Sunday, January 9, 2011


Today the Box demonstrated its awesome road grip as we mushed through the 0.5 inches of snow and made our way to Market Square Church in downtown Harrisburg. Following the service, where my sister Rachel was installed as a deacon, she and I high-tailed it up Second Street to Division, and then north on Front to McDonald's near Linglestown Road.

There we wolfed down a side salad and diet Coke, the first of our attempts to shed some pounds in 2011. It was actually pretty good, although the Super Double Giant Cheese and Bacon Two-Pounder kept calling my name. Nonetheless, we escaped without bringing meat or fries to our lips.

Rachel lives on the edge of a housing development where two houses were open for inspection today. So I drove over to Enola behind her, and her husband Jack joined us in going next door to tour the houses.

Being old and feeble, we were unable to bend over to put on the blue booties they like you to wear in new houses, so the poor real estate lady had to help us. I would suggest at least one chair in the joint so people can sit down and put on the booties without balancing on our spindly old legs.

The first house was priced at $1,085,000, with local taxes set at about $12,000 a year. It was large, about 6,100 square feet, a little larger than we'd need. We briefly considered all moving in together but soon gave up that idea, figuring we'd all be in prison in six months for mutual murder.

After examining it from basement to second story, we went next door to a similar but smaller house, priced at only $945,000. It was very nice, more intimate and cozy. This could be a serious contender if we win the lottery. Maybe I should buy a ticket sometime.

This development, called Wentworth Estates, apparently spent all of its marketing budget and couldn't afford a proof-reader. Here is a sample of their website prose: "Wentworth Estates introduces luxusious country living, with breathtaking scenery and Open Spaces at teh foot of Blue Mountain. Located only 20 minutes from downtown Harrisburg and Canlisle."

Soon I was off to Hershey to hear a recital on a new organ in the Methodist Church. Amazingly, there were no parking spots in the church lot or for blocks in all directions. So I just went home instead. There will be other chances. Who knew you could still get a packed house at an organ recital!

Here are some pictures of the Two Big Houses --

Entry and step-down family room.


Dining room.

Dining area of kitchen.

The business side of the kitchen.

Spa tub and shower in master bath.

Vanities in master bath.

Steps to secret room over garage.

Jack and Rachel check out the stadium-sized basement.

The second, smaller house.

Foyer and stairs, living room to the right.
Rachel discusses the kitchen with the agent.

Entry seen from the staircase.

The family room.

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