The Desert Escape is up for sale

Jim and I are selling our condo in Cathedral City. We love this place, but we decided to get a house that was larger and had a pool for Beau. We are pricing this to sell quickly and it comes semi-furnished.

Condo Listing

2 bedroom 2 bath condo that is priced to sell NOW. Check the comps. Ground floor, no one above, and an end unit to boot, it doesn’t get much better than this. And it is the lowest priced 2 BR for sale in Cathedral Canyon Country Club. Mountain views from inside and out, convenient to a community pool and spa, close enough to the gate so you can zip in and out, but far enough away so it’s quiet. Stainless steel appliances, laundry inside the unit, tiled throughout, plantation shutters, many upgrades, improvements, and features. 

Community swimming pool with hot tub and surrounded by fruit and palm trees.
New poolside furniture provides a fabulous and fun environment.

Cathedral Canyon Country Club offers a golf course, clubhouse with restaurant, ponds and mature landscaping. Nice central location in Cathedral City, and convenient to Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage. 

View of dining area, second bedroom, and living room

Contact Terry Murphy, realtor at Benion Deville Homes, for more information about this incredible home.

Queen sized bed with view through large window with plantation shutters
Plantation shutters provide privacy when you need it and open wide for great light in all of the rooms. This queen-sized bed features a top-quality mattress. 

The bedroom window is north facing to provide ample light without the direct sun. The large room includes space for a desk for working remotely. The bedroom comes furnished with a queen-sized bed, dresser, night stands, quilt stand, and carpets from India.

How to make it through the Global Entry process

I finally got my Global Entry application finished today. Here are some thoughts if you want to do the same.

Global Entry machines at an airport

  • It’s going to be tough if you don’t have a Global Entry office in your city. San Francisco is the only office in Northern California, it would suck to be in Sacramento and beyond.
  • The application process is fairly simple, but they will tell you there are 30 days to do the final interview and the next appointment is in 6 months.
  • You can do a walk-in, but there’s no guarantee you will be seen. I sat for 6 1/2 hours and was sent away at 8 pm. There were people waiting from Davis and other areas, so I was lucky enough to be local.
  • Get there at 7:00 am, don’t even bother walking in after noon. Today I only waited 3 1/2 hours and got it done.
  • Bring your laptop and charging cables. It’s a long time to wait and you’re going to kill your phone’s battery playing games and checking Facebook.
  • It’s probably not worth the effort if you only fly international once a year or so. It took me 10 hours of waiting to save 30-40 minutes in customs on each trip.
  • The folks running the office are working as hard as they can, don’t throw shade at them. They blast through the interviews and try to get as many people out the door as possible. It’s a popular program that is not getting the support it needs from higher above.
  • Bring the following items
    • Your passport. To be safe, make sure there are more than 6 months left before it expires.
    • Your driver’s license. Or something else that proves you live at the current address
    • Your Global Entry id number. This will be on the letter you receive or go to the web site and look for the number that starts with 9

Meghan Drake – Softball extraordinaire

I’ve been a big proponent of owning your online persona. I put together this article on how to do this and why it is important: Students: build your brand and get your dream job.

My niece, Meghan Drake , has been destroying the softball field since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She’s inherited her dad’s ability to crush the ball and beats us all at defense. Meghan’s getting ready for college and it’s time to own her online profile.

Meghan Drake now has a blog, which consolidates her Twitter feed, Facebook Page posts, and YouTube videos.

Your first trip to Bangalore

My travel buddy Durward is joining me on my next trip to India. While I’ve had the opportunity to visit Bangalore many times, this is his first trip to India. I’ve been collecting some tips and thought I’d share them. Please note, this is not a travel list for all of India, rather more specifically for those working for American companies that have an office in Bangalore.
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