This weekend was another one of those weekends where the decent weather came on the busy day and the useless weather* came on the not-so-busy-day.
On Saturday all I really manage to accomplish was taking the recycling to the recyle location -- our hood hasn't got the blue bins yet. In the evening we had dinner with SHB and her husband. We went Blind Faith in Evanston and had a tasty vegetaran/vegan meal. First we went to an art showing of a friend of theirs.
Sunday was meet some Crib Chatter people in the real world. A couple months ago I met Milkster in person. She had moved to Albany Park and wanted to meet Nightingale and me. I was hesitant at first because well you're talking about meeting someone from the internet and I have yet to see a news report where that turns out well. However, there was something admirable in her insistence so I ran it by Nightingale and she thought it would be okay since it was at a Starbucks. And the meeting was fun. She reminds me of my friend Hanna from the No-Name Software Company.
Speaking of which, Milkster lives in the same building on the same floor as JF, a guy I went to high school with and helped get a job at the No-Name Software Company. He lived there from 2005 to 2009 and was lucky enough to sell in time to avoid the crash in our area. He sold for $10K less than he bought according to Redfin but when you consider how much most places are under water today, he did well. He's always had a lucky horseshoe up his arse.
Milkster put together a lunch gathering at El Milagro...so I got to meet Sonies and Benjamon9, and their SigOthers. Sonies wife seemed familiar but in that I've met a person like her before, not that I've actually met her before. Benejamon09 was quieter than he is on CC and his partner did more of the talking.
I suggested a CC group photo but everyone half heartedly agreed so I didn't push it. After lunch we drove back to the north side so that Milkster and her guy could see this house at 5627 W School in Portage Park.
Milkster was hoping to get the house for a song, rehab it, rent it for a fwe yearas and then move in herself. Unfortunately, the hosue was in very bad condition, too much work for her and her contractor to take on. The amount of money she would need to sink into it would buy her a house in better shape. This is the kind of home that someone will buy for cash and then fix up and sell for $300K.
We did meet an interesting couple there. I call them the Real Estate Fairy and the Polish Prince. The Polish Prince had an interesting way of sizing things up, I'll call it the Trinity of Rehab: Cost/Time/Quality.
Essentially if you can get two of the following but it will cost the third:
Cost -- Time --- Quality aka Cheap, Fast, Good. If you want it Fast and Cheap, it won't be Good. If you want it Good and Cheap, it won't be Fast. You get the picture.
*(cold, rainly, bleak or all of the above)