Son of Unreal Estate (a continuing series)

Yeah, yeah, right, welcome, thanks, whatever.

Yeah, yeah, right, welcome, thanks, whatever.

BIBLEBURG, Colo. (MDM) — Heeeeeeee’s baaaaaaack. …

After an Airbnb guest raised doubts about how well the Chez Dog furnace was working, and a maid service said the clothes dryer was mostly a clothes tumbler, it was back to Bibleburg for Your Humble Narrator.

Heading for Taos.

Heading for Taos.

Our most recent guest checks out this morning, after which I’ll dash on over and cast a bloodshot eye on the situation. I suspect that the furnace issue has something to do with folks who insist on trying to operate a programmable Honeywell thermostat that they understand about as well as I understand the GOP, but the dryer could be an actual, you know, like, thing, and stuff.

This trip saves us the cost of the maid service this time around (just call me Hazel) and gives me a shot at resolving any other issues our real-estate agent thinks may need attention.

Plus the trip let me have lunch at Orlando’s New Mexican Cafe in Taos and dinner at The Margarita at Pine Creek in Bibleburg. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Tell you what, though. As I was leaving the Duke City yesterday, motoring past all those colorfully clad cyclists scarfing up the endorphines on Tramway, I felt distinctly like Tom Sawyer sentenced to whitewashing while the other kids played. Even more so now that it’s raining. …

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16 Responses to “Son of Unreal Estate (a continuing series)”

  1. Larry T. Says:

    I don’t even want to own the shack we live in, let alone rental properties. Unless you’re making enough on ’em to pay other people to deal with the stuff you describe, especially long-distance, sounds like more pain-in-the-a__ than anything. Meanwhile our neighbors to the north seem to have awakened from a decade of right-wing crackpottery. Chapeau Trudeau!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Chez Dog and The House Back East® pay their own way, but I’m reluctant to send furnace/laundry repairpersons into Chez Dog unless I’m certain there’s an actual issue that needs addressing. Those dudes bill by the visit and/or hour regardless of whether they fix anything.

      This time of year I don’t have nearly as many deadlines as I would in, say, July, so making the trip up isn’t quite so much of a much. Plus I’ll be able to fetch another carload of sporting goods back to El Rancho Pendejo.

      That said, I’m looking forward to selling the house. It’s just one more thing to think about. And before you know it, boom, it’s July again.

    • khal spencer Says:

      I whooped it up the other night when I saw that indeed, PM Stephen Harper got the boot ride. Agree on rental business. One has to be insane to do that, as I am finding out.

      As far as Mr. Harper, it seems Dr. Tony Turner got the last laugh.

      http://northmesamutts.blogspot.com/2015/10/ny-times-sez-justin-trudeau-headed-for.html

    • Ira Says:

      Darndest thing, there’s headlines all over the world noting Trudeau winning the election. It’s rare that anyone even notices when we vote, let alone put it in headlines. Maybe the rest of the world is as happy as most Canadians that Herr Harper is out of the picture. We’ve got great hopes for the young Trudeau, time will tell if he bit off more than he can chew. Rumor has it Harper left the cupboards bare paying for his latest run at power. In the meanwhile, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHQLQ1Rc_Js

      • khal spencer Says:

        Hi, Ira. I grew up in Buffalo, NY (hence spent a lot of time on your side of that imaginary line through the Great Lakes) and still have close friends in Toronto. So I was on the Innertubes as soon as I saw the NY Times call it, pinging our friend Kim, who normally votes NDP, with a “how about dem hockey pucks?”

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Throwing the bums out. Now there’s a concept. Think it would work south of the border? We seem to have an awful lot of bums, though; we might have to provide them with temporary housing. On the moon, maybe.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Mars maybe?

      • khal spencer Says:

        I already hear it: Martian Prime Minister Runs on Platform to Build Wall Between Mars and Earth.

  2. Lost in the Gorge Says:

    Your friendly guests have likely forgotten that clothes dryers require a slight bit of friendly attention while using…… You probably have a nice deposition of fluffy blanket-making lint in your lint trap…….

    and if your house is anything like ours, the furnace (ie: inlet and discharge ducting) was designed by the Laurel & Hardy brothers…… Heat becomes a relative term in relation to the frost forming on the grass out front…..

    Didn’t you say something about advertising your ‘Springs shack as a summertime cottage??????

    Enjoy the tasty food enroute and the grimy (and perhaps fuzzy) homework.

    Cheers !

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I cleaned out the lint trap last time I was in town, and yeah, there was enough fuzz there to make two police departments and a Paul Ryan budget. This time around it was pretty clean.

      I did one load of sheets/pillowcases and another of towels/washcloths, and while the dryer seemed a little slow, it got ‘er done. About an hour to dry each load, the first on medium heat and the second on high.

      The furnace? Absolutely nothing wrong with it or the thermostat. Go figure. Some feeble travelers must quail at the notion of a 68-degree house. I changed the air filter and called it good.

      • Larry T. Says:

        68 degrees American? What is that makes folks want to turn the damn things up to 75 when it’s cold outside but down to 65 when it’s hot? Those are the same bozos who barge into a hotel room, throw open all the shutters so the sun blazes in and then complain when the A/C can’t cool things down to meat-hanging temperatures.
        On the other side of things, new laptop showed up today and took a liking to both the full-size keyboard and large monitor AND found all the data the local guys managed to grab off the previous soon-to-be-dead one. I’m a happy camper…now if this damn shingles crap would just be done with!!!

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    “On the road again…..”
    I hope “Lost in the Gorge” is right and you have a full lint trap and a messed up thermostat.
    We woke up with a start at 11:30PM by a hailstorm that sounded like Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich working out on the skylight. Sending it to Duke City, so you won’t miss any riding there today.

  4. JD Dallager Says:

    Gotta second the attaboy on the cuisine at Margarita at Pine Creek! Really top notch!

    Will have to try Orlando’s next time we’re down that way.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I hadn’t been there in a while, but remembered it while staying at a Hampton that just happened to be within walking distance.

      I had a three-course meal that included a salmon-cake appetizer, a seafood bisque and some Scottish salmon. Waitress sez to me, she sez, “You’re awfully fishy tonight.”

      “Brain food,” sez I. “I need all I can get.”

  5. Debby in Creston Says:

    I can relate to the long distance landlord blues. Happiest day of my life was when I sold my property!

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