Major insomnia last night, mostly due to worries about the house: Will we get outbid? Is it wise to take all our equity and dump it into a lavish property in a sketchy (but rejuvenating) part of Baltimore? Am I stupid to put myself in a position where I will have to buy a car when there are perfectly good houses nearby for 70k less? Will we sell our current house in time? Will we get enough cash over the mortgaged amount? How will we furnish all those huge rooms? Will we find a good boarder for the top floor? The answer to none of these questions is clear. In all likelihood the house we bid on is worth a hundred grand or more above its asking price, but the real estate bubble and the local housing market are influenced by mysterious and capricious forces. We're counting on the continued housing boom in Reservoir Hill to double the value of the new house in five years, and living near Druid Hill Park is a positive. Owning two cars again and driving to and from work will be a major drag, as will paying City insurance rates. The last time I commuted in a car daily was June 1994. In those days I put forty thousand miles a year on my car. If we get the new place I'll have a ten minute commute each way.
Managed to fall asleep around 2am when the music started next door; this helped make our decision to sell seem more rational. The volume of the music in Fratland is not the issue, but rather the intensity of their sub-woofer, which vibrates through our house like the drumming of orcs. I keep earplugs next to the bed for noisy nights, but earplugs do not prevent vibrating bedsprings from shaking me awake. Somehow managed to get to sleep again around 4am, after drinking a tea infused with velarian root powder, Wild Lettuce, and Blue Vervain. It tastes like ass, but actually works. Three hours of sleep is sufficient for editing lesson plans I suppose. Strange to have to move from the suburbs to the City to get some peace and quiet.
Tonight we have an appointment to sign the contract. I will hand over a good faith deposit in the amount of 5k at 5pm. Julio and Yo! Adrienne, who would be our next door neighbors if all works out, are very excited. I'll be excited after settling on both houses!