Weerd asks, “Why Bother?” — good question, that. Makes me wonder why more people haven’t just walked away. Similar boat for us: a simple home that needs work, at a price we could afford, in a tolerable but not great neighborhood, with a fixed rate mortgage. But we’re watching the market value on the place plummet all the time.

And a bunch of people who can’t do their own math and figure out their own income and expenditures are now looking for handouts to fix their poor money handling decisions?

I think the reason I keep making my mortgage payments is a moral and ethical one. I don’t want to be a leech on the system. I’m paying my mortgage because that’s the choice I made. I’m making my car payment (or buy older cars that need work) because that’s my decision.

I don’t expect somebody to bail me out financially for the choices that I make.

Motorized Interlude

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a two-wheel fan. I’ve ridden several different kinds of bikes and even test-ridden a few atypical designs (trikes, sidecars). I like ’em all. I even have an appreciation for scooters.

This, however, I’m not really sure how to interpret. It looks like a respectable adult sport-touring motorcycle, but it’s a scooter. Can’t decide what to think about it. 65mpg and 52hp. A good mid-range commuter? A longer-range tourer?
2012 Honda Integra
Maybe I should track one down if it comes to The States and give it a go.
Still lusting after the Kawasaki Voyager though… hard to beat a big V-Twin for cruising highways and byways.