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7th-Dec-2003 07:54 pm
I got the place all cleaned up to show the room to rent. It really looks nice now, but damn vacuuming all those stairs is a pain. I put an ad on craigslist and got a couple responses, but only followed up on the one that sounded sorta promising. He came by to look at the place and he liked it a lot. Then he tried to talk me down like 40% on the rent! Why do people have to waste my time like that? He knew what I was asking when he answered the ad. He could have just asked me before he came over and saved me the bother.

If I can't find a roommate soon, I'm about ready to say fuck it and sell this place and move into a rental myself. I just can't afford the mortgage without a renter, but I'm over renting to people who I really would rather not be living with.
7th-Dec-2003 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yikes. I hope you can figure out a comfortable solution -- that won't involve getting fucked by capital gains taxes if you sell and move into a rental. I know a few other people in the same boat. They bought into that real estate market while it was still possible to do so, and then their circumstances changed. Now they, like you, are facing the same choice.

Obviously you've been there a long time and have deep roots, so I doubt leaving the Bay Area is even on your list of options. On the other hand, I'm finding Seattle is much like San Francisco without the expense, filth, and bullshit. (The two drawbacks are the lack of decent transit [there's no rail yet] and the weather [you have to like rain].) The cost of living almost anywhere in the US is lower, and in a lot of places the economy is stronger. It's been almost 9 months since I left, and I miss the people but not the daily reality of living down there. Just my two cents' worth.
7th-Dec-2003 09:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not feeling all that connected here these days. It would be relatively painless to pick up and move somewhere. I have no family here, and many of my best friends have already left town. I have a few good friends here that I would miss, but nothing like my past moves. I've been thinking more and more about moving. And there's a good chance I might have an excellent reason to move back east in a year or two, but fuck I hate snow and east-coast attitude. I wonder what kind of a job I could get back east...
8th-Dec-2003 12:03 am (UTC)
Well, if you ever want to come up and check Seattle out, you've got a place to crash. I wouldn't want to move back East again, either. Dare I ask what might pull you back or is that not a question for LJ?
8th-Dec-2003 12:08 am (UTC)
you should be able to see my locked friends-only post that mentions why i might move east in a year or two.

seattle could be good except for (1) all the rain and (2) the overwhelming influence of the Evil Empire.
8th-Dec-2003 09:59 am (UTC)
I looked for it. I can't find a link. Nothing is jumping out at me. Seems like I was able to read your locked posts once. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong place, relative LJ neophyte that I am...
8th-Dec-2003 10:04 am (UTC)
You're in the correct group on my end. Perhaps check to see if you are logged in to LJ. It should say "Welcome, msminpdx!" in the upper right corner of the main page (www.livejournal.com) if you are. If not, log in and you'll be able to see the good stuff.
8th-Dec-2003 01:15 pm (UTC)
OK, got it, thanks. :)
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