Anyone want to buy a used car?

That ticking is getting louder, I tell ya.

We’re officially out of the “long vacation” timeframe, and into the “standard” two week vacation timeframe. You know this one: enough time to fly to a distant land, see two or three different places, get really drunk in a bar and get robbed blind, realise you’ve actually got a funky disease you’re not sure if you got from the food or that person you swore looked like a woman the night before…

What? Why are you looking at me like that? You make it sound like no-one else has vacations like that.

Anyway, we’re running out of time, and it still feels like there’s a tonne to do. Our list now looks like this:

  • Cancel our CableTica service
  • Sell our car (currently trying, and having no luck at all)
  • “Cancel” our phone (aka give it back to the company)
  • Pack up the stuff we’re taking with us on the plane
  • Have the rest of our stuff packed and shipped by slow banana boat (and I’m not really kidding about that — it probably is a banana boat)
  • Arrange for our utilities in Calgary (gas, electricity, water)
  • Get our cell phones working in Calgary (probably can’t do that until we get there)
  • Organise the times/dates for moving our stuff out of storage and back into our house
  • Arrange for plane tickets
  • Arrange for hotels for moving (we have to stay at least one night in CR and one night in Calgary), and it they have to take cats
  • Get a rental car
  • Then buy a car in Calgary
  • Figure out how to get what money we’ve managed to save up north so we don’t try carrying it across the border (read: bad idea)
  • Arrange for documentation to prove that we can take our daughter out of Costa Rica (no, I’m not kidding — Temporary Residents need this for some bizarre reason, even if both parents are present)
  • Make sure we can get our cat back into Canada (read: find all the documentation we had from 18 months ago)
  • Clean our apartment top-to-bottom
  • Give away what we’re not taking back to friends (and other organisations)
  • Say “goodbye” to the people we’ve come to know very well over the last year and a half (this is going to truly suck)
  • Make sure we have clothes that are cold-weather appropriate (at least until all of our other clothing is out of storage)

Maybe 50% of the list is done/covered. And there’s a few really big items that still worry me a lot. Like the car. I really REALLY want to sell that car. It’s an asset I don’t want lying around. I’ve got backup plans, if necessary, but having it dispensed with would REALLY help.

So… anyone in CR, want a car? Drop me a line…

2 Replies to “Anyone want to buy a used car?”

  1. Been lurking ever since you arrived — it will be sad to see the CR part of your blog die! Just wanted to say it’s been fun. Also, are you selling any household things? What kind of car?

  2. Hey Erin,

    Chapters open and close all the time, at least round this here blog. So more than likely, the CR content will drop.

    The household things are pretty much all spoken for (either already taken, or flagged for shipping). The car is a 2004 Suzuki Vitara 4WD.

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