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A Week I’d Like to Rinse and Not Repeat

Life for me, post-Sandy, has been different. Now I know that while many, many people had it a whole lot worse (I was alive, warm, and in my own home), things happened that had never occurred during 30 years of practicing real estate law.

A closing was set as Sandy barreled towards us. The next day, still possessing power, I emailed the real estate agent with the details. I then asked that he send me the commission bill right away so that I could calculate what checks were needed. He responded that he had no power and couldn’t satisfy my request… and then I felt guilt-ridden asking for the bill.

Then the mess that was our area led me to consider a word that I abhorred. Though I would figuratively move heaven and earth to ensure a closing, I emailed a client who I knew was powerless and hours away from the closing location to ask, “Do you have enough gas to get to closing and back? Shall I adjourn?”

I fret a bit before every closing, triple checking that I’m prepared. But there’s one thing I never thought about even once, prior to our current calamity: what if the water and electric go out while I’m in the shower, and I have to go to a closing with shampoo-head? 

Photo on Flickr by Abulic Monkey


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A big thank you to all our veterans.  I appreciate your selflessness in keeping me safer.

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 13th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC)
Going to a closing without taking a shower has been on my mind, too. We've had no hot water for two weeks, and the choice is, smell bad or get hypothermia?
real_lawyer
Nov. 13th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
I guess the others at the table would prefer you freeze, but I hope you no longer have to make that choice!
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