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Fri, Jul. 20th, 2012, 07:13 pm

2 months 8 days? I guess I've forgotten about writing about what happens. I suppose people would get bite-size increments if I still had a Facebook wall I spewed on, but I don't, and it's probably better that way.

I can't say nothing noteworthy happens, because in that time, we bought a house. Escrow closed on Monday, but the sellers wanted a rentback that we agreed would be up to 21 days. Well, they had said they were planning on only renting for three, and ultimately only ended up renting for one. We got keys on Wednesday.

Now for the fun of packing and moving and trying to do things that require big openings to be maintained like replacing the windows. And do we want better locks? And solar panels? And how come the laundry machines haven't shipped yet? (No, not the laundry machine; the laundry machines.)

I'd love to think that by the end of the month, we'll be living out of there. Hard to imagine at this point that that would happen, though. So much stuff to move. Oh, and it's in Castro Valley, so my commute to work essentially doubles... that kinda sucks, though it's mitigated by not having to drive the vast majority of the way (which, in turn, is mitigated by my tendency to get nauseous using my laptop on the bus). I guess we'll see how that goes. I still think the place is worth it.

Sun, Jul. 22nd, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)

Congrats on the house!! :) I am glad you are doing well.

Sun, Jul. 22nd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)

Thanks! Oh hey, that reminds me... so another Lunar couple is getting married in Nashville, and Robin and I are going. I realize Knoxville is probably not right next to Nashville, but it'd be neat if we could meet up for a little! What do you think? I haven't thought this through at all, so it might be wildly unrealistic :)

Sun, Jul. 22nd, 2012 11:40 pm (UTC)

Why did you guys move? I thought you already had bought the house in Fremont?

Kinda funny, I never even heard of Castro Valley until like 2 months ago, but my boyfriend used to live there and talks about it all the time. I guess it's a reasonable place to get houses since another friend of his just bought a house there too. Are you anywhere near BART there?

Mon, Jul. 23rd, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)

The house fell through after my parents balked at giving me a loan. Compared to what we have now, it was for the better, but it was also a big lesson in being wary when money and family mix.

Why Castro Valley? Well, Robin saw a house she really liked there, and I couldn't find any reason to say no. Not that I tried super-hard, but the usual reasons didn't apply -- poor construction, house foundation showing signs it's slid down the hill somewhat, that sort of thing. The guy who sold it was the guy who built it, and every inspection pretty much said "and it shows". Price was more reasonable than other corners of the Bay Area, too. There are tradeoffs -- longer commute to work for me, the discovery that the upper floor gets hot in the afternoon and the subsequent question of how to fix that -- but I felt the location was easily worth it.

We're up Crow Canyon Rd; the Castro Valley BART stop is about 3 miles away.