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  • Well, the old house will be off our books by the end of the week.
    • We finished the final cleaning/painting/polishing/waxing at about 12 AM on a Sunday night.
    • The realtor had a photographer out on Monday morning, and listed the house at about mid-day.
    • The next door neighbor tells me that it was bumper to bumper with folks driving by to have a look, and he seriously considered renting out his driveway for parking when folks were being taken in to look at it.
    • We had an asking-price offer by dinnertime, and had accepted and signed a contract by 9 PM.
    • We close on Friday, which will be celebrated at least as vehemently as a birthday or anniversary.
  • When your house is as old as ours was and the only real thing the inspector reports is that the furnace is old and needs a thorough maintenance inspection, it’s a good day.
  • The day job is finally about to calm down for a month or two.  
    • I’ve transitioned to a new team doing something somewhat related to what I used to do.
    • I’ve also been doing work for my old team during evenings and weekends.  Nothing long-term, mind you.  I’m just finishing up something I don’t want to dump on a couple of friends.
    • Luckily, we’re in clean-up mode on that work.  
  • That’s right – by the end of this weekend, I will be down to one mortgage and one job.
  • Somewhere, there is a list of things I thought I’d never hear over a phone.  I got to cross off “Would it be OK if I bought a car today?” a couple of weekends ago.
    • I’ve threatened to stop buying any bourbon better than Old Grandfather for Irish Woman until it’s paid off.
  • Next weekend, Booand I will go out to the woods with the Scouts. 
    • I finally broke down and bought him his own adult-sized sleeping bag and a real backpack.  
    • He thinks I’m joking when I tell him that this is his last freebie.  Everything else is going to come out of his pocket.
    • We’re going to be working on gun safety and rifle marksmanship.  I’m going to be taking the 10/22 and the .22 CombiRifle.  I’m thinking of taking the Garand.  An evil part of me wants to take the 91/30, after taking the recoil pad off the stock.  
  • Political thoughts:
    • If you’re surprised that someone who has been in an elected government position since 1973 is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg, you haven’t been paying attention since the Nixon administration.
    • If you’re surprised that someone who revels in bad publicity, tabloid coverage of his life, and chasing skirts is a bit rough around the edges once he is in elected office, you haven’t been paying attention since disco was king.
    • If you’re surprised that politicians, pundits, and poltroons on the President’s side support his decision to appoint someone to the Supreme Court a month before an election wholeheartedly, you’re probably not the sharpest pencil in the box.
    • If you’re surprised that politicians, pundits, and poltroons, who have been opposing the President since 8 nanoseconds after the last election, are being horrible to his Supreme Court nominee in both the press and the Senate chambers, you probably know what lead paint chips taste like.

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  1. Congratulations! So awesome! I know how hard you guys were working on that.

    So when are you going to start writing? (GD&R).


  2. Dorothy Grant

     /  October 14, 2020

    Congratulations on the house closing! Yay! And down to one job – here’s to life getting a little less crazy! *knocks on wood*

    Boo’s… wait, it has been more than a couple years, hasn’t it? Huh! Not to worry, Irish Woman will always be able to remind him that he was once in diapers (and she probably has the embarrassing pictures to prove it.)


  3. Old NFO

     /  October 15, 2020

    Congrats to you (and all) for getting the quick sale! Y’all did an excellent job of upgrading the old house. Remember those receipts when it comes to tax time!


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