Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

28 November 2012

Manor-festation, or, Little Gummerfan Home At Last!

Hello again, folks! The last time I posted, I was in the midst of the nightmare known as house-hunting. At long last, after searching, missing out, searching some more, bids and counter-offers, inspections, re-inspections, dealing with a real jerk of a seller, loading and unloading,and so on and so on, I'm pleased to report the Gummerfan clan now has a new place to call home! We saw this property online during our first search, only to see the listing removed before we got a chance to check it out. So, after the deal on another house fell through, the property was listed again (at a reduced price, no less!) and we jumped on it. Okay, it wasn't the quickest deal in the history of real estate. As I said before, the seller turned out to be a real jerk and tried everything he could to either get out of the deal (he couldn't) or get us to back out (in the words of Burt Gummer himself, "I was born to hold out"!). So, I'm now a proud homeowner. The place is located just a couple of miles from the Bankhead National Forest, far enough from civilization to be safe from the initial waves of a zombie outbreak, but not too far from the nearest town. Got an inground pool, a 2.5 acre backyard, and some awesome views (see pics). The seller's final nosethumbing was deciding he didn't have to maintain the lawn or pool for the months leading up to closing, but thanks to some helpful neighbors, we got the place looking good in no time at a bargain price. Oh, yeah, neighbors. The neighbors are close enough to be of help when needed, but far enough away to insure privacy. The folks around here tend to mind their own business, but always available to lend a hand when needed. Nice! The house isn't a mansion or anything, but compared to our old digs it's downright palatial. :) 4 bedrooms, two bathrooms, a cozy comfy den, a formal (but not "stuffy") livingroom, big master suite, detached garage with upstairs recroom, even a barn. (gotta figure out a use for that!). Oh, and the previous owner tried to dig a bass pond on the back of the property, but apparently it refuses to hold water. I consider that a big plus, cuz now I have my own shooting range!! And now that we're far from the city, we've got a great view of the night sky. I got the wife out one of our first nights here to see, and she couldn't believe that there are always THAT many stars in the sky. Yeah, going through the whole ordeal was definitely worth it!

25 March 2012

Monster Hunting Is Easy, HOUSE Hunting Is Hard!

I know I haven't posted in a while, but I have been quite busy lately. I posted about getting into the Law Of Attraction (LOA) thing, and it's been quite an experience. I got an unexpected raise, we've had a new source of income open up, and I could go on and on.
My wife and I are currently in the market for a house. Seems simple, right? Find one you like at a price you can agree with and get ready to move. Well, given my particular (and somewhat peculiar) tastes and desires, locating the right house, or even a piece of land to build on, is a bit more complicated. :)
I found one with a great location, on the side of a mountain, on 12 acres of land with a spring-fed pond and a long-ass gated driveway. GREAT location to remain safe from zombies and looters, nice & private, with no close neighbors to complain about the incessant gunfire. Problem? The house itself is t-i-n-y. The wife wants a big kitchen, with marble or granite countertops and lots of room and cabinet space, so this particular stronghold is out. I do agree that the house is too small for our needs despite its great location.
We also looked at another place in the country with 8 acres, and a pool. Again, it was a pretty nice location, but the floorplan wasn't really right for us.(not to mention nearly every room and the garage would have to be repainted).
I've also found some farmsites, with lots of acerage, plenty of privacy, but with small run-down houses.
But, I MAY have found one. This house only has four acres, but it's well back off the road, and the neighbor is somebody I kind of know. I've run into him at a few gun shows, so that's a plus. The house itself was built to be tornado-proof, with tons of steel and concrete in the structure, a bunker-style full basement with its own seperate kitchen, bedrooms, and laundry room. This is in addition to the kitchen, bedrooms, and laundry room on the ground floor. We haven't been out to see it yet other than just driving up the driveway, so I can't really say if it's THE one or not.
I just wanted to let y'all know I haven't forgotten y'all! Don't know when I'll get back to posting (I've even got some ideas for another blog and maybe a book, but that'll have to wait!)
The hunt continues...