Shortly before Thanksgiving my wonderful wife, her father and I made an offer to buy a very nice house in the area. The reason all three of us were involved is that the house easily had the nicest casita–guest house–my wife and I had seen among the many houses we’ve visited that are in our price range. We were not necessarily looking for a house with a casita.
The sale was contingent on having an accepted offer on at least one of the two houses from which we would have moved. The seller, under a tight time constraint, did not give us much time to make that happen, especially in this market and at this time of year. The deadline to have an accepted offer was yesterday so we are not buying that house.
My wonderful wife and I have a potential backup plan, though. We had seen a house before the “casita” house that literally gave me goose bumps the first time we walked through it. My wife liked the house, but the lack of a pool was a major negative for her. I kept reminding her that we could always add a pool, especially since the lot is almost an acre.
However, in speaking with the owners, one of whom is the listing agent for the house, we received the distinct impression that they would not consider an offer with a contingency. Given that the house has now been on the market for 6+ weeks maybe their view has changed. In any event, nothing ventured, nothing gained. This purchase would not include my wife’s father.
The “goose bumps” house, which does not have a casita, has an amazing courtyard, large bedrooms, parking for five cars (including a two-car bay that is larger than our current alleged three-car garage), and a rooftop observation deck with a view of this:
This is a picture of Four Peaks, my favorite landmark in the area, taken recently by my wonderful wife. The thought of being able to see that from our house is almost beyond comprehension.
I am not optimistic in the least that we will be able to buy this house either because the seller will not accept a purchase contingent on the sale of our house or that we will simply be unable to sell our house in a reasonable time frame. Once again, though: nothing ventured, nothing gained. Wish us luck, the good kind, because we will need it.
Today is Dick Van Dyke’s 97th birthday. Of course, he is still best remembered for the acclaimed program, The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was produced from 1961 to 1966 and that aired on CBS. Another comedy starring Van Dyke, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, was produced and aired in the early 1970s. That show was filmed very near here, in Carefree, Arizona. Supposedly, Van Dyke still lives somewhere in this area. No, we have never seen him here.
On this day in 1957, and very late in the automotive calendar, the last two-seat, first-generation Ford Thunderbird was produced. I have to admit that solely in terms of styling, I like the 1955 version the best of the three. However, the ’57 had some wonderful engine options not available in any other year.
The top performing engine was a 312 cubic-inch, supercharged V-8 rated at 300 HP/439 LB-FT of torque, quite impressive numbers for 1957. Supposedly, a “NASCAR” engine was available that produced even more HP, 340, but I doubt that was installed in many cars. Production for the ’57 T-Bird was 21,380 units, the most of the three years of the first generation.
As most of us know, the “Square Bird” four-seat Thunderbird was introduced for 1958 and was a sales success. However, it is still the “Baby Birds” that are most in demand among collectors.
Rumors “flare” up from time to time that FoMoCo will revive the Thunderbird name, which has not been used since the 2005 model year. One rumor even suggested that the T-Bird would be brought back as a mid-engine car, sort of as competition for the C8 Corvette. That would be ironic given it was the success of the first-generation Thunderbird that kept Chevrolet/General Motors in the Corvette game despite poor sales numbers in the beginning. Everything old is new again?
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Postscript: My condolences to the family of Mike Leach and to all Mississippi State football fans.