Sunday, August 31, 2014


Today Beau and I went out for lunch.  It was one of those malls with outside parking.  So we parked and walked towards the restaurant.

Turns out it was closed so we turned and were on our way out of the mall, when we run into this older lady.  Her face was all red and she looked very angry.
"Did you do that on purpose!?" She says to us.
"Do what on purpose?"  Were were very confused.
"Turn on your car just as I am walking by.  I nearly had a heart attack?"
"...." Confusion for a few seconds.  Then realization she's talking about what happens when we lock our car with the remote.  i.e. the car beeps once, and the lights flash once.
"Um.  That's what happens when we lock our car"
Angry look from lady and she walks away.

We put it down to a crazy encounter and left.

But afterwards I thought how sad, that she would assume that complete strangers would waste the time and energy to do something to her that is of no value what so ever to themselves?  What a messed up way to view and interact with the world.

Friday, August 29, 2014

My Moving Checklist

With the purchase of new rentals and moving so much the last few years, you'd think I go this moving part down.  Yesterday I suddenly realized that I haven't set up Property taxes for our newest rental.  Just plain old forgot for about 2 months.   So I called 311 and they had someone send along a TIPP application (this is Calgary's Tax Installment Payment Plan).  It tells me how much I owe, what my monthly payment is going forward, and of course the penalty for being late on the outstanding amounts so far.  For my forgetfulness, I owe $76.45.
No more penalties I say.  I set out to create a checklist to remind me of things to do before/after possession of a new house and thought I would share this as well.
Moving Checklist

  • Set up utilities
  • Set up/Move Phone, Internet, and TV services
  • Buy home insurance
  • Set up Property Taxes
  • Set up Condo Fee Payment
  • Update Driver License
  • Update Car Insurance
  • Update Employment Information
  • Update Schools & Register for new schools & transfer school records
  • Sign up for Mail forwarding to new address
  • Sign up for Welcome Wagon (Optional of course.   But is always nice to have a visit with a new neighbor and get some coupons and samples)

Other great checklists, which breaks the list into timelines are:

Mail Forwarding:
A good way to ensure you don't miss any mail is mail forwarding.  However, you will eventually want to change all your address because mail forwarding is not free.  Below is a list to help you get started in terms of thinking who you need to update your mail with.  Then as you start receiving forwarded mail at your new home you can update the address with the sender.
  • Banks
  •   Credit Cards 
  •  Professional Associations 
  •  Memberships (Costco, Co-op, Library etc.) 
  •  Magazine subscriptions
  • Donations
  • Schools 
  • Alumni 
  • Cell phone 
  • Doctors 
  • Dentist 
  • Friends/Family

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Home Depot Receipts Emailed

With every retail store trying to collect my email address I usually automatically deny requests for email addresses at the till.  But I was using the self check out one day, and when the display asked if I wanted my receipt emailed to me I thought why not.

I found out today, that they remember that preference to the credit card.  This is very helpful for me, because I go to Home Depot quite a bit for any maintenance purchases for my rentals, and I need to keep the receipts for taxes.  Saves me from having to scan in my receipts.