House and car adventures

We saw two other houses this past week. One was a rather old-style house in Shadyside that had dark wood paneling everywhere, a weird kitchen, a bathroom in the landing of the basement stairs (?!?), and a $500k price tag. So yeah, not so great.

Saw another today (that I talked about last time; between two other houses that recently sold), and we actually liked it. Other than the seller being silly about the price tag, the house was comfortable. No “modern” updates to the house, which we both think is a bonus. 6 bedrooms (!), 2.5 bathrooms, nice wood floors on the ground floor, carpet in the bedrooms, and a reasonably-sized backyard. The downside is the lack of garage or off-street parking, and the basement, which has mold and will need some drying out.

It’s actually amusing because, while the place is listed at around $407k, the house next to it sold for $330k, and the other house next to it is currently under agreement with a $395k price tag, so I was thinking this house was probably around $350k. (It’s both literally and figuratively in between the other two houses.) Went in with our agent today, and she thought it might actually be worth around $375k, until she was able to get in contact with the seller of the other house. Apparently it only sold for between $355k and $375k (we’ll know for sure on Thursday), and it had upgrades such as central heating and cooling, and a remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. So this seller is crazy, and we’ll just hold off until he comes to his senses and is more amenable to a reasonable offer.

But the excitement of today came after seeing the house. Austin is leaving Pittsburgh for a few months, so we’re watching his car and place while he’s gone, and had planned on using it today to drive to Ohio. But we got to the car, and quickly discovered that his front tire was very, very flat.
Cue efforts to try and reach him. He usually leaves his phone on silent overnight, and we don’t have smartphones and so couldn’t ping him on chat, and it wasn’t even guaranteed he was awake yet. In the end, we went up to his door to knock and discovered him rounding the corner of the hallway while moving clothing for laundry.

Our attempts to replace the tire with a spare to drive it somewhere failed when none of us had the strength to loosen the bolts holding the tire in place.

In the end, he ended up calling a tow truck (which took almost 90 minutes to arrive), and we ended up in Qdoba for a late 4 PM lunch while his car got a new tire. Arrived in Ohio a few hours after our original plan (and after driving through an extremely heavy rainstorm while leaving Pittsburgh), but with no real problems. It was actually kind of a fun experience.

And it turns out it was for the better anyway… Austin had forgotten his climbing shoes in the car, and his phone had apparently also fallen out of his pocket and ended up under the driver’s seat. Given that he leaves for Seattle tomorrow, it was extremely fortuitous that circumstances forced us to sync up with him before leaving for the weekend.

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