We get the keys to our new home today. Important truths have been re-emphasized in this arduous process, but the lessons are old ones. I did develop some new skills from living for three weeks in a cabin with no air conditioning and no ordinary source of hot water. I didn’t know that:
One can shave using a cup of micro-waved hot water.
One can shower with a pan’s worth of stove-warmed water. “Soap up” first.
The heat in a closed-up cabin can trigger asthma attacks.
Our fur-covered cats don’t mind the heat in a closed-up cabin.
In a significant illustration of how stupid and irrationally risk-averse banks can get, there was a last-minute attempt to stall our ownership transfer over a clerical inconsistency of less than one dollar. No one knows why, but there was a THIRTY CENT difference between what my wife’s former employer stated in their letter to the mortgage lender they would be paying her per month in pension and what they actually paid her. The lender threatened to hold up the completion of the deal unless WE resolved this difference. This may have been a data entry mistake, or a reflection of changes in calculations based on the fluctuating stock values underlying the pension, or an accounting error. I have done the accounts for small businesses, but I’m not a CPA. Don’t ask me to outline the arcane possibilities for error in a pension fund from a corporation that employs thousands.
When I received the cell call about this artificially important matter, I was busy holding someone down on the toilet who has been defecating themselves to death for the past week. This patient has been a go-getter all her life, a “type-A” personality. No matter what creditors asked of her, she threw her whole being into it. She achieved much, in a material sense. She’s rail-thin, and now that her memory has dissolved her body believes she’s supposed to “keep trying, keep going, keep pushing”. She can’t relax, and her digestive system is turning itself inside-out.
Take heed. If you expend too much of your spirit toward satisfying the requirements of the world of money, this could be your end. All things must pass, and too much of what passes will be diarrhea.
I called “bullshit” on the lender. They backed down. Tonight I will be sleeping on the floor of our own house. The bed won’t be delivered until tomorrow, but I don’t mind.