some pictures of the Avocado House.
I'm actually relieved we didn't get it. It would have wiped out our savings. It would have been a debt obligation and an additional burden keeping us in Orange County. I warned y'all that bad times were coming and now they are here. I had been hoping that 2009 would be our year to get a house-house, but now I'm scared and I think cash in the bank (an FDIC-insured bank) is even better.
I had what I thought was a great idea - we should find a big ol' 5-bedroom house to rent and split it with Matt & Courtney. I just found one in Mission Viejo, almost 2200 sf on an 8500 sf lot and the rent's only $2400 a month. Imagine how much money we could all save if we split that rent. But I can't get that stone rolling and so of course I'm back to being worried about everybody. I know there are potential pitfalls, but I think if we all had the right spirit about it this could work out great for all of us. Big fat sigh.
Am I obsessed with money? It's not the money so much as it is the security that it provides. Cash in the bank makes me feel safe. It's a buffer against disaster. Sure, I'd love a big ol' TV and a Wii and a fancy house with windows whose frames aren't rotting (oh, and a gas stove). But I'd rather feel safe than spoiled.