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Ammon Brown: Homeowner!

Published on August 1, 2007 by in All Posts

Yes, it is true. We closed on our apartment yesterday, so we now own a home! Well, the bank owns the majority of it. Yesterday was a bit of a nutty day, we had errands to run in the morning and I got a call from our current landlord. He was upset that we were moving out so late in the month (a month we paid for) and yelled at me for wanting to leave food in the fridge and and our cat in the apartment until after the closing, which was at 2. It turns out that he had promised the new tenants that they could move in early. When we said our closing was at 2, he assumed that we would be out by then. As a result, we threw away all of our food and took the cat to our closing. It was pretty amusing, as we were both dressed like crap and had a cat in tow while everyone else was wearing suits. We were also a half hour late due to traffic, but we figured they would wait for the people who came bearing the big check.

As it was, we moved in last night, after having been homeless for about two hours. The apartment is awesome, as you can see from the pictures. It is in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn and is 1/2 a block from the F train, a huge plus in NYC. As it is, we are living amidst a sea of boxes and we’re expecting our furniture to come trickling in throughout the next month. It is nice to no longer be paying rent, but it sucks that I may wind up suing yet another landlord who has decided to disregard the law and withhold my security deposit. I’ll keep you posted on that front.

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Ammon Brown’s Site, Dammit!

Published on July 26, 2007 by in All Posts

I am peeved. I am peeved that when you do a search for “Ammon Brown” you get the dot net version of my name. That just ain’t right! The problem is that Jared linked to my other site using Ammon Brown as the anchor text and Google picked up on that. Curses! So this post is nothing more than Google spam. I am just spiking this post with my name, Ammon Brown, in order to try to reclaim my rightful place atop the Google results. You can help by linking to me like so: Ammon Brown. I guess I did too good a job optimizing my dot net site for search engines. Perhaps I should try to get this one out of my blogger template and tweak it even better!

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Obama Mia!

Published on June 5, 2007 by in All Posts

OK, I tried. I tried not listening to the hype over the next presidential election. But you just can’t help it, and it is only going to get worse. The election is a long ways off and things are already going like it is next week. In fact, I think the campaigning for 2012 kicks off next month. Might as well get started.

So with that said, I guess I do already have a preliminary favorite. Barack Obama. I know, you say that is a fashionable choice. It is just that the more I read about him the more I think he is a breath of fresh air, even though he is a smoker. 🙂 The guy just seems like a reasonable person. He still has the idealism of a young politician but has the wisdom of a true leader. I caught bits of the Democratic debate last night and he was the only person who answered the “How to respond to an attack” question well. He said first, make sure that the people affected are taken care of, that we respond quickly to victims. Then we gather as much intelligence as possible to levy an appropriate response. His opponents basically said, “Bomb the shit out of them!”

Another article I saw mentioned how he actually wants to understand issues. In an interview with farmers in Illinois he actually knew all the things they were talking about in terms of regulations, pesticides, etc. Of course he cares about polls, but he also seems to care about issues and solutions. Yes, it is early, but I like this guy. Beats all the other smarmy dunderheads in the field so far.

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An Interesting Year to Say the Least

Published on May 8, 2007 by in All Posts

It has been nearly a year since my last post. A few times over the past year I meant to make a post but I felt it would be disrespectful to bump my brother off of the top spot. However, if there is one thing I have learned in the past year it is that life does indeed go on. Let me catch you up as best I can…

On the family front: This past year we had two weddings, one birth, and a funeral, a net gain of two new family members. You gotta take the good with the bad, I guess. My youngest sister is off to Cameroon with the Peace Corps in a few months. Makes you wonder just what you are doing with your life that is so worthwhile.

On the work front: After doing my own thing for a while, I have gotten hooked up with a startup that handles search engine marketing for small businesses. It is an interesting opportunity and I had to take it.

On the poker front: I have played almost zero poker in the past year. Immediately after my last post I made a few grand online but was not into it so I devoted myself to other pursuits. A few weeks ago I played a tournament in Atlantic City, my first tournament in about 8 months. I won the thing for $3K, so I guess I still have some mojo.

On the personal front: I have emerged from a bit of a fog over the past few months and feel good about life. My parents are coming to visit and we are off to my sister’s graduation from college. Should be a great week!

On the canine front: New Doggy! Bogey is the joy of our lives. We got him in December, he is a mutt mix of golden lab and who knows what else. We were going to name him Golden but I did not really want to immediately think of Kelsey every time I saw my dog. So we named him Bogey after Bogus Basin, a ski area where Kelsey skiied a lot. Not a direct, in-your-face reminder, but a nice tribute, I think. Bogey is a tennis ball obsessed playful one year old now, and I miss him now that I am doing the 9 to 5 thing.

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