TWB - View Out the Window

TWB - View Out the Window

Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 3:22 am #1

Is the view usually breathtaking or is Cara refering to the laser show?

Speaking of the laser show, I wonder if that has anything to do with Swampy and Sandy getting out of their oily dungeon.

Then I wondered, if Swampy and Sandy get married, will their kid be named "Quicksand?"
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Joined: January 11th, 2016, 8:57 pm

September 2nd, 2017, 7:09 am #2

Ahhh, had you levered open your wallet and allowed a couple of dollars (and a few moths) to flutter in the direction of Doc's Patreon account, you would be privy to a sneak peek at some - not all, mind you, but some - of the mayhem shortly to be visited on these pages from the direction of Chaos Manor, and you would probably have a heightened anticipation regarding the cataclysmic events in the near future!
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

September 2nd, 2017, 8:56 am #3

Is the view usually breathtaking or is Cara refering to the laser show?

Speaking of the laser show, I wonder if that has anything to do with Swampy and Sandy getting out of their oily dungeon.

Then I wondered, if Swampy and Sandy get married, will their kid be named "Quicksand?"
... And I don't mean the one with Whoopi Goldberg.

Cara's building is one of those bits of unrealism just like Doc's 14-story underground complex.

A high-ceilinged brownstone (if that's the proper term for it) in good condition, with a decent view and facing the sun would be worth a fortune in almost any city, unless it was so deep on "the wrong side of the tracks" or in the derelict ex-industrial section that it got no traffic or was like living in a demilitarized zone.

With the open floorplan I've shown, the tall ceilings, the un-bricked-up high windows, the hardwood floors, etc. I could see that building, with an operational coffee shop already installed, being worth close to a million even if it's a bit out of the way- twice or even three times that if it's in an upscale or up-and-coming area.

One would assume, then, that unless Miss Cara is an heiress of some kind (she's not) or a successful small-time drug dealer (also not) or won a substantial lottery (she didn't) in reality she wouldn't really be able to afford that place.

And especially not afford it on the income from a coffee shop that only serves four or five customers a day.

Fortunately, TWB isn't reality.

The nitty-gritty details are more or less unimportant to the storyline, sort of like how it's mostly unimportant how Doc acquired his underground complex. (Or his nuclear missile. Or his scramjet. Or that SR-71. Or his roomful of lightsabers. And so forth. )

So, to kind of handwave it away, first off, the building is in a somewhat low-traffic part of town, in an area they're trying to revitalize with some trendy shops.

Second, the price was cut to fire-sale levels, as the previous owner was up on kitten-juggling charges, and needed money for his bail, legal bills, and kitten-adoption fees.

Third, the city was offering special low-interest loans to people buying in that area, specifically to help entice them into investing there, in the hopes of helping revitalize it.

Fourth, as noted, Miki's parents helped them negotiate good terms of the loan, and Cara's parents loaned her a bit to help on the down payment.

Fifth, Cara had a house previously, with quite a bit of equity, which she sold in order to put together an even bigger down.

And sixth, the building did need some repairs, which ate up some of the cash but also saved some by reducing the purchase price even more. She and Miki also put a bunch of "sweat equity" into the place buy doing a lot of the cleaning and repainting themselves.

So it's not that unrealistic, but yeah, for the view we'll see when the sun comes streaming in those big windows, in real reality, there's no way she should have been able to afford it.

Now, about the "Quicksand" gag- I'm gonna steal and use that.

Doc.
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September 3rd, 2017, 12:45 am #4

Ahhh, had you levered open your wallet and allowed a couple of dollars (and a few moths) to flutter in the direction of Doc's Patreon account, you would be privy to a sneak peek at some - not all, mind you, but some - of the mayhem shortly to be visited on these pages from the direction of Chaos Manor, and you would probably have a heightened anticipation regarding the cataclysmic events in the near future!
But right now, my income is 0.
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Joined: May 22nd, 2016, 10:05 pm

September 3rd, 2017, 12:50 am #5

... And I don't mean the one with Whoopi Goldberg.

Cara's building is one of those bits of unrealism just like Doc's 14-story underground complex.

A high-ceilinged brownstone (if that's the proper term for it) in good condition, with a decent view and facing the sun would be worth a fortune in almost any city, unless it was so deep on "the wrong side of the tracks" or in the derelict ex-industrial section that it got no traffic or was like living in a demilitarized zone.

With the open floorplan I've shown, the tall ceilings, the un-bricked-up high windows, the hardwood floors, etc. I could see that building, with an operational coffee shop already installed, being worth close to a million even if it's a bit out of the way- twice or even three times that if it's in an upscale or up-and-coming area.

One would assume, then, that unless Miss Cara is an heiress of some kind (she's not) or a successful small-time drug dealer (also not) or won a substantial lottery (she didn't) in reality she wouldn't really be able to afford that place.

And especially not afford it on the income from a coffee shop that only serves four or five customers a day.

Fortunately, TWB isn't reality.

The nitty-gritty details are more or less unimportant to the storyline, sort of like how it's mostly unimportant how Doc acquired his underground complex. (Or his nuclear missile. Or his scramjet. Or that SR-71. Or his roomful of lightsabers. And so forth. )

So, to kind of handwave it away, first off, the building is in a somewhat low-traffic part of town, in an area they're trying to revitalize with some trendy shops.

Second, the price was cut to fire-sale levels, as the previous owner was up on kitten-juggling charges, and needed money for his bail, legal bills, and kitten-adoption fees.

Third, the city was offering special low-interest loans to people buying in that area, specifically to help entice them into investing there, in the hopes of helping revitalize it.

Fourth, as noted, Miki's parents helped them negotiate good terms of the loan, and Cara's parents loaned her a bit to help on the down payment.

Fifth, Cara had a house previously, with quite a bit of equity, which she sold in order to put together an even bigger down.

And sixth, the building did need some repairs, which ate up some of the cash but also saved some by reducing the purchase price even more. She and Miki also put a bunch of "sweat equity" into the place buy doing a lot of the cleaning and repainting themselves.

So it's not that unrealistic, but yeah, for the view we'll see when the sun comes streaming in those big windows, in real reality, there's no way she should have been able to afford it.

Now, about the "Quicksand" gag- I'm gonna steal and use that.

Doc.
I hadn't really thought about how Cara and Miki could afford the building, but it's nice to know that you had. I was mostly wondering if she was looking at a laser show.

You're welcome to the Quicksand joke and any others I may come up with. ("The quick sandy fox jumped over the lazy swamp.") I was typing Swampy and Sandy and realized that both could describe the ground. Then I thought about what happens when mother nature combines sand and swamp. My mind works in weird ways.
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September 4th, 2017, 8:01 pm #6

... And I don't mean the one with Whoopi Goldberg.

Cara's building is one of those bits of unrealism just like Doc's 14-story underground complex.

A high-ceilinged brownstone (if that's the proper term for it) in good condition, with a decent view and facing the sun would be worth a fortune in almost any city, unless it was so deep on "the wrong side of the tracks" or in the derelict ex-industrial section that it got no traffic or was like living in a demilitarized zone.

With the open floorplan I've shown, the tall ceilings, the un-bricked-up high windows, the hardwood floors, etc. I could see that building, with an operational coffee shop already installed, being worth close to a million even if it's a bit out of the way- twice or even three times that if it's in an upscale or up-and-coming area.

One would assume, then, that unless Miss Cara is an heiress of some kind (she's not) or a successful small-time drug dealer (also not) or won a substantial lottery (she didn't) in reality she wouldn't really be able to afford that place.

And especially not afford it on the income from a coffee shop that only serves four or five customers a day.

Fortunately, TWB isn't reality.

The nitty-gritty details are more or less unimportant to the storyline, sort of like how it's mostly unimportant how Doc acquired his underground complex. (Or his nuclear missile. Or his scramjet. Or that SR-71. Or his roomful of lightsabers. And so forth. )

So, to kind of handwave it away, first off, the building is in a somewhat low-traffic part of town, in an area they're trying to revitalize with some trendy shops.

Second, the price was cut to fire-sale levels, as the previous owner was up on kitten-juggling charges, and needed money for his bail, legal bills, and kitten-adoption fees.

Third, the city was offering special low-interest loans to people buying in that area, specifically to help entice them into investing there, in the hopes of helping revitalize it.

Fourth, as noted, Miki's parents helped them negotiate good terms of the loan, and Cara's parents loaned her a bit to help on the down payment.

Fifth, Cara had a house previously, with quite a bit of equity, which she sold in order to put together an even bigger down.

And sixth, the building did need some repairs, which ate up some of the cash but also saved some by reducing the purchase price even more. She and Miki also put a bunch of "sweat equity" into the place buy doing a lot of the cleaning and repainting themselves.

So it's not that unrealistic, but yeah, for the view we'll see when the sun comes streaming in those big windows, in real reality, there's no way she should have been able to afford it.

Now, about the "Quicksand" gag- I'm gonna steal and use that.

Doc.
... she might have gotten a discount due to the number of Apocalyptic events that seem to have happened in the nearby area. Acts of Doc, invasions, Zombie apocalypses... They all tend to drive real estate prices down.
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Joined: January 11th, 2016, 8:57 pm

September 4th, 2017, 8:46 pm #7

Yeah, having refrigerators raining down in the street and their contents either dissolving the pavement or trying to crawl into the sewers really can affect the real estate value for a while.
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