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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

I Wonder

Sunday we went to an open house at the Elliott Community.  We have been on a waiting list for a condominium to come available for close to four years now.  We were told at the time it would be a two to three year wait.  We are currently number 30something or other.  I wonder if we'll ever get there.  When we first went on the list there was no restriction against having pets, there is now.  Not an issue for us as we don't have pets.  There is also a restriction against smoking in the building including the individual units.  Again, not an issue for us.  But I wonder how many more restrictions will crop up over time?  It was a steamy day on Sunday with temps around 32F feeling more like 40 with the humidity.  I kind of thought not many would show up because of the heat (old folks and all you know) so we went because we didn't want staff to go to all the trouble of setting up the goodies and the pamphlets and having tour guides on hand for nothing.  The place was jammed with oldies fanning themselves with the pamphlets.  They were telling the newbies it would be at least a six year wait for a unit.  I wonder how many of those decrepit old souls will still be alive in six years but it didn't seem to deter them one bit.
I gazed around the room while waiting.  Everyone dressed to the nines and rigged out with their pearl necklaces and ties.  We were the only ones in bluejeans and T shirts.  I wonder how we will fit in if we ever to get a unit.  

9 comments:

  1. No smoking and no pets, sound like you will fit in just fine.

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  2. Lots to wonder about. You have indeed been waiting for a long time, but being with people you could feel confortable around is so very important...
    Pearl necklaces and ties have their place - but for me at least that place isn't every day. Nor in the heat. Good luck.

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  3. It is disappointing when more and more rules pop up along with longer waiting times, but maybe you'll get lucky. Those dressed to the nines may be considered to be trying too hard to impress, and you'll get brought forward. fingers crossed eh?

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  4. Well, that must have been some experience. Those elders get dressed up and go to those type of things because that's what they do for entertainment. God bless them for being able to get all gussied up and strut their stuff proudly. Too many people see our elderly as useless, haggard, wastes of space when really they are vital in their own way, full of wonderful stories and wisdom, often kinder to strangers than most other people. Most of them realize they will never see themselves in one of those units but damn they had a good time visiting and chatting with others. I love it!

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  5. I guess they can put in any rules they want since there is more demand than supply. Possibly some of those people don't get out much and got dressed up because this open house was a treat for them. They might also wanted to impress the staff with the thoughts of moving up the list.

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  6. That is the only reason I don't sign up at a retirement home. Not only will the rules change before I enter, the rules can even change once I am there. Hopefully I can remain in my home til death do we part.

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  7. I wonder if they thought dressing to kill would give them an edge.

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  8. How much would you actually need to fit in, in a condo? Isn't it like an apartment? Maybe the well-dressed were simply trying to put their best foot forward!

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  9. Don't worry about WHAT you you wearing, you silly woman. You two could be "trend setters"...:)JP

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