Thursday, November 04, 2010

Fortune Cookie Fail

So yesterday, I had a fortune cookie with this message: "You will move to a wonderful new home by the end of the year." Which is either really old news at this point or the universe has a strange sense of humor.

As you may or may not know, we hired a lawyer to start the bankruptcy process in August. This was after many angst-ridden discussions between me and Doc and my parents. The clincher was when my Dad said to me: If you want to stay in the house, we'll figure out how to do that. If you don't give a shit about the house, then we'll give it back to the bank and find something else.

It was at that point that I realized, hey...I don't give a shit about this house. It was liberating really. It allowed me to move forward and start to get us out of our financial prison.

What ended up happening is this: My parents wanted to invest in real estate while it's still cheap. We needed a place to rent. So they bought a house not far from ours that we all worked together to fix up and now Doc, the girls, the cat and I rent it and live there. You can see a picture of our fireplace in the banner for this blog. It turned out to be a good deal for all involved.

So we've spent the last couple of months moving and Tuesday, I had to move my desk at work. So you can imagine the chagrin with which I received the above fortune on Wednesday. I hope to God I don't have to move again this year.

I know fortune cookies do not have the insight of, say, a Mama Witch. But still...wouldn't that just be a kick in the teeth if I had to move again in 2010? And that would be the sort of irony and bad luck I've experienced this whole year. So many mistakes, miscommunications, and missteps. I'd just have to sit back and laugh. Then I'd put on my tin foil hat and find a nice warm bridge to live under.

Yeah, that'd teach the universe something.


  1. My wife and I have both said that if we have to move again we would just burn our current place to the ground and start over.

  2. Wait. You found a fortune cookie with, not an aphorism, but an actual fortune, a gaze into the future? That's gotta be worth millions, and since eMeg lost, eBay's probably hurtin' for bucks. Sell it, and you won't even have to think of moving again.

  3. Flannery, it looks like you're in that lovely new home to me, so the fortune cookie should have come to you sooner. I wish you all the luck in the world for your "new" future. Hats off to you for getting yourself out of an awful situation. Respect!

    Regards to all, David.

  4. Well, if Vogons run the universe, the cookie was probably scheduled to be sent in early January but got mis-filed, buried in soft peat for 6 months, and then finally sent to you.

  5. Obviously a stale fortune cookie! I wonder if you can sue for delay of fortune or something.

    How wonderful that you could work together with your parents to find a solution! I wish you all the best in your lovely new home - the only one you will move to this year.

  6. Sorry to hear about the bankruptcy woes. Good thing you've got family to help you out. And who knows, if I hit the Powerball jackpot tonight, then you may be moving again after all.