the whole home ownership thing 

I just had my birthday, meaning I’m now legal to drink everywhere…woohoo. But anyway this got me thinking about my future a little more than usual. I’ve been thinking and owning a house/my own place is something very appealing to me. I think it would teach me a lot, as let’s be honest I don’t know how to take care of a house or what to do when a leak happens. I’ve just started understanding what a mortage is, and it makes me want to work towards owning something instead of paying rent. I currently pay about $600 for rent every month which is VERY low for where I live. In my mind that $600 would be better spent towards my mortage. Plus I want a home…which I feel like I’m lacking (I live in a house with 5 smelly guys). But a few problems:

1) I live in one of the top two most expensive cities in this country. Seriously, my budget would be $180,000 and all that will get me is a box in the sky(apartment), with about 600sq feet. Painful I know.

2) The market is getting worse, and worse! I’m worried if I wait much longer that there will be no more homes within my budget. This may seem drastic but seriously, a year ago I could’ve got something significantly larger for $180,000.

Do you own a place? Rent? What are the challenges you have faced? Opinions? Do I wait, or buy now? Help!

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What happened in university…

I went to university. The second person in my family after my mom to ever go to university, let alone graduate highschool. I decided to go the same school she had attended.

Maybe I don’t see the point in sitting in front of a teacher with 500+ students, listening to him try to explain a subject. I don’t see where this is going to take me.

Maybe this is because I’m an arts student and there’s that stereotype that most people who get arts degrees work at Starbucks etc. If ONLY I had a sciencey mind, engineering anyone? Well not me.

I like talking to children. I would much rather talk to a toddler than a grown up. Disgusting I know. Plus toddlers are just SO much cuter. Toddlers are curious, loving, and eager to learn.

So wise girl over here decided to “try”(didn’t give it a real effort at all times), earning a degree. I studied Sociology and GRSJ (Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice) for 2.5 years; learning a ton out of the classroom and almost zero in the classroom. What I did learn however was that the education system is a joke…I can sit and “learn” for 4-5 years just to what..? Earn 3 extra dollars an hour? To be able to write Bachelors Degree on my resume? This isn’t my world. I have no interest in earning a degree.

I know there are academic people, but wow am I not one. Or maybe I’m just in denial.  I am not saying in any way that some people don’t thrive and learn a bunch. Absolutely, people with an academic mind who strive for a job that requires a university education will likely flourish in an environment like this.

Despite all of this I am going to apply for another year of school, in early childhood education, which I will hopefully like more than the crap I was previously studying. Maybe you’ve been through this? Do you hate/love school? What are your feelings about this?

Opinion: chuck wagon racing

Also known as horse execution. For those who don’t know, chuck wagon racing looks like this:

 Gongshow, yes? Basically hoards of horses that are tied together pull these wagons around tracks. These horses are roped together in 4’s or 2’s. I know if I was roped to 3 humans and made to run around, that wouldn’t go over well. All our different weights, speeds and our legs moving around, someone would be bound to get hurt. In the horses case, imagine if one wagon hits another, that’s not going to be pretty.

This is dangerous for many reasons. The Calgary Stampede in the prairie city Calgary, Alberta, is one example. 50 horses have died in 20 years. FIFTY. This year alone, 4 animals have passed due to leg injuries. And as you know, if a horse breaks it’s leg, there’s no way it’ll ever heal normally. So you euthanize it.

Yes, animal rights groups are objecting to this(minimally) but HOW on earth hasn’t the Stampede staff cancelled these events? Is it really worth all these horse lives just to entertain people?

Have you seen chuck wagon racing? What are your thoughts on this?

I don’t believe I’m in fact stupid, nor do I think I’m brilliant. I do however think I have a different perspective than most. I’m overly critical of myself which my boyfriend is constantly giving me a hard time about. The game plan is to post at least once a month for a year and see what happens. What I want out of this blog is a place to talk and get my feelings an opinions out. What I would love and I realize is unlikely to happen is conversation. Ideally I would love to have comments and messages from people, giving me their real opinions and feelings. Criticism makes me rethink and view matters from different perspectives which I want. I want to hear from people, tell me I’m wrong and tell me about your experience and thoughts on the matter.