I met Pearl in September, and we were married in December. My previous home was a spot decision, for I was still working in the U.S. Senate and came home to quickly purchase something for our return. The morning my real estate agent showed me around, he indicated that a rather unusual penthouse was just made available, and would I like to see it? Turned out one of the co-owners of the building had a spat with the rest of the group and he suddenly just offered his apartment for sale. It was love at first sight when I saw it. My neighbors somehow were linked to the ownership, and were people like Aaron Placourakis (went on to own a bunch of restaurants), Stevenson Higa (art gallery), Donald Johanos (symphony conductor), Harry/Emma Myers (Waikiki hotel), etc. Then, my recent decision to totally change my lifestyle for permanence at 15 Craigside was also swift:
- I saw this building coming up for several years in the adjacent lot, so one day decided to drop by on a Saturday for no particular reason.
- I had not looked into any seniors community on the island.
- However, after only a few minutes at 15 Craigside, they indicated that an apartment which had never been lived in was suddenly made available that very hour. I looked at it and said to myself, if I happened to be the first person to sign up when the place was first made available, this was the one I would have picked.
- So 20-minutes into a lark I signed a $20,000 check for my final home.
- A marriage that lasted 47 years, and the reason for the hasty decision was something called love.
- Life in Craigside was for 32 years, and, again, it was love.
- I'm now in Year 3 of what I hope will continue for another 30 years, but this time, it's more like like.
- Keep my current 10-year old Honda Fit until it finally broke down.
- Quit driving for good.
- I first asked William what would be the lowest possible amount I would pay after trading-in my car.
- When they brought back the balance sheet, the cost was $27,000 (the grand sum when they add everything like taxes, handling, mistakes, 10-year insurance, etc), minus $3000 for my old car, or $24,000.
- So I began some bargaining, as I thought the 3-year warranty was sufficient, the leather seats were unnecessary (but that was just another mistake by their computer) and assorted other stuff I didn't want...so what about $22,000?
- He had to go see his manager.
- While waiting, I had a second gambit. Ask for an even lower price, I would forget about Toyata, and I would just write them a $20,000 check.
- Of course he had to go back to check with his manager.
- But while he was away, I thought, why not use my Mile-Plus VISA card and get 20,000 miles.
- So when he came back I asked, and he had to see his manager again.
- The manager returned instead and said the VISA assessment was around $500, and they were at the lowest level they could go.
- So I quickly said, why don't we split that difference and we can forget about a credit card. I'll write a check for $19,750.
- The manager had to check with his superior...and they essentially said okay.
While I might wear a shirt that says Don't Worry Be Happy, I rarely, actually, act with any haste, but on those occasions when I have, that's the key word. Every time I made a quick monumental decision, it was to enhance my happiness...and every one was of life-determining consequence.
Hurricane Irma is now at 110 MPH and looks to be heading for islands of the Caribbean:
There is a new one, Typhoon Banyu at 90 MPH, located sufficiently east of Japan and projected to keep moving parallel to the northeast: