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I live in a van down by the river...

Shady Pines features luxurious one and two bedroom apartments located in an ideal setting. Our residents enjoy close proximity to a well-established gun and pawn shop, and car title loans are offered right across the street. Our beautiful swimming pool is home to a wider variety of mosquitos than any Zoo, and happy neighborhood friends are waiting by our conveniently unsecured laundry facitilties to take your clothes out of the dryers as soon as they're done. No more worrying about what you left in there!


So Dad came home and heard about my new job and was just like, "Sweet! Let's go?" Go where? Go to Wichita! Find a place to live. He had time off, anyway, felt like a road trip.

So we went. I guess it was good that he went, Dad's good at picking out bad things about apartments where I was usually just like, "Wow, it's way bigger than the dorm and I don't have to share a bathroom? I'll take it!"

We looked at (now I'm not kidding here) 20 apartment complexes in two days. In most of these, we saw two floor plans. I about died, but Dad's a hell of a trouper, kept pushing on. Of course he thinks I should get the most expensive one, and I'm sure Mom will too, but the bottom line is that I'm going down myself this week for three days so I'll make the final decision. That makes me feel good.

Another fantastic thing is that apartments are cheap in Wichita! It totally rules... I can afford a two bedroom all by myself. I'll have an office, with a place for the sewing machine! I did the spreadsheet and figured every kind of taken out thing: my retirement plan, car payments, insurance, renter's insurance, internet, bloody taxes, peanut butter, and life looks good, I might even have some money left to buy furniture. Two bedrooms really aren't that more more than one bedrooms anyway. We looked at some nice floor plans with big balconies. I decided I want a second floor apartment, because I hate those stupid patio things that the first floor ones have. I must have a walk-in closet. I don't like the second floor apartments where you walk in your door and then have to go up the carpeted stairs that are part of the apartment... they're cute, but vacuuming them myself sounds awful and I don't want to have to go downstairs to open the door for people.

My #1 choice right now is next to a Fazoli's.

I told the HR guys I'd start on September 3rd, because they wanted a date and I really didn't know when I'd be able to move in and they said next months sounded fine. whoh. I think if I get in quickly, I'll try to move it back a week. They want me to start on a monday, but if I start on the 3rd I won't get paid for labor day. pleh.

I don't even have time to think about... life. Not now. I'm going going going... and it feels pretty good for a change.

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tweakt
Aug. 10th, 2002 04:43 pm (UTC)
Beware the curse of old apartments: Limited electrical outlets.

It's not easy being a geek when there's only one outlet in your room. Praise Allah for extension cords & power strips.
bery
Aug. 10th, 2002 05:18 pm (UTC)
... and for circuit breakers vs. fuses? :)
tweakt
Aug. 10th, 2002 07:18 pm (UTC)
The house I lived in growing up had fuses and very very old wiring. Current electrical wiring is called BX; both wires are shielded in a casing. Post & hole is just two bare wires, using ceramic insulators. The wires have insulation when they're inside walls.

A 3-family house on a single 110 feed => don't run the microwave when the TV is on. That is, until my father rewired the place.

The apt I'm living in now has breakers that we keep popping. I've got to replace those little 15 amp buggers with 20A ones.
belgand
Aug. 11th, 2002 12:02 am (UTC)
Gah trying to make do in a dorm room is bad enough that I don't even want to imagine. After getting rid of roommates I'm still confined to only 8 sockets and after two powerstrips and a triple-socket extension cord I'm still a few sockets short mainly due to wall-warts.
kart
Aug. 10th, 2002 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Shady Pines
Upstairs pros: quieter, less danger of flooding, less danger of burglary
Downstairs pros: easy access, cooler in summer and cheaper to heat in winter

Every time I live downstairs it always seems to come with in a hair's breadth of flooding during some freak natural disaster. In Schenectady the Mowhawk river broke up right before a snap freeze and all the ice backed up on a bridge right below town. My apartment came within 1 foot of being flooded. The parking lot was awesome for hockey afterwards, though :-P

In Houston I lived downstairs in a decent low rent apartment. It was quiet and cheap but the place was always falling apart and the owners didn't care. During Allison the water came within about 1 inch of my doorstep. The old owners disappeared and the new owners were even more ghetto. It sucked. The neighboorhood started to get real seedy, so I moved out.

Maybe the trick is to live downstairs only if your apartment is on top of a hill.

Good luck with your housing hunt. I'm sure the next few weeks will be totally frantic, but remember to take some time out and enjoy Wichita too. Find out what kind of stuff is going on in the area and have fun exploring.
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 06:56 am (UTC)
Re: Shady Pines
yeah, and I've heard that wichita floods like crazy too. It's all completely flat in a scary way, I mean, when you drive across an overpass you can see the whole city. So when it rains there's no place for water to go and it all just sort of sits.

We did look at some apartments overlooking the ever-beautiful Arkansas (pronounced are-kansas, until it gets to its name state where it's once again ar-kan-saw) river. It's not much of a river. In August especially it's really dry and spotty, so all the apartment people assured us it's never flooded and never will. With my luck, it would :)
redkitten
Aug. 10th, 2002 08:40 pm (UTC)
you know, I would include peanut butter in my monthly expenses as well.

(Anonymous)
Aug. 10th, 2002 09:57 pm (UTC)
good for you :)
"it feels pretty good for a change"

:)

radagast
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 06:57 am (UTC)
thanks :)
glutealdivide
Aug. 10th, 2002 11:29 pm (UTC)
Wichita, eh? Is that going to be the Fazoli's on the east side? Is there a west side Fazoli's? It is pretty sad that I live here and I don't even know where a flippin Fazoli's is located; then again, I don't really eat at Fazoli's but I sure do love their breadschticks--about as much as the Olive Garden's breadsticks.

It is good to see that your college education is rewarding you with a (good?) job, and that things are falling into place. (Is there some universal principle that says that if you do your work and put forth effort you will--eventually--be rewarded for your endeavors?)

Once again, Good Job!

P.S. If you are interested in any churches, check out the Vineyard, or any other one that tickles your ear.

axiem
Aug. 11th, 2002 02:51 am (UTC)
There's a Vineyard in Witchita? Heh, cool.

Incidentally, I attend (the times I wake up on time) one of the Vineyards here in St. Louis. (Well, untila week from today (Sunday), in which case, I'm in Kirksville, Missouri, and won't be able to)
glutealdivide
Aug. 11th, 2002 02:56 am (UTC)
Yes indeed! I sure do like that Non-Denominational Charismatic free-spirited-attitude that folks display there. I have never felt comfortable in conservative circles. (conservative in the whole "I need to dress up nice in order to go to church" mentality.) Is yours pretty fly? Are the cats that go there laid back?
axiem
Aug. 11th, 2002 03:01 am (UTC)
Re:
Yeah, it's pretty cool. The assistant pastor is one of the main reasons I became Christian (again, technically). He actually like, listened to my questions about Christianity, and answered them, instead of saying "that's the way it is", or any of the other BS answers a lot of the church authority uses.

On the whole, it's a cool church. However, there's apparently been rumors of the administration trying to squelch the Holy Spirit's presence or something like that. (For the things they did restrict, they had good reasons, such as to prevent injury) However, I've known the Pastor and his Wife since I was a little kid. (Not very well, but they've been friends of (that half of my) the family)

Either way, it's a pretty nifty church. I'm hoping to find a similar place up in Kirksville. The CCF (or whatever it is) sent me something recently about services they have...sounds kinda cool. I'll have to check it out.

But yeah, Vinyards == thumbs up :P
spacefem
Aug. 11th, 2002 06:53 am (UTC)
I dunno, I'm pretty run-of-the-mill Methodist, those non-denominational folks always freaked us out. But it's worth a try, I do need to find a church.

And let's see... I'm definately on the west side, no matter which particular complex I end up choosing. I'll have to look again to see precisly where the fazoli's is.
katlynel
Aug. 11th, 2002 02:21 am (UTC)
w00t Fazoli's!

2 bedroom apartments run you at least $600 here in Lexington. And I would go for second floor (or top floor) because otherwise you will start to get very pissed at the elephants upstairs.
gattaca
Aug. 11th, 2002 11:28 am (UTC)
As a single female I would definitely not go with a first floor apartment. You might think the area is safe, but you never know.

And I agree with checking out the electrical stuff. I have lived in apts. where there was only 1 plug per room. And in our current apt. I can't iron anything unless everything else is shut off.

Also, check out the bathroom to make sure it has a plug. I made that mistake once.
plum80
Aug. 11th, 2002 08:29 pm (UTC)
I know we're just talking about apartments here. Imagine buying a house. I don't know how long people spend looking at a house before buying it. They probably do some research. But with an apartment, if you find out it sucks, you can leave, but with a house, it's not so easy to get up and go. Well, will an apartment you may be stuck with a lease. Hmm...how customary is it for undergrad students to continue living on campus? Did your college provide enough beds? The people who don't fit in on campus residence end up renting places of course. And people who have to relocate for co-op jobs have to find housing every four months. It's a part of life in Waterloo, ON.
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