Ok. I’m Back From The Family Reunion. Mostly Rested…

The Hollie Family Reunion was pretty cool!

Got up early and got ready for the Kitsap Airporter ride to Seatac. Arrived at the 76 Station in Gorst at 0715; in plenty of time. Airporter didn’t show up. Pulled out my ticket for their number, gave a call, and found out I was scheduled for the 7:55 PM shuttle. Damn! How in the HELL did that happen? Luckily SWMBO was still up and willing to drive me to Seatac Airport! (What a schweetie!!!)

Got to the Airport and it took me only about 10 minutes to get through the TSA Security check. Had plenty of time to sit around waiting for my 1155 flight. Walked around some. Bought a couple of cokes for the flight.

Plane boarded and took off late, but arrived 15 minutes early. Flight was okay. Tried watching an episode of SG1 on my Superpad but it was way too noisy. Wound up spending $15 for a crappy lunch cause I was really hungry. Really enjoy flying though. Took a couple of pictures that I eventually got to send SWMBO and she now uses one of them for her desktop. Cool.


Arrived in Memphis early. Sat around smelling some of the best smelling BBQ I’ve smelt in awhile until we got to board the plane for Greenville. It was a much smaller jet than I flew to Memphis on. The take-off and landing almost reminded me of flying backseat in the Navy! Take-off G’s and landing G’s were so cool!

Uncle Herman (whom I hadn’t actually seen in 50+ years) picked me up at the Greenville airport. Took me to a casino on Lake Ferguson (I think) to pick up Aunt Betty (whom I’d never actually met) and we went from there to the Leroy Percy State Park down near Hollandale. The Greenville we drove through (after dark) didn’t look anything like the Greenville I remember as a kid; but it has been 40+ years since I was last there.

From there on it’s kind of a blur. I think I remember going to one of the cabins for a pre-reunion let’s-see-who’s-already-here gather; but I won’t swear to it as I was pretty tired. I do remember Uncle Herman and I sitting up late talking. Sure was great to see him.

Aunt Betty-Uncle Herman-Cousin Jim

Re-met my Cousin’s Kathy, Claude & Billie. We all used to hang together a lot when we were 7-9 years old and we all lived in the same area (Las Vegas mostly). Of course, we’ve all grown much taller, and older, but I still recognized each of them. Really really great getting back together with them.


And that’s it for now. I’ve caught a cold in the past couple of days and just don’t feel like doing anything. Too much concentration required right now! Just kiddingI’ll cover Friday and Saturday in the next post.

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Wouldn’t You Know That…

Something had to go slightly wrong with the whole house deal! I am not kidding! Everything was going along nice and (too) smooth, and, BAM! Seems our Realtor (Sue) wasn’t as familiar with her new forms as could have been and our offer wasn’t quite what we thought. Turns out we forgot to include the "Seller pays the closing costs" part of our offer. You bet the Sellers accepted our offer of $350k and we pay most everything else!

So we spent a good part of today trying to get that straightened out. Of course the Sellers aren’t going to accept anything different that would cost them money. Neither would I. But they do have to pay Escrow and something else and we have to add $3000 to our loan and still come up with $1800-$2100 (rough estimate on my part) at closing.

Poor Sue feels so bad she’s kicking in $1100 of the closing costs from her commission on this. We really don’t blame her for anything; anyone can get lost when things change. It’s nice though that she’s willing to "fix" the mistake. We’re not usually mistaken in our loyalty to those who treat us well in any dealings!

Just not much else going on unless you count me getting a haircut. Weather sucks! Raining, of course. Got out to the property yesterday for awhile and started practicing making a rock wall with the boulders I’ve dug up. Fun!

Setting up an FTP server on one of the DNS-321’s for practice. It seems to be working but I’m going to have someone else log in and see if it works then. One thing I want is a place I can store the Utilities I use and access them from the web when I’m over working on someone’s computer. Although my 32gb usb drive seems to hold all I really need. Believe it or not; some of the computers I work on are more than 10 years old and don’t have usb ports! Really! Just cracks me up when someone wants Windows XP installed and they have an old (old!) computer and a "gigantic" 2.4GB drive. Can you say "Anchor?" :-P


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