Having had my (very busy!) brain hijacked by a series of novels over the past two days (HIJACKED, I tell you! I was supposed to be reading about Mongols and Jesuits*), I note with amusement the following scenario, which I have run into variations upon in several books and at least one movie...
Evil Villain Hero: Hah! My nefarious plan is perfect! I shall abandon the heroine in my isolated, dilapidated mansion/apartment/swinging bachelor townhouse while I go off to the big city for a week, leaving her with control over the household budget, and nothing to do but mope and pine and weep and... WHY IS MY BEDROOM SUDDENLY PINK?!?!
Heroine: *bats eyelashes* But, daaaaarling, you told me that I would have to find ways of amusing myself, and your rooms were soooooo staid and dark and boring and..
Hero: *whimper* Are those lace curtains?
*Not, I note, in the same book.**
**Because it would be either the Franciscans and the Mongols, or the Manchu and the Jesuits, if one is going to go about pairing off Catholic religious orders and Eurasian nomadic steppe-based tribes...
Ok, anybody out there have good, reliable, not-dumbed-down-for-stupid Americans, guides/information sources for feng shui?
*mutter* Because the new apartment will be set up correctly, and will NOT have the issues this one has had (the latest? another water issue, from a pipe breaking next door in the Unlivable Vacant Apartment Into Which the Maintenance Men Dare Not Tread....). Gaah.
Also, related note, everybody wish us luck for this coming weekend's apartment hunt-- specifically, the luck of finding good housing, the luck of finding safe housing, the luck of not falling for someplace completely impractical but pretty, and the general luck of not getting driven crazy by the entire process.
The thing about trying to find a new apartment in a completely new area when you are not yet there? When you see something you like, you can't immediately rush and go see it.
This apartment search, which has been going on for... probably two weeks now, and it will be another week before I can actually be there in person. This is not the longest it's been between starting a search and looking at places in person, but for some reason this time is much more vexing.
Well, actually, I pretty much know the reason-- it's because
I've blissfully forgotten how nuts it made me last time Intrepid Roommate and I are trying to possibly maybe rent a house rather than an apartment (spurred on by the daily doses of music, crying baby, television, and assorted other noises we regularly hear through the living room wall, as well as the idiot children who run around behind our block of apartments), and also because there's a larger geographical area to try to work with.
So far, I've run into several Craigs' List rental scams ("Hi! I'm renting this apartment because I just got a job in Malaysia/London/West Africa, where I am working/doing fundamentalist missionary work/setting up a company to work in the petroleum fields. My wife [it's always the wife, btw] persuaded me to rent to somebody who would love our house the way we do rather than selling. Unfortunately, the keys are with me here in Malaysia/London/West Africa, so there's no way to see the inside of the house until the papers are signed and I send them to you...."), a bunch of places which will allow "one small pet," and more real estate agents than you can shake a stick at.
And I find myself faced with several dilemmas. For example: if an apartment looks fantastic and has lots of charm, does that make up for the lack of a washer-dryer hookup (after years with an in-house washer and dryer, the thought of having to plan everything around laundromats and quarter-saving is very annoying)? if an apartment has a fantastic layout and exactly the sorts of space we need, is it worth having to share a bathroom? how much is it worth to be in a great, central location, when housing farther away can be significantly cheaper?
And, of course, the Big Question-- if there's something that looks great, but I know it could be snatched up within the next week, is it worth trying to snap it up before then, even though I can't go see it in person?