A CONDO WITH A VIEW...by b. Malin
A DREAM COME TRUE...
Ok, ok, so I know I've been gone once again but with Good reason, our Search has ended...We have found the Condo of Our Dreams, now the FUN begins...Sounds Perfect doesn't it? Well NOT SO FAST...Here comes another Tale.
Well let me start off by saying we found a Lovely place in N. Palm Beach on a "Cul-de-Sac". It has everything on our "Check List". It's on the 4th floor, of a 5 story building, with a Beautiful view from the enclosed screened and glass "Lanai", which looks out on the Marina, and the Boats in the water. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a combined Living Room, Dining Room, a Kitchen with a pass- through. When you open the front door, there is a screen door that allows you a breeze from the "InterCostal" across the way. There is also a nice pool and a quite, but stylish Club House. And we have a "Covered Parking Space"...A premium, since not all the Units have one. Can you just hear "Happy Music" playing in the background? Well NOT SO FAST, remember this is a b. Malin Hub, where ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
Of course NOTHING is PERFECT...and this particular Unit needs lots of WORK, a "Diamond in the Rough" as my mother would have said...And indeed it is! Where to start...The ceilings need to be painted. The Ceiling Fans have chain links, and to make matters worse, all the plugs have been CUT! There is a pretty "Crystal Chandelier" very "Art Deco" with a broken dimmer switch, which if not fixed could BLIND one with the Brightness of the candle look. Of course that's an Easy fix...The rugs are not Salvageable...we will probable go with a "Wood Pergo" look Flooring...with tile in the entrance-way and "Lanai". The Dish washer is BROKEN and the GarbageDisposal is Jammed...Oh I could go on, and on...Like telling you that when the Master bathroom "Commode" is Flushed, it LEAKS! And Someone is using our "Premium" PARKING SPACE! But still the View is to die for.
So yesterday, last night to be Exact, Loverman and I are reading the "Condo Documents". All seems to be normal and standard stuff, until we come to this part..."When leaving for the season";
To prevent "Sewer Rats" from entering your unit: Flush Toilet, put one cup of Clorox or Bleach in bowl. Cover Bowl TIGHTLY with Plastic Wrap, put the Seat Cover down, and place a HEAVY weight on the seat cover. I thought to myself, Like maybe the last person that the SEWER RAT KILLED!
LoverMan and I looked at one another...I SCREAMED! SEWER RATS!! And we called the Realtor, who assured us NO ONE in N. Palm Beach has ever complained about Sewer Rats, but they have to put that in, for "Snowbirds" who leave for the season, (that would be us) as a safety precaution. That night I dreamt about Sewer Rats...Not a pleasant dream.
The next day we went back to see the Condo with the View you could die for... And Hopefully we won't...It was all ours, now the fix up would begin, after closing...I walked into the Master Bedroom and went into the Bathroom and peered into the bowl...all was quite and clear and clean...
I went to find Loverman who was standing out on the "Lanai" looking at the view, the view you could DIE for when he said, "Look, look at the swirling motion in the water, I think it's a "Manatee"...Which it was, we kissed and he said, "let's eat out to Celebrate...Do you want to use the Bathroom before we go"? "Nah, I'll wait till we get to the Restaurant". I answered. He smiled down at me, "you know you'll have to use it sometime". "I know, I know", I said, and then we both looked down to see the "Manatee" heading out of the Marina. And I thought to myself, I hope they eat "Sewer Rats".