Credit and references?

Well, right now my references are being checked for the house, and I'm told it's “99.9%” confirmed… although I've seen 0.1% probabilities come true before, so my fingers are not yet fully uncrossed. Assuming it's a go I'll have to head over to the bank tomorrow and get my first and last and all that, go get renter's insurance, and get something on the road to drive.

I think I may have to sell my Manta Montage which is very sad… There's a good chance that it can't be imported into Canada*, and the total cost of upgrading the IAM server and drive array is going to be between $17,000 and $25,000**. Since I basically run the site for free (most members are at least partially free, and at $0.05 a day for those that aren't, it's not really a break-even project financially), I'm going to have to come up with that money from somewhere. It will be a depressing day for me, but, as in other matters where I have no real choice in the matter, I'll try and make the best of it.

Much appreciated blessings: Thank doggess for my wishlist. I just got the books above from a friend… So if I can't find anyone that's willing to rent a house to me, I'll have help getting through the darkness, and if I don't get through I'll know how to make rope from straw to hang myself (note to worriers: joke). Seriously though, I've missed not having shelves full of books around me and am thrilled about having a delivery address where half the packages don't arrive for a variety of reasons!


* To import an American car into Canada, it has to be a minimum of 20 or 25 years old (or something like that). With a custom car like this, it's impossible to legally prove the age of the car (because they count the completion date, not the date on the paperwork or the date of manufacture of the components) and thus they can't normally be imported.

** Large 15,000rpm Ultra320 SCSI drives for the array add up fast!

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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