PACNORWEST Briefing #1
I wanted to drop an update an let ya’ll know how things are progressing up here in the land of trees and incredibly poor drivers.
Cami started her job today at the Bremerton Naval Hospital. Needless to say, I am thrilled about it, although when we showed up this morning to get her pass and ID, the office was closed because the Sailors who were supposed to be there were “late.” This is a new concept to me, as I was always under the impression that the one thing we Sailors could not be was “late.” Nevertheless, she finally made it in and I went off to my job working on the management side of Real Estate.
It’s actually quite fun and interesting. The one thing that Christine Papworth was never really able to relate to me was how much the job is very much an intense game – as it were – of call and bluff. I’ve been at it a week, an to say it’s been intense would be an understatement. Especially when it was my own house on the game. We lost out on the first house we loved, which will be a show topic at some point in the future. There is a very real bias against VA Loans for reasons which are both mythical and real at the same time.
A few days later, we did get our offer accepted on another house that we love, and we are now in the escrow process.
So… my job is going quite well. Today alone we will close on about $900k of property. It is a little strange to me, to be so involved in business again – and from the “for profit” side. But it is fun and it is certainly challenging. We’ve had our issues and hurdles, but that’s what makes each day different.
On the down side, we were also in a car accident on Sunday morning. Cami’s Cruze was rear-ended by an unlicensed, uninsured driver. Thankfully everybody was okay, and I have to add that the Cruze came through it magnificently. There is damage, obviously, but nothing that would have kept us from driving it. We were hit pretty hard, but square on the rear. From the noise and the speed (30mph) I figured the other driver would be badly hurt (at least by her airbag) and our stern would be stove in something awful. But the Cruze was seemingly built to absorb such an impact and it certainly did. It goes to the shop for repair on Tuesday, and our insurance company (USAA, not that I get anything to tell you that), has really had our back,
Ben was quite ill the last day or so. He’s been throwing up and crying a lot. He sucked it up this morning and we took Cami to work for her first day, now he’s just watching Toy Story while I work on some paperwork for a couple of deals.
If everything goes to plan (and it seldom does), we will be in the new house on July 28th. It has a room designated to become the new Podcast 99 Studios, and after we get settled a bit, Podcasts will resume!
The biggest news was the birth of our second Grandson, Brandt, on June 4th. He turned up at least a week early.
Funny, but true: he was born late in the evening, and I had already fallen asleep when Cami woke me up to show me the picture. She scared me and I literally (figuratively – John) jumped about a foot off the bed. Then she showed me a picture on her phone. I did not have my glasses on so I was having a hard time focusing on it, and I asked, “Why am I seeing a picture of a burnt hot dog with mustard?”
When I got my glasses on, I was greeted by my grandson, who is marvelous and ready for the world, even if he is like me and likes to be early to everything!
All in all the first week or so has been… well… an adventure. Hopefully we can have more positives and a few less accidents and illnesses, but we’re moving forward and soon things will be settled down and back to the new normal.
Thanks for the messages and the encouragement. I cannot wait to be back behind the mic!