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Fight Aging! [Mar. 1st, 2005|10:18 am]
Intransigent Cam
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."

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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.

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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.

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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.
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[User Picture]From: rikkie
2005-03-01 06:27 pm (UTC)
I have two episodes of Newsradio for you. Nolan asked me to burn them five minutes before he left and it took six minutes to do. When are you leaving the university today? I'm going there to get Nolan so maybe we could bring them by. I don't know how badly you need them, if you're leaving really early you could drop by and pick them up if you want.
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[User Picture]From: literatist
2005-03-01 06:31 pm (UTC)
Hi Erika; I do need them badly, but I won't be leaving until 4:30-5:00. Will you be coming in before that time?
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[User Picture]From: rikkie
2005-03-01 06:45 pm (UTC)
I should be there around 4:30.

Congratulations on the new house, by the way. My parents really needed to sell a house once because we were moving back to Alberta and it sold in four days. I think it was the third family that looked at it that bought it and there was another family waiting after them who would've if they hadn't. It was crazy.
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[User Picture]From: allthingsnoisy
2005-03-01 07:14 pm (UTC)
Congrats Cam and Jodi! You're homeowners!

Do you have a nice yard? Yards are important. After growing up on 10+ acres, my requirement when I build/buy a home will be at least a 10-acre yard.

I'm impressed. Most people don't find the house of their dreams in a week! You two got lucky!
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[User Picture]From: literatist
2005-03-01 07:15 pm (UTC)
Heh. No such thing as even a 1-acre yard in Edmonton. We'd have to live outside of the city. I'd love to have a big yard, but I'm a city boy; I don't know that I could live in the "country".
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[User Picture]From: cmariewt
2005-03-03 06:33 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the house! That's awesome! If I lived close I would help with the renovations. I love doing construction on houses. Painting, ripping up old carpet. Anything. Post pics!

How's that baby?
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[User Picture]From: literatist
2005-03-04 09:55 pm (UTC)
Well then I wish you lived close; one month to get done what needs to be done seems hardly enough, and we only need to paint!

The baby has been aptly described by my grandparents as "a busy little sinner." She gets into everything, which is why I'm happy we're moving to a much bigger place. She says "hi" and will wave at you (not at the wrist--she just sort of closes and opens her hand). She's sleeping a little better, though with every new tooth, there's a good two or three days of misery at night.
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[User Picture]From: literatist
2005-03-04 09:56 pm (UTC)
BTW, that icon cracks me up every time!
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[User Picture]From: cmariewt
2005-03-05 04:46 am (UTC)
Isn't it great? It fits exactly what I want to tell half of the salesmen at my work.
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