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To Sell or Not to Sell?

Location: Berkeley, CA

OK, so it's been a little while since my last post. My parents were visiting for the past week, so I didn't really have time to do much else. There were three Home Depot trips, resulting in new plants and a freshly painted sidewalk (covering up the teenage graffiti). Two farmers market trips. One spa trip. One trip to Walnut Creek for shoe shopping that resulted in my debit card being turned off due to suspicion of fraud. Three games of Apples to Apples, including a nine-person, rum-fueled free-for-all (the best play was definitely "Rubber Gloves" for the adjective "Snappy"). And way more bottles of wine than I can possibly count. Our recycling bin overfloweth. 

Yesterday morning my parents departed at the crack of dawn, just in time for me to clean the house up for a visit from some potential buyers. Our house is not technically on the market, the market being a bit crap at the moment, but through four degrees of separation we were put in touch with a family moving out from Chevy Chase, DC who love our street and neighborhood. They came by yesterday afternoon, and while they're still trying to decide between SF and our area of Berkeley so who knows if it will work out, I think they really liked the house. More importantly, I think they understand how rare of a house we have in a great location, and that "normal" market dynamics don't necessarily apply... especially if they want the house sooner rather than later. So, we shall see. If they don't make an offer, we'll need to think about whether to rent it out, or just take a loss and move on.

It's funny. I've been wanting to sell our house and move on to our next adventure ever since we returned from St. Martin, but now when confronted with the potential reality of it all... I mean, I love our house. It took us eight months to find it, back when the market was insane. Though I don't necessarily want to be living in Berkeley at the moment, I haven't ruled out wanting to be here in the future, in which case I can't imagine where else I'd want to live. And I hate packing and moving. Yuck. So while I've been talking a big game, and definitely want to make a significant change... I'm finding the reality of it, and especially the logistics, are just a tad bit daunting.

I can't decide if this is an indication that I really want to stay here. Or is it that old nemesis, complacency? It's so much harder to make a change than continue in the same course. Whether the current course is a rut or not... well, that's the question, now isn't it? A philosophical friend of mine once told me in order to make a change you had to perceive the pain of the new situation as less than the current situation, and therefore worth the upheaval. But it's not like we have a "bad" life here.

In the meantime, Steve and I are working hard on our new venture, L-squared. He's so much more used to being in the early stages of a start-up than I am. In fact, he's great at it, whereas I struggle with procrastination and a general sense of where do I even start? It's like when I'm cleaning the house - I might start in the kitchen, but next thing you know, I'm reorganizing the spare bedroom closet because I went to put away some random crap and got distracted. Meanwhile, the water is still running downstairs. Eventually it all gets done, but my desire to be efficient and multi-task sometimes backfires. But I digress (ironically). 

Soon I'll provide an overview of what we're planning to do, but not quite yet. It's too new. We're still gestating the idea, and sometimes the worst thing you can do is expose your little sprout to the harsh light of the inter-tubes. Stay tuned... 


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