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thene ([personal profile] thene) wrote2012-04-20 03:22 am

winnars and losers

After a truly awesome weekend and the now-routine-and-even-more-boring three-day drive, we are back in Tampa where there is paperwork to do and dogs to be cuddled. I need to deal with immigration and run all the numbers on what is the best way to get people+car+dogs+stuff up here. We keep wavering over ditching some/all of the furniture - it's all stuff we acquired for free or very little, but even if we do dispose of it we still have too much other crap (boxes of stuff, appliances, futon mattress etc) to fit in a trailer rather than a truck, and I don't know if replacing it would be any less expensive than transporting it.

While we were still up there we drove past our new home a few times, waved our arms around all happylike and wandered around the back talking about where to put fake doggy turf, etc. I am really optimistic about living there at this point, but at the same time, there's this odd feeling that rather than choosing it like rational flathunters, we were herded there by the total lack of other options. During this whole elongated attempt at moving we've found only three places that were even willing to entertain the idea of renting to people who had a big dog and a small dog; the other two were overpriced and tiny, and this one seems pretty great inside but it's not like we had any other reasonable options here?

But. I talked to someone else who was viewing this place at the same time we were; M was talking to the broker while she and I were exploring its further corners. I asked my fellow flathunter if she'd been having as much bullshit from failbrokers as we had; yes, yes she had. She is losing her current home at the end of the month (didn't say why) and needs to find a new place for herself, two children and three dogs, two of which are miniature pitbulls. She thought this place might be okay, but needed to see if Section 8 would approve it.

Pitbulls scream 'bad life decision' especially when you're renting (D.M. has one), and the ad for this place had said of pets 'No pits or rotties' (screw you, rottweilers are delightful), and that's pretty much the most liberal pet policy I saw the whole time we were looking, hence why I gave it a shot - but yes, a lot of people in Boston have fewer options than me and do not possess the totally unearned means to write mortifyingly large cheques on the spot. musical fucking chairs and it is not okay.



I had to call on D.M. yesterday for paperwork reasons; Ms Cheerful was also there, and I snagged a hug, but unlike her employer she was actually working so we didn't get to talk all that much. So I got talked at by D.M. for a while; she's quit smoking and so has Mr Q (my congratulations were genuine; forty-ish years of heavy smoking and then eight weeks on electric cigs, and her skin already looked a lot better - one may as well sate her need for attention in ways that encourage her good health); she likes her new home; she gave away one of her two dogs (not the pitbull) for unspecified reasons. There was a holstered handgun lying on top of her desk. I didn't draw any attention to it, as it was clearly too freaking bizarre.
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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-20 05:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Gahhhhhh I am wrestling with the same problem--I hate the thought of moving my heavy bedroom furniture again, and keep thinking I should get rid of it, since I am barely using it except to pile up junk mail and toiletries, and I have hardly any clothes. I really only need a closet with adequate shelving and a nightstand. I'm thinking of calling the local Goodwill and seeing if there is any way they will come pick it up.

I really hate the irrational fear and prejudice people have against certain dog breeds--I don't have any experience with rotties, but pitties are just as adorable, sweet and playful as any other big breed, and jesus fuck, if a goddamn golden retriever was treated the same way some people treat their pitt bulls, it would be just as aggressive. Sigh.

Moving is a pain in the ass, dealing with the guvmint is a pain in the ass, so good luck with everything?
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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-20 07:09 pm (UTC)(link)
I may be moving soonish if I can find a cheap place that I can afford on my that isn't also a shithole. Depends on how quickly I save the moeny. Roommate is free to keep living here and find someone to replace me or move somewhere else, but good god does she not have the option of coming with. I think you can tell, that even with a reasonably considerate roommate, shared housing is something I hate. With a desperate passion lol.
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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-21 08:34 am (UTC)(link)
Tell me about it. I've never had more than two at a time, myself but I guess that's from living in small apartments. When I was living on the coast and had no choice but to work in Christian Chicken Hell aka Chick fil A for seven months, I somehow avoided roommates, so I figure I can do it again, since I'm making more than I did there. idk I'm still crunching the numbers, after I get the rest of the stuff my car needs done that will be the last absolutely vital thing I need to throw money at. Everything else (computer, vacuum, a full sized mattress that actually fucking fits on my full sized bed frame) can wait for a bit. The peace of mind that living alone gives me is worth more than all of that, I guess.
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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-21 05:47 pm (UTC)(link)
My thing with roommates is they might be okay at keeping the house neat, but, uh, not the greatest at handwashing and disinfecting? And then they touch stuff and it's crosscontaminated now and I know that most of the guys she brings home don't even make a token attempt at handwashing after using the bathroom. And I know because my room is next to the bathroom, and I can hear them flush, but never turn on the tap. So uh, yeah PEACE OF MIND. I won't have to use as much bleach water!

I guess Chick fil A isn't bad as far as fast food places go, but soul crushing nonetheless. That was a bad time in general, and not just because of the job, though; I am irrationally prejudiced (I had several panic attacks there).

I KEEP WAFFLING ABOUT WHAT I WANT MORE, COMPUTER OR VACUUM. If only more places had wood or laminate flooring. So much easier to sweep cat hair than to vacuum it; I am seriously unsettled thinking about how much cat hair must be in the carpet since my vacuum broke.
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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-22 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
LOL YES, STEREOTYPING IS BAD BUT A LOT OF TIMES, THEY'RE TRUE IN A SELF PERPETUATING WAY. MEN ARE DISGUSTING IN THE SOUTH, BECAUSE WE CLING TO OUR PRECIOUS GENDER STEREOTYPES.

I know that on a lot of levels the germ thing is totally irrational but omg, they're like little bugs and I am a great big sissy fem girl about bugs omg omg. The thought of anything being on me or in me without me knowing is absolutely horrifying. And then bugs have germs!!1! >.<

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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-22 06:31 am (UTC)(link)
aghjjkl, when anxiety peaks I cannot feel the slightest itch on my scalp without becoming convinced I have lice. I still occassionally buy some RID and treat my hair/clothes/carpet/upholstery/car, which takes about six cans, because you have to do the whole treatment again ten days later to kill the little baby lice that hatch. And that's also the reason I have short hair; when my hair was almost as long as yours it was a bitch to work that fine toothed comb through. And roaches, spiders, ticks, spawns of satan, all. I don't care about the vital role they play in the ecosystem; they must be destoyed.

And oh god, the whole concept that a man must not let a woman carry anything heavy evar neads to die. I run into this constantly everywhere I work, and seriously, men, if I need your help I'm not too proud or stupid to ask for it. The part on every job application that asks if you are capable of lifting at least fifty pounds? Yeah, wasn't lying just to get the job.
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[personal profile] kat_nic 2012-04-22 05:24 pm (UTC)(link)
I HAVE SEVERAL EQUALLY GOOD IF NOT BETTER STORIES ABOUT ROACHES .__.

ME, LATE AT NIGHT, IN BED, A BIG ASS ROACH OMG OMG OMFG COMES FLYING AT MY FACE . AND IT ACTUALLY DID HIT MY FACE AS MY ASS SCRAMBLED OUT OF BED, AND I WAS SO HORRIFIED I COULDN'T EVEN SCREAM, JUST BEAT AT MY FACE, THE BED, ANYTHING TO KILL IT. WHICH I DID. AND SMEARED ROACH GUTS WERE ON MY SHEETS. :(

AND THAT IS ONLY ONE OF TWO ROACH-IN-BED STORIES. :(((((((

ODDLY ENOUGH, TICKS, WHILE GROSS, DO NOT BOTHER ME NEARLY AS MUCH, PERHAPS BECAUSE THEY'RE JUST SUCH A COMMON THING HERE. IDK. AND I HAVE ACTUALLY FOUND ONE IN MY HAIR BEFORE, ALTHOUGH IT HADN'T YET BIT ME. I JUST WENT EWW AND SQUISHED IT.