Okay, in other news, this anthrax thing has now gone well beyond the level of coicindence. It's concerted, and it's being sent to highly visible members of the political and media landscapes. I just don't know how I feel about it all. We're busy thinking of making an offer on a townhouse, but I'm having this semi-(ir)rational fear that city dwelling may become less valuable in the near future. Not that everyone will move away. Just that it won't be the value that it is right now. Bay Area housing prices don't seem to have any foundation in reality, so it's not a completely far cry to imagine the prices coming down to say, what they were three or four years ago. The place Rick and I are looking at right now (listed currently at $359k) sold for $197k just four years ago. Is it really that much more valuable to live here now than it was four years ago? I'm not as sure today as I was yesterday.