Idiot-proof?

Things have been a little slow around here because we’re currently in the middle of a massive cross-country move.  We’re leaving Southern California and moving to North Carolina.  This has been a long time in coming.  While we don’t regret moving to California ten years ago, we realized a few years ago that California can’t give us the life that we want.  So we started taking steps to leave.  Last week, one of the last pieces of the puzzle finally fell into place when we sold our house.  Immediately, we were confronted with a reminder of why we’re leaving.

But first, a short (I promise.) lesson in property law.  Way back in Ye Olde England, the rule used to be strict caveat emptor when it came to buying real estate.  The seller didn’t have to tell the buyer anything about the property.  It was the buyer’s job to find out if anything was wrong.  The English imported that rule to the colonies, and up until the turn of the twentieth century, it was pretty much the rule in every state.  Today, most states require the seller to disclose major problems, but California goes farther.

We had to disclose that we lived in a condo.

Really?  I’d love to see the lawsuit that resulted in this particular disclosure being included.  “Plaintiff began to realize something was amiss when he noticed doors to which he did not have keys.  He became even more suspicious when he saw other people using these doors to enter and exit the building.  These observances led Plaintiff to believe that there were large areas of the building to which he did not have access, but others did, and that in fact, he was not living in a single-family dwelling, but a condominium.”  I’m sure it’s the same guy who’s responsible for the “Warning: may contain nuts” label on packages of peanuts and the “Warning: may cause drowsiness” label on sleeping pills.

3 thoughts on “Idiot-proof?

  1. Rebecca June 15, 2009 / 3:22 pm

    Congratulations and good luck on your move.

    On another note, how is it going with that book of yours that you were writing? Are you done? I miss coming here and reading your latest post on the vampire chronicles….they were so engaging and great reads…

    • Matthew June 16, 2009 / 11:11 pm

      I really enjoy writing the short-shorts, but I have so many irons in the fire right now, some days it’s an effort just to remember to eat. I’m in the middle of heavy revisions on Vampire Novel No. 1. Things have been slow for the last week or so because I’m have to totally rewrite a few scenes, but it’s all coming together nicely. Even I’m a little surprised at how things are falling into place.

      • Rebecca June 17, 2009 / 9:35 am

        Matthew, I, for one will be buying your book once it’s done. Please let me know when you are published. And Book 1. Oh, how wonderful is this! I just loved that story of yours and to know that it will expand into two, maybe three (?) novels, makes this reader very happy! 🙂

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