My laptop died uneventfully last week. I shut it down and returned to find the disk drive dead. It’s really been a long time coming. A few of its shortfalls: the battery died, it overheated all the time and I had to reinstall Windows twice over the past year. So, it’s about time for it to retire. So, with voices all around me praising Mac, I got a Mac Pro today! It’s beautiful and I’m still trying to figure out all of the things I might do with it. I also got an iTouch because of my handy-dandy student ID, I hope the reimbursement goes through. The new toys are fun to explore! For iTouch, I downloaded apps for graffiti, Yelp, wi-fi finder, chat and texting tools. So if you randomly find my text with random numbers, that would be why. At the same time, all these social tools and constant connectivity makes me wonder about how safe my whereabouts and passwords are…
I went to DC over the past few days and visited about nine places in order to find an apartment. It was difficult. In a couple of instances, the room was very small but in a great location. In other instances the room was great but the location sucked. For example, there was this one large bedroom with a sunroom attached. The sunroom had a freaking bathtub and I really enjoyed my short convo with the guy who lived there. I would love to live in that room, except the neighborhood had very little going on-no restaurants, sort of far from the Metro station, etc.
What I ended up deciding on, and which I hope goes through, is to share a 2 bedroom apartment with a girl named Caitlin. She’s a 4th grade teacher and likes to cook and smokes hooka occasionally. She also has an adorable little black dog named Plum, so cute and I look forward to playing with it. Crazy thing is her last roommate also worked for the Census Bureau but later joined the Peace Corps.
The room is small, about the size of the room I resided in my first year at Pitt, but it’s big enough. It’s located in Columbia Heights, a “transitioning” area with lots of new development. It’s a 10 minute walk to shops like Target, Payless, Marshalls and the Metro, and a 20 minute walk to bars and restaurants in Adams Morgan. It’s also only a 25 minute Metro ride to where I’ll be working. I like the fact that it feels alive. I think the room is sort of expensive, but DC overall is expensive and I’ve been super spoiled by cheap rent. I hear stories of random crime and attacks, but I have also been recommended to live here by people I’ve talked to at the Census. Overall, I think it’s a pretty good choice.
I can’t stress enough about how I want to live in a place that feels “alive.” Some of the places I looked at just felt sort of despairing. I don’t want to come home from work and feel like I live in suburbs yet. There could be years of suburbs ahead of me in the far future. At the same time, I gotta admit that I’m already thinking of ways to prevent my new Mac from being stolen.
Another concern I have is how I will save money when I start working. I guess I cannot know precisely how much I will spend until I get my first paycheck and start spending, but I will be sorely disappointed if I cannot save. Gotta work on that.
So late/early. I should sleep now.