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Old January 16th, 2009, 07:27 AM   #1
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I've ignored a few e-mails about my status so here's the rundown.

I'm back from Iraq for good. For those who want to know what its like, ... it sucks. With a lot of US intervention and help, it will suck less.

Now you know everything you need to know about Iraq.


I've accepted a fairly good job in Tampa that I'll be starting at the end of the month. Concurrent with that, I've established some important goals for my life:

1. I'm getting a xylophone, because nobody who plays the xylophone is ever unhappy.

2. I'm getting a telescope because life here began out there.

3. I officially formed Lost Pirate Productions, LLC which is already engaged in putting out "Myths of History", an audio documentary series because nobody on the planet has done an audio documentary series, ... at least not like this one. Dawg and Joie like it so I know its a good effort.

4. I'm calling my daughter and grandchildren at least once a week to remind each of them that I love them.

5. I'm gonna light a candle on my back porch every Sunday to honor all of those serving the country away from home. (I did this before I went to Iraq but now I know a lot more of those I'm honoring personally).

6. I'm taking music lessons. I've got a damn fine electronic keyboard and it would be nice to play the xylophone a little better than my five year old granddaughter.

7. I'm getting married. (Like those who know me didn't know that was coming).

8. I'm getting a new annual Disney pass. (If you live in Florida or California its one of the best investments you could ever make).

9. I'm dedicating 2009 to the year that I watch every western and Samarai movie ever made ... or give it one Hell of an attempt. (Red Sun is anxiously awaiting the DVD player).

10. I'm declaring all personal strife I've had with anyone from 1 Jan 2009 to the beginning of time to be null and void. If anyone has issues with me, they're entirely one-sided.

11. I'm going to respect women wearing French Maid's outfits for their minds.

12. I'm buying a new bicycle. (I used to ride all over Virginia and Hawaii and intend to start doing that again in the summer).

13. I'm gonna recertify in Scuba and dive among the sponge farms beause there's nothing that makes you enjoy life more than moving around on the bottom of the food chain.

14. I'm gonna find a way to sponser some more children through OPERATION SMILE. (Check it out. Its one of the best charities in the whole world and its been well checked out to ensure that all donations go to the project and not to buy guns in Zimbabwei or something insane like that). Again, its OPERATION SMILE, ... and since psychology says you have to hear something three times before you pay attention, its OPERATION SMILE (http://www.operationsmile.org/). I find that sponsering a child every father's day is a great way to make sure that you don't forget.

15. I'm gonna find some way to convince Don to finish his battlestar model by Dec 2009.

16. I'm gonna locate all the stuff I haven't used in the house for five years and toss it out.

17. I'm gonna track down the professor and get him his Space 1999 stuff.

18. I'm gonna invite everyone I know over to give out candy to the kids on Halloween.

19. I'm gonna finish GINO - The Audio Production (ep 3 and ep 4).

20. I'm gonna watch The Ten Commandments on Easter. (Because its the greatest film ever made).

Your resolutions may vary.


All my best to all,


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hells bells that's a new years resolution .. Welcome home .. and best of luck on all your endeavours 2009 and beyond
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Thank you fellow geeks. Its nice to be home.

As part of my transition, I'm upgrading to a new geek e-mail.

MasterBlaster@OldSciFi.com .

I'm phasing out some of my other e-mail accounts and just forwarding the rest.

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Now those are resolutions I can get behind! I'm with you on the westerns man!
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No, wait! Did I say the United States of America? I meant to say the Allied States of America.

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No, wait! Did I say the United States of America? I meant to say the Allied States of America.

More like the Communist States of America from the way things seem to be unfolding of late but that's an entirely different arguement.


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Successor States Following the Nuclear Attacks in Jericho
Allied States of America
United States of America
Independent Republic of Texas

This is an outline of the various fictional remnants of the United States government created in the aftermath of the nuclear attacks in the CBS series Jericho.

Contents

1 Successor states
1.1 Allied States of America
1.2 United States of America
1.3 Independent Republic of Texas
1.4 Alaska and Hawaii
2 Original faction leaders
3 Original government reaction
3.1 FEMA camps
3.2 Foreign relations
4 Episode synopsis
5 References

Successor states

In the second season of Jericho, the former United States are shown to be reorganized in three parts: a restored United States of America, which controls the states to the east of the Mississippi River; the Allied States of America, which controls the other states, excluding Texas; and the Independent Republic of Texas. Separating the United States and the new Allied States of America along their common border is the "Blue Line" a security perimeter set up by United Nations Peacekeepers.

Allied States of America

The Flag of the Allied States of America. Capital: Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Allied States of America is a separatist faction formed in response to the nuclear bombings. Its capital is located in Cheyenne, Wyoming (now known as the "Federal District of Cheyenne"); the states west of the Mississippi River (including Kansas, in which Jericho is located), except for Texas, are within its claimed borders. The Flag of the Allied States is an altered version of the Flag of the United States; its stripes are aligned vertically (as in the Sons of Liberty Flag) and only 21 stars are present; the change in orientation of the stripes could be taken to represent "a new direction" for Americans. Soldiers in the Allied States military wear arm patches displaying the new flag

The Allied States of America is led by President Tomarchio, a former United States Senator. Because a joint session of the United States Congress was being addressed by the President in Washington, D.C. at the time of the attacks, many of the successors to the presidency were killed, leaving the line of succession unclear. Six different officials were claiming to be the legitimate successor, Tomarchio among them. Several of these other leaders must have eventually capitulated, and the Allied States of America was born.

Administration of the Allied States appears to be largely staffed by former Jennings & Rall (J&R) employees; thus the corporation, and its paramilitary subsidiary Ravenwood, are afforded preferential treatment and sweeping monopolistic powers. The Allied States of America promotes itself as being born of a desire to create a much stronger government, but in reality it is a corporatocracy (like the East India Company) with J&R firmly in control. Allied States citizens had little choice in these matters, due to the devastating aftermath of such a massive and shocking series of attacks. Many Americans, however, are so terrified and traumatized that they are fearfully willing to accept the new government freely granting itself fascistic powers in order to "keep America safe."

The Allied States has formed a new Constitutional Convention to totally rewrite the US Constitution, even though it does not control the entire country. This convention is known to have eliminated the right to bear arms ("Patriots and Tyrants"); prior to this, President Tomarchio suspended the Posse Comitatus Act ("Black Jack"). The Allied States military is seen throughout Season Two occupying and administering civilian areas and overriding the civilian state governments ("Reconstruction"), engaging in warrantless searches and seizures ("Sedition," "Jennings and Rall"), imprisoning individuals without due process of the law in conjunction with the Jennings & Rall corporation ("Oversight"), engaging in acts of torture and collective punishment ("Sedition"), suppressing free speech and freedom of assembly ("Condor," "Sedition"), and carrying out summary executions ("Condor"). This suggests that the Allied States legal system lacks analogues to the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, lacks the writ of habeas corpus, and does not consider the Allied States to be party to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or Geneva Conventions. The Allied States government is also seen distributing completely rewritten history books which state that Iran and North Korea were responsible for initiating the nuclear attacks. The books lay strong blame at the feet of the former United States government for its "ineptitude" in allowing the attacks to take place and for its "gridlocked" reaction. The books further claimed that the Vietnam War was lost over the former government's "failure of will". The books are immediately recognized by the citizens of Jericho as thinly veiled propaganda designed to sway the American people toward the belief that they will be much safer in the future for pledging allegiance to the Allied States' "New America."

In the wake of the initial attacks, American nuclear missiles were launched in "retaliation strikes" against Iran and North Korea, ordered by President Tomarchio ("Condor"). It is implied throughout the series that this was to conceal the truth of their own nuclear plot to overthrow the United States; however, Robert Hawkins discovers in "Sedition" the secret that the nuclear attacks on America were actually the work of an unknown agent. The mysterious mastermind regarded the Jennings & Rall corporation as a "disease" on the United States government and had sought to orchestrate J&R's destruction by using the attacks to "uproot" it from its original position of influence. His plan assumed that the federal government would recover afterward, but backfired when the Allied States formed and took J&R as its ready ally, making the company more powerful than ever, and leaving the former government vulnerable to hostile takeover.

United States of America

The Flag of the United States of America. Capital: Columbus, Ohio.

The original United States still exists and is attempting to reassemble itself with those states east of the Mississippi River. While still reeling from the attacks, the United States is also forced to compete for its very existence against the Allied States. Its leader is former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Charles, sole surviving member of the Cabinet and thus the legitimate successor to the Presidency. Most of the available information relating to conditions in the eastern United States comes through the Cheyenne government and may not be trustworthy.

New York City and Columbus, Ohio, two major US cities targeted in the initial attacks, survived unharmed. Due to increased security measures by the New York City Police Department after the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as from Hawkins's last minute tipoff, the nuclear bomb set to be detonated in New York City was intercepted moments before it would have exploded, and the city was saved. Hawkins was assigned to deliver the Columbus bomb, but instead brought it with him secretly to Jericho. As a direct result, the states east of the Mississippi River are in a significantly stronger position than the attack plans had assumed -- a major setback to the instigator of the nuclear attacks and to the Allied States in the struggle for continental power.

Independent Republic of Texas

The Flag of the Independent Republic of Texas. Capital: San Antonio. No reason is given in the series for the capital to move from Austin (which survives the attacks) to San Antonio.

Energy-rich Texas did not join the Allied States of America, nor has it reunited with the United States to the east; it became the Independent Republic of Texas, led by a Governor named Todd, and is the wild card in the struggle for Central North American supremacy after the nuclear attacks. If Texas were to ally with either the Allied States or the United States, it would drastically tip the odds in the inevitable oncoming civil war in their favor.

The major plotline of Season Two, prior to the unknown mastermind's introduction, consisted of Jake Green, Robert Hawkins, and a few other accomplices from Jericho trying to use evidence (in the form of Hawkins's Columbus-bound nuclear bomb, and his lap-top which contained the original uranium trace to identify the bombs (presumably the bomb from the foiled New York attack) and a detailed "what if" nuclear contingency plan, drawn up by Jennings & Rall) to convince the Texan government that the Cheyenne Government falsified the uranium trace to justify nuclear attacks on N.Korea and Iran, when in actuality the bombs came from Sversk, Russia. They also used the attacks to seize power and create their own private country. Despite major interference by the true architect of the conspiracy, a former Jennings & Rall employee, who authored the "what if" nuclear contingency plan on Hawkins' laptop, was pursuing the last bomb himself in order to detonate it in Cheyenne, which would have destroyed J&R, the Cheyenne regime and about a million people. As the series ends, the Texas government appears poised to rejoin the United States. The A.S. Government's attempt to keep this information from reaching the Texas Consulate in Cheyenne was an obvious attempt to hide something, and most likely the reason for Governor Todd sending two Texas Air National Guard F-16 fighters, to escort Mr. Green's plane to Texas soil, and in the process shoot down two Allied States Air Force F-15 fighters sent from Cheyenne to stop the bomb from reaching San Antonio. All attempts to stop the bomb from reaching Texas are thwarted, the bomb reaches San Antonio and the series ends on the brink of the 2nd American Civil War.

Alaska and Hawaii

The status of Alaska and Hawaii is unknown. The flag of the ASA shows 21 stars, which is the number of contiguous states west of the Mississippi (excluding Texas); suggesting that Alaska and Hawaii are either independent or still loyal to the lawful Columbus Government.

Original faction leaders

Immediately after the September 2006 attacks, a power vacuum ensued across the United States, as indecision and lack of communication began to take its toll on the various surviving regions of the nation. The following information was depicted in the Season One episode "Black Jack" and Season Two episode "Patriots and Tyrants."

Area Capital President Current Allegiance

Western Sacramento, CA Senator Morissette Allied States of America
Central Cheyenne, WY Senator Tomarchio President, Allied States of America
Southern San Antonio, TX Governor Todd Governor, Independent Republic of Texas
Southeast Montgomery, AL Senator Snowden United States of America
Midwest Columbus, OH HHS Secretary Charles President, United States of America
Northeast Rome, NY Unknown United States of America

Original government reaction

FEMA camps

Shortly after the bombs went off, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) successfully set up refugee camps near blast sites. There are presumably numerous camps (with varying conditions), but only a few are specifically mentioned: Topeka ("Long Live the Mayor"), West Chicago Camp ("Casus Belli"), a camp near Baltimore ("Black Jack"), and a camp at an unknown location with 10,000 refugees ("Semper Fidelis"). A camp in Lexington, Kentucky, was also mentioned by Sarah Mason in the online video segment Ask the Mystery Woman. Semper Fidelis also noted that food riots occurred in the West Chicago Camp, resulting in the overpowering of their Marine guards.

Foreign relations

One of the questions posed to Robert Hawkins in his segments on the CBS website is whether any targets outside of the U.S. were attacked. His response is that he hasn't heard of any, but that "it wouldn't surprise [him]". The fake Marines in "Semper Fidelis" say that North Korea and Iran have been attacked in retaliation by the U.S., which is confirmed to be done by the Allied States under the orders of President Tomarchio in "retaliation for the September bombings". With Hawkins' intimate knowledge of the attacks, it is determined that the strikes on North Korea and Iran are likely a cover-up of a domestic conspiracy.

Also, China and Germany have apparently performed several air supply drops to U.S. citizens (mostly food, but also mechanical and medical supplies).

The United Nations is involved in keeping the peace between the Allied and United States.

Episode synopsis

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Episode 101 ("Pilot") N/A N/A At the time the first explosions were noted from Jericho, the US President was in the midst of addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress. Since Washington, D.C. was reported as having been totally destroyed in the attack, it is very likely that the President and most of the people in the upper echelons of the federal government and supreme military leaders were killed.
US CIA Special Task Force Robert Hawkins is dispatched to Jericho just prior to the explosion of several bombs Hawkins had intended to keep from going off. (CIA affiliation does not become clear until Episode 12, "The Day Before")
Episode 103 ("Four Horsemen") US DoD 131st Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard F-16s spotted over Kansas, as described by two pilots during the attacks, on a recovered cockpit voice recorder. One of the pilots believes that the F-16s are from the 131st Fighter Wing, Missouri Air National Guard, originating at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. In real life, the 131st Fighter Wing flies the F-15, not the F-16.
US DoD Kansas Army National Guard Stanley reveals he saw five tanks on I-70 heading west. It's not known where they came from, but it is suspected that they're from a National Guard unit in Goodland, Kansas.
Episode 105 ("Federal Response") US DHS FEMA Reverse-911 phone call from the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security, asking everyone not to leave, and assuring that help and further information is on the way.
FCC/FEMA/US NWS The Emergency Alert System is seen on the television feed and is later replaced with a podium bearing a US State Department agency seal, but the signal is lost before anyone comes into view to speak.
US DoD USAF Space Command At the end of the fifth episode, there is a rumbling and people rush outside to see ballistic missiles rocketing upward, which are presumed to be American. It is later revealed that the missiles were launched on orders from Tomarchio; it is unknown if Tomarchio was still operating in the name of the United States.
Episode 107 ("Long Live the Mayor") US DHS FEMA Gray Anderson reports that FEMA is operating refugee camps and that FEMA is running water to these camps, including one at Rogue River.
NYPD ESU The Bomb in New York was prevented from going off because NYPD has apprehended the bombers before the attacks
Episode 108 ("Rogue River") US DHS FEMA As Jake and Eric enter Rogue River they see FEMA evacuation symbols on the doors of houses indicating the date of evacuation and the number of alive/dead found. They also see leaflets scattered about the town from FEMA warning of the contamination of groundwater from the nuclear explosion in Lawrence, Kansas.
Jennings & Rall Ravenwood When Jake and Eric meet a Ravenwood mercenary at the top of the County Hospital in Rogue River, he says that Ravenwood were hired by Homeland Security because there were not enough National Guard in Kansas.
Episode 110 ("Red Flag") Chinese PLA PLAAF (aircraft)
USAF (equipment) Chinese supply air drops are conducted over Kansas air space by Russian-made planes from the 1970s (identified by Jake as two Antonov transports, and two MiG 19 fighter-escorts) using parachutes that utilize a modern U.S. Air Force RFID tracking technology. In reality Antonov only produce transport based aircraft and the PLA has retired the MiG-19 (known as the J-6 in Chinese parlance).
Episode 113 ("Black Jack") N/A N/A When a party from Jericho visits the Black Jack Fairgrounds trading post, they are told that the federal government has split into at least six competing factions, with six Presidents claiming authority, and each with his own political and military allies. They are also told that some of the supply air drops in other areas were carried out by Germany. See the synopsis of "Black Jack" for more detailed information about the political situation.
Episode 115 ("Semper Fidelis") US DoD 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, USMC The fraudulent Marines stated that an actual company of Marines were dispatched to their refugee camp, leaving behind several weapons and an M1 Abrams tank when abandoning the camp.
Episode 122 ("Why We Fight") AS DoD ASMC
AS Army Aviation Branch Regiment-size Marine unit and Army/Marine aviation units are stationed on the Camp Liberty, Nebraska under Colonel Hoffman's command. The camp does not fly the Flag of the United States.
Episode 201 ("Reconstruction") AS DoD Joint Task Force Combined Army, Air Force, Marine units are dispatched to stop violent incidents between Jericho and New Bern under Colonel Hoffman's order. These forces are controlled by the new Allied States of America.
AS DoD AS Army 10th Mountain Division Detachment of 10th Mountain Division lead by Allied States Army Major Beck is dispatched to Jericho and New Bern. Major Beck commands all military forces in the region of Jericho and New Bern.
Episode 202 ("Condor") UN DPKO Peacekeepers United Nations peacekeepers are said to be stationed along the Mississippi River, which is known as the "Blue Line" due to the color of the UN troops' helmets.
AS DHS AS Secret Service The Allied States Secret Service protects AS President Tomarchio during his visit to Jericho.
Episode 207 ("Patriots and Tyrants") AS DoD ASAF Two Allied States Air Force F-15s attempts to shoot down a Texas consular plane carrying Jake, Hawkins, and the remaining nuclear weapon before it enters Texas airspace.
Texas State Military Forces Texas Air National Guard TANG F-16s shoot down the ASAF F-15s. The consular plane arrives in Texas.
AS, US, and IRT governments N/A Texas aligns itself with the United States due to the nuclear bomb Hawkins and Jake delivered. The second American Civil War begins.

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Jericho

Characters Jake Green • Robert Hawkins • More characters
Entities United States government in Jericho • Jericho, KS • Jennings & Rall
Miscellaneous Episodes • Locations • Beyond Jericho • Images • Nuclear holocaust fiction

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Super-freakish update!

I'm not sure how to properly express in words the mania of the past few days.

On Sunday (yesterday), I drove over to my newly rented four bedroom house, with a mustang full of critical stuff, including pillows, blankets, and clothes. My new job started Monday (today) and so I had to come over to Tampa to start my new life out right. Since its the start of the new Chinese New Year, this seemed to be a good omen.

When I submitted the application for this house, I was asked whether I would like to negotiate for a higher rent in order to use the furniture that was there, because anyone who spent a year in Iraq can only possibly be moving around like John Rambo, with a small pack and worn out jeans. For a good price, I could rent a whole house full of furniture.

Sorry, not interested.

I got a call Friday asking if I'd like to buy some of the furniture.

Still not interested.

I got a call Saturday asking if it was alright if the landlords left a couple of pieces of furniture in the house for a week or so until they could make arrangements to move it.

I said "Sure, why not. If it helps them, no big deal to me." The house has a huge front living room and I figured it could all be shoved in there while I settled.

To my surprise, when I got here last night, the house was crammed full of furniture, ... and clothes, ... and books, ... and food, ... and every item that everyone else has in the house that they're living in. I was provided with the closet of the master bedroom, which was cleared out, and the master bath, which was also mostly cleared out. The rest of the house was crammed full.

At the same time, I was provided with a list of items that the owners made me swear I wouldn't use. The list was comprehensive and effectively covered the entirety of three of the four bedrooms, part of the living room, and most of the items in the kitchen. I was allowed to sit on the sofa. I signed the document, as the property manager demanded.

Then, as soon as she left, I took every item in the three bedrooms in question and piled it in the front room.

This morning, the property manager called me and told me that she could get some of the stuff moved within three to six weeks. I told her that was unaccepted and we had a fairly ugly discussion. She ended asking if I'd be "satisfied" if she could get a couple of the closets cleaned out and the stuff boxed up. I informed her that the closets were already cleaned out and that wasn't the issue.

She became quite angry and demanded that I didn't have a right to move the owner's stuff without first getting permission. She came over in something of a huff and showed me the paper I'd signed.

I pointed out that I'd agreed that I wouldn't use the items and I'm not using them. They're waiting to be shipped out.

She produced a paper with a long list of everything in the house which she then demanded I sign, promising that each item would be in the same condition as to when I moved in. I refused to sign it, citing that I was already offended that I'd been asked to do the owner a favor and store a couple of pieces of furniture and had since had that kindness totally reversed on me with absolutely no sign of gratitude. I certainly wasn't going to take responsibility for items that I didn't want here in the first place.

She demanded that I do so, claiming that the owner shouldn't have to take the risk since they don't know me.

I told her to get all the items out of the house tonight.

She responded that I shouldn't have rented a FURNISHED house. She contended that since the house had items in it when I saw it, I should have expected that it have items in it when I rented it.

I specifically asked if she was claiming that when I rented a house, I should have expected that the owner was going to leave all of their possessions inside.

Without blinking an eye, she said "yes" and since I didn't specifically request the house be emptied before I moved in, they are making arrangements to move the owner's stuff as a courtesy. However, its my responsibility because I didn't stress that I didn't want the owner's stuff in the home.

I clarified that in her and the owner's mind, when I rented a four bedroom house, that in fact, meant I was allowed to use a closet and allowed to sit on SOME of the furniture but couldn't use the rest of the house or any of the kitchen cabinets, etc.

She said yes. If I didn't want a furnished place, I should have said so.

I took out the listing that I had printed out that said it was unfurnished.

She said I had to deal with it.

I decided she was a woman in desperate need of my opinion.

I gave it to her.

She cried.

I made her cry more.

Those that know me should be proud that I never raised my voice once.

At present, she's calling the landlord to hire someone to come and move all of their items out of the house.

I'm trying to figure out how an ordinary looking Tampa home is actually located in The Twilight Zone.

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Ok, Mr. Sanders.

To rub a little salt in the wound... calculate what % of the residence that you are actually using and multiply that amount by your rent. Then, deduct that amount from your rent and BILL the owner for storage fees.

At the very least, your first month's rent should be reduced by a fairly healthy amount, for the aggravation as well as for deception.

You know the line.. "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".

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She fully deserved your opinion. I would've been yelling before I signed the silly "don't use" paper. Bravo for keeping your cool.

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Thank you fellow geeks. Its nice to be home.

As part of my transition, I'm upgrading to a new geek e-mail.

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I'm phasing out some of my other e-mail accounts and just forwarding the rest.

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No Julie, you heard me say "Married". Its a condition where two people decide that they'll annoy each other for a number of years before one can't take it anymore and decides to give up and die. The one who held out the longest gets all their money.

Thanks again to all for the good wishes.


Freaky Update #2:

The real estate agent, her husband, and her assistant were here tonight packing up the stuff the owners left, placing them in boxes, and organizing them into the front room. She had a completely different attitude, ... friendly, apologetic for the situation, ... generally a nice person to be around. We laughed, joked, drank tea together, and had a pretty nice time overall. It turns out her husband is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and I volunteered for some community service work around here.

I now have about half of a house and the half is in the areas I want to use.

During the packing, we discovered that the owners left about 8000 prestine (and I presume valuable) baseball cards. They left some undoubtedly valuable gold and silver coins. They left all of their bank and accounting records including info on all their accounts, including how to access them. (I securred those and had them sealed up several times). They left about a dozen pairs of shoes. They left personal letters. They left their wedding photos.

In essence, the only thing they didn't leave, was what I presume was the bulk of their clothes and some underwear.

She wants to sell me everything in the house for $3000. I may offer her $1000 for some of the key items.

I'm sure when I learn the full extent of this story its going to be pretty strange.

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Do keep us updated on this Sandy.

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No Julie, you heard me say "Married". Its a condition where two people decide that they'll annoy each other for a number of years before one can't take it anymore and decides to give up and die. The one who held out the longest gets all their money.

Thanks again to all for the good wishes.


Freaky Update #2:

The real estate agent, her husband, and her assistant were here tonight packing up the stuff the owners left, placing them in boxes, and organizing them into the front room. She had a completely different attitude, ... friendly, apologetic for the situation, ... generally a nice person to be around. We laughed, joked, drank tea together, and had a pretty nice time overall. It turns out her husband is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and I volunteered for some community service work around here.

I now have about half of a house and the half is in the areas I want to use.

During the packing, we discovered that the owners left about 8000 prestine (and I presume valuable) baseball cards. They left some undoubtedly valuable gold and silver coins. They left all of their bank and accounting records including info on all their accounts, including how to access them. (I securred those and had them sealed up several times). They left about a dozen pairs of shoes. They left personal letters. They left their wedding photos.

In essence, the only thing they didn't leave, was what I presume was the bulk of their clothes and some underwear.

She wants to sell me everything in the house for $3000. I may offer her $1000 for some of the key items.

I'm sure when I learn the full extent of this story its going to be pretty strange.

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Depending on their condition, issue year, etc, those baseball cards could easily be worth over $1000 ... possibly much more. A friend of mine has some information about their valuation. I'll contact him when I get back to work and see what I can find out for you. (I'd advise getting them appraised by a local or out of town collector or two, if possible.)

Check the following link - I found a coin price guide for you. Hope it helps.

http://www.numismedia.com/fmv/fmv.shtml
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Thanks but I boxed them up and have them ready to get back to the owners.

It just seems strange to me that anyone rented a house that they effectively seemed to have abandoned in the middle of the night.


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yes it does. You had every right to be offended and I give you kudos for putting the woman in her place. The owners should have had the class to move their things out without you having to say or sign anything in the first place. If they had wanted the place to stay furnished, they shouldn't have listed it as unfurnished!

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Small update.

Everything in the house now belongs to me. They were here packing up yesterday morning and were gone by early afternoon.

I also purchased about a thousand dollars worth of furniture from them for a couple hundred bucks. It was a small compensation from them.

For most of their moving, I was at the Gasparilla Festival. I had the owner's real estate agent stay here and make sure that nothing that wasn't supposed to be touched was touched and that every item of mine remained secure and in-tact.

They were stunned that I took the position that I wasn't going to inconvenience my life any more for thier problems. The real estate agent somewhat mockingly said "What do you want to go to a pirate festival for?"

I thought the answer to that was pretty obvious.




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Don't which lady I'm looking at more....the one in red or the one in gold !
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See, to me, the choice was pretty obvious.


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Heh heh, the one in the red seems a little more "lively". The gold one seems a little stiff ...
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