Opening & Closing

Today is when we officially become homeowners! After just a little last-minute scrambling, we got a cashier’s check to the escrow and title company on Friday, and signed a giant stack of paperwork on Saturday. We’re told it’ll all get filed at the courthouse today. We’ll get the keys tonight and start pulling up carpets tomorrow!

We also took a trip on Saturday to get the truck’s emissions tested (a prerequisite to registration in King County). Given its propensity to spew a nice puff of smoke whenever it starts up, we were dubious, and the cheerful gentleman running the test station gave us absolutely no hints about the outcome until he handed us a piece of paper: pass!

The only other concern about the truck is the near constant squeaking that I think I’ve identified as the bearings in the air/smog pump. A new part is on its way, and hopefully we’ll be in business.

Achievement unlocked: truck ownership

As previously noted, our new place is a fixer upper, and we anticipate quite a few trips to the dump, Home Depot, getting stuff off Craigslist, etc. Sure, we could borrow a friend’s van or rent a truck (apparently, Handy Andy is the place to go), but where’s the fun in that? Plus, I work from home most of the time, and Dina drives the car to work most days. So yesterday, we drove out to Monroe and bought this beaut:

Dodge Dakota 4×4, V8, long bed

As much as we can rationalize the decision, this was an emotional purchase, a response to our romantic (?) vision of home ownership.

Hopefully, the truck isn’t as much of a fixer as the house…