An offer on a houseYesterday Nicole and I made an offer on a house. It is a one-story ranch-style dwelling with a large two car garage with multiple storage space. There is enough space in the garage alone for a huge amount of storage. The house needs a little work, but not much-mostly renovation of the bathroom, installation of some new appliances, and the building of a deck to make the entryway level to make it easy for me to enter and leave the house.
Things tend to turn out as they are supposed to. When I dropped out of the Knox County Commission race, I said that the primary reason I was doing so was that we as a family really needed to get some property of our own and begin to look after our business interests before I could run for office. If this offer is accepted, our new home will be on North Street in Newport in Cocke County. Acceptance of the offer isn't a sure thing at this point-we made a good offer, but we found out as the paperwork was being faxed that someone else made an offer on the property within the hour. We have to hope and pray our offer is accepted, while the other is rejected.
As for politics, this hardly puts a damper on me being involved in politics, it just means I'll have to start from the ground up. I'll be involved and active in GOP affairs, and I'll try to begin my involvement from day one. I think it is important to show by your actions that your community, whether you have lived there all your life or whether you are new to it, matters to you-and you are willing to give of your time and abilities to make it a better place. I am certainly willing to do that in Newport and Cocke County, or wherever we might make our home.
Leaving Knox County is not a sure thing, though-the Knox County Dems shouldn't order the catering for the "Oatney is gone" party just yet. That offer we made might get turned down since someone else also made an offer yesterday. If the offer is rejected, we are back to square one. I will admit, though, that I like the house and the property and, for that matter, I really like the Newport community and I always have. I hope and pray that the offer we made is accepted.
If we do move to Cocke County, it will certainly lead to some new political experiences to say the least. Considering my known inability to keep my mouth shut, I am certain in may lead to some serious boat-rocking. However, I would hope that in time whatever meager contributions I might be able to make to conservatism in Cocke County will be as welcomed and embraced as they have been in Knox County. Whatever will be will be, though, and we'll see what happens on that front in the coming months and years if the purchase of this property becomes a reality.