Still Itching to Go!

Soooooo, we’re still in limbo. Grrrrrrrr.

Our first offer fell through, the kid couldn’t get the financing.

Fortunately, the night before he finally informed us of that (after missing every deadline in the Offer to Purchase), we accepted another offer conditional to the first one falling through.

When the first kid told me the bank evaluation left him $15 000 short, and then asked me if we were flexible I was able to say “Sorry, but we have another offer so we’re stiff as a board.” As in not flexible.

The second (and currently never ending) offer is from a kindly Haitian gentleman who resides on the South Shore of Montreal but works in Paris. He is represented by a realtor (which we didn’t want, but his price includes the commission so we’re kind of getting free realtor services… kind of) and had to go back to France immediately after visiting our place. He left it up to the realtor to conduct bank evaluation, the visit to the other apartments, and the inspection on November 21.

Everything went well and we were assured that the gentleman’s financing was pre-approved and was only waiting for the bank evaluation. That’s when everything went pear-shaped and we were consigned to limbo.

Apparently, (and I say apparently because I have only the realtor’s word on this and at this point I don’t trust him any farther than I could throw him (which on some days might be fairly far)) the woman at RBC in charge of the file went to Cuba on vacation before finalizing the approval. This left things in the hands of some junior mortgage jerk who decided that because the buyer works in France, that he’s not a fiscal resident of Canada (despite him declaring his income here, owning a house here (mortgaged with RBC!!!), and his wife and kids living here).

Since then, we’ve extended the dates on the offer twice, they’ve taken the mortgage application to Scotia and Desjardins, and we’re waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting…..

Edit 22-12-2016 (original post 09-12-2016): The deal fell through. Boooooooooooo!

Some baloney about the buyer losing his financial residency status in 2014 on a technicality and then getting it back, but the bank wants 5 years consecutive residency. Bunch of baloney.

So we’re back to square 1.5. Not quite square 1 since we have learned a lot about the process and what to watch for.

We showed the place last week to a Chinese lady (she and the kids are here, husband is still in China working) and today to a Quebecois couple and are showing again tomorrow to some guy named Barkley, which obviously makes me thing he’s the big fluffy dog from Sesame Street.

Hopefully one of those pans out.


The Search for a Shoe (Part 1, winter).

As the weather started to get colder, I soon realized that running in my current shoes (NB Minimus V0) would be like being being pursued by timber wolves around a kitchen table while wearing socks on a newly waxed floor. Obviously, this aggravated my luposlipophobia, so I knew I had to find some running shoes with some traction for the winter.

I searched aallllll over the internet and found (in about eight minutes) the NB MT110W (w for winter, not women’s).


It turns out that this shoe was discontinued two years ago. Rats.

Finding a pair my size for sale on consignment at a used sporting goods store in Colorado took longer than eight minutes. But find them I did. And love them I do. Seriously, good traction on snow and ice, water resistant over-coat (?) with waterproof zipper, minimalist upper and sole with only 4 mm drop from heel to forefoot! I don’t know why they discontinued them, except that seems to be what NB does to every shoe I like (oh woe is me!).

So at that point, things were looking up in the shoe department. I had minimalist road shoes and trail/winter shoes. Good times. But what to do when these shoes wear out? (cue ominous music)


Travel laptop

Up until today, our primary household computer has been a Lenovo Thinkpad X-series convertible that I bought for school in 2010. It still works, but it’s getting slow and the battery is on its last legs. Also, there is a ghost in the keyboard.

It’s not a cool ghost that types deep or ominous stuff when you aren’t looking, or a scary ghost that makes moaning noises late at night while you’re watching Netflix, or even a mischievous ghost that clicks the “I want to receive notifications about special offers.” checkbox when you create throwaway accounts in order to leave a poorly thought out comment on a news website comments section or forum.

It’s an annoying ghost that might just be a flax seed. It moves randomly from key to key; one day the “h” doesn’t work properly and you have to hammer it three times to get a “hello” and not seem like you’re trying to type phonetically in a Dick Van Dyke Mary Poppins accent, the next day it’s the “0” and you can’t enter your bank card number.

Every once in a while I rip a key off and blow into the keyboard like it was a Nintendo cartridge… no luck with that repair yet.

Vero and I have been debating what to take with us travelling. She wants a tablet, I want a laptop. When I found the ASUS Flip Chromebook, I thought I had a perfect compromise. I pitched the idea, sold it as hard as I could, and she said “Ok buy it, but I’m taking the ipad as well anyway.” Oh well, at least it’s a mini.

I flip-flopped back and forth on the issue until I realized one day that there were no Flips left at Bestbuy, then I panicked and ordered one off Amazon.

So far so good. It is amazingly thin and light and kind of feels like one of those old-timey aluminum lunch trays you get sometimes at A&W. Seriously though, aluminum all around, good keyboard.

The wifi reception is a little weak though, weaker than my phone or our current old laptop, so I’m thinking of getting some kind of booster… I’ll have to do some research.

The thing I’ll have to get used to is the lack of onboard storage. I think we’ll either take an external hard drive with us, or maybe just a 128 GB USB drive. Because it’s a Chromebook, Google offers 100 GB of free storage for two years on Google Drive, so that helps but if you don’t have internet access you have to sync the Drive folder to the computer… but you don’t have onboard storage. Hmmm.

To be continued…