Wednesday, August 16, 2017

crankbaits & real estate...




Friday evening my BIL & SIL took me on a boat ride up river.  Beautiful evening, water cold, air perfect, salmon jumping.  We saw several flocks of turkeys, a few mergansers, one bald eagle, a couple deer herds, and very few people or boats.  I love the river up here, it's clear, wild and free.  50 ft holes and shallow riffles abound. 



My brother in law fished as we drifted the eight miles back down river.  My sister in law and I were more than content to just be on the water.
I asked my BIL what his favorite lure was. He said the "old" Wiggle Wart, but he said they are hard to find these days and he lost his last one a few years back.  I'd never heard of a Wiggle Wart (what a fun name). The next morning I did a little research and found this:
The "old" Wiggle Warts are Storm pre-Rapala. The dogma is the older ones hunt better, have a louder rattle, and more erratic action, and are less likely to get hung up. Far as I can gather one of the ways to tell old Warts is they have Wiggle Wart printed on the underside of the bill, and newer ones have Storm printed there. I found a few old ones in online auctions, and will give them to my BIL, he has been so good to me.

The house is in escrow! Monday morning my realtor called to ask if the lady that looked at the house on Thursday and loved it, could do another walk through. Yes, of course. She came, we did the whole house/garden tour in more detail. They left, and my realtor called about a half hour later. She wants the house and is paying cash, (so no inspections needed) with a 60 day escrow. We signed the papers that day.  Never even had to put the for sale sign up!


28 comments:

  1. Oh, my gosh! When selling a house is as easy as a nice drift down a river, well -- what could be better? And the river is beautiful. It's quite different from our local rivers, which tend to be sluggish and muddy. Well, except when they're in flood, and then they're a muddy roar.

    Love the bait. Around here, one of the great divides is between the live bait and the lure people. It's fun to listen to them argue the virtues of their chosen methods.

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    1. The river is a beauty, and clear.
      Yep, fishermen often debate the merits of one method over another, and it is fun to listen to them. My brother in law told me I needed to look for teeth marks on the Wiggle Warts, because that meant it was a good one...

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  2. Now that is the way to sell a house! Congratulations. Also my kind of fishing trip...enjoying the slow ride while someone else does the fishing.

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    1. Annie,
      Not a done deal yet, but I'm guardedly optimistic on the house.
      I like to fish and just be on the water.

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  3. That is such exciting news, Brig. And 60 days to get packed and organized. You are blessed. That water looks so marvelous. I'm jealous.

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    1. Adrienne,
      60 days sounds like a long time, til one realizes how much has to happen in that time frame...
      The water and evening was heavenly.

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  4. Congrats! And you know it is going to someone who is going to love the house. That makes it all the easier to sell. The river is so nice this time of year.(-: I am so happy for you!

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    1. CiNdEe,
      Thanks, it is nice to know the person it's going to, and that she really wants it. I hope that it is a happy place for her.

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  5. Wow, you must have had it priced right and you took the time to make it look good. Well done!

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    1. Rain,
      We did try to put a decent and fair price on it. Thanks for the kind words.

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  6. The house looked so pretty I am not surprised it sold so quickly. I know it was needed to be done and hope all the other plans go as smoothly for you.

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    1. Changes,
      Thank you, on to the next project of getting all the furnishings, etc sold, and moving on...

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    1. BW,
      They are indeed, now I really have to get it in gear.

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  8. When I was in Alaska we used a Wiggle Wart or something like it. We would anchor and let line out and as the Salmon swam up stream past these it would anger them and they'd strike at them. I never saw anyone drift with them.

    You have a buyer of the century ... WAY TO GO!

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    1. Woodsterman,
      My brother in law said to look for teeth marks on the Wiggle Wart to tell if it was a good one or not. I guess there is no consistency in the action.
      I do have a good buyer, Yay!

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  9. Yea!!! And Wiggle Warts were good back in the 70s for small mouth and large mouth bass too!

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    1. Old NFO,
      They use them a lot on the fall run salmon on the Columbia River.

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  10. Delighted to hear the news about the house. Where to next?

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    1. Nelly,
      I'm looking at moving up to Vancouver WA. My son and other extended family are there.

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  11. Glad to hear about the sale. A 60-day escrow is OK but be prepared for anything to happen. It can and does. Stay guarded.

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    1. Cheri,
      I'm trying to be cautiously optimistic and ready for what ever comes. Will be glad when the whole house sale estate deal is behind me.

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  12. Congrats on the sale! And jealous of those salmon...

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  13. Glad you've been able to have such a quick property sale -- wonderful when someone comes up with cash sale and can more easily move ahead which happened once for us when we left AZ. River trip sounds really nice -- lucky you. Nice of you on those lures for your BIL. .

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    1. joared,
      I'm glad too, and very thankful that I have good support people around me.
      The river is a constant source of fascination.
      All my brother in laws are special guys, so small tokens of appreciation are the least I can do.

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  14. Super-Congratulations on the escrow and making your escape! 60-days might seem like a lot but it's not! Maybe you can sell some of the furnishings back to the buyers and avoid moving them? We bought the dining room table (and chairs), and the riding lawn-mower at "the ranch" from the previous owners. It was nice to have a place to sit-down for dinner! Also it came with the big TV over the fireplace.

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    1. NotClawuswitz,
      Yep, it's in escrow! What my brother doesn't want is going into an online auction site that handles this sort of thing. I really don't want have estate sales here at the house. Looking forward to getting this all behind me.

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