July 19th, 2018

Delivery Day

Amazon's Prime Day means Thursday is UPS Day. I'm guessing that many of our buddies in brown are less than pleased at all the extra packages. Or greatful for continued employment. Also Amazon's delivery team. Amazon added new icons to its own delivery service maps. I do love watching the truck wing its way to my house.

UPS has an equally fun map but, while I am getting a package from them today, their map for my delivery isn't up yet.

Even with these fun deliveries happening today, I'm still obsessed with this seating issue. I killed way too many hours last night Googling 'chair and a half' in a million variations. There used to be a furniture store in a neighborhood north of here (Ballard) that carried a lot of mid century modern and other modern stuff. But, they also had off the wall wonderful stuff. It's where I bought the seat my ass is in now.

See that table on the side? I can remove it, slide the seat to the other side and put it there just below that little table that sticks up which I can replace with an arm. Also, that table that can go on either side? I can replace it with one of the bolsters in the ottoman. The options are endless. Plus it's easy to sit on and get up out of.


I fell in love with this the minute I saw it and there were 3 more similar amazingly different and wonderful pieces in the store at the same time. Sadly, that store is no more. And I can't find its progeny. There is a Scan Design in a suburb north of here. Their website kind of looks like it might have a possibility or two.

I've poured over Wayfair and Overstock and also dug around for 'returned large pieces because I didn't like them' stories. I haven't really gotten a satisfactory bead on the situation. Plus, there's nothing there I love love love love.

I think I need to just take a breath and forget about it for a while. I just don't seem capable of doing that.

It's another lovely, cloudy morning. It looks like the Amazon employee event went well. They had all of the entry stuff and tents still up this morning but there's nothing happening today so plenty of time to get to it all.

Today I need to plan out some sewing projects. I'm taking a class next week on wallet making and I need to pick out some fabrics. Also I think it's time for a new pocket book. The sewing room is the farthest from the air conditioner so it gets a little warm. But if I'm organized, I can do a little sewing, come out and cool off and then go back in, etc.

Also, today the new TV arrives so I'll need to set that up. Since it's just exactly a smaller version of the living room one, it's not going to be a BFD. But, I'm excited to have a TV in there that isn't a PIA to operate.

OHHHHH my package is getting closer!

Maybe I'll go get dressed so I'll be ready when it gets here.

Holy crap on a stick

I got the latest tax assessment for my condo today and the news sucks. Big time.

Here's the history of taxes on my condo since it was condo-ized. (It was an old railroad warehouse and I am the first owner of this condo. We got 100% tax relief for the first few years since it's an historic property.) I don't know what happen to the 2008 data. Weird.

Here's the short history of my tax bills.

My assessment has gone up 80.2%. (EDITED LATER: My math was broken. The assessment is up 25% not 80) My tax bill for last year (paid this year) was $4532. 80.2% of that is $3635. Add that to last year's bill and my taxes for this year (paid next year) will be $8167. Or $680 a month.

Can I hear a very loud WTF?????? AND that's ONLY if they do not raise taxes. And, of course, they will raise taxes. They always do.

Oh and if the city gets its way, I'll get an additional bill for living in this neighborhood to pay for the waterfront improvement. Currently they are saying that bill will be $3,600. So the property taxes for this condo next year will be $11,767 which comes out to $981 a month. That's the minimum. It will be more.  It's a damn good thing I do not have a mortgage. I've been joking about not being able to afford to live here but this is getting seriously close to no joke!

My only hope is that I'm totally misunderstanding the numbers and or my maths are broken. I hope hope hope.

On the bright side, the TV which now I should probably send back so I can save the sheckles... is closer to moi.

You looking for a pep talk or just sympathy?

I sent an email to my financial advisor and my cpa to ask them to think about how we plan for this giant tax gouge. My cpa had no tricks up his sleeve and even shared that real estate taxes over $10,000 aren't even deductible any more. But then Tyler, my financial advisor called and he said "Well, at this point are you looking for a pep talk or just sympathy?" I love this guy. He already had a plan in mind. But he did ask, for the first time, "Have you considered living somewhere else?" UGH.

Plus, I think the window on the sell-for-a-fortune option is closing. There are two units in the building for sale and both have been on the market for more than two weeks. For the past two years or more, units have offers within a week of hitting the market. Feels like the market is cooling. Even if it is, it will be years and years before the taxes cool. Sigh. I don't want to move anyway.

(The reality is that I can afford it. It's just such a shock. I'm very lucky. I'm not sure some of my neighbors actually can afford it. On the bright side, there are several of my neighbors who I can see hiring a lawyer to fight the assessment. So... fingers crossed?)

But I will say this has put the chair project in perspective. There is a chair on sale at Costco - at least some Costco's - that will work fine. Tomorrow I'm going to go check at my Costco. If they don't have it or I don't like it, I think I can just abandon the project for now.

My new bedroom TV finally got here and I love it. It's so simple to set up and operate. TCL really has nailed it in looks, price, set up and operation.

Still no baseball. It's back tomorrow. I think I'll Code Black and British Bake Off along with Jeopardy, of course.

Oh and the Amazon employee event is tonight. The musical entertainment spent the afternoon doing sound checks. The crowds are showing up now. It looks like they are going to fill up the stadium, the event center and the front lawn of the stadium. Still, not as big a deal as their annual family event - that's all the people who are here tonight plus their kids. It's usually on a Saturday and a Sunday.

I think tonight is the night I bought that emergency Chunky Monkey for.