The other way to put it is – I’m buying a house. I put in an offer on a single family home two doors down from where I live in the Ballston neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. The house is a real fixer upper, but the local and price can’t be beat. I close on the 26th and am very excited. However, with the outlay for buying the house, the immediate need for major renovations, and possible for immediate major system fixes (the electrical system in the 1932 house has never been updated), mean that I’m very cash poor for the foreseeable future. Lots of rice and beans, pasta, and the like in my diet for awhile. I’ll be looking to rent two of the three bedrooms out and if that happens, I should be back to a normal lifestyle in about a year. Until then, any major outlays outside of my home are off (as are any unnecessary minor outlays).
Accordingly, I’m not running Miwok in May. Yeah, I’ve paid for the race and could afford to split the hotel room, but I can’t justify the plane ticket with my current financial situation. With regard to Miwok specifically, I’ll be closing just over a week before the race and surely will not have the time to go out to California, as I’ll be taking off work for at least that next week to do major renovations.
(If any locals are interested/willing to help with home renovation stuff or moving a couple things, please, please, please let me know.)