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A girl with inner hope and overwhelming passion for life. Love for literature as an engineer.

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2014-02-18 11:11:34|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Hi, my diary, long time no see. I missed you. The past few days have been crazy and I just didn't have enough time to learn new things, to create new program and to record all those I want to. After the ever long vocation, it's time for my first job- a career start point.

I still owe you lots of details and thoughts for the past vocation. Lots of things happened and I will return that later. Anyway, several days before Feb. 3rd, my first day of new job, bmp and I drove back to Cincinnati to settle down a new apartment. There is this girl that I've been in contact for quite a while. She has an extra room for rent on the third floor of one house. The price is somewhat cheaper, pictures seemed fine and the roommate sounds pretty easy-going on QQ. I packed most of my belongings on the car, preparing to move in with this one bet as long as it is not too bad. Upon arrival, I then found out that the room for rent has no closet and that place has no living room to share. Actually, the room for rent used to be the living room and that explains why there is no living room. Well, I felt ok with everything else except the closet thing. Closet is one of the most important things for girls, ladies, especially as we grow up and now I am about to be a profession lady. A room with no closet really bothers me. Part of the reason that gives me confident of this residential choice is the fact that this girl has been living here for three years and she didn't move to anyplace else the whole time here. There must be something good with this place and I believe that at least it is safe although Ohio Ave is famous among the places where rubbery occurred. What helped me make the final decision is the tour of the other room.  Her room is very spacious with lots of storage place, bookshelves built on the wall, shoe shelf just besides the entrance. Anyway, this room is so good that I started to feel the unfairness of paying the same price for a much smaller and inconvenient place. I expressed my thought to the girl by asking if her landlord will be willing to lower the price for the small room and she was negative about that. We left after that promising that we will have the decision for her tomorrow. There we go, heading back to my friend's place where I spent the last few months of my graduate school days as a temporary shelter with a car full of my stuff. 

That night, I did an exhaustive search online, on Craigslist, and ucbbs. My main focus is ucbbs as according to my previous experience too many people fool around on craigslist and I, as a Chinese, actually will be more comfortable living with a Chinese if it is for a long term. I ended up with several alternatives and my friend told me to get rid of all those on the riddle street saying that is not a good place. Anyway, there is one post that I found searching for a roommate in a so-called condo rented by a retired female piano teacher. That didn't sound so reliable, to be honest. But I tried to make the phone call no matter what. At the other end, a lady called Mrs. Antara picked up the phone and we scheduled an appointment the next day for a tour. Thus, by the end of the day, I was left with only one alternative. That night, I went to bed a little concerned. I had the intuition that this might be a good choice however I was doubting if that would be too good to be true. The picture on google map seems really nice. Anyway, let me hope for the best.

The next day, we arrived at the place. The building is the highest among its surroundings and was said to be the luxury apartment in Cincinnati since 1925. We reached the lady and founding her to be at a really old age, about 90 something. Her place is also spacious with lots of storage place although her well-preserved furnitures and piano have taken up a large part. The remaining place is still more than enough for me. She was of really warm personality although we were sometimes impatient listening to her, we sticked to the end of the conversation. This was the setting of a traditional American style with old-fashioned furniture and carpet, clean and spacious, all sorts of paintings and art works on the wall, on the table. We were satisfied with everything regarding this place except the concern that it might be too dull staying with an old lady(no negative comments or evil meaning but only the concern that my new apartment might be a little depressed). After that, I got a call from another landlord renting a room in another house where three Chinese girls were current residents. We said goodbye to Mrs. Antara and headed for the other place. She liked us and was hoping that I can end up choosing her place. Upon arriving at the other place, we found the street to be quiet and safe. This other landlord is a middle-aged lady. Talking with her felt so comfortable and responsive, an apparent comparison with Mrs. Antara. She introduced their house condition really quick. The place was smaller than the previous one and not too bad. However, she soon told us that no visit was allowed since they already have lots of people in the house and mainly girls, even family visit from another country was a problem. This ended our conversation. She then recommended us with another place her family owns. And guess what? That's Mrs. Antara's place. And guess what Mrs. Antara told us regarding family or bmp visit. She said people in love should stay together. Then, we quickly returned to Mrs. Antara's place and said yes. There we go, I got the key. Bmp and I then moved all stuff on my car to my new apartment, despite the fact that the elevator went down so we had to run stairs...

My new apartment story told me that in life we always find surprises. I never thought I will live with a foreigner for long term, not even to mention the fact that she is a piano teacher. I never realized how important the storage space is until I moved in founding myself accumulated so many stuff over the past years. I felt lucky that I kept the hope and did not compromise at the first moment.

And I am full of hope again. Ready to embrace the new year.
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