Friday, March 26, 2010

My Old Kentucky Home

After making do in a crowded apartment for nine months, I am pleased to report the return to home ownership of a place remarkably like the house I had in Tucson's West University Neighborhood (SE corner of 4th St/2nd Ave) during "the math days" of 1988–1992.

Built in 1930, the KY place is also close to the university and downtown in a similar neighborhood. It features hardwood floors throughout except for tile in the kitchen and bathrooms. Hardwood stairs go to a bedroom with a full rebuilt bathroom, and a cellar/basement provides easy access to all electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.

Different from AZ, at this closing after the buyer has handed over the check and signed everything, the seller enters the room. In walked this petite lady in her eighties. She told me how the home was first occupied by a shoemaker from Scotland who had his own shop nearby on the main street. He raised four children, two girls in a room downstairs and two boys upstairs. Having only one bathroom then, the mother timed the children and rang a bell when time was up. The children lived in the house until they married. When all were gone, the shoemaker sold the house to the lady in front of me. When she had signed everything, she gave me a baggie holding the original skeleton keys for the original 1930 locks in the doors. The keys are 80 years old.

The 2004-2009 Tucson x4mr pad (loved this house) on Second Street near Craycroft that I sold upon leaving town. The large living room had a killer home theater system and a cinema buff's movie collection (over 500 titles). The daughter and a fair number of UHS graduates have some pretty incredible memories and stories about what happened in the pad while dad was conveniently somewhere else. I remember coming home one night...well, you get the idea.

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Blogger Sirocco said...

Congrats on the new house! Probably a good time to buy, too.

3/26/2010 4:51 PM  
Blogger Cigar Man said...

Imagine yourself still at SAIAT. TREO is trying to entice people on your board. PCC is telling elected officials they already do what you are doing. Their allies keep telling the Mayor you are just like Jobpath. New Horizons is saying you are stealing money from hard working Tucson businesses. Clear Channel keeps nagging you about an illegitimate charge without providing an invoice. When you refuse to pay, they start calling your board, which is also getting emails from PCC with fictitious accusations, which while disproved, are a constant source of harassment. TREO tells the city council you are just "managing property" and steals your funding.

TREO succeeds in turning two of your board members who then try to fire you (for losing money!) so they can take over, restore funding, and use SAIAT to funnel consulting gigs to themselves. When they fail and don't resign, you and your board chair have to figure out how to fire them, and then you learn they have a secret contract with TREO and are operating under its direction.

Sure you don't want to come back?

An 80 year old house full of hardwood, rock, and brick is SO YOU.

Congrats.

3/26/2010 6:50 PM  
Anonymous Observer said...

Dang, CM, why evoke such imagery on the day x4mr gets a cool pad?

So no cookie cutter place with a pool in suburbs? I know the West University area and that house at 4th/2nd. It's close to everything (campus, 4th Ave, Coop).

CM is right that you are SO hardwood floor, and the thing with the lady and the keys is awesome.

The 2nd St. house is a 1955 or so place. They didn't have hardwood floors, but it looks great from the outside and thick brick is good in Tucson. Did they redo the floors? Tile?

There is something under the surface of this, but I can't quite put my finger on it.

Congratulations, and yes, your KY home looks a lot like the 4th/2nd place, including the front porch.

3/26/2010 9:32 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

I like the new house. It is amazing that there have only been two previous owners since 1930.

I've always liked those big front porches that are close to the sidewalk. This, of course, dates back to a time when people would sit and visit with each other on the front porch and talk to those who were passing by. Hard to imagine now.

Congratulations on becoming a homeowner again, X4mr. Now you can get a dog.

3/27/2010 8:05 AM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

I'm not sure what Cigar Man's SAIAT tirade has to do with x4mr buying a house from an old lady, which is indeed a very cool story.

I can see x4mr now on that porch, smoking a cigar with some Laphroaig and a Spellbound, blogging about a documentary on Enron.

Congratulations. I don't know much about IR, except that it isn't for dummies. You must liking your job. Good for you.

I've actually thought about leaving Tucson myself.

3/27/2010 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cigar Man probably realizes x4mr's days of cloth bashing are winding down, and he wanted to get in one final rant about PCC and TREO.

Cool house. You have character and style. I'll bet you have interesting furniture as well. I hope you enjoy yourself out there.

You have more than earned it, Matt.

Excuse me, make that Dr. Matt.

3/27/2010 1:10 PM  

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