Friday, August 9, 2013

Simple Pleasures

Now that Moving Day is nearly here, I really have to ramp up my efforts to get everything organized and ready for 7AM Sunday morning. It's going to be a doozy. Tomorrow I'll be attending my cousin's baby shower, too, so that's going to cut into my preparation time, but I'm confident I'll be able to make it all work. Fingers crossed! So, in light of leaving the condo that has been my home for the past three years, here are some things I will NOT be missing.

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There should really be a book (or at the very least a brochure) about being courteous to your neighbors when living in an apartment-like setting. It's astonishing how people can have such little regard for others who live around them. For example, don't slam the front door (or your walk-in closet door for that matter). Plain and simple, it's loud and it's rude. Also, make an effort to walk around lightly when you live above someone. I have personally experienced the joy of hearing my heavy-footed neighbor stomp around like Godzilla at all hours of the night. The icing on the cake is when he decides it's a good idea to kick off his heavy shoes one at a time and let them fall noisily to the ground, which is also my ceiling. This is especially great when I'm already having trouble sleeping because of....

Asshole Train Conductors.
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I try to keep the cursing to a minimum, but even I have my limits. I know there are rules about sounding the horn when approaching a crossing and that they're set in place for a reason, but let's be honest, unless there's a car parked on the train tracks, there is literally NO reason reason for a conductor to blare the horn for so long and so loudly at 3AM except for their own sadistic pleasure. Some conductors are more courteous than others, but it's a rarity. It truly makes me want to find out where they live, sit outside of their house while they're trying to sleep, and blare obnoxious music or randomly sound a blow horn. Or both. The train is a touchy subject for me and even though I'll still hear it where I'm going, it'll be far enough away that I won't be able to see the passengers on the Amtrak train from my bedroom window while I'm getting dressed after I take my morning shower and...

Fight for Normal Water Temperatures.
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I have yet to take a shower in my place and have the water stay at the same temperature I put it at. Quite honestly, there are times when I turn the knob to make it warmer and it gets colder. And vice versa. Then you have neighbors who decide it's a perfect time to do laundry or take a shower themselves and you have to fight for to get your temperature back to normal. You want it to stay there? No chance. You have to deal with it and occasionally experience a wicked hot or icy cold stream of water at random. Except now I won't have to. Now, if someone decides to do the dishes or water the lawn while I'm in the shower, I know who to take it up with. 

Don't get me wrong, there are definitely some things I'm going to miss about living alone (like being able to walk around in my skivvies whenever I like), but I'm still looking on the bright side knowing that I'll be saving money and my family will be close by.


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