Saturday, March 14, 2009

Moving Day

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.


At March 14, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Blogger Diane Demorney said...

This is wonderful, JP! I'm so happy for you...

At March 14, 2009 at 3:05 PM, Blogger fpakpacea said...

good for you, you deserve a break. i enjoy your writings and observations, you're my favorite blogger.

At March 14, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations man - about time you had some good luck. It might not be much comfort, but there are a few people out here who really do wish you the best

At March 14, 2009 at 5:09 PM, Blogger Las Vegas Mills said...

I've been following your pain, albeit mostly silently, and I'm very glad to see that a window has opened for you. It sounds like a wonderful start that will help to solve many issues for you. Best of luck on your new adventures.

At March 14, 2009 at 5:22 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Thanks, all, but it's still a good situation in a very relative sense. By rights, I ought to be staying where I am and the kids ought to have this place to themselves. While others are paying $1400 a month to live in those condos, I'll be paying just over a third of that.

It's still a scary situation because I could lose my job at any moment. My boss can't pay any of his bills and he's a right wing asshole who hates my guts to begin with. This way, I'll be completely exposed with no support network, obligated to a landlord, at least one or two utility companies not to mention child support obligations to the MA Dept. of Revenue.

It's not an enviable situation and I don't like living day to day and pretending that everything's hunky dorey when I know they may not be.

At March 14, 2009 at 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You actually thought you're going
to get 2 bedrooms and a bath with
association paid heat for $500?
Get real pal! That doesn't exist
except in dreamsville! Someone
was really pulling your leg to get
some money from you.
Your very green at easy
mark. You might want to get with
a realtor so you are protected.
Hey what's this about child support? You have kid(s) somewhere
else? From a previous life? What's
your relationship with them? Do you send them Birthday and Christmas cards and gifts? Why worry about Ingred's kids from multiple Dads (that should tell you something ) and never mention
your own children. Ingred doesn't
need you she's got all the child
support and food stamps she can handle. Let her go man.
Your job sounds about the same.
_uck the asshole. Look for another
job while your finding another place to live..shit's out there you
just have to get creative in hard times.
Put those book chapters on the net
with pay per chapter so your readers can help you. When you get a track record you'll have something to go to the publishers with that has bucks behind it. You
will write many more books before it's over and the big one hits.

At March 15, 2009 at 8:18 AM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Yeah, I actually thought I was going to get all that. It was real, it was legit. No condo fees, they weren't going to sell, the rent wouldn't've gone up. The place was mine. You don't know what you're talking about.

And you try getting a better job at my age, with o car and a very small striking range, with unemployment over 8%. You get real, pal.


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