So after essentially a five month odyssey, I am sitting in my new apartment.
I hired movers (Clean Cut Movers NYC—who were, although not clean shaven, excellent movers for a really reasonable price), but my father decided to come down so he could attempt to put things together, fuck them up, swear a lot, and then take me out to a nice dinner.
I moved out of my old apartment on Friday, but went back on Saturday to clean up and give my keys to my landlord. I came back to a note from Irv saying that he may not be home when I come back, so to leave the keys on the kitchen counter. Also, "good luck, young lady, it was such a pleasure having you live in our home."
I WANTED TO CRY.
I did knock on his door, and he was at home, wearing his WWII veteran hat and looking all grandfatherly. He gave me a hug and a kiss goodbye and said that he was sorry that he had to raise the rent and that I couldn't stay.
I WANTED TO CRY EVEN MORE.
A lot of people leave their apartments in NYC and say, "Thank God I'm leaving for xyz reasons." I left because I couldn't find a roommate and I couldn't afford to pay $2,700 a month by myself.
So that's the end of that.
While it was disappointing to have to leave what I thought was the perfect apartment in the perfect location, I'm really fucking excited to be living on my own and not have to deal with roommate/Craigslist bullshit. I'm looking forward to the fridge being filled with just my stuff. I'm looking forward to not having to worry about someone other than me spilling things on my expensive couch. I'm looking forward to being able to monopolize the TV and the bathroom. I'm looking forward to the internet actually working for once, and I'm definitely looking forward to being able to watch The Notebook on TNT and cry my eyes out which I did this afternoon.
When you live with a roommate, they know way too much about you. Frankly, I don't need someone to know that I DVR 700 episodes of Wife Swap or that I drink about 200 gallons of soda a day. I'm looking forward to privacy and piece and quiet.
I think this will be good.
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