Thank whatever God you subscribe to that it’s Friday

This has been a hell of a week – a ‘kick-me-in-the-nuts-then-steal-my-wife-eat-my-donuts-while-beating-my-dog’ type of week. I am exhausted, mentally and physically, and I can’t wait until 5:00 so that I can go home and let the whole week disappear into the past. I’m looking forward to watching the Penn State game with a couple of beers, doing some chores around the house, taking the pup for a walk and letting my mind get over this week. I do have some work – I’m updating the Mystique sight for fall, which is a nice distraction. At least one of my most major sources of stress is finally coming to a close tonight – the 2-month odyssey of my refinancing my investment property is finally being completed tonight. Now, I don’t want to say that the company I had been dealing with was criminal … okay, yes I do – unfortunately, I’m pretty sure they didn’t do anything actually illegal, just underhanded, sneaky and unethical. Regardless, avoid First Mutual Corp the same way that you would avoid a scraggly man trying to hand you a crusty booger – run away as fast as you can.

Update: reading the CNN article on the damage Ivan did, I came across this section:

“I’ve been down here 24 years, and this is the worst I’ve seen,” said Sgt. Al Fryer, a Pensacola police spokesman.”All beachfront and everything on the waterfont is devastated, and the damage is extreme,” he said.Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke about the storm’s power.”Entire houses were taken off their foundations and disappeared because of the storm surge on the barrier islands,” he said. “These are newly built luxury homes that don’t exist right now.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I feel for these people losing their homes and the memories which might have been contained in them. But I have to wonder – when will people realize that the barrier islands are just that – barriers to the angry sea, set up by nature to be devastated when the big storms come in. It’s been happenings for thousands of years, and we think we can make Mother Nature stand up and go “Wow, that’s a nice $5.2M home built on sand no more than 5′ above sea level – I guess I’ll spare it!”? Think, people!

Well, it’s Friday, and I’m sure that everyone could use this type of thing to guide them into the weekend:


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