08 August 2009

Small World

We met another neighbor today. Well, I guess I should say that Steve met him -- because I've known him for a few years, although I haven't seen him in a long time. I worked with Jack (who I always knew as "John") at two different jobs I've had (my first law job out of law school -- Jack is a lawyer, too -- and the scoring job I used to do seasonally).

Steve and I sent the eight or nine neighbors closest to the house a letter a few weeks ago, introducing ourselves and letting them know what would be happening with the property, so he's known for a while that we bought it, but I didn't know until today that he lives there. (Actually, his elderly mother lives there; he grew up in the house (they are original owners, like the previous owner of our house) and still spends a lot of time there.) We had a nice chat, and so far we're 2 for 2 with the neighbors. (We were worried that the neighbors would view us and our plans with disdain; so far, that hasn't been the case. His mother was a bit concerned that we would build a two-story house -- which would overwhelm the other houses in the neighborhood -- but Jack assured her that the deed restrictions prevent that.)

In other news, we have a new project. We met with an arborist on Friday to get advice about the various trees and bushes at the house, and among lots of other great information, he told us that one of the various bushes that are close to dying is a keeper (it will have pretty flowers), so we're going to start hauling water over to try to resuscitate it. He also confirmed for us that our three main trees (as well as most of the others on the lot) are total write-offs and are best taken out during demolition.

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