My parents are really, really close to selling the house. They’ve reached an agreement with a family from Staten Island with four young kids, and if all the paperwork and legal review go through, they’ll likely be out of here before the end of July.
I’m relieved, and happy for them, even though they totally didn’t get the price they were hoping for. It’s probably the best that they’re going to be able to get in this market.
So…yeah…there’s a sense of imminent change, a knowledge that our days here are probably very much numbered, and an undercurrent of exhaustion, anticipating all the work that such a move is going to entail. Yet, in the long run, it’s an important and necessary step forward. That way my Dad can find a place closer to the GM plant in Delaware, thereby avoiding a long, expensive and tiring commute, and my Mom can enjoy the new house she’s invested so much time and effort and money to prepare.
Some of you know that I went up to the Adirondacks for Memorial Day weekend with a few friends of Ian’s. Was definitely an interesting experience, arriving at 1:30 in the morning only to find no entry into the motel where they’d made a reservation. Luckily we were able to find another place in Schroon Lake where there were vacancies, and we slept well. Following a fantastic breakfast at a local diner, we managed ten miles of rigorous hiking through woods of hemlock, maple and birch. It turned out that we were many, many steps slower than the pace we were hoping for, so we decided to stop on Pharaoh Lake and camp there. Made a nice campfire, enjoyed delicious smores, and watched a few stars emerge from the mostly obscured sky. It was peaceful, quiet, and not that cold, and, all in all, a nice change of pace.
We slept well, which was unusual for me, but Ori’s tent was nice and large and his loaned sleeping bag was a comfortable one. But day two featured rain, more mosquitoes and black flies, and the undeniable reality of more aches, pains and blisters for some of those guys. So we backtracked along the same path we’d come on, avoiding any more wrong turns and trying not to step on a multitude of orange and red salamanders on the trail. Swatting away the blood-sucking bugs, we gratefully repaired to the car and eventually to Applebees for a well-deserved dinner. Then we flew down the thruway back to Jersey, more than ready for a shower and our nice clean beds.
So, all things considered, it was a pretty good trip, certainly a memorable couple of days, but with much relief that it’s over and behind us.
The weekend before I was in the city, catching up with Keith, Sumon and Frank from Colgate days, which was a good time. We saw Spiderman 3, which actually wasn’t too bad. I couldn’t help but wonder whether the budget for that movie might just exceed the GDP for a country like Honduras, but haven’t had the time to check…
Later in the week I saw Pirates 3 with Ian, Russ and Ori, but that turned into a long night. I was completely lost with the plot, not having seen the second one, and it was too cold in the theater. Even Orlando wasn’t really doing it for me. It very well might have been the last time I’ll see a movie there, but time will tell.
In the meantime, I’m still studying Portuguese, trying to learn what should be an easy language, but of course these things don’t really come as fast as we’d like. I suppose more people would be bi- or even tri-lingual if in fact it were easier to do so. But mostly it’s not. It’s a long, hard slog, with the real gains still to come. Still, I’m edging closer to the equivalent of a year’s worth of learning at the university level in just two months, so I should probably be a little more forgiving of myself. It’s never been my trademark, though.
I’m also continuing to correspond with a few dudes from match.com, now in the final days of my subscription, but not really expecting any miracles. It seems likely that I’ll carry on with a few new friends, though, and right now, that’s good enough for me. After all, despite not having a job or any other major commitments, things somehow feel busy enough already…