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The contractor arrived this morning right about 9am, when he was supposed to. There is a big hole in the bathroom ceiling, all plastic tarped over so that the room is usable. Contrary to what the initial guy from their company had said, the leak upstairs is current and not good. The insulation in the ceiling was soaked, not "bone dry" as previously reported. I can only conclude that the probe the guy was using was not working at all for some reason. At any rate, yes, they are definitely going to fix it, but they have to also go in to the place above me and fix the leak in the bathtub in that unit that has been causing this damage. The contractor will be back again next Saturday, but might also have time earlier this coming week to come in and work on it. He said he would keep me posted if he was able to come earlier. The project should be done by the end of next Saturday if all goes according to plan.

I'm not entirely certain everything will go according to plan but, regardless, I don't have to pay for the repairs so I'm okay with the situation. The contractor will probably tell me more next time I talk to him.

Today I sold the cargo bike! A couple came up from Seattle and had a look, reinflated the tires for a test-ride around the parking lot, and declared it a good enough deal that they didn't even try to haggle on the price. Finally, success! I knew I was pricing it reasonably and that it was only a matter of finding the right buyer. Apparently somebody down in the Seattle area is selling something similar for $900, so they saved several hundred by driving up to Everett and buying from me.

Through the suggestion of an online thread, I found a link for a form for what appears to be the invitation letter my brother needs to send. It looks like a thing that will have to be filled out when I actually have an appointment with the consulate, as it has an expected arrival date blank to fill out. It also apparently declares that he would be responsible for me for time eternal or something like that, if it's accepted. He knows I wouldn't be a financial burden on him because I have enough to take care of myself quite well over there, so with any luck he won't have any issues with the document.

I am beginning to wonder if the possibility of getting my brother over here to go to the consulate with me for my appointment (when it happens) might be a good idea, as several people noted that the consular employees tend to be more inclined to talk to "the man of the family," if you will. I don't have a male traveling with me, obviously, but if my brother is going to invite/sponsor me over there, then perhaps having him at the appointment with me, as well as his paperwork, might be useful. It certainly couldn't hurt that he would be able to talk with them in Italian and he'd have a better understanding of the generalities of the system than I do. Anyway, I sent him the link for the form and asked him to check in with his friend at the town hall to see what comments she had about it and what to say on it if this is indeed the proper form. I'll email him later and ask him about the possibility of coming over for a couple of weeks while we get that worked out, once I'm ready and have an appointment.

Another box got packed and hauled out to the garage today. I sorted through the box of photos and photo albums and reduced the volume considerably, getting rid of duplicates, blurry photos, over/underexposures, extraneous pics that no longer have meaning, and the like. I think I cut the volume of actual photographs down by more than half, which was a very good thing. The actual process was a bit emotionally rough, as going through the photos dredged up a lot of memories, some of which were not the best.

A note to my friends on Capitol Hill - the Sherlock Seattle con is coming up the weekend of October 4-6, to be held at the Broadway Performance Hall at SCCC. Is there any chance one of you might be willing to let me crash at your place on a couch or something the nights of the 4th and 5th so that I can walk to the con and not have to cadge a ride down and back every day? I'd be happy to buy you dinner or something in return. I'm quiet and pretty self-contained, and I'll be at the con probably until late-ish in the evening, so I wouldn't be cutting into your personal space all that much, I hope. Even if all you have is floorspace, I can bring my backpacking air mattress (tiny but really effective) and a sleeping bag to sleep on for two nights. Anyway, if you're willing, please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

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Date: 2013-08-18 05:40 pm (UTC)
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That's great news on selling the bike for your asking price and the buyers got a great deal, too! Everybody wins! YAY.

BOO on the leak upstairs still happening but at least they finally figured it out. I'm glad the cost of fixing it isn't something you have to cover out of your own pocket, but the prospect of mold having developed is very worrisome, because it is very toxic stuff. There are even folks who are allergic to just a bit of mildew, but full-blown black mold is bad for everyone, even if it is hiding behind intact walls and ceilings and isn't visible. Hopefully the damage will be fully investigated and repaired as promptly as they can.

Italian society still has a reputation for being pretty chauvinist, sadly. Bringing your sib to the interview might be a good idea.

I am very impressed with your progress taking the time to sort through and discard the things that really aren't worth taking. Old photos definitely can bring up some mixed feelings. I know that in some of my past moves, I didn't take the time or emotional energy to do any of that winnowing of things, and I ended up moving things that were the equivalent of garbage, and I've even moved boxes that hadn't been unpacked since the previous move. Very inefficient.

If you can't find anywhere else to crash in October, my house may be a possibility, although I'm in the Central District. You'd have to walk a block from my house to catch the Route 8 bus to Capitol Hill. During the day it runs every 15 minutes and a bit more often during rush hours, but the frequency drops to every half hour starting around 9 pm. The ride itself takes about 15 minutes, and the bus drops you at Broadway & John, so there would be a two or three block walk to get to where you're going. I have a mattress on the floor, but if your using own gear would be more comfortable you could bring it.

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Date: 2013-08-18 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Early in this process, I finally went through boxes of stuff that I've had for decades and got rid of most of it. It was intimidating but ultimately freeing. I really had So Much Stuff that I didn't need at all. Some stuff was from my most recent ex, which I jettisoned without any qualms. I've had to repeatedly ask myself "do I really need to keep this?" over so many things. Many many memories, but only meaningful to me, and not necessarily needed. So much ephemera in a life, you know?

I suspect when I repack some of this for Italy if the visa is approved, there will be even more of a winnowing down process. That one will probably be harder, as I've already been through the stuff that's "easy" to get rid of.

Thanks for the offer for October, I will keep it in mind if nothing else comes up. A 15 minute bus ride is way way better than begging for two 45 minute rides every day from people who have better things to do.

I am definitely going to email my brother and ask him about coming over when it's time for the interview. I'll pay for his plane ticket if I have to. The more I think about it, the more I think it's a really good idea to have him on hand. He can be really friendly and persuasive, so that's always a plus.

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Date: 2013-08-18 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the leak could have restarted between the first evaluation and when the other dude showed up...

fingers crossed that they get this done before too long.

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Date: 2013-08-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh yes, this is definitely a possibility, and I didn't think of that.

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Date: 2013-08-18 10:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You'd be welcome to crash at my place - I'm just a block downhill from [ profile] mimerki, and have guest parking and a sleeper couch in the living room. And it'd likely be possible for me to spend the nights elsewhere (i.e., with [ profile] mimerki), which would let you use my bedroom and have some privacy.

(FYI, I have a roommate, [ profile] spider88, who used to live with [ profile] thewronghands, and she has 3 pet rats in a cage in the living room.)
Edited Date: 2013-08-18 10:08 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2013-08-18 10:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That would be fantastic! I wouldn't need parking, as I can't drive anymore and don't have a car. I remember [ profile] spider88 and met her once or twice. Could you email me at inisglas at seanet dot com with details like your street address and such? Also, have you cleared it with your roommate?

Thanks so much! *happyglowingErynn*

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Date: 2013-08-19 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just sent you an email. :) And I haven't cleared it with my roommate yet, but it's far enough in the future that I'm pretty sure there won't be a problem. But I will let you know once I check with her - it should just be later today.

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Date: 2013-08-19 04:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fantastic! Thank you both so much!

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Date: 2013-08-19 02:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And [ profile] stolen_tea can totally sleep at my place while you're there, so you should be able to have a bedroom of your own.

Also, where can I find information about this Sherlock Holmes con? I'm not a super Holmes fan, but I have read all the books/stories and would be interested in what's going on there. :)

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Date: 2013-08-19 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That would be great. I'll be answering his email today.

Here's the link for the con - it's going to be grand fun:


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