Monday, March 01, 2010

Cold feet

I've been working on getting my condo ready to sell. I had the painters in last week and they did an ok job--unfortunately, they got a bit too many paint splatters around for my liking. Luckily, nothing too serious and relatively easy to clean up...but still. I should have cleared things out of their way--and if they weren't planning to do so, they should have TOLD me, and then I would have done it.

But, with all this cleaning, sorting, rearranging...a massive unloading of stuff to Goodwill (that felt so good!)...I'm totally having cold feet. We have this new bar in the neighborhood and it's actually my place. I went there last night with a few friends for a birthday celebration and it was perfect. Both of the owners (who are the only staff so far, except for the cook) came over to say hello and take our orders. While Pele and I were waiting for the rest of the group, they were attentive but were fine when I said I wanted to wait to order. I go in there once or twice a week, have one drink, talk to Dana (the woman who works there) and go on home. A few times, I've struck up conversations with my fellow patrons. Perhaps because the place is so new, people are more friendly. Or maybe not. Maybe it's just me. It's not even a block from my front door...and it feels like home.

Maybe because I'm thinking about leaving, I'm making a bit more effort. Still, moving makes sense. My neighbors are as difficult as ever, though I'm back to ignoring them so I don't feel so crazy. Financially, even if were to sell relatively low, I look to walk away with a pile of cash. Having that money would give me a lot of freedom if I wanted to quit or take another extended leave from work. Or even if I wanted to take a four week vacation, instead of the three I have coming to me. But...but...I'm just not sure that it's a good idea. I am kind of attached to this place. Sigh.

The other night I went out with some friends for a birthday drink. As part of the conversation, C-money said, "Do you think Jamy is different post-France?"

Pele was a bit confused, "Jamy's been back a long time!" 

That didn't deter C-money, "I thinks she's more self assured."

Carlos (aka Diego) said, "She's more relaxed."

I said, "You wouldn't have said that if you saw me six months ago!" (I was thinking about all the work craziness that had me pulling my hair out.)

Carlos said, "Well, that was special circumstances."

C-money said, "Also, there's the knitting. You are knitting a lot more now!"

That was funny, since I was intensively into the knitting for almost a year before I went to France. Silly man.

It was great fun to hang out my friends. We don't do it often enough.

Grateful for:  silly friends.

1 comment:

  1. The good news is you don't have to move. You live in a neighborhood that's definitely on the rise. It might be interesting to stick around and see what happens. Besides, wouldn't you miss places like Sidamo?


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