How Easy it is to Spend Someone Else’s Money
Sat. May 5, 1984—New York—Zach arrived here at 9:30, Jo soon after. We drove to Boo’s in Fairfield, left there at about 11:00, drove to Mystic, Conn. And stopped for ice cream then met J. C. at Pequot Properties at 1:30 p.m. She drove us to the house mom had liked but wasn’t able to see inside. It was just as well, probably that she didn’t. Somebody was home cooking hard-boiled eggs and the interior of the house was basically conducive to the odor. We drove out toward Stonington, Conn. to see the “daffodil house” which was very nice, a lot like Maine, but too close to Rte. 1. Then we arranged to meet A. from Boyer Agency at 13 Grove Street. A most beautiful house which looked as if the sun had shown in it and the breezes blown in it since the day it was built—1863. I believe. A half block away from the water on a nice almost college quadrangle style neighborhood. We went back to Pequoit and bought it. Boo had the only blank check in the group and signed it over for $10,000. Our first offer of $220,000 was refused—a second one for $225,000 accepted from a telephone booth en route back in Essex.
We ate dinner in the Tumble Down Café and went to the Griswold to await the arrival of Alice with the changes. Signed, sealed and delivered at the Griswold Inn at app. 9:00 p.m. Dropped Boo off in Fairfield, Jo at her car, Zach at the door and to bed.
Between offers, of course, I spoke with Mom and Dad, on the basis of one phone call, at the Williamsburg Inn, not knowing exactly where they were or if they would be in. A good sign. I thought.