So Long, Rehoboth!

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Today we head home after almost a week in Rehoboth.  We saw some really great houses and some not-so-great houses.  There was one house that we didn't get to see, but from the Internet it looked pretty good.  And it didn't hurt that Tony Kornheiser, a famous sportswriter, lived on the same street.

My sister and I are really set on one particular house (pictured above), but my parents find it too modern, too expensive, and full of too many staircases.  They're worried about our dog and how she'll navigate the house.  I'm not worried; Maddie's a smart and resourceful dog.  The house is sold furnished, and that was part of what sealed the deal for me.  The furnishings include an HDTV in nearly every bedroom (of which there are six!); a Blu-Ray player hooked up to a ridiculously large home theater system; a wall panel in almost every room with controls for iPod and radio playback; a gigantic shower with an outside entrance; and a heated pool with miniature fountains.

Some of the other houses we saw were very beach-y but too small.  My mom liked the look of several that almost made me gag.  They were simply too cramped!  And some of the furnishings made them look like camping cabins: old wood floors, ugly rugs and carpets, old TVs, faded paintings, need I say more?

My mom is worried that buying the modern house would put an end to her dream of getting beach-y signs like "This way to the beach" or "The Gellers' beach house".  I still think we could make it work.  Then there's the fact that it's the only modern house on its street.  But from the conversation they had with Rehoboth residents, my parents didn't get the impression that people really disliked the house.  The construction process, according to the residents, was unbearably long, but there isn't any real disapproval of the house's modernity.

But there's really no sense in worrying about beach houses right now.  Even though my mom said we'll probably have a house by this time next year, nothing is final, and nothing is guaranteed.  Besides, we're thinking about getting a pool in our backyard at home.  That seems to be higher priority for my parents -- rightfully so -- which means our potential beach house must take a temporary back seat.

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Next Stop: Rehoboth

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I'm pretty sure that volunteer work with OCP was my first real job.  And what a job it was.  I met some really nice people; helped fix errors, streamline documents, and generate new content; and learned valuable workplace skills.  Now that I've had a semi-cube-farm-esque job, I'll be ready to take on another one when the time comes.  I also got enough community service hours to satisfy my recently-concluded school year, as well as next year.  Considering how hard it was to find a good community service job this year, I consider that payment enough.

Happy Father's Day to all fathers, by the way.  This morning I tried to get our dog to wear a messenger bag stuffed with newspapers as we brought my dad breakfast in bed.  Not only was it too big for Maddie, but it also scared her half to death.  After several failed attempts to get her to bring my dad her own card, we gave up.  I don't mean to harp on Maddie, it's just ... oh, for god's sake, she can't even roll over!

Next up on my summer agenda is a family vacation to Rehoboth from June 19th to June 24th.  I'll be bringing my laptop with us, because I recently figured out how to use my dad's Blackberry as a modem on the road.  The connection will be painfully slow compared to our cable Internet at home, but at least I'll be able to read the news, check forums, and post to Twitter.

Our hotel in Rehoboth is right next to the beach and the boardwalk.  It's two blocks from the bustling town proper.  It has a small swimming pool, but we'll be at the beach frequently.  There's supposed to be lots of good food as well.  I wouldn't know.  Every time we've been to Rehoboth looking at houses, we usually just stop at a burger or pizza joint for a quick bite in between or afterwards.

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Oh, Hello Again!

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Wow, I completely forgot about this blog. I've been busy recently and I haven't had much time to write a lengthy post. Here's what I've done in the past few months:

  • Finished school and taken two exams, one in math and one in science.
  • Fully revamped my homepage, ericjgeller.com.
  • Purchased and organized lots of equipment for my video studio.
  • Turned 17.

Not a very busy life, I know. But it's the little things that kept me from blogging.

Anyway, I have a jam-packed summer ahead of me. This morning I started my community service job at my county's Office of Consumer Protection. I worked from 10 AM to 3 PM. I'm doing that for the rest of the week. This Thursday, I have my first in-car driving lesson. From June 19th through June 24th, my family and I will be in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We're looking to buy a beach house there. On June 27th I have my next in-car driving lesson.

During the week of June 30th, I'll be doing tech work at my school from 10 AM to 3 PM. This job is paid; eight dollars an hour. During the weeks of July 7th and July 14th, I will be taking a Journalism class at American University in D.C. This class will better prepare me for a possible future career as a journalist. During the weeks of July 21st, July 28th, August 4th, and August 11th, I'll be back at my school doing tech work. Same hours, same pay. My family and I will be going to Hawaii on August 18th; we'll return on August 25th.

And that's pretty much my summer. But there's one thing I forgot to mention.

August 15th is a very important day. I don't think I've discussed this on the blog, but that's the day when the next Star Wars film comes out. Yes, you heard right, another Star Wars movie. But it's not Episode VII. It's called The Clone Wars, and it's designed to lead up to the premiere of an animated TV show of the same name. From all the footage I've seen, both the movie and the TV show will be spectacular!

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