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Farewell, small town visits [Mar. 29th, 2008|04:06 pm]
So my parents have sold their house in Nowheresville, Nebraska. (Just to make people squirm: this is the two-story, three-bedroom, bath-and-a-half with finished basement, a decent-sized yard, and a view out onto miles and miles of undeveloped land that they bought a few years back for $38,000 and no, that's not missing a zero, thirty-eight thousand dollars. This is because it's in Nowheresville, Nebraska, population 300.)

They have a fifth-wheel and are going up to Alaska for the summer to caretake a chunk of parkland on the Kenai peninsula. And after that, who knows?

I could never do this -- moving makes me unsettled (okay, neurotic) -- but they are excited and it sounds like it will be totally awesome for them. The only real downside is that Mom is going to give me a bunch of paintings and I don't think we have enough wall to hang them all...

[User Picture]From: coloskind
2008-03-30 12:25 am (UTC)
OMG can we go to Alaska with them :) .. i LOVE the last frontier state ..
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[User Picture]From: thedragonweaver
2008-03-30 01:11 am (UTC)
On the paintings, just store them properly (plastic bags taped to size, cardboard or other stiff board in between) and then wait until you have wall space, at which time you have instant decor.

Unless it's a painting you don't like, then it lives in the closet with the "We don't have wall space" explanation.

Incidentally, you can get houses in Detroit for under three figures (yes, under $100.) The downside is you have to restore the property and start paying taxes on it and, oh yeah, it's Detroit. Which has been severely diminishing for decades now.
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[User Picture]From: melted_snowball
2008-03-31 03:14 pm (UTC)
Pass on that, thanks... ;-)

It was interesting to learn a few months ago that Japanese houses don't appreciate in value, incidentally: I just have this model in my head that only in places like Detroit do houses get cheaper.

(Presumably taxes on a $80 house are pretty cheap, no?)
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[User Picture]From: mahannie57
2008-03-31 05:39 pm (UTC)
But instead of small town visits, you can have huge, absolutely breath-taking vistas to see. Just a wee bit different that the landscape that is Nebraska. I would go back to Alaska in a heartbeat.
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