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Man, apartment hunting. I need to dig out my Apartment Ad-English… - Death drives a white Honda Civic
Man, apartment hunting. I need to dig out my Apartment Ad-English dictionary to brush up on some vocab, because it's been awhile:

Cozy = Tiny
Close to busline = On an extremely busy four-lane street
Charming = Dilapidated
Sunny = Blindingly sunny
Old World Charm = 1. A totally awesome vintage apartment that you can't afford, 2. See "charming"
Clean = The best we can say about this apartment is that there is currently nothing in it.
Great Location! = Apartment For Rent!

Towards the end of summer, I always think that I'm looking forward to fall. But then when the weather changes and it starts getting dark way too early and everything, I get all weirded out. I don't think it's Seasonal Affective Disorder! [Eeeveryone thinks they have that!] No! It's this: so autumn USED to be the season of New Stuff Happening, as in school starting. Right? Thirteen years of school starting in September, beginning at age four [I wasn't a second year senior! I'm counting kindergarten, duh!], and THEN followed by five years of college [ok, so I was a second year senior there!] has totally conditioned me to expect something new every September. But other than school, Fall isn't famous for being The Season of Newness. So it's like a conversation between me and Planet Earth where Earth says, "Hey pal, what's new?" and I say, "Maaan, Earth, nothing." And Earth says, in its best Eeyore-like tone, "Awww, saaaame here. Eeeverything's old and dying." Wait a minte. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder again? [NO!]

Man, though! If I can find an apartment, that will officially be new and exciting! Especially since... well no, I don't want to jinx it. Does anyone else have Livejournal Superstition? I totally have this fear that if I write about how great something in my life is, then The Ghost of O. Henry will conjure up every spirit of irony and totally ruin the great thing I wrote about. Or maybe it's Greek gods that will ruin it, because crowing about something in livejournal strikes them as hubris. I don't know! But I do know that Greek gods totally read livejournal. It's the Roman gods who have abandoned it for MySpace.
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elizabethxiii From: elizabethxiii Date: September 29th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)



so, where are you looking? my mother in law has been looking for months now, to no avail. (now mind you, she's almost 60, so she probably has different requirements than you do!)

how's the job going? and the girl?

i totally hear you on the 'newness in september' thing. it sucks. kids just don't understand why grown ups don't get summers off and new work clothes every fall! :)

famousmark From: famousmark Date: September 29th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mark!!!!

She hasn't found anything?? But Craigslist is full of Mother-In-Law apartments! [Wokka wokka wokka!]

The job is ooook. The girl, though, is great, and that matters to me waaay more! Oh! I saw that you posted a picture of you and Luke taken in Seaside, and we juuust got back from spending the weekend there. Craaazy! Seaside is so cute. I think it's cuteness can be summed up in the amount of candy stores it has per capita.
famousmark From: famousmark Date: September 29th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mark!!!!

Damn it, "its" cuteness, not "it's."
elizabethxiii From: elizabethxiii Date: September 29th, 2005 08:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mark!!!!

ha! yep, that is soooooooooooooo true. and yet she can't manage to find one. i've kind of given up trying to help. it's beyond me, now...it is out of my hands!

aw, shucks!? a lovers weekend in seaside? it's like the perfect little lovers getaway place, isn't it? especially in the winter (when we went there!!!) it's SO CHEAP because it's the off season!

so you never did answer my question: where are you looking for a place???

famousmark From: famousmark Date: September 29th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mark!!!!

Oh! Totally Ballard. Maybe Fremont, but probably not.
elizabethxiii From: elizabethxiii Date: September 29th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mark!!!!

aha! ballard. that seems about right...very famousmark-like.

i'm trying to get my mom in law into ballard too! now you're totally competing for apts! NO FAIR!

just kidding. :)
velvet From: velvet Date: September 29th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: mark!!!!

thingstouchme From: thingstouchme Date: September 29th, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love O. Henry. Alot.

Good luck apartment hunting.

(the thing people say when they hate apartment hunting and have no advice whatsover)
strangea From: strangea Date: September 29th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck apartment hunting!
daeverra From: daeverra Date: September 29th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you should publish the definitions bit. Hilarious! And also: helpful. If someone had laid that out on the line FAR before I had to go meet a bunch of creepy realtors in icky (ANTIQUE! VINTAGE! OLD WORLD!) houses while Quent was at work, they surely would have deserved my utter thanks.

You should put it in the classifieds, right above the listings!
snowman From: snowman Date: September 30th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wait, does Mark have his own magazine, or something?
beastule From: beastule Date: September 30th, 2005 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I think there's a vacancy in our building (right off Broadway & John in Cap Hill), but it's of the two-person income variety...but also a loft...
quent From: quent Date: September 30th, 2005 02:29 am (UTC) (Link)
man, I HEAR YOU on the hubris livejournal curse. that's why i didn't write anything in the works about the microsoft job until it was etched in stone and well-contracted.

let's see the greek gods do anything about that shit! no wait! don't!
littlewashu From: littlewashu Date: October 21st, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you became a very enthusiastic football fan, then autumn would mean something substantial again.
little_hand From: little_hand Date: August 11th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking through ads for apartments right now, and I remembered this and came to reference it. Thank you! BTW, LOL.
famousmark From: famousmark Date: August 14th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, the old school post!

Man, where are you looking to move to?
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