Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Yes, it is a milestone day partly because Barack Obama has been elected - our first African-American president. It's nice to be part of history in this way.
Although here in Idaho our four electoral votes have been cast for the republican candidate since 1964. Still, I think it's important to vote for the candidate of your choice. Besides, the state candidates also need our support.
But another milestone has occurred here in Idaho, on a much, much smaller scale, and it was celebrated last night with another dinner out at Chandler's restaurant.
Kim and I have paid off our mortgage! No more house payments!
It wasn't a lot of money, and neither of us will be leaving our jobs. Most of the spare cash will go towards a much needed boost of our retirement fund. And then there's always taxes and insurance. But it sure feels good.
I remember my parents paying off their mortgage and how happy they were at the time.
How much would they be saving?
$75. That's right. They were spending $75 per month to buy their home. Unbelievable how such an increase in housing costs can occur in only one generation. Makes me wonder how my children will ever be able to afford a home.
Our dinner out was great as usual. Casey and Steph were able to join us and complete our table of six. Great food. Good wine. And complimentary chocolate soufflé for dessert.