Monthly Archives: June 2007

Napoleon Street Data

Posted by v. 

We bought a property on the southside of Indy a few years ago near Garfield Park. Our street is a relatively short street. There’s the 2100 block which is north of the park and the 2600 and 2700 blocks which are adjacent to and south of the park. We live in the 2700 block.

The county released tax data yesterday, and the data are very interesting. This information is based on assessed value which is supposed to reflect market value. The amount is before any exemptions. In our case, our assessed value is about 4% more than what we paid for our house in 2005.

I don’t have all the data crunched, but I’ve come across some interesting info. Two of the higher assessed properties on all blocks are right across the street from our house. Our neighbor to the north is assessed about $10k less than us, and our neighbor to the south is about $30k less (her house is a small two bedroom). The median value is somewhere in the low $90s. I’m missing some houses from the data so that number might change. I think I have about 2/3 of the data. Based on the data I’ve seen, we bought below the median, but our assessed value is at or right above the median.

Another thing that jumps out at me – Those properties that have been remodeled are about $20k above the median. For example, three bedroom houses like ours are mostly clustered around the median or lower if they haven’t had any remodeling. Three bedrooms with remodeling (adding a shed dormer, enclosing a porch, etc) are all clustered in the $110k area. The one across the street from us was listed for $120k two summers ago.

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Putting In Time

Posted by v

So my 20 year old cousin recently got an entry level job as a billing clerk. So far she seems to like it. She gets up everyday and goes to work, which says a lot for a 20 year old.

Since she got this job, everyone has some advice for her. Most of it centers around “don’t screw up”. I especially like the advice that her well-intentioned, albeit blue collar, mom gave her: “Now Jessie, you’ve got you a good job. All you have to do is put in your time.”
Now I know that she’s not going to set the world on fire, but surely we can have higher expectations than cleaving to a clerical job. I think this notion of “putting in time” is something that people say even though they know it’s not the reality we live in. Put in your time and the company will take care of you. Put in your time and life stays safe.

I remember getting this kind of advice when I was Jessie’s age. It was so damn confusing. I always felt this slight twinge of guilt as I jettisoned one low paying job for another, always in search of the better boss or just something different. I can’t imagine stalling out so soon. I hope Jessie takes my advice – “Jessie, you’re getting some good work experience. You can do this for a year or two and then look for something better.”

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Americans Screwing Americans

At least that’s what Lou Dobbs calls it. Apparently, companies are looking for ways to “disqualify” US workers so they can hire presumably lower-wage immigrants instead. Oh, I’m talking about skilled workers. So, let’s say that the want ad asks for three years of SharePoint, and I say that I have two years of SharePoint plus two years of ASP.NET 2.0. I’m obviously qualified, but because I don’t hit the exact requirement I’m marked as not qualified. The job can then be legally offered to an immigrant because no US workers qualify.

 Here’s the clip from Lou Dobbs –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsp2V3ifZjM

 And here’s the original clip that’s featured in the Lou Dobbs piece (courtesy of The Programmers Guild) –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU

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DING! DING! DING!

posted by Mel

That’s the starting bell for IVF. I’m on my period!! CD1, baby. I’m so freaking excited. I don’t even care about the possibility of OHSS and the PIO shots right now.

We now return to our regularly scheduled sitting around and doing nothing with regard to having a baby. We don’t start injections until cycle day 21, but at least we can start doing SOMETHING during this cycle. July 4th will be the first time we stab me in the belly with Lupron. I can hardly wait.

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Hi, Katy!

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