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Big bucks, a big bridge, and big anniversaries

Monday, May 21st, 2007

When we moved to San Diego, we set aside a little money for the generic task of “renovating the condo”. Our first thought was to do some changes in the master bathroom so we could have a walk in shower with no door. As we priced this, we realized that the project would be just […]

A thought on San Diego and San Francisco culture

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

In San Francisco, we always stopped a conversation when we mentioned that we had gone/were going/wanted to go to Mass. We would get blank stares or a comment about how we couldn’t be serious. Other than the people we knew -from- church, it seemed like no one else we knew went to any church. In […]

30 day checkup

Monday, December 25th, 2006

I’m sitting here on Christmas morning looking at the San Diego Bay and Point Loma through the palm trees. Truly I have a lot to be thankful for. Yesterday marked one month since arriving in San Diego. We’ve made a lot of progress – all the moving boxes are gone, we know our way around […]

Car land and LA la land

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

I finally decided this week that I had to get the sound system in the car working. A previous owner put in an amplifier and a CD changer in the trunk but the former has been ripped out and the latter is missing the magazine. So, I sprang for a new amplifier. Nothing on this […]

The Hanging Pictures Stage

Monday, December 11th, 2006

This weekend we reached the Hanging Pictures stage of moving in. That doesn’t mean that we’re done, but at least things are close enough to stable that we can risk putting holes in the walls. Last night we even invited over a friend who was visiting from Denver. The things that are still not put […]

The Journey of a Thousand Miles

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

We still haven’t put anything on the walls of the new place, but we’ve got enough of the unpacking done that we took a weekend “off” from the move. John had a relaxing weekend, including a massage and a motorcycle ride. I, on the other hand, drove to Sacramento and back for the last of […]

Upsizing and Downsizing

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

The drive south was mostly uneventful. We made the obligatory stop at the Madonna Inn for lunch and took pictures of the bathroom (go there and you’ll understand). We made great time until we hit Santa Barbara, but still got to our friends’ Harry & Randy in time for dinner. We stayed for their fantastic […]

Leaving the Capital

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Moving Days start tomorrow. We’ll take the slow route – down 101 – rather than I-5 simply because we’ve never driven it before. The plan is to spend the night and part of Thanksgiving with some friends in LA then go to San Diego that evening. So we’re leaving the ‘gay capital’ of the USA. […]

Calendars, cars, and more paperwork

Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

Another week of FedExing papers, but I think we’re finally done. We signed, sent and wire-transferred what we think is the last document today. This time next week and we’ll be in southern California (staying with friends in LA actually). I’m really looking forward to fixing up a new place. I was planning to wait […]

What a Blur

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

What a blur – we’ve been printing, signing, scanning and e-mailing documents for the last two weeks, but I think we’re a few papers away from closing on the condo in San Diego. The current plan is to move in two weeks and three days. The reality of moving is starting to hit me. From […]