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Jul. 11th, 2012

Some of you may remember my husband and I were working on purchasing a four acre piece of land that has a radio/microwave/whatever kind of tower on it.  The tower is no longer operational and basically it's a 260 foot tall hunk of scrap metal on halfway decent farmland that is right across the road from our house. 


We're still trying to buy it but omg there are issues.  I'll try to sum them up.

-Tower is being sold by a company called Tower Acquisitions, LLC. 
-They want to "sell" it to us via a quit claim deed.  They claim there are no liens or encumbrances on the property.
-We did our own title search.
-There's a $670,000.00 mortgage with Bank of America still outstanding that was initiated March 2002 and was part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.  However, the mortgage was never officially discharged and is still open.
-Taxes are current.
-There is a right-of-way easement still open for Ohio Telephone and Telegraph

Obviously the biggest issue is that mortgage.  Now, I might be crazy, but I didn't think you could transfer a mortgage simply by buying and selling a property.  The mortgage is always between the issuing bank and the party who took it out unless paperwork is done that transfers the mortgage itself, correct?

However, husband is of the belief that even if Bank of America doesn't come after us for the money itself, they could show up on our doorstep and be all like, "Hey man, where's our tower?"  Which... you know... could be awkward.  Especially if we'd had it demolished.  Even then, though... there's not $670,000.00 worth of scrap in that thing.  Not even close.  Maybe five thousand.  And we'd still be incurring the expense of demolition.

Our realtor is saying "Get Bank of America to release the lien and put it in writing."  So I called them, and started that whole process... but in all honesty I don't know if they would do it for me.  I mean, who am I?  I'm nobody right now.  I don't own the property; I have no rights of interest to it at all at this point.

What should be happening is Tower Acquisitions needs to get the title cleaned up before they try to sell the damn thing.  But no, they don't want that.  They want a quick and dirty deal where they just sign over their supposed "rights" to us under a quit claim deed and wash their hands of the whole thing.  They get really defensive if my husband or I bring any of this up.  "Well we bought it like this," the guy told my husband.  "If it was good enough for us and we're not worried, you shouldn't be either." 

Yeah, that's professional.

Our lawyer advised us to create an LLC of our own and use that to buy the tower.  "Okay," we say.  "So that would guarantee we wouldn't be liable for anything outside of the $20,000 we're paying for this, right?  Even if worst case scenerio happens and Bank of America shows back up after ten years and wants their shit?" 

"Well," the lawyer says, "It would help, but there's never any guarantees."

Good lord... it shouldn't be this difficult!   I just... I don't know what to do at this point.  I mean it's not like they'll be able to sell it to anyone else except maybe someone like themselves who will just unload it and not actually want to keep it.  We do really want it, because we've farmed that ground for over 20 years now and it's so close to home.  If it was just the land, there would be no issues.  But that stupid hunk of junk on it is just screwing everything up.  :(

Sorry, just had to vent a little...

Maxis Taste Dare #31

I know I do this whole castaway/island theme WAY too much, but I can't help it; I love it too much!   Something about the beach, ocean, and the tropics really appeals to me I suppose. 

Anyway, what better place to put my cloned-and-sex-changed Curious siblings (oh yeah, you knew I'd do them!) than stranded on a remote tropical island? 


Whale Shark was good... but this?  THIS IS AWESOME.

Maxis Taste Dare #30: I DO!

This Dare made me think about all the times (ALLLL THE TIMES) I've gotten Vidcund Curious married off, and I started wondering how many old screenshots I could find of the weddings.

I actually didn't find as many as I thought I would (found more dirty bedroom scenes than anything else, teehee) but here's some I was able to rustle up!


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Dec. 7th, 2011

I saw my brother over Thanksgiving for the first time in about six months. 

I was shocked.

Yes, he had Rous-n-Y surgery for weight loss; yes I knew he'd lost over 150 pounds... so I knew he'd be thinner.

That wasn't what was shocking me.

He looks... unhealthy.  I don't just mean that he looks more gaunt.  I mean he looks like there is something really, really wrong with him.  His skin is yellow, his eyes are sunken.  He has zero energy.  He can't focus on you when you talk to him.

My mother was happily chirping, "Doesn't he look good, Cindy?  He's lost so much weight!  Doesn't he look so much better?" 

She's so frigging superficial it made me want to slap her.  I answered,  "Well, he looks thinner..." and I didn't finish that statement but in my mind I finished it by saying, "... so if you think thinner = better, then I guess yes?"

In all actuality I'm scared to death for him.  I didn't want to ask him too much, and he didn't volunteer anything... and I Googled "yellow skin after weight loss surgery" but didn't find anything but advertisements.  Could weight loss surgery make your liver fail?   I mean, he doesn't have a gallbladder so all the fat he's lost would have to be broken down somehow; could he have overtaxed his liver?  And is that something to worry about or will it sort itself out now that he's lost most of the weight?

Damn my mother for thinking thinner = better.   Just damn that entire way of thinking. 

Writer's Block: 9/11

Where were you?

I was at home on maternity leave after having my 3rd child, who was about three weeks old at the time. I remember the morning news was just about ready to go off, and my husband was finishing his coffee and thinking about getting up to go work on the farm.

I had gotten up and gone into the kitchen to do the dishes, and then heard the "special report" music. Poked my head back into the living room to see what it was about, and Bryant Gumble was on, talking about the plane that had just flown into the twin towers.

At that time we were all thinking it was a horrible, tragic accident. A pilot had a heart attack while flying perhaps... horrible to be sure, but not terrorism. But right about then, even while Mr. Gumble was talking to someone on-air about the scene, the second plane hit, live on camera. And there were reports of the Pentagon also being hit at about that same time, and another hijacked plane that seemed to be headed toward the White House.

I can remember walking back into the living room and sinking down on the couch, in disbelief. What was going to be next? I wondered. What else was going to go up in smoke and flames? What other area was a target? Who else was going to die?

Is that a tomato in your pocket... ?

Okay I had to share this tomato Brian just brought in from the garden a few minutes ago...

Bwahahahahaha!  IT HAS A WANG.

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Writer's Block: The state of perception

If I had to give up one of the five senses, I'd choose smell, I think.

Sure food wouldn't taste quite the same without the sense of smell, and I would miss the good scents I love (like fresh-mown grass and food cooking) but I think, as a general thing, my life wouldn't radically change if I suddenly lost my sense of smell.


:D  :D  :D  :D 

Writer's Block: Saints and sinners

If you found a wad of cash on the ground, would you keep it? Donate it? Take it to the police?

$1 to $20 or so - I'd probably keep. 

More than that, I'd take it to the police or other authority (like if it's a grocery store, I'd take it to the service desk.) 

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