||[Mar. 1st, 2005|10:18 am]
Well, it's been a long time since I updated, and a great deal has taken place. Where do I start? In my last entry, I made mention of the Tegan and Sara concert I attended with my sister.|
It was one of those rare moments in my life which I frequently relive in my mind. My happy place, if you will. Tegan is hot in person, too, which I'd not expected. The other feature I'd not expected was the makeup of the crowd. Basically, it was bull dykes and emo kids, wall-to-wall. Mesh caps, dreds, and fat ladies with their arms around each other. Needless to say, I felt a little out of place, until I saw a girl with a t-shirt that said: "I like girls." I asked her where I could get one and she gave me what I've heard described as "an old-fashioned look."
Later that week, Jodi and I decided to start looking at houses. We called a realtor, told her what we were looking for and what our price range was, and made an appointment to look at some houses on Saturday morning. By that morning, she'd narrowed it down to five houses south of the river (our preferred location -- Edmonton is split into two halves, north and south, by the North Saskatchewan River). The third house we saw was unbelievable. It was a two-storey with Tudor styling; it had incredible curb appeal.
We liked it very much, but we weren't in the mood to up and buy the third house we looked at, so we kept going. By the end of the morning we realized two things: (1) in our price range, we would need to be doing a lot of renovation work; and (2) that Tudor-style home kicked ass.
The realtor told us it had only been on the market for eight days, and for five of those days it had an offer pending, which had fallen through. The owners had also already had an offer the night before, which they turned down. You know what they say about pressure? Coming down on me, indeed.
Long story short, we made an offer of $5,000 less than their list price. They came back at $2,000 less, and we accepted. This was at 1:30 pm. We'd started our little trek to look at houses at 9:30 am. It was a little nuts.
Anyway, the deal has gone through, and we officially have possession of the house as of last night. We need to paint, but other than that, it's ready to live in. We're going to move at the end of the month. Once we're done painting, I'll post some before and after type shots, a la Trading Spaces.
On the fifteenth of February, I attended a talk by the eminent Dr. Aubrey de Grey about real anti-aging medicine. If you aren't an avid reader of /., you may not know who he is. He's a Cambridge theoretician who is claiming that aging can be cured, leading to four-digit life spans. He's championing his cause in an effort to fund research to significantly lengthen the life of an already aged mouse, through the MPrize competition.
I loved hearing him talk. He has a sort of clipped accent, muffled through a gigantic beard, and a frenetic speaking style. You can see a full account of the talk, as well as some video, here.
Last, but not least, I have officially gone down to 3/5 time at my university job and started half-time with Hotrocket. I'm very excited about this, and I hope I'm not overwhelmed.