Not a Trip Report - France

Old Nov 15th, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Sitting on spilkes and waiting for the final instalment...
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 04:17 PM
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Oh, don't stop here!
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Old Nov 15th, 2012, 06:35 PM
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Of course I won't stop here. There is much more to come. Well,not much more....
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 08:34 AM
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Love reading your non-trip report. Makes me want to buy a home in France....or maybe Germany or Austria!
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 08:56 AM
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Soon, please! I loved La Factoire woman.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 09:20 AM
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Could it be that StCirq has her eye on this little place in Paris?

http://en.menagerhug.com/b-1045-PARI...ique-home.html

It's in the New York Times as well.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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More more. I leave for Paris Monday, don't make me wait until I get back
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 12:24 PM
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LOL, Coquelicot. I wish!

Don't worry, CarolA. If I can get to it tonight, I will. If not, tomorrow.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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I'll try to be brief (not my strong suit)

A few days later we are invited to dinner at P and C’s apartment, a not-unusual event. We make a salad and grab a bottle of wine and head around the corner to their place. We settle into the living room, and P assumes a business look and gets right to the point: “So…we asked you over not only because we enjoy your company, but because we love the house, and we want to help extricate you from your problems. How much does the ex need to leave you alone once and for all?”

And I name an amount that, to me, is really substantial. And P says “That’s no problem, but aren’t you also going to need money to get the house fixed – those tirants and all – so you can start renting it again? I mean, if it were my place, and part of it might just end up being that, I’d want to turn it into income-producing property again…even if you want to use it a lot yourselves. Or if we did.”

Runningtab and I are a bit slow to absorb this. Could it be…..? No, that’s impossible. We only met P and C a year and a half ago. We were having a yard sale before our last move, and C came by and bought a few things. We see them often and attend events with them (including plays – C is a terrific actor), have them over, sit with them in our front-yard “salon,” go on excursions with them, enjoy their company immensely, but they aren’t lifelong friends, nor would we have ever put them in a benefactor category. (Well, we wouldn’t ever have put anyone in a benefactor category – it was the last thing on our minds.) But…that is exactly what is transpiring in this conversation. The want either to buy a quarter interest in the property or just lend us the money (on terms any bank would scoff at) and think about the ownership aspect down the road a bit. So we agree to start off with a written agreement and promissory note, consult with lawyers, do a bit of business, which as of this moment we’re almost done with. And I got to show up in court last month with a copy of a Letter of Intent to the effect that the entire amount will be paid to the ex by the next court date in January (it’ll all be settled long before that, and the court appearance won’t even be necessary).

And P has taken the pictures of the house I’ve given her to another friend who is interested in a piece of it (not that we want to give away a lot more of it). And the estimate for the tirants and other repairs isn’t as onerous as I expected it to be. And this arrangement frees me from all the odious tasks associated with trying to get a home equity loan from a French bank, or having to deal with French lawyers and notaries, or stumbling my way through complicated time-share arrangements, or dealing with Madame D, the real estate agent.

So we’re not selling the house, at least not for now. We’ll deal with the original concerns – remoteness, stairs, upkeep – in due time. As runningtab says, we should be able to go to market, climb stairs, do a bit of gardening, for at least another decade. In the meantime we will fix up the place, start renting it again, suck as much enjoyment out of it as possible, use it as our source of succor, likely move there. We’ll have GTGs there and invite Fodorites. We’ll go there with P and C and find as many ways to thank them as we can. We’ll work and play in paradise.

St-Cirq has always been good to me. Always a magical, karmic place. So I guess it’s not unusual that she wants me to stay as much as I want to. I used to kiss the door of that house every time I left, and maybe she remembered that.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 03:27 PM
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What a storybook ending! I guess these things really do happen in real life. Hopefully we'll get updates on the repairs at the house...
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What a wonderful ending/start of the next chapter. Miracles do sometimes happen. Now you just need one for your ankle.
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What a perfect ending to a great story. Thank you!
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 04:41 PM
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You're welcome, Vonse.

PA: Yes, they do happen in real life, just as years of total upsets do.

thursdays: Yes, I do need one for the ankle. Waiting to hear from the doctor on MRI results/recommendations.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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Wow, StCirq, all is good.
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Hot Damn! What wonderful news to brighten this drizzly night!

I am so happy for you (and Runningtab); to be able to keep the home you have so enjoyed, and so generously shared with us Fodorites over the years.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 04:55 PM
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A wonderful ending. Please keep us updated.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 04:56 PM
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Thanks, jubi and nukesafe! We are ecstatic and in wonderment that people can be so compassionate, kind, and generous.

Shall we have a rendez-vous in St-Cirq? I will happily host and be tour guide.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Thank you StCirq ~ I love a happy ending.
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Old Nov 16th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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What a wonderful ending or I should say new beginning. So glad it is working out for you.
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Of all the delicious beginnings, middles and ending of St-Cirq’s signature retelling, the tastiest of all - for me - is this: just as she shared the account with you, she shared with me the place itself, despite her misgivings that her urban-centric, vermin- and agrophobic SO might recoil. Once well past that, we looked at what seemed a necessary, disaster-averting, but wrenchingly painful, solution, and agreed that hell, no, this shall not come to pass—there’s a better way. We don’t know what it is, but we’ll find it. And thanks to the kind magic that randomly(?) encountered angels weave, we found the better way - or it found us.

There can still be happy endings, if we believe in them, need them. . And hope to see you all in St-Cirq. You're invited.
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