First on the block is my condo in Olympia. This has been my second home, or a "home away from home", when the Legislature has been in session. Tony and I bought in back in 2003. It's a one-bedroom on the 7th floor of a high-rise just a few miles from where my office was in the Capitol. It was a mess when we bought it and we had to spend a summer gutting and remodeling it. On the left is "before", on the right is "after".
I spent a few days in Olympia last week at legislative meetings and in between and in the evenings I'd be cleaning out the condo, making it ready to get on the market and stuff. I realized how much I enjoyed that little place -- as a refuge from long days at the legislature, and how much "me" there was in the place. Even though I spent less than 75 nights a year in it, it was still sort of "home", and I was a little sad realizing that I may have spent my last night there this past week.
Then on Sunday I took in my custom chopper -- Red Rocker -- to Downtown Harley Davidson to put it on consignment. This was a great bike -- the first Harley-Davidson Rocker model sold in Washington when I bought it back in 2008. I spent the spring pretending I was "Senior" Tuetul from the show "Orange County Choppers" tearing it apart and rebuilding it into a custom chopper. Boy it was a sweet looking bike when it was done after months of being at the DHD shop, and it cost me a pretty penny to do, but in the end it was just that -- a sweet looking bike. It was, like most custom choppers, a beast to ride, and in 5 years I put less than 5,000 miles on it. I'd mainly ride it to special events, or down to the beach in the summer where it looked pretty in the sun and I got a lot of comments.
Seeing as both of these projects -- the condo and the bike involved so much sweat equity as well as "heart and soul", its somewhat difficult to part with them, but I'm doing OK. I realize that we can be ruled by out "possessions" and that maintaining them is time consuming and expensive, and I really don't "need" them in the big picture of things. It was nice to call the insurance company and take the bike off the policy and get a refund on my premium, and I won't miss the $900 or so a month the condo costs me in mortgage and HOA dues.
Now if I can just tackle the 15 years of stuff that's accumulated in the crawl space and attic of the house! But that's a project for another day....