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House update: it's official [May. 7th, 2004|08:49 pm]
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Closing was scheduled for 4pm this afternoon. I finished with the dry run for my department review at 12:30, went home, gathered up paperwork, and then took willowisp out to lunch. We figured we had an hour or so before we needed to head over to CTX, so we split up to run some errands. Not five minutes after she'd left, she came back in, breathless, and asked "Want to go buy a house?"

See, CTX Mortgage had set us up with a 4pm closing appointment. That was the last thing I heard from Susan. Commerce Title thought we were supposed to be there at 2. When we didn't show up, they were confused, and they called and said "Well, if you can come over now [meaning 2:30] we can take care of you..." We were off.

Closing was exactly what I expected: a nearly interminable stack of papers to sign, explanations that went with each one, and at the end a handshake and congratulations all around.

We picked up our house keys and garage door openers from Pam after our orientation and walkthrough yesterday. She happened to have them with her and thought she might save us a trip to Los Candelarias, another Centex development in town. We had a fairly nasty experience with them over the issue of a construction key to our house: on the one hand, yes, they were going strictly by the rules, but on the other, there's just no excuse for the snide, rude, desperate-for-authority attitude they gave us. We were just as happy to avoid the extra trip. We were, however, supposed to go back after closing to get the transmitters to open the gate. They had been told we were coming. When we got there, the office was locked up and the lights off: the sign on the door said "We are closing early today for a company function. We apologize for the inconvenience."

I was not amused. I was very glad we had our keys in hand already. Susan (sales manager) says she doesn't know of any company function, and when she had tried to drop off the transmitters earlier in the day the office was also closed. I'll just pick them up from her tomorrow. We know the gate code if we need to get in while it's closed between now and then.

Anyway. Back to happier stuff. While willowisp and I were on our honeymoon in Disney World, six years ago, we bought a blown-glass ring of dolphins as a gift for each other. We decided we would take that over to the house right after closing as a ceremonial moving-in sort of thing. It now sits on the ledge above the fireplace. (Hey, clubjuggler, look! Caustics!) It feels different, somehow, parking the car in the garage without worrying we'll be in someone's way, walking into the house knowing that it's finally ours to decorate and live in. It's really exciting.

The two things left on the punch list have been pretty well dealt with. This morning, the garage was scrubbed out fairly thoroughly. While the oil stain is not totally gone, it's substantially cleaner than it was yesterday, and that's very much improved over how it was originally: while not perfect, I'm willing to live with it. Second... I don't know what Pam said to Prewire, but whatever it was, it must have been pretty serious. The blank faceplates on the wall have been replaced with RJ-45 jacks. Beyond that, someone opened up the wiring cabinet and terminated all the loose cat6 strands. It was something of a mess when they first installed it in mid-April. Here is what it looked like today. I'm impressed. Whoever did this has terminated a lot of cables in his life. While this doesn't undo the trouble we've had with Prewire so far, it does keep from adding a fairly big complaint to the list.

So now we're back in our apartment. I did steaks on the grill for dinner. willowisp made salads and baked potatoes. After I post this, we're probably going out for dessert. Flying Star and Cold Stone are the most likely candidates.

We finally have a house!

[User Picture]From: jklgoduke
2004-05-07 08:27 pm (UTC)


I'm sure clubjuggler passed them on from me over the phone, but I wanted to congratulate you myself. It's an awesome feeling to own a house!
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2004-05-07 09:15 pm (UTC)
YAY, congratulations! HOUSE!
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[User Picture]From: 9thmoon
2004-05-07 11:06 pm (UTC)
So happy for you guys. Congratulations. =)
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[User Picture]From: torquemada
2004-05-07 11:11 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: raira
2004-05-07 11:21 pm (UTC)
HURRAY! I know you've been looking forward to it forever!

Champagne all 'round!

Wow, I hope I get to visit one day. :D
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[User Picture]From: willowisp
2004-05-08 10:44 am (UTC)
Champagne all 'round!

Or, better yet, Martinelli's.
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[User Picture]From: raira
2004-05-08 02:57 pm (UTC)
Or Martinelli's!

(I had to do a google search to see what that was first, just like the time someone was talking to me about Kool Aid)
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[User Picture]From: rickybuchanan
2004-05-08 01:12 am (UTC)


Cheers and Congratulations!

Yay and Woo!


You must both be thrilled! You should be thrilled! And probably a bit overwhelmed too, but that's OK. It'll wear off if you are.

Lots and scads of huggles, cuddles, snuggles, wriggles and hugs! Be well! Jump up and down! Celebrate!

Celebrating For You,
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[User Picture]From: esmerel
2004-05-08 01:16 am (UTC)
Welcome to the club, sir =)
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[User Picture]From: thebroomecloset
2004-05-08 08:03 am (UTC)

I've enjoyed -- and occasionally cringed -- reading all your house updates. I'm glad y'all made it to and through closing. The house looks fabulous.
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[User Picture]From: goldenlily
2004-05-09 03:18 pm (UTC)
Wooo, congratulations!! :)

I adore the dolphin glasswork, I want a piece like that for our mantle or something, very classic. :)
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[User Picture]From: clubjuggler
2004-05-09 08:01 pm (UTC)


Congratulations on the house! Now the adventure really begins. :-)

Glad to see prewire finally came through at the end. Of course, I guess the real question is if you plug into the network connections, will they actually work, but at least they tried.

BTW, those are not only excellent caustics, they're spine tingling caustics (yes, I got tingles down my spine looking at that). That would be a very interesting modeling challenge... O:-)

So, hey, now that you've got a house, what are you going to do with your spare time? O:-) (Besides moving in, that is...) (Ok, so this is a trick question, but I'm curious as to your answer...)
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2004-05-10 05:36 pm (UTC)

Re: House!

So hey, now that you've got a house, what are you going to do with your spare time?

I figure it'll be about a month, maybe a month and a half before I have any substantial amount of time that's not allocated to food, work, sleep, or house. There's unpacking, putting stuff away, getting the 10324 things we'll need for a house but not an apartment, looking at furniture, all the miscellany... doubtless you know the drill.

After that? I intend to take a very long nap. It will be high summer by then so I intend to do so with the refrigerated air blowing squarely upon me.
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[User Picture]From: turnberryknkn
2004-05-13 05:31 am (UTC)
Catching up late to the party, hooray hooray, hooray! :-)
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