Monday, July 2, 2018

A last weekend with GFJ before the hot spell arrives.


GFJ was expecting for one hot day this weekend.  So I over packed Mario's suitcase with extra long and short sleeve shirts before driving up to her place for the weekend.

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I got the call that GFJ wanted me to drive up to her place after Friday's rush hour. I told her that I'd be driving up around 7 pm. But due to my stupidity and clumsiness, I knocked over a large container of coins and had to clean them up before leaving the house. GFJ decided to grab something to eat, and I said that I'd pick up something on my way up.  Sadly, I made the mistake of picking up Chinese in New Paltz, and this would later make me wish I had picked up Mickey D's food instead.

When I arrived at GFJ's place, she was dealing with the realtor who might be helping her sell her house.  The divorce settlement calls for the liquidation of all marital assets, and this means GFJ will be selling off a commercial property, closing down a business, and leaving her home of approximately 30 years. She will be striking out on her own into a life of great uncertainty and risk.

While GFJ talked, I got my Chinese food out of the bags, and she kept me company while I ate my meal.  I'll remember not to go to this take-out place again, as the food had no flavor and I wouldn't consider eating any of the food as leftovers.

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Saturday came, and we didn't get moving until late in the afternoon.  The sky was overcast, rain kept threatening, and neither of us wanted to go out.  So we stayed inside all day, did a little work to clean out a closet in the basement, and then cooked steaks.  It wasn't much of a day to write about, so I'll keep this part of the weekend's report down to this single paragraph.

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We expected for the rain to be over on Sunday, with clearing skies and hot weather.  This was not the case.  GFJ got up before 10, and was on the phone by 10:30 with her two sone talking about the sale of the properties. Around noon, they got on a call with the prospective purchaser of one property, and that lasted a while. Then, it was another call with her sons to discuss what she should do.  As I see it, she's in a bind, as she'll need both a place to live and a good income stream for her old age - neither of which looks likely right now.

By the time 4:30 came around, she was finally free, and we decided to get showered, dressed, and out to the movies.  Considering that the only movies at the Kingston multiplex were typical franchise action films, we ended up going to the theater in Rhinebeck to see RBG (a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS justice.)  As usual, we barely made it to the theater with a minute to spare. But we were there in time.  If one is into documentaries, I recommend this film.

Once done with at the movies, it was back to Kingston to eat at the diner. Neither of us knew what we wanted to eat. So GFJ took a safe option and ordered an omelet. As for me, I ordered Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken.  During dinner, GFJ and I overheard a few snippets of conversation.  One snippet involved one lady who ordered the pot roast, then couldn't eat it because there was too much meat - and returned the dish.  The waitress retorted "this isn't a nursing home" - and one could easily tell that she was upset at the lady for wasting a meal she wasn't going to pay for.  When the waitress went back to the kitchen, the lady commented to me that she was finding my observations in my conversation with GFJ very interesting.  (Moi????)  After she left, the waitress returned, and we had a nice shat with her.  A little later, she came back with this lady's uneaten food and gave it to me as it was untouched, and still perfectly edible.  (Strange, huh????)  So with my leftovers, and this uneaten meal, I had food enough for another two days.

Of course, it was time to go home.  So it was back to GFJ's, where I got interested in an old HBO show, "The Newsroom" while GFJ fell asleep.  If you get the chance to watch this show, make sure that you watch it from the beginning of the first episode, as Jeff Daniels' opening pontification is one of the best speeches one will have the pleasure of watching on TV. And better yet, the show is more meaningful now than when it first ran on TV.

Too bad that I couldn't binge watch the show over the next 12+ hours.  I had to get some sleep before going home, and GFJ had to get up early in the morning to take care of phone calls related to both work and her property sales.






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