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Thursday, June 28, 2012

I Feel Like Kicking Fonzie's Butt!!


Well I'm back. All I really have to report is that it's been a very stressful month. I applied for a reverse mortgage through OneRevese Mortage. You know the one, the Fonz is their spokes-person. What an incredible waste of my time. I jumped through all their hoops, ended up sending them $300 for an appraisal, and waited several months for their rejection. Don't do any business with these people. If you really have any questions about what happened, e-mail me.


The good news about my pending sale is that I have some lookers coming it 6:30 this evening. They are friends of mine and are interested in a lakefront house. They were been out once and spent a few hours. Now they want to come out and spend some time, alone. I've been cleaning up and rearranging the last few days in anticipation of their visit. I only hope that they are trying to decide where to arrange their furniture.(fingers crossed). These are quality people and I don't think they are just wasting my time.


Instead of just waiting around, I have been proactive. Even though I sold my vinyl record collection, I have many hundreds of CDs left. I know I don't want to take multiple boxes of CDs in my fifth wheel, so I started doing research on how I would be able to reduce the collection, yet still have it accessible. I began by copying all of them to my hard drive of my main computer.


CD Command Central
boxes of cd's yet to be Loaded                                                           
 I knew I wanted to put them on some kind of thumb drive, so I could play them when I wanted to. That worked out pretty well. In the meantime, I changed the head unit in my Ford F350. I went to Best Buy and found exactly what I was looking for.

It's an Alpine 124SXM.  Best Buy made me a terrific deal. Not only does it have a tuner, it plays CD's, has an input for iPods and MP3 players, works with Pandora, has built-in XM Sirius radio, but the real kicker is the USB bus on the front that accepts my zip drives and plays them back in crystal-clear fashion.


Great new player with thumb drive!


I loaded a ton of music on one of my zip drives and went out that evening (after the installation), plugged it in and got an error message. What! Can't read error? What the heck? After a little research, I learned that I couldn't load the zip drive up with the CD and expect it to play, because CD files end in .cd. So I erased all that and reloaded the zip drive from my Windows Media Center files that I had saved. Well, who knew? Those files end in .wav. So, back to the computer and a little more research, to find out I have to make my files MP3's. YouTube came to the rescue and showed me exactly how to do it.






 For the third time, I took my zip drive out and plugged it in to the new Alpine. Success! Now I just have about eight more boxes of CDs to load up. In the meantime, I get a wonderful kick out of outlawcountry, XM channel number 60. They seem to play my favorites all day and all night.


I'll let you know how the house selling business turns out. I still have faith that things are going exactly the way they are supposed to. I know there's a season for every purpose unto heaven.


I sure do appreciate you coming by.


Michael Ultra


My buddy Joe Ely in Italy
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Joe Ely and Michael Ultra
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Stubb's BBQ

24 comments:

  1. Fingers and toes crossed and prayers being said. Sure hope they just totally fall in love tonight and say yes to the house. As for the rest of the post - you're over my head. Just glad you're getting your music loaded so you can play it. (I did get that right didn't I?)

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    1. Thank you Sandie. I guess they need time for the house to 'speak' to them.

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  2. So sorry about the Fonz not coming through for you. What a rip off!
    Just like Sandie...prayers for a speedy sale!

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    1. I sure have enjoyed your latest adventures. I can't wait to go to Spo-can!

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  3. Here's hoping everything works out and you'll be on the road soon!

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I appreciate it, very much!

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  4. Good to hear from you, Michael. Wishing you the best luck with the sale of the house. It just takes one person to like it--seems to me that lakefront would be very desirable. Sorry about your experience with the reverse mortgage.

    Have you thought of an iPod for your music?

    Everything crossed, and hope you'll be back to report good news.

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    1. Thank you so much! I was touched by your tribute to Rich. And yes, I will get an iPod when my finances improve. The thumb drive works great, though.

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  5. Michael, great to see you post again. Things just really do happen for a reason; trust me. Keeping good-energy hopes headed your way that your home sells soon and you can be heading out on the road! Hang in there!

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    1. Back from vacation? Sure goes fast, doesn't it? Thank you for those good-energy hopes! I sure do appreciate all the help we can get.

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  6. So sorry about the reverse mortgage. I do know some folks that went through one of their local mortgage companies for that. It wasn't quite as advertised and easy but mainly because of the appraisal. My fingers and toes are crossed that you'll soon have your home sold.

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    1. Exactly right about the appraisal. That is what tripped the deal up. I sure do appreciate the crossed appendages. I have just about reached the saturation point of frustration.

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  7. Glad to have you back online. Hope the sale goes through for you. I think reverse mortgages have got to be a lot of hoopla and not really the right answer for most people. If you are working on reducing the size of your music collection, you are moving in the right direction.

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    1. You would be surprised how much stuff I have liquidated. Thanks so much for the positive vibes.

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  8. Keep the faith and keep your RV loaded and ready to go, it is going to sell, period.

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    1. Thanks Diz. I know keeping one's eye on the dream is important because we never know how much time we have. Right? (sure do miss our buddy)

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  9. Hoping your friends fall in absolute love with your house and can't wait to buy it!!!

    Don't ya just love You Tube. We had a plumbing problem and found a video on you tube that explained how to fix it. There's a video about almost everything...cool. I love having my tunes on a thumb drive and being able to just plug it into a USB port.

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    1. Some things on the web are amazing. YouTube sure fits that description. Thanks Donna. After the lookers left, I'm not real sure how they fell. (but I'm sure going to find out)

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  10. Michael, those reverse mortagages are just a way of government control -- so count yourself lucky instead!! I learned so much about them & well, none of what I learned was good. ONLY good if you are a senior & plan on living in your house till you are dead.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences on saving your CD's. My RV needs a new radio. One of these days, she'll get one....the new ones are great aren't they?

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    1. Cyndie, I have heard that Best Buy is having trouble and after the deal they made me, it's probably true. They started out at $249 on mine and after a little wiggling on my part, they sold it for $179. It's a great unit, with xm radio built-in. I love it.

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  11. I am hoping your friends are going to jump at it and make you an offer. That is really neat that you are getting so many cd's available for use down the road.

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  12. Thanks Jimbo. I love the new stereo. I love all new tech stuff. I appreciate you stopping by!

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