And Suddenly We Own Our First Home

Today my wife Cat and I found out that the offer we made on a townhouse over which we’ve been ga-ga was accepted. (I wrote a bit about making the offer here.)

Below is a picture of our home to be. The tall part and everything to the right of it will be ours. It’s three stories, 1515 sq. feet, two-car garage, built in 2003.

The fall in housing prices has been a sheer blessing for my wife and me. You don’t even want to know what this place sold for in 2004.

Does anyone think I should or shouldn’t invite my gay friends to our housewarming party?

KIDDING!

About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com Chuck Anziulewicz

    "Does anyone think I should or shouldn’t invite my gay friends to our housewarming party?"

    Oh you RASCAL, you.

    Very nice looking new home!

  • Candace

    Oh, awesome!! I've been waiting for news on this! Almost asked a couple of times, but didn't want to in case it fell through and you were disappointed and didn't wanna talk about it.

    YAY! Congratulations.

    Just for kicks, I think you should invite ONLY your gay friends to the housewarming!

    (ALSO KIDDING!)

  • David Barach

    Is it possible that if I were to participate in your housewarming party that I might become gay?

    Congratulations!!

  • http://www.sisterfriends-together.org anita

    Of course you do Torch Boy! We give GREAT housewarming gifts and we of the female gay persuasion would gladly install your electric garage door opener. That is, after we finish howling at the moon.

    Yet MORE KIDDING.

    Seriously, congrats on the new digs! How exciting!

    And David, in answer to your question, only if you're really, really lucky!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    David: Whaddaya mean, "become" gay?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Anita: You THINK you're kidding–but, in Actual Reality, one of our lesbian friends told us today she WAS going to mobilize on our behalf "Tool packin' lesbians," as she put it right before she slipped through a hole and plummeted straight to You Know Where.

    Candace: Thank you! And never fear: if I've blogged about something, I would never again feel too sensitive about that subject to blog-talk about it later. Not possible. Thanks for being so sensitive, though!

    Chuck: Yes, I am a rascal. I'm a Little Rascal. To be more specific, I'm Alfalfa.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Anita: You THINK you're kidding–but, in Actual Reality, one of our lesbian friends told us today she WAS going to mobilize on our behalf "Tool packin' lesbians," as she put it right before she slipped through a hole and plummeted straight to You Know Where.

    Candace: Thank you! And never fear: if I've blogged about something, I would never again feel too sensitive about that subject to blog-talk about it later. Not possible. Thanks for being so sensitive, though!

    Chuck: Yes, I am a rascal. I'm a Little Rascal. To be more specific, I'm Alfalfa.

  • http://www.sisterfriends-together.org anita

    John,

    As you know, when we aren't out there abominating, we fill our days with community service, volunteering at church, caring for our aging parents and assisting our straight male friends who couldn't tell the difference between a socket and a ratchet if their life depended on it.

    It's odd Chuck called you a Rascal since I was pretty sure with that new photo we were looking more along the lines of Beavis…but Rascal will do.

  • http://www.sisterfriends-together.org anita

    John,

    As you know, when we aren't out there abominating, we fill our days with community service, volunteering at church, caring for our aging parents and assisting our straight male friends who couldn't tell the difference between a socket and a ratchet if their life depended on it.

    It's odd Chuck called you a Rascal since I was pretty sure with that new photo we were looking more along the lines of Beavis…but Rascal will do.

  • Leif Sr.

    Congrats John. What an exciting step in life.

  • Leif Sr.

    Congrats John. What an exciting step in life.

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com Skerrib

    Yay for houses–congratulations! I'm not helping you move.

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com Skerrib

    Yay for houses–congratulations! I'm not helping you move.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Anita: It's so sad, to watch someone struggling against their carnal desires, refusing to admit to themselves the depth of their desire for something or someone whom they know they can't possess. I feel for you. All I can say, in hopes of offering you at least some relief, is that for a minimal shipping and handling fee, I can send you up to 10 similarly candid photos of myself, each suitable for framing. Or whatever else you might do with them.

    Leif: Thanks, Mr. Man. I appreciate it.

    Skerrib: Thanks so much! And yes, you are helping me move. I'll let you know exactly when. And you're free, of course, to bring your baby boy with you. He can carry little, hard to pack stuff, like lamps and free weights and so on. Great! Thanks!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Anita: It's so sad, to watch someone struggling against their carnal desires, refusing to admit to themselves the depth of their desire for something or someone whom they know they can't possess. I feel for you. All I can say, in hopes of offering you at least some relief, is that for a minimal shipping and handling fee, I can send you up to 10 similarly candid photos of myself, each suitable for framing. Or whatever else you might do with them.

    Leif: Thanks, Mr. Man. I appreciate it.

    Skerrib: Thanks so much! And yes, you are helping me move. I'll let you know exactly when. And you're free, of course, to bring your baby boy with you. He can carry little, hard to pack stuff, like lamps and free weights and so on. Great! Thanks!

  • http://skerrib.blogspot.com Skerrib

    OK, but only if you help us schlep to WY. And if you get Anita to come along & help with any initial repairs/improvements.

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    Your FIRST house? Gay Housewarming? John, you are so much more than just a little behind. (that may be a poem title…)

    Congrats!

    Let us know if you want help moving your blog. I know you're ahhh… technical challenged. Just post your password and we will all pitch right in. Why I bet even Anita would be willing to help with that.

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    Your FIRST house? Gay Housewarming? John, you are so much more than just a little behind. (that may be a poem title…)

    Congrats!

    Let us know if you want help moving your blog. I know you're ahhh… technical challenged. Just post your password and we will all pitch right in. Why I bet even Anita would be willing to help with that.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Oh, Ric. How unsurprised I am that you want to talk about my behind.

    Oh, wait. That's not what you meant.

    NOT! It was.

    Now Ric, I know that you're a bard

    Which makes you think in terms of rhyme

    But though you yearn, you must regard

    The need you have as mortal crime

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Oh, Ric. How unsurprised I am that you want to talk about my behind.

    Oh, wait. That's not what you meant.

    NOT! It was.

    Now Ric, I know that you're a bard

    Which makes you think in terms of rhyme

    But though you yearn, you must regard

    The need you have as mortal crime

  • http://samwrites2.wordpress.com samwrites2

    John,

    You have a walkout basement?

    It seems like such a nice place to live. How are the schools there?

    You know, I've been working on rebuilding my credit and was wondering if there are any homes near you up for sale?

    Congratulations – first a nice review for Steve and you in PW, then a flaming post garnering comments faster than Sodom did brimstone and now closing on a house… Dude, you're really moving up!

    Are there coyotes nearby. though?

    -Sam

  • http://samwrites2.wordpress.com samwrites2

    John,

    You have a walkout basement?

    It seems like such a nice place to live. How are the schools there?

    You know, I've been working on rebuilding my credit and was wondering if there are any homes near you up for sale?

    Congratulations – first a nice review for Steve and you in PW, then a flaming post garnering comments faster than Sodom did brimstone and now closing on a house… Dude, you're really moving up!

    Are there coyotes nearby. though?

    -Sam

  • arlywn

    yay for houses indeed!!!!! Definately invite your gay friends. They would probably have a ball decorating. And you can feed them some food, unless you have gay friends like Jack off of will and grace. then they might be offended.

    you should definately post pictures of inside, and…. do you have a back yard? What are you going to do with 3 stories?

    and I wonts help you move either. I'll stand on the side lines and cheer for you though. :)

  • arlywn

    yay for houses indeed!!!!! Definately invite your gay friends. They would probably have a ball decorating. And you can feed them some food, unless you have gay friends like Jack off of will and grace. then they might be offended.

    you should definately post pictures of inside, and…. do you have a back yard? What are you going to do with 3 stories?

    and I wonts help you move either. I'll stand on the side lines and cheer for you though. :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/morsec0de Morse

    "All I can say, in hopes of offering you at least some relief, is that for a minimal shipping and handling fee, I can send you up to 10 similarly candid photos of myself, each suitable for framing. Or whatever else you might do with them."

    If that doesn't scare the gay out of you, what will?

  • http://www.youtube.com/morsec0de Morse

    "All I can say, in hopes of offering you at least some relief, is that for a minimal shipping and handling fee, I can send you up to 10 similarly candid photos of myself, each suitable for framing. Or whatever else you might do with them."

    If that doesn't scare the gay out of you, what will?

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    not long after we bought our home

    the times behind my bloggin seat

    soon scraped my plan inside my dome

    said pitter, patter … little feet

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    not long after we bought our home

    the times behind my bloggin seat

    soon scraped my plan inside my dome

    said pitter, patter … little feet

  • http://wineymomma.wordpress.com wineymomma

    Very nice new digs John!

    Congratulations!

  • http://www.yvettenietzen.com Yvette

    Congratulations on your new home! Send pictures of your new office when you can, espcially the bookshelf.

    .

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Sam: What's a walkout basement? The school's are excellent. There are lots of places near ours for sale. Yes, there are coyotes in the hills all around our new place.

    Arylyn (sp?): The top floor is this huge, unbroken space that runs the length of the interior. We'll use it for our bedroom. The two bedrooms on the second floor (both of which have bathrooms) we'll use as our work spaces. My office'll be in one; Cat's photography/art studio will be in the other, what would normally be the master bedroom.

    On the ground floor is the living room and kitchen. And … there you have it! Thanks for asking.

    Morse: Do you want the deluxe, 20-shot package? You know you do. In one of them, I'm wearing shorts and a T-shirt. I WON'T send you that one, though, for fear you'll violently defile it. It's for your own good.

    Ric: Nice!

    Winey: Thanks. (Sorry I didn't answer your Iraq War question. Can't … go there.)

    Yvette: Why the bookshelf? And … does it matter which one of my bookshelves??

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Sam: What's a walkout basement? The school's are excellent. There are lots of places near ours for sale. Yes, there are coyotes in the hills all around our new place.

    Arylyn (sp?): The top floor is this huge, unbroken space that runs the length of the interior. We'll use it for our bedroom. The two bedrooms on the second floor (both of which have bathrooms) we'll use as our work spaces. My office'll be in one; Cat's photography/art studio will be in the other, what would normally be the master bedroom.

    On the ground floor is the living room and kitchen. And … there you have it! Thanks for asking.

    Morse: Do you want the deluxe, 20-shot package? You know you do. In one of them, I'm wearing shorts and a T-shirt. I WON'T send you that one, though, for fear you'll violently defile it. It's for your own good.

    Ric: Nice!

    Winey: Thanks. (Sorry I didn't answer your Iraq War question. Can't … go there.)

    Yvette: Why the bookshelf? And … does it matter which one of my bookshelves??

  • Dan Harrell

    John,

    Very nice. More room to store books and stuff. Possessions expand to fill the available space just as work expands to fill the available time. So, you will have more time to bring cool thrift shop stuff home.

  • Dan Harrell

    John,

    Very nice. More room to store books and stuff. Possessions expand to fill the available space just as work expands to fill the available time. So, you will have more time to bring cool thrift shop stuff home.

  • http://samwrites2.wordpress.com samwrites2

    John,

    A walk-out basement is one with an exit to the exterior of the house as opposed to having to climb up and down stairs should you reside in said basement.

    In this area (Metro D.C.), those are usually rented out.

    I live in a walkout basement at my sister's townhome. But then, you probably guessed as much.

    I was going to ask Ric if I could move into his but he lives too far the other side of D.C. from my children.

    So there you go.

    -Sam

  • http://samwrites2.wordpress.com samwrites2

    John,

    A walk-out basement is one with an exit to the exterior of the house as opposed to having to climb up and down stairs should you reside in said basement.

    In this area (Metro D.C.), those are usually rented out.

    I live in a walkout basement at my sister's townhome. But then, you probably guessed as much.

    I was going to ask Ric if I could move into his but he lives too far the other side of D.C. from my children.

    So there you go.

    -Sam

  • Candace Ware

    Hey, you know what just occurred to me though, John?

    This means you have to move again :-(

    Ugh.

    Finding a different moving company, I assume??

    (If you are like me, half your stuff is still packed anyway, so that’s a plus.)

  • Lucas

    1515 square feet? Just rub it in the faces of those of us in Northeast urban, "oh, yes it's perfectly normal to have a toilet in the kitchen," environs, why don't you?

    Congratulations.

  • Lucas

    1515 square feet? Just rub it in the faces of those of us in Northeast urban, "oh, yes it's perfectly normal to have a toilet in the kitchen," environs, why don't you?

    Congratulations.

  • http://totaltransformation.wordpress.com/ totaltransformation

    Welcome to the world of home ownership- sort of. You don’t have to mow the lawn with a town home, do you?

  • http://totaltransformation.wordpress.com/ totaltransformation

    Welcome to the world of home ownership- sort of. You don’t have to mow the lawn with a town home, do you?

  • http://mormonsoprano.wordpress.com mormonsoprano

    Congratulations! Theres nothing like owning a piece of the American Dream :)

  • Judy

    That's a nice looking townhouse, John. Hey, is that a crape myrtle out front? And, don't pretend you don't know what a crape myrtle is. :)

  • Judy

    That's a nice looking townhouse, John. Hey, is that a crape myrtle out front? And, don't pretend you don't know what a crape myrtle is. :)

  • christopher

    Looks beautiful, John. Really happy for you both!

  • christopher

    Looks beautiful, John. Really happy for you both!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Man, I can't believe how lame it is I never answered these excellent comments. And now, of course, I'm sure it's too late.

    Crape Myrtle. How can I live myself, knowing I missed an opportunity to even SAY "Crape Myrtle"???


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