Four showings of our house are scheduled for today: 10:00-11:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:30-6:00, and 6:30-7:30. This is good but it also means that we don't have a home for most of the day. To keep a positive face on our temporary homeless status we have made some fun plans.
Ben and I are planning a walk on the Capital Crescent Trail, an eleven-mile mixed use "rails to trails" trail that goes from Georgetown to Silver Spring. It's said to be the most heavily used rail trail in the nation, so we'd better look lively so we don't get run over by bikes and runners! We can relax over a good lunch at one of the many great Bethesda restaurants. We've never used the trail and rarely get over to Bethesda and, of course, being alone together is always a treat, so we're looking forward to our day.
I'm not sure how Ben is keeping himself busy in the late afternoon but meeting friends at the rock climbing gym is on the schedule for the evening. I'm picking up Paul from school and we are going to catch the 4:30 showing of Robocop. Paul's been dying to see it so getting to watch it ON A SCHOOL NIGHT surely makes up for not being able to sit at home on the comfy sofa playing video games for an hour or so after school is over and before homework begins. (I certainly hope he won't have much homework tonight!)
Keeping track of showings and being ready for them is a little project all by itself. Agents use a service and we get robot-placed calls announcing that a showing has been requested for such and such date and time and "please push one to confirm." Half the time they come when you're in the car and can't "push one," so you have to call back when you're free. Then you get to talk to a real human to confirm.
I'm surprised there's going to be so much traffic through here on a Thursday. One is a repeat visit; not sure about the others. Well, I see I have an hour to shower, dress, pick up the house and blast out of here. Better scoot!