Nov 11th 2012 7:31PM One more thing to look out for when buying a house; the basketball goal! If it's on the driveway next door, remember some kids like to play ball at night. Can you truly sleep with the thudding sounds of dribbling and the crack-thump of hoops? If there is a curb side goal you can rest assured it will be used early in the morning as children wait on the school bus and well into the evening and all day on weekends. These are kids magnets. Not only will you hear the thuds and thumps of the players but also the shreeks and screams and yells of the people who congregate to watch. They will stand in the middle of the street and all but dare you to drive through the crowd. Not to mention the cars with the thumping stereos that stop to socialize. Now picture you're in bed sick, or you have migraines, or like us your Father is in bed going through the final stages of cancer. Is that really what you want to listen to? Most people used to understand streets are for cars, parks are for playgrounds but today it's different. I'm saving up to move specifically because of a basketball goal and because the gentle sloping backyard is getting harder to climb-and mow- as I get older. Trust me on this one, if you see a basketball goal, look elsewhere for your dream home! I could deal with the hill in the backyard but the ever growing crowd and noise from that goal is too much. Never thought I'd say this but but I would even consider a neighborhood with a homeowners association! They might make us all have the same mail box type but at least I wouldn't have to dodge children in the streets ever time I come & go!
Jul 17th 2012 11:34AM When I serviced loans for a rather large bank in New York there was a cap on the amount the rate could be adjusted to-it was 11% up or down, and it never goes down! So what started out as a very low rate could get way out of hand in no time. A fixed rate is the best way to go; HELOCs ( home equity loans ) should be avoided at all costs ( barely a payment for five years and then a major balloon payment mortgagers never really expected though it was right there in the contract ) and ARMs are NOT for the average person(s) who simply want to grow old and die without the worry of a house payment as they deal with the expenses of aging and maturing Family members who are starting out and still need parental funding from time to time. I, too, don't understand why Zuckerberg didn't go for a cash transaction or at least a no-doc loan where you put down most of the money up front and the finacing is so small they don't even ask about your credit or work history! Maybe he knows he has enough money to play with. Finance is a game to him now, but for most of us it determines our quality of life and that of our Family's in the furture.
May 21st 2012 7:33PM Soon as the cops leave they'll just start back up again. All one can do is move. I hope to one day, only next time I'm buying more land on a short private street. Those basketball goals people set up in the street are an attractive nuisance; we have drugs dealers hanging out there, underage drinking, cars blocking the street. Call the cops and as soon as they're gone the pole goes back up again. I thought thru roads were for cars and playgrounds were for shooting hoops but not if you live on Burbank Street in Columbus, GA! Now, I totally understand why some people spend more to live in neighborhoods with a homeowners' association. The rules may be tight but at least it's quiet there!
Jun 29th 2011 5:12AM I missed the part of the story that states she testified in Court that her daughter is on a diet of " cheating " and " non-cheating " days! But I wonder if that isn't just a rumor and not sworn testimony. What I did NOT miss is Mr. Aubrey didn't show up in Court. Maybe it's the way California does things but I know for a fact that in S. Carolina, Georgia and Florida if there is a child custody hearing and one parent fails to appear, full custody is granted to the parent who DOES appear! Since he is such a great Dad, one would think he'd appear at any hearing during which the other parent is requesting full custody, espcially against a Mother who seems to be known as unstable.
Jun 24th 2011 1:39PM If you are so proud of her then why are you posting as Anonymous? And if she is such a good girl then why does she take her clothes off for money? Most people call girls like that-STRIPPERS! ( Even strippers occasionally lie about their jobs!) And if she is so wonderful that she is simply aiding an aged man in his last years with her caring friendship then why not go find a truly deserving elderly who does NOT live in a mansion!? She's arm candy,baby! A paid trophy! She is selling herself-meaning she is a " girl for sale " and you can defend THAT all you want but we all know what it means! Congradualtions on having such an inspriation on that Family Tree of yours!
Jun 24th 2011 1:16PM Forget those Kards, hun-Owen just got outed! Read the story again. Notice " male & female " and " both ways " and preferring to spend time with those friends than to be with his gal and kid?! Oh well, he's still kind of cute in a Robert Redford after a train wreck kind of way! At least he didn't mislead the poor Momma for decades like some guys do! ( Peter - Marc Jacobson anyone??! )
Jun 14th 2011 9:09PM Ah yes-men; sometimes ya just gotta laugh at them!
May 29th 2011 7:20PM That entry fee enables the park to keep up conservation of natural beauty ( Smokey Mountains and more ), it also pays for insurance in case some silly person decides to get hurt and sue but most of all it goes to pay the salaries of the people in that area who work there so they can have a reason to get up in the morning, eat, pay bills, and taxes and enjoy the feeling of being productive citizens while meeting people from all over the world and seeing them smile as they enjoy themselves in a safe and friendly atmosphere. AND of course generous donations go out to the good people of Appalachia and beyond! So, BILL, and other nay-sayers , what have YOU done for humanity lately? Any one can opine but let the moth out of your wallet and do something for someone else before you condemn Miss Dolly for helping others please, Sir! Ya'll be safe this Memorial Day weekend!
May 23rd 2011 11:09PM kiser you just irked the fire out of me and I'm only half Zsa Zsa's age so pop some corn 'cause this will take a while! WHERE do you get off saying nasty and ugly things about folks you don't even know? And how DARE you deem to see yourself fit to judge whom should get a hospital bed? YOU don't know the thoughts that are in her mind any more than I do! Perhaps she's hanging on to see Prince fail, perhaps she is getting in just enough time to make amends with her Maker. Why do you hate her so? WHAT did a 94 year old woman who is holding on to life EVER do to offend YOU? She is a little old lady; no threat to you and your future so why use her as an excuse to gain attention to yourself ( albeit in a bad and nasty way )? Pick on ME if you feel the need to be nasty but leave this lady alone, ok? She has not only PAID for her hospital bed and space but has BUILT hospitals-what have you done for the world lately? Yeah, I thought so!