I bought my first CD around 1986 (Benny Goodman’s Greatest Hits) and got rid of it along with the rest of our collection today. The racks holding 300 discs just collecting dust in the basement. We gave a bunch to friends, sold some off to the local CD resale shop ($45 worth), and brought the rest to Goodwill.
I had previously ripped all the discs to MP3 and was storing them on our network—but with services like Pandora and Last.fm available online and on my iPhone I just see no need to even own and manage the digital versions anymore.
The biggest thing to get over is the need to hear a particular song on-demand—but for me not having another collection of physical or digital things to store and worry about is worth giving that up.
Another step towards mobility!
Our dishwasher quit working at the end of last week, so we’ve been handwashing dishes as we dirty them. Mike declared that it was good practice for when we hit the road.
Storybird thought about that comment for a moment before asking, “The RV will have a dishwasher, right?” Funny Girl.
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While we are on the road we want someone(s) to live in our house. We are hoping it will be a beneficial situation for both parties. The pluses for us include the yard is kept up, the pipes don’t freeze, and any seeping water can be dealt with before the basement becomes a swimming pool. And, hopefully, the person(s) living here can catch a financial break and/or have some elbow room. It seems so simple.
I called our insurance agent yesterday to ask her several starter questions relating to this trip, including a question about our homeowner’s policy and how that relates to having someone else live in our house. She did a bit of research for me and called me back today.
Citizens, our current insurance company, told her that we will need to cancel our homeowner’s policy (because the house will not be owner-occupied) and start up a “rental dwelling policy.” As a result, we will have to increase the coverage for any of our contents. The person(s) living here will have to have to take out a personal renter’s policy.
Citizens stated that if a person was house-sitting the home for 30 - 60 days, then we wouldn’t have to make this conversion. But, a year warrants the change.
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