Financial Fun

September 22, 2009

Last week my final expense associated with moving house was taken out, and today I paid off that same bill (as is the best option these days, my bills are direct debited from my credit card). The past couple of months have been a financial nightmare… Moving house is by far one of the most ridiculously expensive things you can do, and the biggest and by far most annoying expense of this terrible saga: Bond.

Whichever idiot decided it would be ok to ask someone to front up what is essentially 6 weeks rent (after all fees/charges etc) in order to get a place needs a good, hard slap to the back of the head. Honestly, if something goes wrong with the house, Id rather pay it on the spot, on demand than forking god knows how many weeks worth of spare money to something I likely wont see in full (because we all know how much real estate agents love parting with bond) ever again.

Thats not to say Im a bad tenant either… Im (mostly) a damn good tenant and pleasant to boot. I think I just get aggravated in general with the real estate market, renting or buying.

Now getting onto the other expenses associated with this sort of thing

  1. Removalists
  2. Initial food shopping run
  3. So-called ‘Application fees’ incurred when transferring the address of your utility accounts
  4. Cleaning costs (because lets face it, noones perfect).

All of these add up quickly to a distressing amount of money. Ive learnt one thing from this whole situation: Im not moving for a long, long time.

Seriously, its not worth the trouble or money.

Except of course if I buy a house…



Social Interactions

June 3, 2009


Well, I finally did it. I signed up for facebook. I remember about 2 years ago, when everyone was raving about the MySpace/Facebook craze… It was nuts. As a result of this, I swore both of them off, vowing never to be pulled into the void of eletronic social interactions. Until last Saturday that is…

And I gotta say, I am having a blast!

Of course, I signed up for the lesser of two evils, this being Facebook. Ive seen my sister’s MySpace page (sorry nic) and it made me shudder… that being another reason Ive stayed away from the social networking scene. For all the times people have said to me, ‘Oh you should totally sign up to MySpace’, I truly, from the bottom of my heart, have wished I could be able to do this. MySpace truly isnt my thing…

Facebook… well thats marginally better. The only slightly annoying thing being the 5 billion quizzes (which, I must admit, I have partaken in quite a few)… and these quizzes are like a nice smelling coffee in the morning, but you’ve already had 3. You know you dont want to, you know its not a good idea and your body is screaming at you to just leave it alone… but you pick the coffee up drink it anyway. And then you’ve got the shakes for the next 2 hours.

I quite like the overal simplicity of Facebook’s design (I vaguely remember remember people kicking up a fuss about the change, and I think those people are crazy). I wouldnt go so far as to say its targeted at my demographic, but I sure as hell havent seen any crazy whacked out themes or background pages…

And the ability to share photos is great! Ive uploaded photos of me and the missus, my pimped out Ride (everyone that actually knows me just lol’d then), my food (cue the drooling), and later today I will be adding my coffee!

Im also talking to people I havent spoken to in years! Mostly good people too, although one or two are still the same dickheads/assholes I remember. Considering blocking them too, if thats possible with FB (0h yes, Im abbreviating! Look how facebookey I am! 😛 ). Not only that, but Ive had more contact with my friends in the past 5 days than I have in the past 3 months (note to everyone: the mobile phone is a horrible way to stay in touch… its too prone to laziness). So its pretty good to be (kinda) in the loop!

Well, thats it for now!

Enjoy your week everyone! 🙂