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#93434 Nov 12, 2013

“...,to wit”

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#93435 Nov 12, 2013
They are demolishing the house across the street from me. A big Cat is gobbing it up. The neighbors were very nice people and I was sorry to see them go but I suspect they were hoarders. In 25 years they were at our house for BBQ and dinner occasionally and never had anyone into their place.

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#93436 Nov 12, 2013
PEllen wrote:
They are demolishing the house across the street from me. A big Cat is gobbing it up. The neighbors were very nice people and I was sorry to see them go but I suspect they were hoarders. In 25 years they were at our house for BBQ and dinner occasionally and never had anyone into their place.
I saw that hoarders show for the first time recently. I was amazed at how someone could live like that. Monumental psychological issues there.
Do you think that they may have sold it and you're getting a McMansion built?

A good friend is nowhere near that level but I recognize the same traits in her as I saw on that show.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#93437 Nov 12, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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I saw that hoarders show for the first time recently. I was amazed at how someone could live like that. Monumental psychological issues there.
Do you think that they may have sold it and you're getting a McMansion built?
A good friend is nowhere near that level but I recognize the same traits in her as I saw on that show.
It seems to be ingrained with not dealing with loss properly. My mom, my husband and all my immediate in-laws have traits to varying degrees. My SIL's problem with it being documented here on Topix.:-/

I gave my MIL my mom's nice winter coat after she died and my MIL was really weirded out. I guess she was asking J repeatedly "Is Matilda okay with that? Doesn't she want to keep it?". It's a coat that doesn't fit me. My mom can't use it anymore. It's not like she died wearing it. Yes, I think of my mom when I see it, but it's not this traumatic thing.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#93438 Nov 12, 2013
dahgts wrote:
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I saw that hoarders show for the first time recently. I was amazed at how someone could live like that. Monumental psychological issues there.
Do you think that they may have sold it and you're getting a McMansion built?
A good friend is nowhere near that level but I recognize the same traits in her as I saw on that show.
The neighbors have come out to watch. The lady next door has seen the drawings and says it is a nice house. The builder does a lot of work in town- it will be in line with the neighborhood

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#93439 Nov 12, 2013
If they really were hoarders, you should get over there, I am sure they left something valuable behind. You know, like sacks of silver dollars that were buried in the walls and stuff.
PEllen wrote:
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The neighbors have come out to watch. The lady next door has seen the drawings and says it is a nice house. The builder does a lot of work in town- it will be in line with the neighborhood
Windy Butt

Berkeley, CA

#93440 Nov 12, 2013
How do you like OBAMA BOO BOO NON HEALTH CARE so far?

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#93441 Nov 12, 2013
ScarletandOlive wrote:
So, what do you guys do for Thanksgiving? Any special traditions or recurring headaches?
Until I got married, I was expected to go to both my father's and mother's house. It was brutal. Then for awhile after Dickie and I got married, we went to a friend's house with a bunch of other friends, but then that friend decided I wasn't worth talking to anymore, so we started going to only one family's house to eat. It usually ended up being my mom's side of the family.

We hosted it a few years ago, the first Thanksgiving after my step-mom died, because I knew that everyone needed a "nana-neutral" space to celebrate in. It was brutal, but the turkey turned out OK (the gravy, not so much...) and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Now this year, Lulu asked if we could do Thanksgiving again, and I stupidly agreed. But it turns out that it's a good idea we are: my good step-sis is going through chemo and isn't up to it, my dad just had a major issue with his blood sugar and was hospitalized so he's not up to it, my aunt is getting older and is also ill with something that makes her tired quickly so she's not up to it. I'm starting to stress over it already.

Toj

“Where is Everyone?”

Since: Jul 12

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#93443 Nov 12, 2013
PEllen wrote:
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The neighbors have come out to watch. The lady next door has seen the drawings and says it is a nice house. The builder does a lot of work in town- it will be in line with the neighborhood
I'm betting it's a tear-down, too, and not a hoarder house. Private people. Now they have everyone clamoring to know their business. Probably driving them nuts.:)

“Not a real reg”

Since: Jan 13

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#93444 Nov 12, 2013
RACE wrote:
If they really were hoarders, you should get over there, I am sure they left something valuable behind. You know, like sacks of silver dollars that were buried in the walls and stuff.
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Something like this?

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/98-000-ca...

You just never know.

“Checks and Balances”

Since: Apr 13

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#93445 Nov 12, 2013
squishymama wrote:
<quoted text>Until I got married, I was expected to go to both my father's and mother's house. It was brutal. Then for awhile after Dickie and I got married, we went to a friend's house with a bunch of other friends, but then that friend decided I wasn't worth talking to anymore, so we started going to only one family's house to eat. It usually ended up being my mom's side of the family.

We hosted it a few years ago, the first Thanksgiving after my step-mom died, because I knew that everyone needed a "nana-neutral" space to celebrate in. It was brutal, but the turkey turned out OK (the gravy, not so much...) and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Now this year, Lulu asked if we could do Thanksgiving again, and I stupidly agreed. But it turns out that it's a good idea we are: my good step-sis is going through chemo and isn't up to it, my dad just had a major issue with his blood sugar and was hospitalized so he's not up to it, my aunt is getting older and is also ill with something that makes her tired quickly so she's not up to it. I'm starting to stress over it already.
I wish you lots of luck and hope that at the end of the day, the love felt in your house overcomes the stress that you have leading up to it.

You're a really nice person to host Thanksgiving. I don't mind going to my husband's Aunt and Uncle's house that day, but I would much rather just spend the day with my husband and kids. I do have a large extended family (and my husband's is much larger), but because I grew up so far away from them I became accustomed to intimate family holidays. They were relatively low stress (though I did get a migraine every Christmas) and I miss them.

“Checks and Balances”

Since: Apr 13

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#93446 Nov 12, 2013
OMG, just ate a portabella bacon cheeseburger on brioche from Wendy's. They offer single, double or triple. It was sooooo good, but it kills me to spend $5+ on a fast food burger.

“Checks and Balances”

Since: Apr 13

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#93447 Nov 12, 2013
*portobella

“Where is Tonka?”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#93448 Nov 12, 2013
I can assure you, I would NOT have returned that money.
dahgts wrote:
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Something like this?
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/98-000-ca...
You just never know.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#93449 Nov 12, 2013
Toj wrote:
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I'm betting it's a tear-down, too, and not a hoarder house. Private people. Now they have everyone clamoring to know their business. Probably driving them nuts.:)
Bob and J were really nice people. They never had any kids, have no close family and both were professionals in the STEM area. They owned a lot of rental houses in town . The have retired. This was their house. They put on an addition maybe 20 years ago but it was a hodgepodge old brick farmhouse with bits and pieces added on and the neighborhood tends to nicer looking houses.

The garage was wall to wall and ceiling to floor STUFF. Bob would lend us things occasionally;I feel sure that Home Depot referred people to him for hard to find items. We used to brow his raccoon and opossum traps. Habitat for Humanity sent a large truck to empty the garage.

I doubt there were any bags of money under the stairs. Regardless, based on the age of the house, any dust is probably chock full of asbestos. There was no demolition sale. I would have gone for the curiosity if nothing else.

I am in an older suburb. The houses that get built here generally are not cookie cutter, big just for the sake of being big, so whatever goes in , it will not be a McMansion. A couple blocks away there was a McMansion built with the soaring entrance way, open floor plan, high ceilings etc. It comes on and off the market frequently. Besides the property taxes, rumor is that the heating bills are killers.

My cats are being kept inside until this part is over.

We have been in this house 25 years. I was sorry to see Bob and J leave and it will be strange not to see the house out teh bedroom windows in the morning. Things change, though.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#93450 Nov 12, 2013
ScarletandOlive wrote:
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I wish you lots of luck and hope that at the end of the day, the love felt in your house overcomes the stress that you have leading up to it.
You're a really nice person to host Thanksgiving. I don't mind going to my husband's Aunt and Uncle's house that day, but I would much rather just spend the day with my husband and kids. I do have a large extended family (and my husband's is much larger), but because I grew up so far away from them I became accustomed to intimate family holidays. They were relatively low stress (though I did get a migraine every Christmas) and I miss them.
You miss the migraine?

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#93451 Nov 12, 2013
Squishy, remember the holiday is about the people, and being together... i first did thanksgiving after being married for about 6 months. it broke a near 30-year tradition after my grandfather died that summer.

since then, i've had various combinations of contentious people, drunk people, baked the bag of giblets in the turkey, had someone get sick after dinner, had MIL's jackass husband accuse me of food-poisoning MIL (yes, really; never mind that she admitted to making a choice for an incompatible food), and introduced a polish relative to the chaos that is an american family holiday.

PM me if you want any other pep talks or ideas for dishes.

or if you want to get together for coffee or a shot!

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#93452 Nov 12, 2013
Actually looking forward to Thanksgiving this year! My daughter is with her Dad (YAY! She HATES Thanksgiving because it's boring for her with no other kids to play with, so all she does is complain) and going to go out for a Thanksgiving lunch with my parents at a restaurant.

We did this 2 years ago and it was GREAT! Dad got his turkey and mom and I got steaks. We were home by 2, then I sat outside and read my book and enjoyed the weather.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#93453 Nov 12, 2013
Just partook in my second Diwali work lunch. My team kind of snuck in to another floor's celebration >:-D It was fantastic.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Chicago, IL

#93454 Nov 12, 2013
Guess the roommates moved out just in time. Now my mother's soon-to-be ex needs a place to stay for a few days.

Joy

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