Just taking a little internet break before I disconnect everything tonight. My apartment's about halfway packed. Not bad.
As if I need more to do, invitations for my high school reunion have to go out this week. And I still don't have a karaoke host. It is mind-boggling the number of companies I've contacted that won't even extend the courtesy of a return phone call. How do these people get business? I did get an email from Arzu (of Grumpy's karaoke fame) last week, but her initial quote to me was $500.00. Ouch. She wrote back to let me know that she's willing to work with my budget, but I haven't gotten back to her yet. For 4 hours of work, I was thinking half that.
I've been reading a lot about the smoking bans lately, in an attempt to get a better idea of changing revenues. I hear a lot of chatter from both sides. Somebody show me some hard numbers.
Some interesting real estate numbers in this Strib story about all the apartment-to-condo conversions. I guess I didn't realize we were running so low on affordable rentals in this city. All the foreclosure investors I know are salivating at the thought of a glitch in the market: banks get flooded with these dumped condos and investors pick them up by the dozens. I've still got a toe or two dipped in the pool, so I guess that's eventually money in my pocket, too. That is, if this bubble pops.