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By riceowlguy (Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 01:09:14 PM EST) (all tags)
and counting... closing, that is.  Provided it's actually going to come off, which, given that I've yet to hear a final amount for which to go get an official check cut, seems doubtful.  I think at this point the only thing yet to be done is the survey (why should a new survey be necessary on a house built in 2005?), which was requested a while back but the e-mail got lost or something.  Oh well.  During the final walkthrough yesterday, I was at least glad to hear my realtor say that I was one of his easiest clients to deal with, even if other aspects of the transaction haven't been so wonderful.

Oh, hey, guess what, I just got a text from the realtor: no closing tomorrow.  Grrr.  TIme to reschedule some utility stuff.

Okay, what else?  I've done quite a bit on the moving prep front.  The kitchen got almost completely packed up on the weekend before Thanksgiving week.  I'm down to bachelor chow (although, since I still use fresh lettuce and tomatoes and deli meats and cheeses and fresh bakery rolls for the sandwiches, it's Advanced Bachelor Chow, to borrow a phrase from Wil Wheaton).  I did a lot of kitchen cleaning that weekend as well, but there is more to do.  So, this weekend will not be wasted (although maybe I will be in the evenings).

As is traditional for me and Thanksgiving breaks, I spent most of my time in Austin helping my folks with stuff around their house.  In previous years it's mainly been outside chores, but the leaves all came down much earlier this year due to the drought, and then there's this dining room project which I insisted that I help with, both because it's been dragging on for far too long, and because I figured I needed the practice.  Didn't get to any painting, but I did help with wood caulking and sanding.  That was enough to make me a) willing to spend $60 on a power detail sander to help with the trim prep for my house and b) thankful I don't have any fancy curved trim or crown molding.

As with many habits which you think are hard to break, my daily Starbucks habit proved relatively easy to get over.  I'm back into the home coffee habit.  Now the only issue is that it takes much longer for me to drink a pot at home than it takes to drink one venti at *$s and then get one for the road.  I used to have a solution for this: a huge thermos.  It crapped out a few years ago, though, and I didn't get a replacement for it until last night.  A giant two-quart Stanley which is enough to hold a whole pot of coffee (with cream).

I haven't been sailing since before Thanksgiving, and I probably won't get a chance to go until after Christmas at least.  I never got around to acquiring decent foul-weather gear so it may be until spring.  In the meantime I live vicariously through others.  I watched a documentary on the 2003 Alinghi America's Cup challenge team, which ultimately won the Cup from New Zealand.  It seemed to show that Alinghi weren't always a bunch of litigious nutjobs.  Last night I watched "Wind", which is proof that every sport, no matter how obscure, has to have its treatment on the silver screen.  (Given that the canonical cycling movie is "Breaking Away", if they ever come up with some kind of cycling/sailing crossover sport, I guess they'll have to call the moving...well, you figure it out.)  Jennifer Grey is very underrated on the all-time hottie list in my opinion.  Also, it really makes me wish that the next AC winner will bring back the 12-meter rule, because that was the last time that the boats were just as pretty as they were fast, and also because it wouldn't require the GNP of a small nation to mount an AC challenge.  I mean, first there was HuSi HogStock, next there could be Hulver's Site Yacht Club Challenge for the America's Cup...

Alright, with a tip of the cap to Mr. Abooey, time for some hammy sammy action.

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T-minus 22:13 | 6 comments (6 topical, 0 hidden)
boo to no closing! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 01:41:34 PM EST
does this mean you're not going to make it for the $8,000 tax credit?  or did they extend that?  i haven't been keeping up.

Extended by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #2 Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 02:00:57 PM EST
and this time, they did what they should have done in the first place, which is have two cutoffs: one for making the offer (or having the contract - can't remember which), which is 4/30/2010, and one for actually closing (which is 06/30/2010, I think).  I think they realized just how iffy the whole closing process gets.

Hopefully this is not going to be like my friend Teh Duke's experience, which was that closing took something like two months and it needed a personal call to the vice president of the bank's mortgage division (it helps that he actually works for the bank in question, although not in the mortgage or retail banking areas).

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that's a plus by StackyMcRacky (2.00 / 0) #3 Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 02:39:44 PM EST
my closing (back in the days of free monies) went super smooth, with no re-schedules or hitches.  i never understood why some closing were so complicated - these people do this stuff professionally.  why the hell can't they get it together?

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In my closing by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 04:04:31 PM EST
they never told me exactly how much of a certified check to bring either. So I brought my personal check book. They didn't like that, but I told them, look, I've been asking you for weeks for the amount and you ignored me all along the line. You can take this personal check or we can call the whole thing off.

They took the check.

Closing is really stressful by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Dec 03, 2009 at 09:41:36 PM EST
I don't know if it's my top five stressors anymore, but it drove me nuts, we never got a firm closing day until the day before, so we kept waiting and waiting, and drinking and drinking.

Hey, the more you drink... by riceowlguy (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 07:13:18 AM EST
the less you have to move!

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