Maybe I'l post the entire drama of "the buying of the house" at some point, but right now its still to fresh.
The main point is that I have a phat new house. We got it on our tems for the most part and (just) in our timeframe. We owe a huge debt of thanks to our broker (mother in law) and our closing attorney for essentially being unwilling to take no for an answer.
Here's a couple of pics:
Now, If someone would like to send a truckload of cash my way, that'd be great!