Monday, February 27, 2006

Last chance

Well it looks like the only way we're gonna get the house in NOLA is if I win the 10 mil. from Publishers Clearing House. The giveaway is tommorrow on "Fat Tuesday".

Wish me luck.....


Friday, February 24, 2006

Driving through Mississippi 101

On our way home from New Orleans we had the pleasure of driving through Mississippi. Shortly after we entered the state we were pulled over. The reason...apparently I swerved. I know I didn't swerve, maybe wavered a bit, but I didn't go over the lines. I didn't argue. He asked me to step out of the car and took me to the back and asked:
Where we were coming from? "New Orleans".
Who's the guy with you? "My partner".
Have you been drinking? No.
Have you been doing drugs? No, just cold medicine, I think I might have pnuemonia, (condsidering the way my lungs hurt).
If I search your car will I find anything? No
I'll be alot easier on you if you tell the truth.
Do you have a large amount of cash on you? No not really.
How much? About $250. bucks to get us home on.
Any drugs? No
Any paraphanalia? Um.....yes.

We had just bought a couple of one hitters and rolling papers as gifts for friends while we were in New Orleans.

He asked to search the car. I don't know my rights in MS, but I knew we had no drugs and figured that he'd just postpone us more and get a search warrent if I said no. So I agreed to the search. Our car was packed to the titts and he went through practically everything. He was nice enough to at least put most everything back.

He confiscated our paraphanalia and also both of Scooby's tobacco pipes, and his antique pipe lighter all of which he inherited from his grandfather. Told us that he was going to let us off this time. Apparently paraphanalia is a 1,000 fine per person in MS. Also told us if he ever pulls us over again that he'll take us in next time.

After we were let go, we ended up seeing several out of state vehicles pulled over and being searched. Scary.... From now on we won't have paraphanalia of any kind on us.

Needless to say I will never spend a fucking dime in the state of Mississippi again. It takes a full tank of gas to drive the entire state, so I'll make sure to fill up before we cross the state line. I really wish there was a way to get to NOLA with out even going into MS, but its too far out of our way.

I told this story to a friend of ours from Louisianna and they said luckily they didn't have to come bail us out of one of those "INFAMOUS MISSISSIPPI DETENTION CENTERS".

I had no clue the state was like this. Obviously Hollywood does a "right on the mark" portayal of southern cops.

"What we have here is a failure to communicate" Cool Hand Luke

Friday, February 17, 2006

A dream is just that

Well its been a roller coaster of a week. We made an offer on the fixer upper in New Orleans and it was accepted. I found out this week that no banking instituion will do a mortgage on a house that isn't "move in" ready. Especially if the roof is tarped over. Fuck 90% of the roofs in New Orleans are tarped right now. Several of the banking institutions didn't even return my calls.

I thought that I could borrow against my retirement.....Nadda Even if I lost my job I couldn't touch my retirement until I'm 55 and then I could only access 10% made in payments over 9 yrs.... I don't have enough equity to borrow it off the house in Michigan either.

So basically we're fucked. Trying to have an American dream is too frusterating, I don't know why I bother. I might as well get used to the fact that I will probably be stuck here forever. The thought of it makes me sick to my stomach, but what choice do I have. Thought about just renting down there but rent in the non effected areas has tripled since Katrina.

I have a few more calls to make but I'm not holding my breath.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Greetings from New Orleans

Hey babies how ya all doing? We made it down in one piece I managed to beat the cold before it beat me. Its been quite abit colder than it was during Christmas, but its suppose to warm up though out the week. We looked at our first house yesterday. Definately a fixer upper but nothing we can't handle. Gonna go back and take another look later this week and check out another place or two while we are at it.

Made the mistake of having "the hair of the dog" Saturday afternoon and continued on till I "crossed over" and expierenced an improper dismount off my barstool and ended up flat on my back.... That was about 6pm, the first parade of the Mardi Gras started at 7pm. So needless to say I missed the fucking parade and am still kicking myself over it.

After depositing me back at the apartment, Scooby headed back to the Phoenix and ended up getting put to work as the doorman checking id's for the evening. We haven't even moved down here and he's already working...definately a good sign.

Well thats all for now. Hope everyone has a Happy Valentines Day. I already spent the morning pounding Scooby into the mattress. So he's a happy little dog.

See ya

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Somewhere in Memphis there's one tired puppy

Everyone's been coming in to work sick lately making the building that I clean one big cesspool of germs. Monday I kept hearing someone coughing up chunks of their lung. Here I'm going on vacation Friday......thanks alot! By late Monday night I had started to develope a sore throat......Great! I decided then that I was going home sick and that I wasn't coming back this week. So I notified work that I'll be out sick for the rest of the week to try and beat this cold before my vacation starts on Friday.

I got home and Scooby and I turned the weather channel on and found that they were predicting a snow storm from here to down south on Wednesday. Sooooo we fled this morning. 12 hours on the road and we're 2/3 of the way there. We're sitting in a little motel down the street from Graceland. I'm drinking some "Airborne" and tending to my sore throat and blogging abit.

Greetings from Memphis

Tomorrow New Orleans

Thursday, February 02, 2006