I’ve been wanting to post for a while now, but my printer/scanner/copier only wants to be a printer/copier now for some reason. The only feature I really care about is the scanner of course- for my card scannings. I’ll probably have to get a new one since I’ve already tried uninstalling and re-installing the driver twice and double-checking the wireless connection. It won’t recognize my computer even when it’s hard-wired directly to the printer. So that’s the bad news.
The good news is that I’ve had a great run of purchases since I’ve last posted, so there will be many pics to add once I get a new scanner. It might be a while though, so the cards will keep piling up. My 2010 Finest set is coming along nicely. I’ve scored several printing plates and some auto/jersey cards at decent prices. I’m also working on getting a superfractor from a forum member. I just haven’t heard back yet, but it’s only been a day since his listing. Man, those things are hard to find! There are a handful on the bay, but the owners must think they are made of solid titanium because their asking prices are insane. I understand there is only one superfractor, but besides being great vets, they’re not autographed and just typically don’t command the type of money the owners believe they can get. At least it gives me info as to where they’re at for the moment and that they exist.
There is also some news that I will call neutral. My wife and I have decided to move out of our house. We like the house itself. It’s structurally sound, but still needs new windows, siding, insulation, front porch and refreshening inside. And there’s no garage. That’s not so much the problem, though. The area I live in has deteriorated rapidly over the last decade. We no longer feel safe in our home. We don’t like letting our kids outside without our supervision. There were 8 police cars in front of our house 2 nights ago. That’s happened several times in the last 5 years. We live about 300 feet away from a murder house where the father molested his daughter and then killed her and then the rest of his family and surrendered to police to eventually get the death penalty in prison.
Several months ago, my wife was putting the kids to bed upstairs when we heard 3 consecutive gun shots directly outside our house. Some punk kid 15 to 16 years old had shot his gun off directly into the air. If he had leaned his arm in the wrong direction, that could have gone into my kid’s bedroom.
We had a bullet whiz between our house and the neighbor’s garage a couple years ago.
Some mouth-breather thought it fun to drive through my yard to cut into the alley- tearing up my lawn in the process.
The alley leads to the local high school, so every litter-bug kid in the school likes to dump his trash on my lawn instead of 1 of the 40 trashcans in between here and the school.
There’s a laundry list of other complaints such as our sewer in front of our house is the lowest point for several blocks, so our sewer backs up regularly because of all of the neighbors’ lawn clippings, leaves, branches! and trash. I swear nobody takes pride in anything anymore. It’s so depressing.
The bottom line is we want out. I wish we could pick up the house and move it. We are already upside-down on the mortgage from the housing market collapse and our improvements we’ve paid to upgrade the house such as a new roof, remodeled bathroom, 2 furnaces (after the first one died at the ripe old age of 3) and restored hardwood floors and tiling.
Anybody want to buy a house? LOL!
All that was to say that it’s time for a fresh start, even though it won’t be financially friendly at all for us. I’ve always told my wife though, that if the time came where I didn’t feel safe in my own home or walking down the street, then it’s time to get out- no matter what the cost. So we are currently weighing our options. None of them are pleasing, but our jobs are stressing and going home offers little relief. It’s starting to affect our relationship and general happiness.
We’ve done well not spending on luxuries. We have satellite and internet. Our grocery bill is bare essentials only, out of necessity. We only buy clothes when we have to anymore. We love new clothes just like everybody else, but only buy when we have to.
I know the economy is crap and millions of American families are facing similar or worse struggles. I just know my family has been treading water for a good decade and losing ground, so the time has come to take a chance and make a change.
My card-collecting will probably take a big hit, as it’s really the only hobby of ours that costs substantial money. I plan on saving what little I can from time to time to only make card purchases when they are the rarest ones for my 2010 Finest set such as the Mosaics, supers, autographs and plates. Even then, they can’t be over-priced, so all of the variables have to be just right.
Hopefully my next post will be more positive news, like pics of my newest mail-days.
It just felt good to vent about my frustrations lately.