This post finds us just returned home from our unofficial annual
weekend pilgrimage to the high desert. Our
third tenant in as many years- a young couple in the film
industry with a shar pei dog - is moving in later this week and
we thought we'd better go see how the house was faring after a
couple of move-ins and -outs. And as an added bonus, it
also gave us a wonderful excuse to see a few friends from our
We hadn't seen the interior of our former
home since we moved out almost exactly two years ago and we
weren't quite sure what to expect when we got there. Upon
arrival, we were pleased to see that it was quite clean.
The dog smell that several prospective tenants complained of had
been completely eradicated with carpet cleaning and the house
was in surprisingly good condition overall (not perfect, but
good enough). We were very pleased with our most recent
tenant's treatment of the place and are sad to see him go.
Furthermore, we were delighted to hear from our friendly
next-door neighbor, Rick, that our most recent tenant, Tim, had
even had a couple lively-sounding parties out on the patio just
as we had hoped he would, as this patio was meant to host
parties. Since there were no real surprises at the house,
we easily finished the small projects we intended to work on
during the day on Saturday and on a quick follow-up visit on Sunday, as well
as compiling a small list of items to ask our local property
manager to help us with after our return home.
Even though the primary focus of our visit
was the house, the highlight was definitely seeing some friends
whom we've really come to miss over the past two years since our
departure. On Friday evening, straight from the airport,
we met Erica and Eric for dinner and drinks, complete with
paper stick-on mustaches for all (compliments of the silly and
fun-loving Erica), at Seasons in Old Town. Saturday
evening found us with more friends on the patio at Kelly's
(which was great until the high winds came in and started to
blow over full water glasses and patio umbrellas).
On Sunday, we even got in a short Sandias hike with Petra and
Joe after Joe kindly brought some tools over to the house and
helped Scott with a couple of small projects. It was
wonderful to see everyone who was available on such short notice
and we hope to see the rest of you before too long, either in
Albuquerque or Oakland!
dining at Kelly's in Nob Hill with Joe & Petra
Checking out Petra's new ride
enjoys a breakfast burrito from Weck's that is bigger than his
wouldn't be a trip to New Mexico without a hike in the Sandias!