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‘Twas the Day After Christmas

The buyers and sellers insisted that they close the morning of December 26. I told my clients, and the other attorney told his, that this was a bad idea, mortgage-wise.  The lender wasn’t open the 24th or 25th, and so they’d either have to wire the money on the 23rd (never going to happen) or sometime after the scheduled closing.

The buyers didn’t want advice:  they wanted to have a New Year’s Eve party in the house. And the sellers didn’t want to listen, either, as they had a ski trip planned. And though the bank attorney thought it was “foolish,” she scheduled it.

So we all trekked to a closing at 10:00 am on the day after Christmas as a blizzard began its path towards Long Island. Three inches of snow had fallen by 2:45 pm, when the closing concluded. I was treated to almost five hours of griping about lousy in-law gifts (“he gets a barbeque, I got gloves”), the stupidity of buying new pajamas just to wear them for an annual gift-opening get-together, and a semi-heated argument about whether maple syrup or powdered sugar was the preferred topping for French toast (maple sugar won 4-3, as I recall, with two abstentions). And then there were the absolutely ridiculous and lengthy side-discussions about dipping vs. soaking or how you can possibly call it “French toast” if you make it with challah.    At least for one family, it was brioche or bust!

I heard later that the party never happened and the sellers’ trip was canceled. And if you think you were bored reading my 280 words or so on the subject, think how I felt that very long day.

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real_lawyer
Dec. 26th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
Have a joyous Kwanzaa!
I hope the holiday brings you happiness and a renewed sense of unity.
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