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On 8/7/2021 at 11:43 AM, Lars Porsenna said:

Well, we now have a new buyer for the house. They offered $295,000, which is $4000 under asking. I am thinking the asking price was too high to begin with. Closing is now Sept 17 (up from Sept 3 in the original bid).

Damon.

 

Four grand really isn't enough to quibble over. When we moved from California, the realtor insisted we list it for $400k. I really wanted to sell quick so wanted to do $375k. "Nope, nope! Don't worry! It'll sell fast!". Year and a half later, and I was happily accepting $275k. Ouch.

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So I am about a week out from my house closing, & I have my ticket already to fly down to Ecuador. So far everything is going as planned. I have a virtual job now, & a few other virtual opportunities as well. Hopefully the next time I post to this thread, I will be doing so from pleasantly warm Manta, Ecuador!

 

Damon.

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One interesting thing about this place is how the planetary season just doesn't seem to mean so much anymore, & whether it is hot or cold (relatively speaking) is based on other factors.

 

Manta is IIRC around 100mi SOUTH of the equator. Right now we would be in spring, technically speaking. But it is warm (computer says it is 81, feels like 86). But the "cold" season here (& more overcast) is coming up...coinciding with the Northern Hemisphere's winter. In fact, the locals refer to it as winter. Of course add in the fact that the equator bisects the country & is a dominant aspect of things here (which is why the country is called Ecuador -- Spanish for equator), so if you travel a hindred miles north, all of a sudden it is a different "season."

 

Here the Humbolt current from Antartica has a greater influence on the weather & the seasons, compared to the axial tilt of the earth, so I understand.

 

Damon.

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