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Belize: We have a departure date and four suitcases to fill

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We have a date. It is February 7. On that day, with two suitcases apiece, and probably a backpack each, we shall be leaving for Belize.

Picking a departure day wasn’t too arduous.  Rose and I have been talking about leaving in March but the speed with which our belongings are being bought up, distributed and discarded makes us think that sooner, rather than later, makes more sense.

So, we were driving through San Francisco recently … and started talking about “sooner.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Road to Belize: Consolidate, compress, distribute, discard

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This bird just won't fly to Belize! "Angry Bird" is a sculpture by Phil Glashoff that has guarded the front yard for years but now it must go.
This bird just won’t fly to Belize! “Angry Bird” is a sculpture by Phil Glashoff that has guarded the front yard for years but now it must go.

Our new motto as we downsize our lives for the migration to Belize: “Consolidate, compress, distribute, discard.”

My son Ryan bought the leather couches in the TV room. Rose’s many friends and clients are claiming various pieces of furniture. Everything in the living room should be gone next week, except for the baby grand piano. Once that goes, we’ll move Rose’s Pilates studio to the living room and set about turning the master bedroom back into, well, a bedroom.

The smallest two of our four Glashoff sculptures were quickly sold. “Ugly Bird” will take longer. It is big and heavy and priced at $2,000 even though it is worth more than twice as much.

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