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Getting ready for an Open House...


Well, we've been “in country” for two weeks now, and we have a few more observations...


As I filled up the borrowed VW yesterday, I noticed that I was now way over $200 in dough that I had put into its tank! Since there is no shortage of oil, I wonder why the American people don't rebel just a little—they can't all have their retirement money in Chevron!


The price of paint has been a shock...It seems to cost double what it did four years ago...


 But the prices of computers and printers continue to drop, plus the cost of ink cartridges are significantly lower here than in Ecuador...


I don't mind paying $2.50 a cup for a large “regular” coffee, at our local Dutch Bros Internet cafe, because their Wi-Fi is lightning fast, and the coffee is pretty darn good.


We notice that there are not a lot of Realtors advertising their listings in the newspaper, as last night's “Real Estate” portion only contained five ads for FSBO open houses. Home prices continue to plummet.


Our area is absolutely swimming with tourists now. It could be that Grants Pass, and the Rogue River are becoming the “go to” destinations as people forego trips abroad or to places like Disneyland. Even though it costs a lot more to camp out now, it is still way cheaper than staying in a theme hotel, and buying a ton of “E Ride” tickets for the whole family.


We are seeing a few RVs driving around, but nowhere near like we did four years ago...I just don't think as many people can see paying $400 for each fill-up..


When Rox and I mention that we live in Ecuador and are up here to try to sell our property, we get a ton of questions from everyone we meet. It seems everyone knows someone who is now an ExPat, or they might have itchy feet themselves..


A number of folks have mentioned that they might love to “take off”, but are held back by these two most significant factors: Grandkids--far and above over second place—Access to shopping...not one person has mentioned “didn't want to leave old friends” or “it is not patriotic”.


Almost everyone has mentioned the impossible cost of health care, while shaking their heads in wonder as we describe the cost for knee replacements, for example, being one tenth the cost as in the US, They also comment on the availability of more advanced knees, and rules that allow younger persons to get their first operation.


The weather here has been a delightful high of 85 this week—way good for doing maintenance and painting, etc...


We had a delightful evening with Art and Ruth last night. We were off to a new (to us) restaurant that had much of the staff working from our previous favorite restaurant. We wish to thank Olivia for being her usual charming self, and for making the good food taste even more delicious.


We have an open house today.  Rox and I have been falling into our Coleman airbed each night after trying like heck to get the place ready to show.  After four years of renters, it showed a huge lot of neglect.  We are trying make it look as it used to--no small task!


Here are some shots of us painting and pressure washing...










Posted on Sun, July 10, 2011 at 06:28AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

I absolutely love your blog posts. Question: What do you think of your coleman airbed? We are house shopping and downsizing and I am trying to convince hubby we can get a smaller house and whip out a coleman airbed in his office when family visits instead of leaving an entire room unused as a spare bedroom most of the time. Your thoughts?

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheapchick

Hello Bob & Rox,
My husband and I discovered your blog a few days ago, and read through all of it. It was so inspiring, we could not stop. It is like picking up a good book and never wanting it to be over. Only, this one is about real people, living OUR dream!
My husband and I wish you the best of luck in selling your property in the US, so you can come back to your paradise in Ecuador and tell us more.
Chantal & Ed

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

I forgot to say eralier: my husband and I really appreciate the difference that you make in the life of the people around you. And you do it with so much positivism and a great love of life. It shows. You are an inspiration.
Thanks for being who you are.
Chantal & Ed

July 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantal

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