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And the good karma just keeps on flowing

Deb and I went up to the Chicago area on Thursday to look for houses. We didn't make it 20 miles before my Jetta crapped out on me. It's always had this little tic about not wanting to start when it's extremely wet outside. So Thursday it was raining its ass off. Of course it took me forever to get it started. I've been trying to figure out this problem for a year now. I've replaced the distributor cap, plug wires and various sensors trying to track it down. The problem is its not consistent. But this time, even after finally getting it started, it would die on me as I was going down the road in the rain. So cussing like a madman, I returned home and we piled all our collected shit in my old S-10 and headed off again. This would prove to be fortunate later on. At least I didn't have to worry about it starting the next morning.

We got up to our hotel in Naperville too late to look around for houses so we ordered a pizza and chilled out for the night. Next day, we ran by my new office so I could show Deb where I'll be working. Then we headed down to Orland Park to meet with my Uncle Vern. He works in commercial real estate and had made several inquiries about houses in the area in our price range. You wouldn't beleive how much time and effort this saved us. We ended up only looking at 3 places after he'd told us what he'd found. 2 were in Joliet and one was in Justice. The second one we looked at in Joliet is the one we chose. Vern told us he didn't know if he should show us the third place in Justice because it was nicer than his house. 3 bedrooms. 20 foot cathedral ceiling in the living room. Fireplace. 2 full baths, one of which had a jacuzzi. $1000 per month. I honestly fell in love with this place. It was only five minutes from the office. Why didn't I take it? It was the third floor apartment in a three story home. The old Polish couple who owned the building lived in the apartment on the second floor and throughout the walk through they kept on insisting that the new tennant shoulf be very quiet. No loud TV's, no loud stereos. No one who walks hard on the floors. No one who comes in really late because the only entrance is shared by all three apartments and you would end up waking up the people on the middle floor everytime you came in. The lady also seemed very nosey so I passed on it.

Here is what we decided upon. Nice two bedroom in the quiet neighborhood of Marquette Gardens in Joliet. Large fenced backyard. Across the street from a park. Large kitchen with appliances. Full, finished basement with a den, washer and dryer. Attached garage. Central air and gas heat. $975 a month and it's about 22 miles from my office. I thought we were pretty lucky.

After looking at all the places, we went over to Vern's house where my Aunt Gale had dinner waiting. My aunt works for what used to be Marshall Fields, now Macy's in Joliet. We were joined by my cousins John and Greg. John teaches at an inner city school in Chicago and Greg is working for a liquor distributor while he finishes up college. Greg has recently returned home from Durango, CO where he was convalescing after a nerve operation on his elbow. Formerly he'd gotten a huge break in Major League Basball, pitching for the Seattle Mariners. The injury to his arm was related to the pitching. He's still hoping to return to Spring Training this year and continue playing. John came in with his truck loaded with these awesome storage boxes. Musicians would recognize these as the long cases you load all your electronic gear into. A friend of John's had given him a whole pallet of them. This is why it was lucky we brought the truck instead of the car. John gave us seven of them. Now we don't have to look for as many boxes for moving.

Dinner was awesome as only your aunt's home cooking can be. Afterward we returned to our hotel. Next morning we met the owner of the house back over there and gave him $300 to hold the house for us. This Saturday, we have to meet him back there and sign the lease and pay the balance of first and last month's rent. We will take a load up Saturday and then I'll go back up on Monday to get ready for a week of work. I start on Tuesday and have to figure out getting all the utilities signed over to my name. That can be stressful but at least we now have a place. We are planning to move in over the course of the next month.




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Jan. 10th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
While the apartment with the Polish couple sounds great with the fireplace and all, I wouldn't want nosy neighbors. I'm quiet but they sound like the people who will always complain about something.

The house you found looks good. At least you won't have noise from other people's stereo and loud talking coming through your bedroom walls; you'll have privacy. Looks and sounds great.

I'm glad you found something so fast :)
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
We actually had other appointments to see things on Saturday but when we walked through that one, we pretty much knew. And yes, I've never done well with apartments. You always end up doing something to make someone else mad. I'm not good at stepping lightly through my own home.

Jan. 10th, 2007 04:16 am (UTC)
I'm glad you got something fast. And something you like. I can relate to the nosey landlady. That's why I haven't given up this house yet. I'm not good at stepping lightly either. It's better to be where you can do whatever you please.
Jan. 10th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
My sentiments exactly. Plus it's far enough from the city I won't feel like I'm living in Chicago.

Jan. 10th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
New House
Very nice place! Congratulations, and good luck on the move. :)

Jan. 10th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: New House
Thank you dear.

Jan. 10th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
I wish to come lounge in your kitchen. Except during Tropical Terror season.

*hugs* congrats again, on everything.
Jan. 10th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Come lounge anywhere you like dear. There is a train station a few blocks away. You could be here in a day and a half. Thanks!

Jan. 11th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Congrats on the new place. Looks like a quiet place. I missed some posts on you new job. What is it?
Jan. 11th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
New Media Projects Manager for the Career Education division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education in Burr Ridge, IL, close to Chicago.

Jan. 11th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Nice house! I like the backyard and the basement. Are you going to christen the kitchen by getting divinity all over it? ;)
Jan. 11th, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Nope, but we are doing a house clearing with sage before we move in on Saturday.

Jan. 11th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
good moving juju your way

And *yeah* for good stuff.

Jan. 11th, 2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks love!


Jan. 13th, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
I'm glad things are going well.
KK told me about you getting the new job, and moving!
It all sounds so stressful! I'm glad it is settled though, that is half the battle.

I will be thinking about you all!
Jan. 14th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
Re: I'm glad things are going well.
Thanks, we took the first load up today. And this week I get to camp out in my almost empty house while I start my new job. I'll be sleeping on a twin bed mattress on the floor and eating off paper plates. It's so pathetic.


Jan. 14th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Re: I'm glad things are going well.
Heh.. I remember a house with ONLY a bed... you slept on the floor. But it was one kick ass party LOL...

I remember a windmill.... and a pair of white underwear <>
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
Re: I'm glad things are going well.
I'm sure we all have plenty of things to blackmail each other with. I remember things about that party too!

Jan. 14th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm glad things are going well.
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