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|05- 4 - 01 Update
Hotel living... there's nothing like it! A cardboard box under the
bridge is starting to look pretty appealing. At least it would be something I could call
my own. Our family is starting to get on each other's nerves in large part to a lack of
sleep. We aren't sure but it appears that a group of insomniac Sumo wrestlers occupy the
room directly above us. Continual pacing and frequent body slams at all hours of the night
keep us from drifting into a deep sleep. Then there are the weekend pool parties and sleep
overs. Last Saturday night we had 9 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 camped out in our
room. My 14 year old daughter took the liberty of slugging me each time I drifted off and
started to snore - each slug harder than the last. Fortunately the bruising is covered by
counting down the days until we're in a real house again (May 9th). The first leg of the
move went well but we were exhausted. It's a good thing we started packing a month in
advance because we just finished in the nick of time. Friends absorbed six pickup
truckloads of "stuff" and about 12 garbage dumpsters were thrown out. All this
cleaning and we STILL needed 2 moving vans to haul all our "stuff" to the new
place! It was sort of embarrassing. I'm looking forward to unpacking with mixed emotions.
I get to see my tools again and set up a new garage and home office. Fortunately there's
no deadline in unpacking, as there is in packing so much of it will be able to be done at
my leisure or at my wife's insistence.
weather worked against us. To help speed up the move we stored our packed boxes
in the garage so we could open the door and easily load them on the truck. In the 11 years
since I put the garage addition on the barn we haven't experience more than a cup water on
the floor. The day before we moved strong winds and heavy rains (almost 3-inches in a
couple hours) pushed about 10 gallons of water under the garage door seal and saturated
the boxes at the bottom of the pile. The rain soaked boxes gave away under the weight of
the top boxes and everything came crashing to the floor in a wet - broken mess. Is this
the luck or what? How often do you have everything you own in one place?
Then to top it all off, out of
nowhere a HUGE bolt of lightning struck the church that sits next door to us just as the
congregation was leaving the first service. It blew away about 18 vertical feet of stone
that smashed several cars and sent debris flying for over a city block. We were just
leaving the house and thought we'd been hit. Miraculously no one was seriously injured.
Neighbors had windows blow out of their homes and electrical equipment damaged but we
didn't suffer any damage to our property - another miracle.
Storing the car...
What a mess! If you've been following this saga for a while you may remember the mention
of my wife's mother and father passing away late last year. A few years ago they decided
to sell their home and purchase a condo-like semi-supervised living unit from a local
assisted living center. For a tidy sum you can own your own 2-bedroom
"apartment" with a garage on their grounds. When your care needs increase and
you can no longer live on your own; they will sell it and reimburse you 90-percent of your
initial investment. They took the money from the sale of their home and paid for the unit
in full. After they passed away the empty unit was still owned by the estate so I figured
this would be the ideal place to store the car for a while. Imagine my surprise when we
pushed the car off the trailer and up the driveway only to open the garage door and find
the unit was occupied!
To make a long story short, the assisted living center sold the unit and refuses to honor
their agreement. Each owner of the assisted living center has filed bankruptcy and the
corporate name has changed. They say that because of this they don't owe us a cent. In
short, they are bilking the elderly and we are now taking them to court for fraud and conversion. Nice
people eh? My father in-law would roll over in his grave if he knew they stole his life
savings. In the mean time these people continue to live comfortably on his money.
The 40-minute car move turned into an enraging all day event. Needless to say, the car
storage situation had to go to "plan B" and is now stored in a friends garage
while his ride sits outside. I'll want to bring the car home as soon as possible and I owe
him big time.
Until next time -
Keep the shiny side up!
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