What I’m Dreaming About Today



  1. AnotherCoward says

    Wow … that’s a pretty sweet deal … well, by cost of living here anyways.

    3000 sq ft AND 12 acres … *drool*

  2. Nice. What will 254 grand get you in San Diego?

  3. Rachel Swenson Balducci says

    Are you moving East?

  4. Matthew Lickona says

    Could be.
    Thanks so much for the heads-up! Gosh. 254K in San Diego might get me a two-bedroom condo. Median home price is over 500K.
    It is indeed a pretty good deal – part of the reason we contemplate heading east…

  5. Matthew:

    Ummm, so you’re…leaving San Diego….to move back to Cortland? Have you forgotten that CNY gets about 45 nice days per year? Well, the Diocese of Rochester will be glad to help with your sequel….

  6. Matthew Lickona says

    Dear Anonymous,
    Nothing’s set in stone, but yes, we have considered the weather. Thing is, I’m house-poor here in SD, and if I sold while the market was still insane, there’s every reason to believe I could live mortgage-free in upstate NY. And that might be enough to make the sun shine even on the cloudiest day.

  7. Yeah, I know. I’m doing my best to suppress the same nagging temptation. I was there last week (for about 36 hours) and it was bea-u-ti-ful. And the real estate, Skan-town excluded, is indeed cheap.

    An observation: folks who originate in your neck of the woods always refer to the geographic area as “upstate” NY. Outsiders, transplants, and the geographically-inclined refer to it as “central” NY. What’s up with that? Does upstate have more cachet than central? AS IF. What do they have? Rochester? Watertown? Nonsense. Upstate NY is just closer to those rotten Canadians.

    And what is Binghamton? Downstate? South-state? Western-state?

    The problem is, Matthew, that the state is a damn triangle, leaned on its side, and as such, does not lend itselft to any sort of geographical reference whatsoever. No wonder you New Yorkers are so confused as to where you live! Why not just start saying, I live in “Slightly left of Center New York?”

    “Really? I spent a couple of years down in dangly-state, and now I’m out on on the hypotenuse.”

    See? No one really knows what anyone else is talking about. And to add further confusion, just about every town in New York is named after some other place, the more exotic the better.

    No wonder Hilary got elected. And don’t forget that we’ll have the great state of New York to thank when she gets elected President in 2008.

    I hear the taxes are pretty bad, too. Really, just quit while you’re ahead.

    Wyoming. Now THERE’S a place to live.

    Rory (I really need to get one of them cyber-handles, or screen names, or whatever.)

  8. Matthew,

    12 acres. That’s a good piece of dirt – take it from one whose own 12 acres come complete with a coyote-invested rock-quarry, a sloping field and plenty of places for a nice 12-pointer to hide away come November….

    If you don’t go for it, I’m going to do those nasty things they say Navy Seals can do – I don’t know what they are, but if you don’t take the damn steal they’re offering, I WILL LEARN how to do those things, I will hunt you down and I will perform them on you.

    You won’t even know the meaning of regret until I get through with you!

    Now call Mr. Hage – TODAY!

    (Is he a TAC guy, by the way? He looks like one….)


  9. Matthew Lickona says

    Everything north of NYC is upstate. Listen to movies and television – when people say they’re from New York the state (as opposed to New York the city), they say, “I’m from upstate.” Everything’s up from NYC, except maybe Long Island, and Long Island people say they’re from Long Island, unless maybe they’re from the Hamptons…

  10. Well, I’ll let it go so long as you invite me over when I’m visiting the in-laws. And you have to buy a tractor.


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