Life is hard, but with a little planning, you can make it easier.
We received notice from our Landlords that we needed to vacate in 90 days. It wasn’t our fault. They had a sudden and unexpected death in the family. It was easier to kick us out than it was for them to find a more optimal situation. We had a good run.
“It’s been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon…” -Garrison Keiller
One of them was closing up shop in Oregon the other was in Texas dealing with the estate. Neither of them had time to find a home in California. Totally understandable, but pretty inconvenient for us.
Patrick was on Zillow right away to find another place to rent. I was at the salon waiting for an evening appointment, but checked out Craigs List quickly to see what was available. We had it narrowed down to about 5 possibilities, one of which didn’t take dogs, so that one was eliminated. The last 4 were all good enough. That was Tuesday.
Wednesday we drove around and around Santa Barbara checking out each house. We talked about the logistics of each one. One had an amazing view of the ocean, it was just up the hill from the salon and halfway to my son’s work. But the house was poorly designed and placed so it took no advantage of the view. Another one reminded me of The Brady House (ah, no thanks). It was so much of it’s time, to be generic, also not logistically great. Another had easy access to the beach (Hendrey’s), but I would have to drive to the salon and Chris would have to take a Lyft in both directions. It had an interesting view of Elings park, but I’m kind of 50/50 on paragliding.
Thursday we narrowed it down to one house. Charmingly functional on the West Mesa. It is one of four homes that were developed together, although only 3 remain in their original condition. Patrick called the property management company and left a message with two different people. I sent a message through Zillow that we were interested. Then we waited. After a couple of hours Patrick thought that maybe we could get their attention better by filling out an application. I was skeptical, but he’s usually right about these things. He received a call in about 20 minutes (I know. So annoying, right?).
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” -Benjamin Franklin
Joe thought we should take a look around before we proceeded, so he gave us the door code. We flew over and it was perfect. Same square footage as we had, but a much better layout. Bedrooms on the North side of the house for those of us who like to sleep late and all the living space in the front of the house. Patios in the front and back. A view of the ocean and Santa Cruz Island in the front and a mountain view in the back. We told Joe we’d take it. Chris and I filled out our applications and we got a call Friday morning that we were approved (many thanks to Patrick’s awesome references). We did a walk through and got the keys.
Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. – Garrison Keiller. Lake Wobegon Days (1985)
Patrick packed a duffle bag and encouraged us to do the same. Chris and I packed everything up and put the boxes next to the door. Patrick put the boxes in the car and unloaded them at the new house when he had enough to fill the car. Patrick pretty much single handedly filled the garage and the closets and bedrooms. Movers (YAY!!!) were schedule for the following Thursday.
Dennis, Joe and Hugo showed up and started to work wrapping my antiques and ikea pieces alike. These guys were hilarious, riffing on each other with self deprecating humor. They were just charming. It took pretty much all day to move our stuff across town. Patrick was so impatient with me when I wanted use graph paper and cut little square to scale to represent our rugs and furniture. But In the end, it all paid off on moving day, when all I had to do was point to where I wanted stuff and they placed everything in the perfect spot.
I think it was Sunday when we got up enough energy to finish cleaning the old house. I had intended to go get some caustic chemicals to do the job, but instead used my clean green homemade stuff with about 10 magic erasers (damn those things are amazing). To sum up, we found out we had to move on Tuesday and it was done 2 weeks later. If you have a good project manager and plan well, you’ll usually end up where and how you’re supposed to be.
“Well, that the news from Lake Wobegon,” -Garrison Keiller
Patrick’s got a new side gig and part time opportunity and Tali was at AVS again, and I’m going to have surgery on my knee in September. I’ll save those stories for the salon.
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