Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart SA541769000


How has my life changed recently? Enormously. 2020 has been a year of change. For me it was a move and a downsize. That meant selling a house that was my home for nearly twenty years. It also meant recreating that feeling of warmth and happiness in a strange new building.

Moving means changes. It means ridding yourself of the old and replacing it with the new. New appliances, furniture, and new neighbors. All stressful, all exciting. Since August we have been playing catch up with our lives.

But 2020 hasn’t been an ordinary year. The COVID pandemic has limited so many of the things we want to accomplish. Products have routinely been back-ordered. Ceiling fans, washing machines, and cabinet hardware have all been delayed because the factories cannot produce what we need. We have been waiting for a dining room table since June. We ordered it weeks before we moved. Twice it has been delivered with the incorrect tabletop.

We visited a store that specializes in office furniture and the salesperson stated they cannot guarantee a delivery date because the factory is down to only ten people. Production is way behind.

Small items have been less of a problem. If it is in stock, I can order online and pick up curbside or wait for delivery.

Now I spend my days waiting for deliveries from Amazon, eBay, or some other online retailer. Like a child, I stand outside, my heart races as I see the delivery truck. Then it drops as they drive past to another lucky house. I wave to the driver. Sometimes they wave back as if they are obliged, still other times they just drive on by.

Today I received a package. It’s Christmas once again. Hooray, I have a new toy. Something new and strange to replace something old and familiar.

As singer David Bowie once intoned, “Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes; Turn and face the strange.”


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Comments (7)

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

We love hearing the Amazon, UPS, and other delivery trucks bouncing up our long driveway. It is often like Christmas - is it for me, or Bernie? 

Oct 25, 2020 07:38 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

I am amazed at how many delivery trucks I see buzzing up and down the streets. Plenty of jobs for delivery drivers.

Oct 25, 2020 05:06 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Joseph, that is how I get many of my items too, delivery.   Don't really want to wander through retail stores.  I hear my clients complaining about everything being on backorder, and waiting for months.   So sorry to hear.

Oct 25, 2020 07:48 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

It just seems easier to order than to drive around looking in the stores.

Oct 25, 2020 05:08 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Joseph,  this has been a year of change for lots of us but to move for you this year and downsize, now that is a big change.


Oct 25, 2020 08:09 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

What to keep? What to get rid of? Where did we put that? Will, you don't know the half of it.

Oct 25, 2020 05:09 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Joseph,
I feel your pain. I waited for 3 months to get the new freezer I ordered. Finally, it arrived and I'm happy all over again every time I go in to get something out of it.  As for online orders, I've been amazed at how predictable the deliveries have been.

"Change" seems to be one of the dominant words this year, doesn't it? That and "adjustments". 

Oct 25, 2020 08:54 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Appliances and furniture has been particularly bad. We just keep our chin up and move forward.

Oct 25, 2020 05:14 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Joseph holy smokes you've had a whirlwind of a year with selling and buying and covid delievery issues. All in all you seem to have a pretty keen sense of humor about delivery drivers and waving at them as your new best friends!  What part of town did you move to. Hope you're adjusting and feeling at home soon!

Oct 25, 2020 09:57 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

We moved to Scottsdale Heights in N. Scottsdale. Thanks, we are settling in nicely.

Oct 25, 2020 05:15 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joseph - oh yes, 2020 has certainly been a year of David Bowie-like moments. 

Oct 25, 2020 11:16 AM
Joseph Domino 480-390-6011

Bowie didn't stick around to see it. He would be surprised.

Oct 25, 2020 05:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Joseph- I am embarrassed to say that I can tell when the UPS truck is nearby because I recognize its sound!  You really have had a year of changes, haven't you!  What would we do with out Amazon and all the delivery services!

Oct 25, 2020 07:03 PM