So we still have been getting daily downpours that make it impossible for the standing water on the property to dry out. Hell we need a solid week of no rain to not only allow it to dry out but also for the subterranean water table to drop a bit so every single rain event does not instantly result in standing water. I still have my sump pump in the chicken backyard running 24/7 to try to accelerate the process. Last week I read that we are basically in a 200 year high rain cycle, meaning it is the most rain we have had this early pretty much since they started recording it.
Last night I called my dad to see if the sale on his Alfa went through. The answer was, not yet. It sounds like a frustrating and bizarre situation. He actually had a check clear and be deposited in his account, only to have the funds removed the following day. Evidently the buyer neglected to provide some documentation to the bank so they pulled the funds which seemed very strange to me. I would assume funds are only deposited once all T’s are crossed and I’s dotted. The car is still in dad’s possession so at this point it is just more of an annoyance that the entire process has to be delayed another few days, but dad doesn’t mind waiting. He almost is glad to wait to mildly punish the buyer for not doing what he was supposed to do. If it was me, I would be more worried about the deal falling through.
Dad also told me about more BS that is going on with the sale of his two (bad) investment properties in Arizona. Much like me, he invested in land during the real estate boom and like me, that land is now worth a small fraction of what was paid for it. Anyway trying to complete the paperwork for the sale of a property on the other side of the country is a hassle and some of the expenses associated with the sale, like phantom road fees really pissed dad off.
Pissed off are the two words I would use to describe the tone of most conversations I have with dad. The list of things that piss him off are nearly endless. His approach to things that piss him off can be counter productive at times but he always has been the type of person that will make a stand on principal, even if that principal may not be deemed worthy of such effort in other’s eyes.
I certainly do share some of his anger at what the world has mutated into but I try to focus that energy into finding a way to keep my personal sphere of existence as happy, fulfilling, and content as possible. I gave up a long time ago thinking my opinion or actions meant much of anything in the big picture which is a sad statement but a true one none the less. Unless I am willing to pick up my life and relocate to a Scandinavian country I just have to be content to navigate around the landmines of corruption, greed, and ignorance that are so prevalent in the US today.
The good news from the dad conversation is once the land and car sales go through, the purchase of a high end solar power system can commence which will have far greater tangible benefit to my dad and stepmom down the road.