can't afford some nice urban digs on one salary in this town. The only place that was decent was Hintonburg, buts is just a bit out of your area, and even the real-estate agents are all over it now, charging Glebe or Westboro prices.

I don't know where the urge to own comes from, I had it, so I made myself a compromise. Rent the place that would be like a gazillion to own, but buy some nice lake-front property to eventually clear and put a cottage up on. In the meantime its good to camp on and makes a nice retreat and I get to live downtown.

It makes financial sense plus I got some place to run to when the zombocalypse hits! ;-)

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 09:14

I sort of agree with anonymous. If you're into cottaging/rural living at all, consider buying a cottage in Quebec within "decent weather" commuting distance of Ottawa, and rent a place in a neighbourhood you adore in town. I have several friends doing this either as singles or as "hip queer couples with kids who want to be able to do it right on one income" and its working really well.

They've got a maintenance free chunk of land (no one expects you to garden in the woods), a place they can do ANYTHING they want to, the nice stable investment property provides, a refuge during the coming zombocalypse, and a great affordable way of being in town whenever they want.

Posted by Mud Mama (not verified) on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 10:46

Wow! Thanks everyone!

I'll save my comments about the house stuff for the next couple posts.

Anonymous from my past: I feel like a jackass, but I'm at a loss. There's a faint bell ringing in my brain somewhere, but it's not getting louder at all. I give up.

Jamine: Your talking makes a lot of sense to a lot of people, I think. The dinner table references often came around holidays - so I think you meant the Thanksgiving table, or Christmas table, but I often imagined the fights my dad and I got into at the table when I was a teenager.

That's great about your office! Maybe you could email me some photos? That way I can get an idea of what kind of space you're dealing with and might be able to make some recommendations for infrastructure before we get down to creating you a system. I'm so excited that you want me to help! I love doing this kind of thing, and you can only do it so often in your own home.

Posted by megan on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 11:57's been a long time, so I'm not offended.

Clue #2. When I was moving, I found something that belonged to a family member that you wrote quite some time ago, . If I remember, it was called Rite.

: )

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 04/04/2008 - 15:57

Rance: (I don't know why your comment isn't showing up right now.) Thanks! I'm super excited.

Anonymous: Gah, lucky you! Funny, I was just thinking of that piece the other day, couldn't remember its name. But I already gave up, which was actually a polite, though obtuse, way of saying "It would be really nice to know who you are and catch up, but this is right up there with Monopoly for being my least favourite game, so maybe you could email me using the email address over in the right sidebar and we might have a nice catch up privately?"

Posted by megan on Sat, 04/05/2008 - 12:15