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Written by The Frugal Nomad   
Friday, 18 September 2009 13:32
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I used to work with a guy who spent two years living in a trailer while building his own house.  He talked about it incessantly. On any given Friday, when everybody was thanking the good lord for the end of the obligatory five days of drudgery, he would look real sullen. Friday was the day he abandoned the luxury of a cushy office job and went home to do some real work – manual labor.

Eventually, the day came when he achieved his dream and moved into his four thousand square foot mansion. But he still remained indifferent to Fridays because Saturdays and Sundays were reserved for landscaping his two acre estate.

It’s one thing to own an estate – but if you’re the only hired hand on the ranch, it’s going to consume a lot of your spare time. I don’t care if your lawnmower comes equipped with leather seats, a surround sound stereo and air-conditioning – it’s still a lawnmower and you’re the designated driver. You’ll also have to service it and do whatever you do with the debris.      
After 15 years of living in a condo, I made the horrible mistake of buying a house that was in need of a little TLC and some cosmetic repair – or so I thought.  My wife and I ended up living in a construction zone for six months.  By the time that phase of the nightmare ended, she was my ex-wife, we had depleted our savings, maxed out our credit lines and signed up for intensive therapy sessions.

When spring came around, it was time to spend some quality time in the garden – pulling weeds, learning the difference between perennials and those other kind of plants and having arguments with my lawnmower.  And did I mention the raking, pruning and the obligatory runs to the municipal dump –which incidentally is a great place to brush up on your Spanish.



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