There seemed to be something so right, almost fate if you believe in such, about how I came to build my home in MD. I had been looking for used homes while trying to sell mine back in NJ when, by accident, I went to a new development showing. Those homes were way too small for what I wanted, but they noted they had a development just 2 miles away with much bigger homes and it would only take a few minutes to go see if I could build new what I couldn't find on the used market. Within an hour I knew my search was over and I was building in that very development without hardly looking at any of the other competitors. I could get everything I wanted brand new for about a 15% premium over what I was setting my budget for. Turns out the development is called Eagle's Rest. Eagles are very special to me, they are both my HS mascot and I am an Eagle Scout, myself. I also delight in shooting the Conowingo Eagles and this development is less than a 15 minute drive from there. during the build I have seen numerous raptors, a few murmerations of sparrows, untold buzzards, deer, squirrels and other varmints. It's perfect for me. In the middle of horse country, less than 15 minutes from work, 5 minutes from big box stores and restaurants, and importantly, still just 2 hours from my family in NJ. If I have to be away from them I could do far worse than here. I built the house with the idea up front of doing a much more serious home theater in the basement than any I have had before. All of my previous ones were long on Bang for the Buck and not so much on building a truly impressive display. So in addition to pre-wiring for 5.1 in the basement I pre-wired the family room upstairs and also had a "whole house audio" system installed in the kitchen, family room, master and basement. What I didn't count on was how awesome my current gear would sound in the family room. I wound up bringing my Paradigm monitor 7, center and rears plus M&K sub and plopping them in and put up a plasma and called it quits for 6 months. It's awesome, it fits the room well, I wish the screen was bigger than the already impressive 65", but still, I was set. And then my dad asked me if he could help do anything while the rest of the family was cooking thanksgiving, a first for me to host one. Well, sure dad, you know what? You could hang my old PJ down in the basement for the kids to watch while we have football on upstairs. This was the result: pic.twitter.com/FKdx31wX Big mistake. =) We were all blown away at how good the 7 year old PJ with 2k hours on the bulb looked up against a bare yellow wall. I had ordered a screen to replace my old 90" roll up, but that didn't arrive in time, so we just went with it. Well, lets pull the 15 year old couches over and see how that works with the xbox: But: whoops. No more ways to get sound to the stereo. Gonna need a receiver. And might as well get the full speakers. And a sub. And gonna have to hang the rears off the runners in the ceiling. And it snowballed from there. So this is my own Eagle's Nest at the Eagle's Rest. Also known as an Aerie or Eyrie. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerie_%28disambiguation%29 More to follow, we are just getting started!