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blackbootz  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 30, 2016

Shit's been straight-up percolating for me. Lots to be excited about. I just got word that I was accepted to Towson University's Honors College, despite dropping out of college 4 years ago and tanking my GPA as a result. I guess my personal statement was persuasive -- I spoke about my journey discovering AmeriCorps, traveling the country, and finding meaning through community service. It's a huge validation to finally see evidence that some institutions truly do seek out an atypical applicant who doesn't conform to the straight path. I can't wait to blow the doors off their expectations.

And I've hesitated to share this next bit of news with pubski because it hasn't solidified yet. But I might be buying a house! There's a low-income subsidy attached to a specific house in Baltimore that's just absolutely stunning. It's a tiny rowhome, 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom, in a borderline neighborhood. But it's part of a program to boost local property values and help poor households. The house is a total gut-and-remodel. It was sold to a previous owner at the height of the real estate bubble and foreclosed on a few years ago, standing vacant ever since. I actually learned that the subsidy is part of the original American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the stimulus bill. Who would've guessed that I would be a direct beneficiary of the program enacted while I was a senior in high school.

Anyways, there was a shitload of paper flying around but that's pretty much all done, and it's in the hands of the bank and subsidy compliance officer. I should learn if this will happen one way or another in the next week (fingers crossed).

mivasairski  ·  2197 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Very exciting, Brother Bootz! I'm really happy for you on both counts. Very cool about TU and also about the house. Awesome. I'll expect to see it next time I'm in B'more.

blackbootz  ·  2197 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I hope to regale! I should find out early next week.

ButterflyEffect  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey, congratulations on everything in your post. College, the house, that's all amazing news! Good luck with all the paperwork.

b_b  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's awesome. Fixing up a house that needs to be gutted is a lot of work, but it's also the best way to make real money if you know how to do most of the work yourself. Sweat equity builds up fast, especially in an up and coming neighborhood. Good luck!

blackbootz  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

No what I meant is that the house is an already gutted and remodeled home, done by a professional developer. The house is practically brand-spanking new. I almost can't overstate how screaming good a deal it is.

b_b  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Well the point still stands, because government subsidies are also a great way to make money ;)

vince  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey, graduated from Towson. Good luck Tiger.

blackbootz  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Hey, graduated from Towson. Good luck Tiger.

Haha, hey! Thanks vince. Starting in the spring, declared major of economics, will have two years left to complete. I'm so excited for school.

OftenBen  ·  2198 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Super proud of you man.

Nothing to say but keep up the good work, you're inspiring me.