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10 July 2020

When I first wrote about the Vågslandhus in Karns, TN it was 2004 and I had just started blogging. I thought, at the time, that it would be a house for life. We only ended up living in it for 3 of the past 16 years. For the past couple years I've been thanklessly paying the mortgage and utilities while going through a painful and vicious divorce. With mounting costs for lawyers, child support, etc. and losing my job, I couldn't afford to keep paying for it so it went into foreclosure. In hindsight I should have stopped paying immediately, because international divorce is not possible as an American so there are no financial protections when one partner moves on and stops contributing to the bills. My assets still have no protection from her, and there may be no way for me to change that as long as we live in Norway. So this investment of years is just gone.

Jay and Adrian bought the Bruce's old house next door a number of years ago and made friends with us when we visited the house once and kept up online. Adrian is very savvy financially and over the years he's built up quite a real estate portfolio in the Knoxville area. He's had his eye on our house for some years. In hindsight I should have just let him have it. But I couldn't stomach the fight it would have been with Cara trying to suck up that money too while paying for nothing of the house. In the end Adrian swooped in to save us from foreclosure and got an incredible deal on the house, paying little more than we did in 2004. I got a little bit of money for it, but no where near what I have put into it over the years so it was a big loss.

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