3 week road trip. Left Phoenix July 2nd drove to Albuquerque & stayed with my sister Dina’s family, We visited while cooking breakfast. From there we drove up to St Louis, Mo where we visited the Gateway Arch. Since it was the 4th of July we were able to see the airshow featured over the Mississippi River, awesome vantage point from the Arch. After the airshow we scampered up to Chicago to catch the Fireworks Display aboard a boat out in Lake Michigan at the Navy Pier. The next day we drove up through Canada to get to Niagara Falls, Canada. We spent the following day doing touristy things such as the Maiden in the Mist among others. (Beware riding a bicycle across the Rainbow Bridge!)
While in Boston we visited friends & family as well as doing little tours. Freedom Trail, Sam Adams Brewery, Plymouth Rock, Fenway Park. We also drove up to Maine. Maine was a pleasure to visit (thanks Weng’s!) Lighthouses, Lobster Rolls, Beer.
I drove solo on the way home. i chose to do a mostly Baseball tour. I drove down through New York City over to Philadelphia, where i was able to do the Constitutional Tour(especially Ben Franklin)
upon completing my tour I drove across Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh where i saw a Pirates game. The next day I drove down to Cincinnati to catch a Reds game. And finally I caught one more game the following day, the Royals in Kansas City.
Lol I got home Thursday. We took a tiny road trip up to the Grand Canyon that weekend.
This summer i was able to visit 4 new stadiums
Fenway Park Boston Red Sox v Texas Rangers 7/15/10
PNC Park Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers 7/19/10
Great American Park Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals 7/20/10
Kaufman Stadium Kansas City Royals v Toronto Blue Jays 7/21/10
as well as still getting to see the Yankees play here in Phoenix against the Dbacks 6/21/10
ok so i need to catch you up on where i am.
i ended up going to the homebuying education orientation. however, i somehow overqualified on the income level.(our company allowed us to gang up on overtime knowing they were about to give us a pay cut, & because of that the program didn’t look back at my past 3 years as i had expected but forecasted my salary based on the first 2 months of this year… haha just my luck)
so with that out the window i felt i had to take some action. do or die.
i went to several showing with my RE agent(buyers broker). i narrowed my search down to a few houses that had some “michael” potential. did some more research comps, neighborhood, etc. & decided on a house to make an offer on.
i made my initial offer on tuesday march 23rd. the seller countered back today. i recountered this afternoon. basically i agreed to their counter with one small minor twist i asked for a little more help with the closing costs*
so now i have started the ball rolling on narrowing down home inspectors, finally deciding on a lender(making em compete), getting quotes on home insurance.
i am sooo excited. & proud of myself!!!
ok so i went for my second time. it was still a rush but my instructor wasnt as much fun. so that kind of sucked.
what it did make me realize though, is that i want to do a skydive solo. so my next goal along this avenue is to get certified.
i am looking into static line as the mode of completion. my reason is because i have a feeling i will one day want to base jump & so i guess i would be static lining it that way. ahhh the rush
Cross off another stadium. in july of ‘09 i flew out to san diego to visit my friend levi. we made plans to go see my yankees play the angels. it made me happy, except that they were swept in the series.
being a perfectionist, this goal has been hard for me. I want it to be right the 1st time. haha right
I have read several company and personal mission statements. I just haven’t found my voice yet.
However, I have come to realize I don’t have to make it one statement. but rather it can be several, one for each of the carying aspects of my life(social, financial, mental, physical, etc). this is the approach I am taking.
perhaps, one day I will be able to mesh all into a cohesive whole.
Thinking is not Doing
I am having to play catch up on the home buying process. I am wanting to buy my home before the April 30th tax credit incentive deadline. & with that hanging over my head i am scrambling to know and understand all there is to know about buying a house.
It is important!
Did you know that even 1/4 of 1% of interest could cost thousands of dollars? well, I didn’t. :(
I have very little money saved up for a down payment. (I have a nice 401k, but I really would rather not have to borrow against it)
Luckily, I am a military veteran. So, I have a few more options available to me. VA homeloan. another program is FHA, which is more readily available to non-military as well.
I have come across a free program, for 1st time home buyers, that is supposed to not only educate, but also help financially as well. They help with finding closing cost monies or with finding monies for a down payment. I start the program next Monday March 8th.
It is an “American Dream” to own your own home. However, I had never really given it much thought until about a year ago. I didn’t think about homebuying, mostly because my finances have been in bad shape since my mid 20’s. prior to that the thought wasn’t even on the radar.
Last year, I started toying with the idea of home buying. At that time, I was repairing & rebuilding my credit. I had recently moved to Phoenix believing it to be my final major move. AND the gov’t had just unveiled the ”$8000 tax credit for 1st time buyers” program. (quite an incentive)
thinking about buying a home is not going to help you when it comes time to go throught the process. If you are thinking about it now, I want to highly encourage you to begin researching the whole
process. get an early start now so you will not be cramming later.
Currently, I am in the process of house hunting.
I would like to give you the 411 of the past present & future plans of my search.
I will do so in several entries to keep it less boring
good luck in your own house hunting adventure
when you have never had to organize your own stuff it is kind of a pain in the ass getting started. it takes detail orientation. its funny cuz i am very meticulous at work. just not in my own personal life. i e doing the dishes daily, making my bed, planning out my day… it seems daunting and a bit overwhelming. however it has become a priority to organize my priorities and as such i have seen, albeit minutely, some progress. its quite eye opening discovering how much time i spend on backtracking due to the clutter.
so a group of my friends, the 3 musketeers as we call ourselves try planning adventures every so often. well we decided it was time to jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
we jumped from 13000 feet. eloy az. it was a tandem jump so it isnt my ultimate finish line of sky diving by myself. it definitely was a great starting point. as well as making me want to do it solo & again to be able to practice some of the acrobatics i witnessed.
so i planned this road trip thru wyoming(& parts of south dakota) to include 2 days in yellowstone. well turns out i have become way more acclimated to living in phoenix than i had imagined. i visited the grand tetons & yellowstone… but i was hard pressed to get my ass out of the car much less go very long hiking or god forbid backpacking or camping… damn i about froze my arse off. haha
i would also like to backpack thru other parts of the park too
this is a work in progress. i will do what i can to try to update my status as far as this goes in the past present and future… lets just say i am doing a very good job so far:-)
a few years back i just decided that i was going to see a game every year in a different stadium. on top of the random stadiums i have already seen games in… old jack murphy stadium (SD CA), Wrigley Field, & Coors Field(Denver CO) that was 4 years ago. so far i have gone on to see games in Chase Field(phx az) haha now i am a season ticket holder here even… 2 years ago i saw a few games in the Ballpark in Arlington(Dallas, TX) and last year was my dream trip. i saw the yankees play in Yankees Stadium their final season. and since i got lucky in my planning i was able to see the final subway series interleague game between the mets v Yankees at Shea Stadium. bonus that i saw a game between the hated red sox… yeah they kicked my yankees asses that night tho…it was still worth it!!!
i actually learned how to scuba dive when i was younger. i have dove in florida and spain. what i need to check up on is to see if my certification is still valid & if so just have them reissue my card.
i have actually won (& or placed) a poker tournament at a casino. not to mention winning many home tournaments. lol ive lost many of those as well.
my objective is to win a satellite tournament that will qualify me for a larger tournament on the road to the world series of poker tournaments