I talked to the boss, and he bit.
The good news from this is that I'm saved the fussing on whether to go to the Ramada Express International Rally by myself, as TOVBP will be going as well. (Tickets, hotel, and rental car have been secured!)
The bad news is that the contractor will be here through December 10 at the latest. *sigh* Her contract was supposed to be up in November. *sigh*
The latest info now is that The Deal is officially supposed to close Dec. 8. I noticed from my calendar that is the first day of Hanukah. I wonder if that is a good sign?