We got back from the cruise and we talked long and hard about “retiring” to Panama or Costa Rica. We crunched some numbers and did some more talking. My wife proposed that if I was willing to give up the show cars, we could make the retirement thing happen. Humm, not getting up at 1:30AM anymore??? Count me in!!!!!!!!! 🙂
When we proposed the idea to our kids, they were not as happy as we thought they might be. The idea was to first head to Panama/Central America for all but a couple weeks of the year. The kids thought that was too long for us to be away. They wanted us to see our grand children more than that, and frankly, so did we. So we finally decided to travel to warmer areas for 10 months of the year, and we would come back state-side for two months in the summer. I put our 1966 GTO Convertible on eBay,
and when it sold, and I got the check in hand, I put in my 2week notice at work. My last day was April 5th, 2013!!
But this also started “Garage Sale Hell”!! We had 23 years of “stuff” to get rid of. We started having yard sales…ok, not “yard sales” but “moving sales”!!! It sounds better, right?
3 good tips for a successful yard/garage/moving sale…good signs to your location, advertise on craigslist and Facebook and any where else you can think of, and put prices on EVERYTHING!!!! Something else we figured out, there will be things that you don’t know what to do with, things you just can’t part with. It’s ok to put it in a box and “revisit” the item in a month or so. You should feel differently about the item after a month or so. We also advertised our 1969 Camaro through the local Camaro club.
In September we towed our 1938 Chevrolet Master Deluxe to the Mecum Auto Auction in Monterey California to see if we could get a decent price for the car.
It did not make the reserve price so we towed it home. And the “moving sales” continued.
One of the HARDEST things we had to do was re-home our dogs. It’s really hard to have to say good bye to our best furry friends. Our oldest dog, Lucky, we had put down. He had stopped eating and I think he knew something was up.
Izzy and Murphy were next. Izzy a chihuahua mix and Murphy, a Shepard mix were the best of friends and had we have known, we might have gotten them placed together.
Izzy went to Watermelon Mountain Ranch. A no kill shelter (?) that I am still not all that comfortable with. I have the feeling that the Ranch only takes dogs they believe will be adopted and doesn’t bother with anything that doesn’t look “adoptable”. Murphy was adopted out through PACA, an organization that does whatever it takes to find ANY dog a good home. Through out this process, the moving sales continued!!!! Stuff was being sold on eBay, Craigslist, The H.A.M.B. (for car parts) and tossed out as trash. We listed our house for sale, painted a few rooms and added some carpet where it was needed.
Originally, we had hoped to be in Panama by November 1st 2013, but, all good things take time and this was no different. We had our LAST moving sale on April 4-5, 2014, and closed on the sale of our house on April 11, 2014!!! FINALLY, after more than a year, we had our belongs down to 2 backpacks and 1 suitcase,
tickets were bought, and we were ready to become Senior Nomads!!! First stop, Gorgona, Panama!!!! In keeping with the truth here, we do still have a 4′ x 5′ climate controlled storage room with some stuff that we couldn’t/didn’t sell yet (artwork, printers, a dresser and our tax papers)
and we still have a pick-up and the Streetrod to sell. More on that later….