Sunday, September 11, 2005


Check out the new pictures in the Construction album!


Friday, September 09, 2005



The expansion and remodeling of our house is almost done. We expect everything to be over by the end of next week. It took about four months but it seems like it’s been much longer. The hardest part of this ordeal was the last couple of months when the interior work really got going. I’ll have some pictures posted within a few days.

Aylin is no longer working at Sander Kessler & Associates. She’s looking into her options, including a career as an elementary school teacher. This means that she will have to go back to school. In the meanwhile, she will jump start her Mary Kay business which she started a few weeks ago.

Hey, I will be an uncle again sometime around March of 2006! Ara & Delia announced that they are expecting their second one. So the question that we get asked is “When are you going to have a baby?” The answer is “We’ll tell you when we know”. So there!

Aylin and I haven’t taken a vacation (Vacation = taking time off for pleasure for more than one workday) since July of 2003 when we went to Hawaii. We’re giving ourselves a break and going to Barcelona, Spain for the first couple of weeks of October. I last visited Barcelona in the summer of 1982 – 23 years ago! I can’t wait to see my old house, school, beach resort, the restaurants, hangouts, etc. It still hasn’t sunk into my head because our lives have been so hectic with other things.

Here’s something interesting to chew on: the taxable social security wage base has increased dramatically in the last couple of decades compared to previous decades. In fact, the wage base is 2.27 times more today since I graduated high school in 1985! How much more can we pay???

1937 1947 1957 1967 1977 1987 1997 2005
$3,000 $3,000 $4,200 $6,600 $16,500 $43,800 $65,400 $90,000
0% 40% 57% 150% 165% 49% 38%

The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. -W. Somerset Maugham, writer (1874-1965)

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