From “The Abundance of Less Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan by Andy Couturier

From “The Abundance of Less Lessons in Simple Living from Rural Japan" by Andy Couturier

Pages 264-265



“Sooo..” I begin to ask him, a bit apprehensive, not wanting to be insulting, “Gufu-san, why write all this stuff down?”


Unperturbed, he replies simply, “To make a record. If you don’t record things, you start to lose your sense of the place. It’s also interesting when you talk to other people, or when I want to look up something later. But it’s mostly just to make a record, even if I don’t use the information.”

“Yes, but how do you decide which things to write down?”

“Whatever is possible to write down, I write. How much the bus cost. How much the movie was, or how much the hotel was.”

“But why?” I ask.

“I didn’t have any purpose in doing it.”

No purpose? Perhaps I’ve been too attached to all my own actions being done for a reason. Utilitarianism is so deep in my culture I don’t even notice it. Listening to Gufu it occurs to me that it may not be so good to be always reaching ahead in time. Sitting here with my friend in a farmhouse in the mountains of Japan, I find my way of seeing the world start to deepen and change. All these little, unlooked-at details create the fabric of memory. By writing them down, we are refusing to let the experiences of our lives get subsumed in the tsunami of time, the onrush of the next, and the next, and the next. I think of so many travelers (myself included) zipping from one location to the next, taking photos of scenery or a building. Have I been missing the beautiful in the obvious?

Gufu is showing me--not that he’s trying to show me anything--that the whole world can come alive with these tiny details, ephemera, you might call them. But not just a generalized “world,” but a specific world, an India of a particular time, and, as it happens, an India that is disappearing every day.


Friday, June 18, 2021

still discouraged

 So there is a lot more to selling a house than I thought. I will have to get a surveyor to do a survey of the property. 

https://www.alsa.ab.ca/Surveys-in-Alberta/Real-Property-Reports#dg-02-7

Real Property Reports

The Association has prepared a brochure to help you understand Real Property Reports. Copies of Association brochures can also be ordered using our online form.

If you are looking for a list of Alberta Land Surveyors who prepare Real Property Reports, click here.

 

Property owners, to be informed of:

  • The locations of improvements within the property boundaries,
  • Any encroachments from adjacent properties, and
  • Property compliance with municipal requirements
 
Property Purchasers, to be informed of:
  • The boundary and improvement locations on the property, and
  • Any problems relating to the property boundaries.
 
Municipalities, to assist them:
  • In determining compliance with bylaws and fire codes, and
  • In the planning and development process.
 
Property Sellers (vendors), to provide:
  • Protection from potential future legal liabilities resulting from problems related to property boundaries and improvements.
 
Mortgage Lenders, to be informed of:
  • Conformance of improvements with municipal bylaws, and
  • Problems that may have to be resolved prior to registration of the mortgage
 
Realtors, to:
  • Provide a visual representation of the property for sale,
  • Meet requirements of the real estate listing/purchase contract, and
  • Have information to avoid delays in completing property transactions when a Real Property Report is arranged early in the sales process.

Then go to the city of Edmonton for a check on permits:


https://www.edmonton.ca/programs_services/search-of-record.aspx

Search of Records

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Note: Please phone the outlet to make sure they have the product you want in stock.

A City of Edmonton search of records is used to retrieve filed information or plans relating to the construction and development of a property.

Fees
  • 2021 Application Fee: $112 per Titled Lot Search
  • Reproduction Fees: Photocopies of most documents are available at $0.25/8" x 11" document. Larger documents cost $1 per sq. ft.

So there's more money down the drain and more work to be done.


I guess I am discouraged because the returns from selling a house is divided among so many.

And this isn't even including lawyer fees to close the sale.

Real estate is a lot more work than the returns from the asset. 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

discouraged

 I have made chicken now for nearly every meal this week. I have three chicken legs that I have defrosted for today. I also have two old stalks of corn that will be boiled. I cut up the eggplant I got from Freshco and will fry them up. The lettuce I bought hasn't been used yet as I have not made a salad with it.

Hubby isn't feeling good so will take him to see Dr. Krysa today. I know that both of us have gained weight and we need to exercise more so this is an important reset of our priorities.

I have seen the third realtor. He seems to be professional and scientific which I appreciate. I am just waiting for his information to come via e-mail.

After talking to him I have a better idea of the amount of work ahead which is considerable.

I feel a bit discouraged today. I didn't expect this amount of work from the sale of a property.

But at least I have a clearer idea of the work ahead.

I feel a bit discouraged but this is the ups and downs of estate work and at least I am able to take my time to get this work done. I'm not very efficient but I am improving (I think).

When I get discouraged I look at all the work I have done so far and keep trucking. I have a list of all completed work and it's pretty big.


In any case, what choice does one have but to keep going? 



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I am deeply shocked, saddened and angered by the horrific vehicle attack that took the lives of four family members last night in London, ON. The targeted mass murder of an innocent Muslim family, out for a Sunday evening walk, also left a nine-year-old little boy in hospital.

My deepest condolences go out to the family and all those who are hurting as a result of this despicable act of Islamophobia. Violence, hate and terror have no place on the streets of London, Edmonton or any city in Canada or throughout the world.

We all deserve to feel safe in our communities and free to practice our faith and worship the way we want. Last night, that safety and security was ripped away from this family, and my heart breaks for them and their community.