This is roughly all the packing I have to look forward to between now and the end of the month.
I just got back from looking at my next place. It's a two bedroom condo with a full bath, small kitchen/breakfast nook, livingroom. Electricity is $25 or so a month, the rent $500 per month. Central electric heat is free and paid for by the condo association. It's fully furnished and I can keep whatever I want down to the dishes (I think I'll buy all new stuff). The kids' room even has a working stereo that I can keep.
It's affordable, the bike trail out back is a perfect, manmade shortcut that leads me literally to my job and it's an even shorter walk than the one I have now. There's a small back yard of sorts where the condo owners occasionally have cookouts and get togethers during the warmer months. There are no hidden condo fees, they're not even thinking of selling and the rent won't go up for a long time. The fucking place even has a basic cable hookup that no one, ahem, is paying for.
All I need is a telephone/internet hookup (and Comcast in my area charges $50 a month after the $30 hookup fee), a few sheets, towels and dishes and I'll be ready to rock and roll.
The place is filthy right now but the guy promises to clean it up before the end of the month. I'm planning on moving during the weekend of the 27-29th and officially the clock won't start ticking until April 1st, the day President Obama's tax cut goes into effect, so that extra few bucks will help.
This is doable both logistically and financially. Ironically, it would be a much more appropriate place for Gavin and his parents to live in than for me. Even on their budget, it's affordable. A buck and a quarter for a two bedroom condo with a full kitchen, bath and living room, fully furnished? Last week I saw a tiny unfurnished room in a flophouse that went for $600 a month.
Short of keeping my family and home, this is absolutely the best possible outcome. So JP is landing fairly well. All I have to do is hope my boss keeps paying his bills and keeps the doors open. And, with this economic climate, I'm keeping my fingers crossed until they go numb.
I'll be taking pictures on my cell phone and I'll give ya'll a virtual tour after I get settled in. So if any of my readers live near here or are in the area and you need a place to crash, I'll have a spare room and two extra beds waiting for you.