One small step…


Some of you know a little, some of you don’t know very much. I’ve seeded bits of information among those I could speak to in person over the past couple of years. However, now that it’s official, I wanted to let you all know.

It has been an arduous process, not made any easier by living half an ocean away from the location. The escrow phase was a bitch complicated by a big problem (not of our making) I’d rather not go into yet as it still makes my blood boil. Regardless, yesterday escrow closed and the place is officially ours.

To those of you who haven’t known, no, I did not win the lottery. I just spent my inheritance. In fact, my mother has taken out the loan since I am effectively a non-entity to the U.S. from which I have been separated for over a decade. This was my way of killing two birds with one stone. At some point, I know I’ll have to care for my elderly mother. I’m not going back to Ontario or California, or the mainland to do that; and Japan was completely not an option for her. So, I am literally going halfway.

Whereto from here? As the title suggests, this is just the first step. I will be renting it out for a couple of years while we get our ducks in a row (and use the rental income to fund our move). With luck, sooner than later.


The E asked for some pictures. Instead of loading a bunch, I just made this collage to give an overall sense of the place.

Some notes: the wide exterior shot at the top-left is our building with the slightly brighter looking unit (tweaked in PS) being our place. The top-right shot is from the balcony which is beyond the blinds in the center-right photo. The bottom-right is essentially another living room on the 1st floor (my office). Questions? Just ask.

4 Comments so far

  1. the_E on September 1st, 2016

    Amazing, Ben. Smart move, buddy. Congrats to you and Rumiko and Mom. I know you’ll keep us posted.

  2. Kiko on September 8th, 2016

    Congrats dude! I know stuff got a bit sticky there, and I am glad you were able to get it worked out. Fingers crossed that you guys can move sooner, rather than later.

  3. the_E on September 12th, 2016

    DUUUDE, it’s so sweet. What a pretty place. Can’t wait to see Star Wars posters on the wall.

  4. bend on September 14th, 2016

    Had ceiling fans installed in the two large rooms on the first and second floor as well as a light over the dining area. Was suggested by my property manager as a more attractive appeal to potential tenants. As for SW posters? Well, I will finally have a place to hang most of my poster collection, though Rumiko has already mandated geek shit goes downstairs. :-D

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