In the spirit of continuous updates, the house is officially off the market. We got an offer within two days and now we’re deep in the midst of completing the selling process. Everything is now moving faster than we expected, the closing date is sooner than we thought it would be, and now we’re looking at options for movers and trying to figure out how all of the packing will get done. We took a break from the stress on Saturday and checked out the band of a good friend I made up here through Seattle’s carpool program. Jim is the bass player for Boomerang, and they play frequently at a little bar in Kent called the Interchange. They’re all very talented musicians with long careers, so it was a good night for a pitcher of beer and a series of classic rock covers. I won’t be here to see them again, but they sounded great, I recommend making the trip.
The house is officially on the market, and no sooner was that the case than there was a knock on the door yesterday afternoon. Our first showing came on the first day, how about that Seattle real estate market? It may not be so bad a thing that there is another unit selling at the same time we are, it gives people a couple of options to look at, seeing as they’ve already made the trip. I was not expecting to be selling this home so quickly, those who have been following this space will know that we just got it in October. I put a lot of work into painting it. I was afraid the color choices would be too bold for sellers but so far everyone likes it. Again that’s Seattle, I don’t think I could have gotten away with a red kitchen in Florida. Sometimes you have to let go of things faster than you thought you would.
What I will miss most about Seattle is the people, and the man I will most the most who is not a personal friend is Tom Douglas. For those of you not local to Washington, he’s the man who beat Bobby Flay on Iron Chef with salmon on a cedar plank. He owns multiple restaurants in Seattle including the Dahlia Lounge, our favorite place to throw some money down on amazing food. We went to the Bite of Seattle for the first time on Saturday and Tom Douglas was there, hosting the area giving out samples from six different outstanding Seattle fine dining locations. His flank steak came in second to someone else’s Italian dessert that combined marscapone, sour cream and chestnut honey, but I also really liked the heirloom tomato gazpaucho from Salty’s. As a special treat I checked out green tea mochi from a Japanese booth and reaffirmed my love for green tea in every incarnation.