New place is shit. I mean straight up. But it's a short walk to my main place of employment.
I've only been there a couple of times during lunch so I haven't really seen all of the no doubt many defects but here's what I have so far.
- There's a keypad to get into the property. How many thousands of people must have the combination to this by now?
- Pre-paid electric meter. Hello, poverty living.
- Toilet takes upwards of five minutes to fill up between flushes. BIG PROBLEM for me as I often have to do a lot of wiping and that involves a lot of flushing. How much time will be wasted here? LOADS. If I flush five times (not unusual) that's 25 minutes of waiting.
- Shit blinds and no curtains. And it's on the ground floor so you REALLY need those windows to be covered. AND it's on the corner so every single room (except the bathroom) is facing a semi-busy area where people are walking by. So I'm going to have to buy curtains. I'm going to try some of those adhesive hooks so I don't have to drill shit. But still, this is money wasted on curtains. And LOADS of curtains. There's six windows that I need to cover.
- The door to the flat is shit. You can see through the cracks on the sides and it looks ridiculously flimsy. A burglar wouldn't have to be particularly determined to get through that door. Just nudge it.
As for the positives:
- Shower seems to work. In the short test I ran, it had good pressure. Not sure what the temperature will be like.
- No shared walls, as far as I could tell. There are three flats per floor (which isn't as good two but better than four) but nevertheless, I don't think that there
- Two bedrooms. That's two more than I need but still, extra storage space. Or I can convert one into a shrine of some sort. The second bedroom is like a box room but still, it's something.
I think that's about it. I'm also going to have to buy a bed. Might as well. I've gone this long without buying a bed. Can you believe that? That futon must be...I don't know...maybe ten years old. I can still use it as a sofa. But yeah, I think I should get a bed. I can afford it. I've been living like I'm impoverished for way longer than I've actually been impoverished.
I've looked for beds on Ikea and I'm going to get something pretty decent. Also, some shelves might be a good idea. I don't have to splurge on those but just something to put shit in. Like a night stand.
Let me see how much curtains are at Ikea. Yeah...£20 to £30 should get me something suitable. But that's multiplied by six. I wonder if one curtain would be enough to cover these somewhat narrow windows.
Then the question is block out or non-block out. I suppose block out for the bedroom. But for the other rooms too? I mean, it's not the light that bothers me, it's just the people looking in. So I assume that your standard curtains should be suitable for that task.
Seems like a waste of money but, now that I think about it, none of the properties I had in this city had curtains. One didn't even have blinds.
So I need to move my stuff. I texted the guy who did the move to my current place. He charged £100, which is twice was anybody else charges, but that was a last minute job and he had a big truck and he had a helper with him. So fine. This time, he wants £120.
The price goes up 20% in three months? My wage didn't go up in 20% in three months. And he was already charging twice as much as anyone else. Now he wants to charge three times as much?
No chance. I mean, I'm not looking for the cheapest guy. I'm happy to pay people a good wage for hard, honest work. But this guy is trying to take advantage.
So I booked somebody else. £45. As long as they show up, no problem.
Also have to get internet over there. I've been burned on this Virgin shit already so I'm going to just get something cheap and widely available. So I checked out the Post Office broadband. Why does the post office have broadband? No idea.
Anyway, the site it down. So I can't order it. Ridiculous. I'll try again tomorrow.
« Back to index