Took my son out into the woods near Cougar Mountain to get the keys from a tenant and take over possession of the house after we had given them a 20-day notice to vacate. This place was out in the boonies, but we ended up entering an upscale community. We wind around some streets and find a thin, steep, uphill driveway and go up it and park at the top of the driveway with a burned out Beetle and 2 other cars of dubious distinction.
At the top is a large cedar home with 2 garage doors, and a 2nd story entrance around the corner in the front of the house. There is lots of trash lying around and off in the woods and I am thinking “Is this our huose?” To make matters worse, the front stairway leading up to the front door is missing the first 6-8 steps and the whole thing looks like it is one good storm away from turning into kindling!! I look at my son with a very questionable look and proceed around the rest of the house for a look.
On the back side of the house is a 2nd story deck — probably off the kitchen or living room. There are 2 4×4 posts along the outside edge holding the deck up. (The rest of the deck is attached to the house.) Only one of the 4×4 posts is canted at a huge angle!! That deck wouldn’t be able to take the weight of a hummingbird!!
We had seen enough. This was Halloween in July! We scrambled back into the van and shot on down the driveway like it was a Grand Prix car race! We were relieved to read the numbers on the mailbox and see we really wanted the house next door. Whew!!