Friday, September 22, 2006


This is it! I'm outa here! One more day of doing a lot of nothing and I Am Done!!!

For a little while. It's not like we hit the lottery or anything....

It says something when the your last day is the only time you can remember in several years that you actually looked forward to getting to work.

And to make life even sweeter, tonight is The Auction. Wednesday night, we almost killed ourselves loading a 24 foot truck with more crap than we had when we moved up here. Yesterday morning, our auctioneer and I unloaded it all at the American Legion hall. And that is it. I never have to touch any of it ever again. And now that the auction is out of the way, our attention can be completely focused on getting the house completely cleaned out and everything sorted into two piles: goes with us in the Durango on October 15th, or gets packed in plastic bins and stored in Debbie's mom's garage until we send for it or come back for it.

It also looks like we will be driving down to Chicago next week for some cruise training for Debbie. I'll just be wandering around downtown Chicago Thursday and Friday. I have a couple contacts there, so maybe I'll look them up.

Anyway, I need to take care of all the "last day" crap, so more later!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

About Time!

Finally, rational thought wins out over BS. The only news that could be better would be that Carson and Ruckleshaus are being charged at the Hague for mass genocide.

As you can tell from the sadly neglected blog, we are still somewhat preoccupied with the upcoming auction and relocating to Arizona. After the last week, I'm feeling better about where we are at. It will be tight, but we'll make it. Getting the auction stuff out of the house and garage will help a great deal with clearing some space we can use to unpack, sort, and re-pack what we have left after multiple garage sales, a week-long freecycle give-a-way, dump day, and just showing up at people's homes with bags of stuff that we "think they need." We started out with a volume of stuff that was simply amazing. I have no clue where it all came from, but I'm certainly glad that it's gone (or going very shortly). We are still a long way from being lean-and-mean, but we are a great deal closer than we were two months ago.

If you are in the Traverse City area on Friday, come check out the Frost Liquidation Auction at the American Legion Hall at 5pm!

Monday, September 11, 2006


We have over 30 linear feet of random stuff we are tossing into the landfill. If you think you may be interested in any of it, contact me or Debbie and we can set up a time for you to come and grab whatever you want. Anything left as of 9am on Saturday, September 16th goes to the semi-annual township dump day. I'd rather have my Saturday to do something other than making multiple trips to the township hall, so get your butts over to the house and get this stuff out of our garage!!

9 days, 4 hours, 38 minutes to go....

Friday, September 08, 2006

TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!!

These will probably be the longest two weeks at work ever! It has been pretty quiet this week. I've already went through my old files and put info into our database (and created ALOT of stuff to shred!)

We got some more boxes to repack things up last night. Hopefully will get some more egg boxes tonite and more work done this weekend. We have the Frost reunion to go to Sat -- so not much work to be done that day.

Other than counting the days down, getting ready for the auction, and getting ready to move, not much else going on. Sorry for the boring blog for awhile.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006


This article takes the recent refusal of a plane-load of Brits to board until two Muslim-looking men were removed from the plane, as a jumping-off point to look at the larger question: Just how much crap are we willing to take from our so-called superiors? The author's answer seems to be "not much more." I have my doubts, at least here in the U.S. We sit around and piss and moan, but the bottom line is that we are just too comfortable, too distracted, and too lazy to do anything about it.

This is one of those times that I hope to be very wrong. Unfortunately, we look more like Rome in decline every day.

Very Long Weekend

Last weekend was long and not just because of the Monday holiday. We worked our butts clean off all day Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We are making good progress, but we are still not where I would like us to be. I'm sure we'll be OK, but I was hoping the last couple weeks in town would be somewhat relaxing instead of a flurry of last-minute activity. We may still achieve that, but it's a long way from certain at this point. We still have a lot of piles of stuff as well as some dark corners that have not been cleaned out yet. It may not be as bad as I think it will be, but there is always the chance. We do have a backup plan of sorts: we can always dump stuff in the cabin to get the house cleaned out, then worry about how to get everything out to Arizona at some future point. Who knows? We may discover a whole 'nother pile of stuff we really don't need.

Anyway, expect posting to be thin on the ground, and not too thought-provoking when they do appear. Crunch mode is upon us.

Friday, September 01, 2006


How many times do people need to be told a basic truth? He who pays the piper calls the tune. If you don't want government bureaucrats telling you what to do, then don't give them leverage by taking money they control. Knowing the sort of people who work for the government, they will still try to tell you what to do, but if you refuse their money, at least you're not volunteering to be nannied.


Until we are done at our current jobs! YEAH!!!!!
Until the auction -- hopefully yeah -- lots of money!

What's new in our busy life?

Ric just got some RXs filled and we saw the "normal cost" -- ouch! I wonder how many we can go into Mexico and buy? If we both get jobs only at Arcosanti, they don't get health benefits until after A YEAR! That might be the deciding factor for me to find something else as a travel agent to get medical benefits sooner. Plus, I still like what I do (except for those people who don't know what they want!)

Still sorting/cleaning/packing things up. We found out we should repack the books and auction things in boxes we don't want back. (or make it well known our totes are not included) I stopped at two stores today and got some egg boxes. Now time to repack and label a few boxes of books. At least we have 3 weeks until the auction. It will go too fast, I know. We hope to get alot accomplished this long weekend. (Anybody want to volunteer to come help?! Stop at the grocery stores on your way here and ask for boxes!)

Had fun with strawberries and strawberry whip cream! ;-)

Thanks to Ric's Dad, I have been well supplied with fresh tomatoes. I love summer and tomatoes. I wonder how well they will taste in Arizona? I know I will miss having Koegel bologna/pickled bologna/hotdogs etc in Arizona. (At least I think they don't sell Koegel's down there)

Somebody is at it again --- drinking and cutting. Apparantely this time she cut too deep and "almost bled to death" She told Ric the reason she didn't go to the hospital was because they would probably commit her. Yeah---they would think she was trying to commit suicide and have her in the psych ward faster than you could blink an eye. She is still probably good at blaming others for what she does and trying to make them (and the person/people she tells about it) guilty.

Well---back to repacking those books. I had to come in to get a list of what was in each big tote before I started sorting down to small boxes. Tonite is the last regular Friday nite Beach Bums game and FIREWORKS!!! We will be there again. They won last night against the team that is in first currently. We play them again tonite. It should be a good game. Good teams and nice sunny weather -- grab me a brat or burger and I'll be all set!


To our GEAT-niece Zoey!!