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Awesome jobs recently guys. It is so hard to believe some of the things that have been on here in the past few weeks.

 

I've got some clothing to post, but a quick catch up first.

 

As I mentioned on here a little while ago my fiancé and I had to put our dog down. Had five years with her after we rescued her after a LONG stay in the humane society. We decided we wanted to rescue again and this little guy popped up online. Apparently he was found wondering the streets of Loogootee, IN with no tags and extremely long hair, guessed to be a Shih Tzu poodle mix. My fiancé found him the day he was posted and although they had a ton of requests for him, we were the first ones able to give them money.

 

They day we first met him.

 

 

The humane society was able to have Indiana University, though a special program for abandoned pets, pick him up and have him neutered for us before we picked him up. The vets there estimated his age between 1 and 2 years olds. When we took him for grooming, the person there said based on his hair he was closer to a year old. Apparently the way dogs hair grows when they are newborns is different than when they get a bit older and she noted that his newborn hair was still present, hinting that he had never gotten his hair cut before.

 

Post hair cut, at the scene on the crime. He literally ate my fiancé's homework.

 

He's been a hilarious addition, his personality is so strong and I was happy we could give him a good home.

 

Then about two weeks later we gave him another new home.It was far from thrifted, but we did get an extremely good deal. The house was appraised at $10,000 above our purchase price. On top of that, our state's housing corporation was having an incentive program for first time home buyers. Assuming you met some credit requirements, you could get $15,000 down payment assistance, that assuming you stay in the house for at least 5 years and make your payment, would be completely forgiven with zero payments or interest due. They did this program a year or two ago and the money allocated in the state's budget for it ran out in a week. This time is ran out in about 3 hours.

 

The house was in our ideal neighborhood, 1,800 sq ft (which doesn't include the full unfinished basement and detached garage), original hardwood floors, and apparently the previous owner had a serious green thumb. We've been told by multiple sources that the two Japanese Maples on the property could be worth a couple thousand each.

 

House Pics (Click to show)

   

I also got one other kind of new "home". My work relocated from an small historical building (attic) downtown to one of the "nicer" towers, and along the way I got bumped up from a cube to my own office. The natural sunlight is greatly welcomed. Its pretty bare so far, so if anyone has some cool office/desk swag they'd be willing to part with I'd be interested. 

 

 

Office Pics (Click to show)
post #32972 of 51095
Awesome dog, awesome house, awesome office. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gificon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post
 

Awesome jobs recently guys. It is so hard to believe some of the things that have been on here in the past few weeks.

 

I've got some clothing to post, but a quick catch up first.

 

As I mentioned on here a little while ago my fiancé and I had to put our dog down. Had five years with her after we rescued her after a LONG stay in the humane society. We decided we wanted to rescue again and this little guy popped up online. Apparently he was found wondering the streets of Loogootee, IN with no tags and extremely long hair, guessed to be a Shih Tzu poodle mix. My fiancé found him the day he was posted and although they had a ton of requests for him, we were the first ones able to give them money.

 

They day we first met him.

 

 

The humane society was able to have Indiana University, though a special program for abandoned pets, pick him up and have him neutered for us before we picked him up. The vets there estimated his age between 1 and 2 years olds. When we took him for grooming, the person there said based on his hair he was closer to a year old. Apparently the way dogs hair grows when they are newborns is different than when they get a bit older and she noted that his newborn hair was still present, hinting that he had never gotten his hair cut before.

 

Post hair cut, at the scene on the crime. He literally ate my fiancé's homework.

 

He's been a hilarious addition, his personality is so strong and I was happy we could give him a good home.

 

Then about two weeks later we gave him another new home.It was far from thrifted, but we did get an extremely good deal. The house was appraised at $10,000 above our purchase price. On top of that, our state's housing corporation was having an incentive program for first time home buyers. Assuming you met some credit requirements, you could get $15,000 down payment assistance, that assuming you stay in the house for at least 5 years and make your payment, would be completely forgiven with zero payments or interest due. They did this program a year or two ago and the money allocated in the state's budget for it ran out in a week. This time is ran out in about 3 hours.

 

The house was in our ideal neighborhood, 1,800 sq ft (which doesn't include the full unfinished basement and detached garage), original hardwood floors, and apparently the previous owner had a serious green thumb. We've been told by multiple sources that the two Japanese Maples on the property could be worth a couple thousand each.

 

House Pics (Click to show)

   

I also got one other kind of new "home". My work relocated from an small historical building (attic) downtown to one of the "nicer" towers, and along the way I got bumped up from a cube to my own office. The natural sunlight is greatly welcomed. Its pretty bare so far, so if anyone has some cool office/desk swag they'd be willing to part with I'd be interested. 

 

 

Office Pics (Click to show)

 

 

Congrats all around!

 

We're just starting the process of looking for a home. First one to check out is this evening.

post #32974 of 51095

^^^ Unsolicited advice: Don't go all-in with your downpayment. We put less up front and definitely needed it for repairs, etc. 

post #32975 of 51095

After quite a few quiet trips, had a good couple of visits in last few days, so hopefully things picking up in UK..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And two bottles of sweet sherry for the ladies..

 

 

 

post #32976 of 51095
It's been a long time since I've been on this forum, and I've got quite a perplexing problem.

Found these helmut Lang jeans, yay!

But to my surprise, they have no buttons.


Does anyone know if this is intentional, or a factory second or something?
post #32977 of 51095

^ p0rn star jeans

post #32978 of 51095

^Probably seconds, hopefully they weren't supposed to be riveted buttons.  Would be easy to add regular buttons either way.

 

 

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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post Office Pics (Click to show)
 

Good stuff all around, congrats!  Had an amazing japanese maple in my house in CT, loved the red leaves in the fall.

post #32979 of 51095
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Originally Posted by Fueco View Post
 

 

 

Congrats all around!

 

We're just starting the process of looking for a home. First one to check out is this evening.

 

 

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Originally Posted by ATLjon View Post
 

^^^ Unsolicited advice: Don't go all-in with your downpayment. We put less up front and definitely needed it for repairs, etc. 

Warning: Because off topic and don't want to start a big conversation for those who are uninterested (Click to show)

This. I did the math in several instances and holding onto a few thousand back and financing that extra bit is extremely minimal. We basically paid down the bare minimum as required by the lending group and held onto the rest, as we were buying an older home and knew things would come up. In the case of an emergency I would much rather have *insert dollar amount* in cash that I can use and essentially finance that money through the mortgage at a low single digits interest rate, than have a situation where you need a credit card and you've got high teens interest.

 

And this might be insanely obviously, but I had no idea. The only other thing I quickly learned was finding your own agent from the start. One of the first houses I looked at I just hit "Request a Showing" button on the listings page and I had about 5 different ReMax agents in the next 30 minutes calling, texting, and emailing me. I had to block one of their phone numbers because they wouldn't quit calling. I had just assumed it would go straight to the listing agent, but I was very wrong.

I would also suggest finding an agent that isn't under a larger corporation, if possible. Ours was one of two partners in a small real estate firm which is independent and had no ties to a national chain. Their own firm had listings they represent, but she said they try not to represent buyers for a property they are selling, as they feel they can't work in the best interest of both side. I've heard stories from friends where you end up with ReMax agent who will only show and suggest other listings of theirs, to reduce to spread of the commission. Makes perfect business sense, but not in the best interest necessarily for the actual buyer/seller.

Disclaimer: I only use the ReMax name as an example because I had a small experience with them. I'm sure there are plenty of other companies out there who work in the same model and ReMax is no better or worse. I don't mean to piss off anyone who works for or with them.

post #32980 of 51095
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Originally Posted by AlexJ1100 View Post

Warning: Because off topic and don't want to start a big conversation for those who are uninterested (Click to show)
This. I did the math in several instances and holding onto a few thousand back and financing that extra bit is extremely minimal. We basically paid down the bare minimum as required by the lending group and held onto the rest, as we were buying an older home and knew things would come up. In the case of an emergency I would much rather have *insert dollar amount* in cash that I can use and essentially finance that money through the mortgage at a low single digits interest rate, than have a situation where you need a credit card and you've got high teens interest.

And this might be insanely obviously, but I had no idea. The only other thing I quickly learned was finding your own agent from the start. One of the first houses I looked at I just hit "Request a Showing" button on the listings page and I had about 5 different ReMax agents in the next 30 minutes calling, texting, and emailing me. I had to block one of their phone numbers because they wouldn't quit calling. I had just assumed it would go straight to the listing agent, but I was very wrong.
I would also suggest finding an agent that isn't under a larger corporation, if possible. Ours was one of two partners in a small real estate firm which is independent and had no ties to a national chain. Their own firm had listings they represent, but she said they try not to represent buyers for a property they are selling, as they feel they can't work in the best interest of both side. I've heard stories from friends where you end up with ReMax agent who will only show and suggest other listings of theirs, to reduce to spread of the commission. Makes perfect business sense, but not in the best interest necessarily for the actual buyer/seller.
Disclaimer: I only use the ReMax name as an example because I had a small experience with them. I'm sure there are plenty of other companies out there who work in the same model and ReMax is no better or worse. I don't mean to piss off anyone who works for or with them.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The advice is appreciated. Our agent is the wife of one of the founders of my wife's company and happens to live about 100 yards from us in a straight line (4 blocks of walking). He's also one of my bigger clients at the moment. I actually am very intrigued by the place we're scoping out tonight. I've always wanted a couple of acres of land. wink.gif
post #32981 of 51095
Came in this morning and there replacing all the office furniture. When I went outside I saw these lined up again the wall for each desk. Should note that we have miller stuff now and it's only three years old so it will be getting DONATED just down the street.

post #32982 of 51095
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Originally Posted by infinidox View Post

Likewise. But considering I tried to get a discount on a shirt that had a rip in it and they wouldn't budge, I wouldn't hold out much hope.

Lol I tried to explain this to a manager once. The dress shirt was ripped to hell and back again on the sleeve. I didn't notice until I went to try it on so its possible they didn't either when pricing. When I went to the manager she said "this just came out today and there will be no discount. " Snarky and rude. I didn't ask for a discount, and I sure as hell didn't want the ripped shirt, I just didn't want some poor guy to not notice and buy it. I thought they would take it off the floor.
Anyhow that shirt sat on the racks for the next month. Someone tore the sleeve further I noticed so It was super obvious. Since then I don't bother trying to talk to them.
post #32983 of 51095
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Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

I find it awesome and irritating that Oxxford didnt change their logo one stitch for like 50 years.

I love it. If they didn't stamp a date inside I'd like it less.

The styling/condition on this one feels so current that if I had to estimate a date I'd probably be off by half a century.

There was a bit of fun vintage detritus in the pocket:



theater tickets from '66, a visit to Mt Vernon, a receipt from the Beverly Hilton bar
post #32984 of 51095

Guys, I move that we shut down the thread until we hear if that diamond is legit.

post #32985 of 51095
Oldest Patagonia yet thrifted for me.



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