Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Doozy Revisited

The short story is that we bought a house. The long story appeared in letters to Alice and Lucy and was going to be reprinted here for the sake of my sanity, but it's not going to happen. There was, shall we say, a clerical error on behalf of one of the dramatis personae which could have ended badly. It didn't. But I don't even want to talk about it in this kind of forum.

That said...some kind of positive karmic shout-out is required for all those in our corner. The professionals first, in order of appearance: It wouldn't have started without sales rep Jane Rennie, who was efficient, professional and managed to keep things moving without pressuring Abby and I into a hasty decision. Welcome advice and administration was provided by our lawyer Allan Strader (a lot of it at the last minute), our insurance issues were taken care of amazingly quickly by Leane Besky, and Mortgage Broker Debi McKeon (aka quite literally rescued the entire operation with some mountain-moving when we needed her. I recommend their services to anyone wanting to buy a house.

The personal side is a little more complicated: Thanks to a different Jane for setting us up, Georgia for her unexpected (and welcome) assistance, Colleen and Doug for their inital recommendations and their counsel, and Ingi and Emma for coming through with information about insurance and electricians in hours, not days. Abby's parents took our son out of the danger zone for a few days (less stress for everyone), and my mother wrangled some much needed perspective out of us when required, we needed it and appreciate it. Kudos all around.

If you think you belong in either list and I forgot you, let me know. It's been a long 17 days.

There is one other person to thank, who I am sure would prefer to remain a silent parter. Attention must be paid, as they say, but I'm outclassed. I can't find the right words of gratitude. Nod to it in German. Wie kam es so sp├Ąt geworden, so bald? Wir vermissen dich. Ich hoffe, Sie verstehen. Vielen dank. Alle meine liebe, Michael John.

In the end, we have a nice new house, close to a subway and a green grocer and a park or two. Leave the rest as prologue. Come by some time for tea.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Not sure we'll ever go down that road, but nice going. Hopefully, I'll get to see it sometime. :)

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