I am, and as far as I know, always have been, a pessimist.

Listening to news reports of the second hurricane-related flooding of New Orleans as gas prices rise are not proving to be conducive to the frame of mind traditionally associated with the experience of buying a new home which may be characterized as “happy,” “triumphant,” or “pleasant.”

Despite this, I do believe that the home we have a bid in on is the home that we will be buying.