No histrionics this time, and Nick pulled in at noon, able to chose the best site based on satellite reception. In the meantime, Patty and Dan went to Warrenton to visit friends while I located the local UPS office to pick up escrow papers on the ranch.
I thought I would just sign them in front of the UPS notary and ship them off, but I was mistaken. Have you ever gone through those packages of paper??? Yikes!! I finally decided this was going to take a day or two to process and headed home. The BIG question involves giving the State of California and the Feds their money UP FRONT!!! Since this has been a rental for years, depreciated here and there, involves several step-up's in value and other craziness, I finally threw up my hands and called my accountant.
Long story short, I'm going to be out $60,000 in taxes!!! HOLY CRIMINY BATMAN!!! Here my family worked all their lives and paid thousands upon thousands for property taxes, scrimped and saved every penny in order to be able to keep the ranch ... and just when we are going to sell and hopefully live off the profits, they take ONE THIRD out of our pocket!!! That's our good old government for you ... take from those who work hard and pay their taxes, to give to those who refuse to work, live on WELFARE and pay NO TAXES!!!
We certainly tried to solve the world's problems for the next two hours, but didn't even come close!! I still owe $60,000, but with great company and a little good food, I was feeling better, kinda sorta ... okay, actually I was really depressed over the whole situation!!
Today we plan to hit the outlet stores, then the beach for some kite flying!! Come on out ... the weather is FINE!!!