Radiogurl a la Carte

2003-11-07
That's MY moat, dammit!

I know, I know - I should be sleeping. Again. I really tried, but insomnia is my friend, or some rot like that. That and the power came on shortly after midnight, which means lights, camera, action. Well, no camera, and the action was my jumping about ten feet in the air. (Don't know yet why the electricity was off, but was out for about 5-1/2 hours. No storm, no accident taking out a power pole, no apparent reason. I'll find out tomorrow at work and if it's worth mentioning, will probably tell you about it.)

Didn't get first house I offered. I figured if the seller sent a counter-offer then rescinded it, either the seller is in no hurry to part with the property or just decided to be contrary. Either way, it isn't happening and I'm not too upset over the fact.

Went to look at another place, have already slapped down my offer - honestly, while it doesn't have some of the charm of the other place, it also doesn't have the problems. Still bargain-basement pricing (under $30,000) and an older home, but about double the size, vastly better condition, and better location. This one has a stone fence, built-in stone barbecue pit in the back yard, carpet is new or nearly so, ditto the roof, and much more modern kitchen and bath. While I loved the claw-foot tub in the other place, I didn't like that the bathroom allowed just about six inches of space to access said tub, lol.

I was surprised - from the street, the place looked extremely tiny. In fact, I was wondering if it was any bigger than my current shoebox-masquerading-as-an-apartment. But when I walked into the place, and started walking through room after room after room... after room... and BIG rooms... Well, I think you get the picture.

It's a 3-bedroom, which was more than I was looking for. I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, however. Given that I have a roommate and her 9-year-old daughter moving in with me within a few months, the extra space would be a godsend.

I got a kick out of one detail - while I live where moisture is at a premium, when we do get rain, it comes in the form of an overwhelming deluge.* This particular place is a hillside property, and there's a fairly deep drainage ditch running along the front, between the fence and the street. The driveway and front gate can only be accessed by mini-bridges. Friend who walked through with me laughed about the front 'moat'. The foot bridge to the front gate really does look a little like a drawbridge. I am thinking if I get the place, I ought to overhaul that part of the fence and add chains at an angle to further the effect. I'm sure the neighbors wouldn't mind if a crazy woman moves in.

This was the kicker. It has a small den off the living room. Too involved to go into details, but soon-to-be roommate she said she dreamed of a room dedicated to computers, where we can tinker and play to our heart's content. I told her if I get this place, she can honestly say at least one dream came true! (Yes, I realize my geekdom is showing. Deal.) ;)

My realtor showed me before it's officially listed. There isn't even a for-sale sign up yet. It had been a rental and the owners just decided they didn't want to deal with renters any more. They want to sell, fast, and get out. Which is just fine with me. Wish me luck!

*One community near here was devastated by flooding on September 9th - after receiving more than 10" of rain in less than seven hours, thanks to a series of storms that hit the area back-to-back in quick succession.

Before - After

In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )