|I'm outta here!
||[ Sunday, 19 Dec 04 | 09:41 ]
Well, in just a few hours I will be on a jet from San Francisco headed for London and then on to Barcelona!
I'll reach BCN late afternoon and will stay at the same hotel I did during September. When I called for reservations last week, they remembered who I was and wanted to know why I had been back to BCN earlier. I told them it was because of the sale of my house taking longer than expected.
Speaking of selling my house... I signed papers on last Monday and they indicated that the closing date would be last Friday. I had to step up my pace of last-minute cleaning and emptying my house. But as the week wore on, it was clear that the Friday closing date wouldn't be met. As of now, it looks like next Wednesday or Thursday before the sale is recorded. Obviously if I had waited until Xmas eve to leave, I wouldn't be able to get a flight and would have had to stay in the Bay Area until the second week of January. sigh...
I sold my car on craigslist and it was a pleasant experience. I had gotten a mini-detail on Monday and then listed the car that evening. Several people requested pictures, so I took some Tuesday morning and sent them out. All in all I received 5 inquiries. Someone came over to take a test drive Tuesday afternoon. He was favorably impressed, but requested that a mechanic inspect the car. He did that Wednesday morning and when he brought the car back said that we would buy it. He was nice enough to let me use the car for two days and came by on Friday to pick it up. So I can heartily recommend craigslist for a similar activity.
My son Jon has been over helping out almost every day this past week. He has really been a godsend and I will miss him and my daughter dearly. I purchased a calling card which they can use to call Spain for about 2 cents a minute, or 20 cents a minute to a cell phone. Very inexpensive.
That's all for now. My next message should be from Barcelona!