After more than 14 months of waiting for a date to install Tesla Power Walls at our home in Oakland, Cliff unexpectedly received a message last Sunday that their technicians would be showing up the next day . . . .
Say what? Frankly, we'd given up hope on ever hearing back. (Tesla, you gotta work on your communication.)
About six months into the pandemic, I discovered the world of podcasts and began following Kelly Corrigan, Brene Brown, Dax Shepherd, Glennon Doyle, Oprah Winfrey, and Rob Lowe (not necessarily in that order). Forget "Serial," I was looking for anything with an upbeat message and a little hope . . .
Yesterday came news from COMPASS California Broker, Kathy Mehringer, that the CDC would be issuing new rules around face masks for those of us who are vaccinated, declaring that masks can be discarded both indoors AND outdoors except for venues with large crowds in sustained atmospheres (ie: concerts, plays, sports stadiums, etc.). AND while the Association of Realtors (AOR) was quick to suggest that Open Houses could soon resume, COMPASS strongly suggested that we show continued restraint by following the guidelines for "Shown Properties" as published by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In other words, the current Covid protocol does NOT lay the groundwork for the traditional Open Houses.
(In case you were interested.)
It's baseball season, which in my house is no small thing. Cliff is a die-hard Yankee's fan (he comes by it honestly having grown up in NYC), I favor the SF Giants, and both our boys participated in the "great American pastime" from the moment they could hit a ball off the tee until they graduated from high school. Like the swallows returning to Capistrano each spring, the boys played ball, Cliff helped coach, and I kept the box scores from the comfort of the bleachers. (On reflection, the bleachers weren't all that comfortable.)
If you really want to learn the game, keep score.
Julie Gardner, has been writing The Perspective for 17 years and has published more than 650 essays. She is also a frequent contributor to the Sound Off column in the Real Estate section of The San Francisco Chronicle.