It all piles up at times and this seems to be one of those times. We have sold our house in Traverse City and closing is next week. The new owner has agreed to let us rent back until we go to South Carolina in late September. Bless her. We still have a rental with a 5 year tenant and will leave them in place throughout the winter and possibly come back to that house for next summer.
Mom is not doing as well as we had hoped, needs another blood transfusion and more testing. But she is cognitive again after the antibodies helped clear up her systems.
I have a closet full of Native American coins to deposit over the next few days. Our last order of July 25th made it, and Katy will be getting another 24.5K of SPG points in the near future.
We got Katy’s Citi American Express Card with Thank You Points just in time it seems. The offer has been changed to 2 points and a $99 fee for new applications. I called to verify her bonus promos and she is still under the old promo codes so we will be getting 3 points per $ for the first two years.
My Hilton Surpass card just arrived and $40K in spend is the goal. I know things are too hectic when I miss a provision of a promotion. In this case I completely forgot that I get 2500 extra points for each of the first 8 stays within the first 18 months that I pay for with this card. My time requirement is in this calendar year so you know how I’ll be gathering those points. But I don’t have to pay the annual fee until July or August of 2010.
Now the question of the day is: when I go to New York for the US Open Tennis, and Yankees and Mets games, do I also pack on an overnight trip to Dublin and an American Airlines Platinum Challenge or wait until I get to Savannah before making that trip?
These are all “high class problems” as I like to call them.
Colorado was beautiful and Aspen is quite a hoot. Some of the faces have been peeled and tightened so much it reminded me of a wax museum. And the Aspen cemetery will need a toxic waste classification if any or all of those “silicons add ons” ever break after interment. Humans, we are a funny lot.
Seriously, it is a beautiful village with crisp mountain air and exhilarating pricing for everything. An older home in town that I guessed at an overinflated price of $1.5 million was actually on the market at $4.5 million. I bought a comparable house in Traverse City in the late 1980′s for $54,000.
On our last afternoon in town Aaron took us to the Orchestra performance by the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra. A unique twist is that the instructors and teachers actually play along with the students. The concert consisted of three pieces. The first being the Sorcerers piece that you will all remember from the Disney movie Fantasia. Remember them throwing those buckets of water non stop to stem the flood ? The second piece was by a living composer that just happened to be in the audience and was given an introduction and time to talk about the work. The consensus was, it was a yawner and then the break.
Katy and I layed under an aspen tree for the second half which was the Brahms Piano Concerto #2 in B-flat (I think). It lasted about 45 minutes and as we watched the aspen leaves bounce around in the wind, we were transformed to another time and place. I am not a classical music guy by any stretch of the imagination, but we both really loved the piece, the setting and one anothers company, listening, watching and people watching all at the same time.
An interesting sidelight was we each got altitude sickness while we were there. We just felt off, somewhat dizzy, light headed (well more light headed than normal) and actually a little nauseous. I didn’t realize that 8,000 feet could do that to us flatlanders, but the feeling subsided as soon as we landed in Traverse City.
So now it is time to get my feet under me again. Lots of challenges ahead and the move to the south is fast approaching.
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