Saturday, May 29, 2010
John read in the paper this week there would be an auction today of a block of land in the next town over. Now I guess you know by now John is a wheeler dealer so we scoped the block out several times after having a hard time finding it. It is in the worse part of that town. Some of the streets are narrow. Some lots undeveloped. It is on the side of the highway where he bought a block years ago and had houses from where an expressway went through San Antonio. He is all through with that now. This block is even worse but it does have a narrow street on one side and it does have sewer and probably water on one side. We couldn't even walk into any of the lots. It is thick with tall grass, weeds, and trees. We could see a few century plants and diggers. I put on my patriotic shirt, blue with red stripes on the pockets and dark blue flaps with white stars knowing this will be as close as we will get to celebrating the holiday. lol We stopped to get tacos and coffee and I took my lawn chair. We got there early to stop under a shade. A man who lives across the street drove in and ask if he could help us. Bet he wondered what we gringoes were up to. John explained what we were doing on his street having breakfast. He didn't know they were having an auction right across the street from his house so he put his horse in the back as it was grazing in front. Two men showed up about thirty minutes before auction time. They may have been surprised someone was actually there for the auction. They left to get coffee and probably had a good laugh. One was the auctioneer and I'm not sure who the other man was but he seemed to represent the owner who is supposed to be a college in another state as someone had donated this land to them. Hummm odd. Odd auction it was as no one else showed up. They ask John how much he would give for the block. He said $1,000 and they said they had a offer of $10,000. They needed to talk to their people again. They ask for John's name and telephone number. John has already checked and the taxes are current and the city would not make him clear it as of now. If anyone could get a block of land for $1.000 it would be John. This is how John and I celebrate holidays with harebrain ideas.