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I'm enjoying a few days respite up here in San Francisco, away from the joys of home ownership. Whee!

I had a successful yard sale this past weekend, down in Santa Cruz. I sold off a lot of old junk cluttering up the house, and made a couple hundred dollars, to boot. Boy howdy! I met a lot of interesting neighborhood types, too. Santa Cruz is full of weirdos.

Things have gotten stressful dealing with the tenants and their problems, and the contractors seem to require a lot of hand-holding. The bathrooms are taking longer than expected, and they've only just started laying the tile when they call me to ask for the nth time whether or not I picked out quarter-round, and is there some sort of trim or not? Huh.

This coming week should suck a lot, I have to give notice to one of the people living in my house, and I feel horrible and guilty and evil about it, but he's awful and destructive and he's covered the house with grease and car parts. It's made worse by the fact that he just lost his job. Rrrrr. I've been planning on getting him out of there for months and months, though, and if he looks for a place now, he's a lot more likely to find something before classes start up at UCSC. I guess. Sigh. It's really for the best.

My right hand is still all bruised and aches a bit from smashing it with a gardening implement last week. It's getting better though. I have a really angry looking bruise under my ring-fingernail. Ow.


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Jul. 24th, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC)
" I met a lot of interesting neighborhood types, too. Santa Cruz is full of weirdos.

i laughed out loud reading that.... heh
Jul. 24th, 2002 12:39 pm (UTC)
It's so true! I was selling crap, mostly, to a bunch of people who really wanted to tell me their life stories and creep me out with their strange collective vibe. There was one woman who nearly wept as she bought my neglected, unused chia head, and another weird little old lady who browsed around everything in the yard until she finally settled on a big old rusty pair of ice tongs, you know, the old timey kind that you use for dragging giant blocks of ice? She kept saying "Yesss... This is a very special object... Yesss" while brandishing it at people. Very weird!
Jul. 24th, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
hahahah but the harmless kinda weird makes it fun. Live in the fuckin "Normal" subburbs... harmless weirdos may make you smile, uptight/white/christian/SUVdrivin'/soccermoms will piss you off...I dunno how Alden lives in the southbay...hahahah!

It's always been said that Santa Cruz is the world's largest open air sanitarium.
Jul. 24th, 2002 05:59 pm (UTC)
No one said being a slumlord would be easy.
Jul. 24th, 2002 06:06 pm (UTC)
Don't I know it!

Stupid tenants, alla time griping about the raccoons in the shower, yada yada.
Jul. 31st, 2002 07:15 am (UTC)
realy rakoons in th shower?
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