Thursday, January 01, 2004

The Listener

Thursday, January 1, 2004, Dover, NH

Listening to the Diane Rehm show, a re-broadcast of an interview with President Jimmy Carter. He's there to promote his latest book, a fictional history of the South during the Civil War. Carter is a renaissance man. Despite his relative lack of success as President, (if success is measured by reelection), I still think that he was and is the best person elected to that office in my life time.

I'm listening while working on some of the things we're doing to prepare for our move in May. For one thing, we're going through boxes in the cellar, sorting out what we're keeping and what we're eliminating. The last time we moved to KW, we had to store a 6 X 12 lockers worth of furniture, appliances, and 50+ boxes of "stuff" accumulated over 40 years of living together.

We sold a few things at a couple of yard sales in October, then brought most of what was left to Sally's -- the local Salvation Army store. Now we're selling things pretty actively at eBay, and a little bit at Amazon. Have a look at us at eBay .

Janet sat down yesterday with a fresh Norman Rockwell calendar from the oil company we use, and laid out a schedule for what has to be done when. This next three months will be mostly dealing with the inventory issues, continuing to get rid of as much as we possibly can.

We intend to travel down with just the car, packed with as much as we can safely carry. That's how we came down before, in 1999, and it worked out well. Unfortunately, we moved back with a truck, carrying all the new stuff that we acquired there, and towing the car, the 1987 BMW, that had served us so well for the 4-1/2 years we had it. It died soon after we got back. We replaced it with a '96 Corolla that's running well.

We'll be looking for a place to stay, while we look for a houseboat to rent or buy. If that doesn't pan out, then we'll be looking for a nice place to rent, cheap. No, no, I'm serious! Cheap. Maybe you know some one looking for a house-sitter, or property manager, or something like that. We'll do it. We'll work for housing.

We'll also be looking for jobs. It's too early to get serious about that, but we're keeping an eye on the Citizen classifieds. We're flexible about what kinds of jobs. With Bob's social security check, our savings, and what more we can add to those savings between now and April when we get real jiggy about the move, we figure we can avoid having to work for three months or so. Another summer off.

Hoo-wah! We can network like crazy. The Breakfast Club at Schooner Wharf. Breakfast at Harpoon Harry's. Mallory Square. Coffee in the morning at Sippin' (is it still there, on Eaton St.?), or the Java place at Greene and Elizabeth. Chatting with Sharon and Felisa at French Kiss, Barry and the gang at Shades, the nice folks at CaptainTony's, Captain Outrageous, and lots more.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Uh-uh! No way. Says so in the song.

Comment if you care to.

Bob & Janet

If you have built castles in air, your work need not be lost; that is where they
should be. Now put the foundations under them.


-- Henry David Thoreau.



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