I hope that you had a stress free Thanksgiving. For the last 18 years, life has gone from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year in a kind of a blur. Which is to say Candy adverts to Turkey / Black Friday Sale adverts to Christmas and New Year adverts. This year, if it […]Read more "Thoughts on Thanksgiving"
A few people have asked me, now I’ve been here for a while, what are the differences between living in London versus San Francisco. I don’t have the definitive list but here’s what I’ve found out so far. Housing / Utilities Costs My property tax, HOA and utilities are in total 55% less than my […]Read more "Compare and contrast, San Francisco v London"
The headline says it all.Read more "Packing, God I hate packing "
As of May 22nd, I now own my (1st?) home for retirement. I’m very happy that I got here, after the delays caused by the unfortunate death of the previous owner, I wasn’t completely sure that I’d get across this particular finish line. But we did. As with a number of steps in this process, […]Read more "Completion has happened"
Just when everything looks safe, life throws you a curve ball. The woman whose apartment I’m buying died suddenly on March 18th. The Estate Agent (Realtor) told me that the heirs still wanted to sell the place to me but that there would be an unspecified delay. I immediately went into problem solving mode. Should […]Read more "Ch Ch Ch Changes"
As of Valentine’s day 2015, 75 (55 work) days to my planned retirement. My emotions are all over the place. “This is the best decision of my life” “What am I thinking, I couldn’t be stupider if I tried.” And, I’m 100% right no matter what I’m thinking and if I’m up or down. The […]Read more "Up and Down and Round and Round"
Some people say that pets are pretend children and that you should get a pet before you have a child. This is just wrong headed thinking. Pets are way more important than children. I have 2 cats approx 16 years old. I’m moving 6,000 miles to a new country. What to do with the cats? […]Read more "Pets"