Latest Fiasco Update

Leander Kahney wrote an update about my averting the bandwidth disaster I'd faced. I just contacted Project Gutenberg to arrange for the donation, and they're excited by the windfall. I need to wait for the PayPal and Amazon.com money to clear, which is another few days (when you hit 30 days, there's no easy way to get a refund, so it's easier to wait until that point).The oil tank in the backyard has been removed, and the earth has been mostly healed, but a lot more reconstruction is still necessary. The bills arrived, and they were substantially higher than expected -- not double, but a good 30 percent higher than the contractors prepared me for, and I'm trying to get a reasonable itemization. I'm also working on an article for the Seattle Times Home and Real Estate section detailing how to deal with finding, deciding to remove, and ultimately removing a home heating oil tank. It's a money pit. It's unlikely that if there's even a tiny leak from an old, unused tank that you could walk away for less than $7,000, according to sources. More likely you'll spend more. Some homeowners have spent $100,000 to remove contaminated soil. You don't have to remove the bad soil, but if you leave it, you must disclose it as a material defect. Who buys a house with an unknown amount of contamination on the property? So we did the right thing.