It is official. I am now a member of the middle class. There's no other way to say it, really. For my whole adult life, I've figured I was just some schmo who muddled his way through life paycheck to paycheck.
Of course, that hasn't changed. Now I have to live paycheck to paycheck with style.
So yes, we took possession of our house in the City of Charlottesville today. We're about a mile closer in to downtown, and about a mile away from Grounds, or so, and it's amazing how it will change my conception of the place where we've now chosen to buy into.
Going through the process has certainly been assisted by my work at Charlottesville Tomorrow. I have a much better understanding of how the economy works, and what mysterious things like title insurance actually do. But still, the sheer enormity of deciding this... I may be overdoing it, but I can't believe I now own a house. First time in my life. How will it change me? Will I get more serious?
Of course, I write this as I continue to work past midnight. That part certainly won't be changing! (the work is good - audio production on a very important project!)
I will say this, though. This is a good time to buy. We got a great rate, and a great deal on a place that was just right for us. In fact, I'm looking forward to becoming part of our new neighborhood. We've rented for the past three and a half years, and will miss our current place. But, it's time. It's time to move on, and see what happens.
For the past six weeks, I've been in this limbo, though, of wondering whether or not this was the right thing. I was so skeptical that I could even afford a house that I didn't bother to really try too hard. But, I also let go of my fears, because it felt right. There's an upcoming podcast I've produced that I'll link to that might explain why I felt this was the right decision. But, for now, I'll just say that we've just begun this great new adventure, and it's nice to be recorded in the history of Charlottesville now, and to also feel like it's a good place to be, a good place to raise my family.
We move in this weekend. Anyone want to help move boxes around? We'll pay in pizza and beer!