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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » The Great Apartment Hunt

The Great Apartment Hunt

Is over. But man, it’s rough. I don’t know why it’s so difficult. It just doesn’t seem like it ought to be if you live outside a major metropolitan area. If anyone in New York reads this, well, my condolences. And also: just ignore me, it’s obviously not that difficult where I live compared to you, you wonderfully-cosmopolitan you. This wouldn’t have been such a bother if I wasn’t working on a couple of big projects for school and entrenched in a war of attrition with my school’s financial aid office. Apparently there are new federal regulations that don’t permit them to award grant money until after spring grades have been released. Which is a week after the semester ends. And Summer registration was two weeks ago (okay, it was early registration, but really, if you don’t register early, you’ll never get the courses you need). So amidst all of the academic chaos, I also get to move all my shit into a new apartment, likely wait a week or more for the cable to be hooked up so I can actually use the Internet, and never find anything important that I didn’t identify as such and squirrel away in my car ahead of time.

Given the relative income in the area I live, the housing costs are surprisingly high. Compared to Wisconsin, at any rate. But that’s neither here nor there. I found a place I can afford, that has one bedroom, will allow me to have a cat and thus allow my decline into the world of crazy-cat-guy-dome, and doesn’t have a pesky gas stove that I would inevitably cause to explode during a drunken cooking session. So that’s the upside. No roommate but my budget will probably force me to decide between things like air-conditioning or beer, cigarettes or food and tuition or beer. I really like beer, though, so I suspect my decisions have already been made for me.

And if you browse around the Augusta Craigslist, you’ll notice that, relative to other places, it’s a barren and decrepit place. Yet I managed to find an apartment on there, if only as a testament to my laziness in even attempting to search. elsewhere. So when I saw this xkcd comic today, I couldn’t help but say, “yes, that is exactly what it is like. Fucking Craigslist.”

$1600 / 1386153BR 3BATH, MODERN SLIDING DOORS, GUEST ROOMS, GARBAGE DISPOSAL. FREE MANDATORY PARKING (ENFORCED). CONVENIENT TO ALDERAAN.

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