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wolfqueen001 Time for a change... I think this sums me up pretty well:

Things tend to turn out well when you worry, so that's probably good. - EmP

I still <333 wolves, though.

Title: God help me....
Posted: September 13, 2011 (08:34 PM)
So I finally got a job.... A real one this time, and not one I intend to quit after two days of training.... But it required an almost immediate move to a city two-and-a-half hours from my house and one with limited, or at least difficult, public transportation between the two....

This has meant that in the last two weeks, I've had to find an apartment around the time I start (Thursday). This has resulted in limited success. Not many apartments are available right now. More like at the end of the month at best.

And the one that was available right away, and the one that was cheapest, I totally thought would work out.... Except that today I found out that some of the other tenants are unsavory characters, and since I don't particularly fancy getting raped on my walk home from the bus stop come December when it gets dark at 4:30 in the afternoon, I decided to hold off on putting money down on the place because I don't want to get stuck in a lease I don't feel safe keeping.

Soooooo I've have to go look for a slew of new apartments... and hope to God one of them will have something open... I just... really hope I can find something, though, because I really can't afford to live in a hotel for two weeks or so until I get a place...

I'm going to try to see if the local Department of Human Services office can help with that... or the local Housing Authority, but... I don't know. I'm beginning to doubt that things will come through as quickly as I'd like.... And I'm really wishing I'd had more time to find something that'd work...

But on the bright side of the near total eclipse, I at least have a job that would pay pretty good money for a starting position... so I just HAVE to make this work. =/
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pickhutUser: pickhut
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 13, 2011 (10:29 PM)
Whoa, that's some rough stuff, wolf. Hang in there, though, I'm sure you'll get by just fine and look back on this as a small bump in the road. Keep your head up.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 15, 2011 (08:01 PM)
Well, I was hoping that I would be able to stay with a coworker or something until I found a place... But the one that the most immediate availability probably won't work out like I hoped because she'll be using her Para Transit** services come Monday (or very close to it), and she doubts I'd be able to piggy back off hers until I can get my own set up. And since she lives on the opposite side of the state border, the public transportation won't go to my work. Or, at the very least, it'd take forever with all the transfers I'd have to do and so I'd end up an hour or so late every day.

So instead I guess I'm going to have to live out of the hotel for a week or two. But on the bright side, I've spoken to a representative from the Department of Human Resources, and she said that their office would cover my hotel expenses for a week or two until I found a place, though I'd have to pay up front.

Still, apartment hunting has generated a few successes. I've applied to one place that may be available on the 23rd (though they said more like 27th), so that might work out. Alternatively, I've called a few others and they have some coming available soon, perhaps even now, that I hope to talk to them about. And also hope they're close to the bus stop... Since even when I do get the Para Transit thing set up for myself (assuming I'm actually eligible), I'd have to take public transportation until then.

This also means I'd have to talk to my boss about coming in a little late and then just staying over a little late, just because any public transportation I do end up taking might be cutting it close, even when catching the earliest ones out. (My shift has been set for 7:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m.)

(**For those who don' know, Para Transit is an alternative name for the sort of Dial-A-Ride services provided for by transportation organizations like Pace or the local equivalents. Although I'm not sure about the requirements for all similar services, the one here may require that I be legally blind or else have some other significant disability. Although I am visually impaired, it may not be enough to qualify, although the DHS is going to see whether it can be done for me or not anyway. Frankly, I've never used it before, but if it means getting to work on time, then I'd be wiling to do it.)
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HalonUser: Halon
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 16, 2011 (03:57 PM)
Public transportation ftw! I sold my car because rent in NYC is so expensive. It sucked at first, but you'll get used to it.

Oh, and good luck with everything.
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qxzUser: qxz
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 16, 2011 (08:45 PM)
Public transportation? Yick! I only take public transport because I can't afford auto insurance.

I live in a Los Angeles suburb, and have to travel between two cities -- Lancaster and Palmdale -- in order to get to school. Problem is, it takes no less than 90 minutes to travel between them. I have to take one bus from east Lancaster to west Lancaster (which isn't so bad, because this bus only takes about ten minutes between the pivotal bus stops). The bus route I most often take from Lancaster to Palmdale is the problematic one not only because it's the most frequently populated, it's often become overcrowded.
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radicaldreamerUser: radicaldreamer
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 16, 2011 (10:14 PM)
Shit, are you a recent college graduate? And I thought things were tough enough for me and the three-figure monthly salary I made for my first year post-graduation.

What field are you working in? And is it in the one you want to work in?
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qxzUser: qxz
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 17, 2011 (01:34 AM)
Nope. It's gonna be at least another twelve months before I graduate, and my main field of study is computer software programming.
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GenjUser: Genj
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 17, 2011 (10:29 AM)
I've done 40 hr/wk jobs both using public transportation & driving with my own car and by far having your own car is a far more convenient and less stressful luxury.
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yamishuryouUser: yamishuryou
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 17, 2011 (02:56 PM)
I've done 80 hour weeks back to back before.

It's all about developing a tolerance for it
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honestgamerUser: honestgamer
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 17, 2011 (04:10 PM)
If I work an 80-hour-week it has to be something that I find tremendously rewarding on a personal level. No typical paycheck is going to motivate me to do that because we all have only so many hours to live and I'm not willing to find myself living a life where I wake up and routinely find myself dreading the next however many hours. We're all different and there's a different job that each of us might enjoy--probably one that doesn't require 80-hour work weeks--and we all owe it to ourselves to find those jobs and work them so that we don't have to look back on our lives as "those few hours we enjoyed when we weren't sleeping or at work."
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SamildanachEmrysUser: SamildanachEmrys
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 17, 2011 (05:12 PM)
I agree completely. I don't want to look back on my life as mostly spent working, particularly working a job I hated.
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wolfqueen001User: wolfqueen001
Title: Re: God help me....
Posted: September 22, 2011 (07:07 PM)
Well, I've found a place and intend to move in Saturday. It looks like a duplex and I'll be on the top floor. The people below me are a couple, so hopefully I won't have any issues with them. It's also pretty close to a variety of stores, and is only half an hour by bus from work. The rent is fairly cheap - $550 a month,with all utilities paid, accept for the optional ones like cable and internet, which I'll have to set up myself.

Because of this, I'll probably fall off the face of the internet until I get that set up. Not sure how long that'll take. Might take a few days, might take a few weeks. And, of course, I'd have to make sure I can afford it.

Anyway, I just hope everything turns out okay. It looked pretty clean, so hopefully I won't have to worry about bugs and things. If I do, though, I got the impression that that sort of thing would be taken care of as quickly as possible. As it is, I'm glad I won't have to be living out of a hotel anymore, but now I'll be managing a household, which entails significantly more responsibility than a dorm room back in college. I guess we'll just see how it goes.
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