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12 January 2007 @ 02:23 pm
 
I got the keys to my new apartment yesterday. Spent a little time looking it over now that it's empty and been cleaned and such.

The good:

It's certainly pretty large, discounting the second bedroom i think it's at least as large as my current apartment. It also uses the space a little more efficiently. I've always thought having a hallway between the front door and the living room was a little silly.

It would be a pretty good layout for large groups of people, though that's not really very useful since for most sets of people i could be hanging out with it would make more sense to go over to jmpava and coraa and ceph's place.

The bad:

The layout of the apartment is screwing with my intuitive and entirely uninformed sense of feng shui. I want to have my bed in the opposite corner from the bedroom door with the head and left side against or at least near a wall. However if i do that the room will be much wider than it is long which is just weird. I'm also a little weirded out that most of one of the walls is taken up by a large set of doors leading into a large closet, which has another set of large doors leading into the hallway. If you actually took both sets of closet doors out there'd be practically no division at all.

Unlike the first apartment i looked at in that complex this one is right above the busier of the two streets it's on. It's probably going to be quite a bit noisier then any other apartment i've been at. I wonder if there's any way to improve the seemingly poor soundproofing of the windows. The balcony also looks out onto a church that's almost directly across the street, which i find kind of disturbing.

I'm not quite sure where to put the cat pan. The rest of the apartment is pretty large but the bathroom is kind of narrow and kind of goes around a corner and only half of it is tiled.

There's no stairs directly from the second floor to the courtyard that i've noticed. Maybe there is across the other side, i'll have to check, but the stairs nearest my apartment lead out into the lobby so you have to unlock the first floor door to get in.

The most unfortunate part is the parking. I've got an assigned parking space but it's in a garage, with a manually raised and lowered and manually locked garage door. Stopping my car and getting out to open the door every time i come home, and stopping the car and getting out to close the door every time i leave, just seems like a huge pain and a great opportunity to lock myself out of my car =P I'd just say screw it and leave the door up all the time except that i share the garage with one other person. I wonder how much of a hassle it would be to just do street parking.

The ugly:

The carpet. When i looked at the apartment before it had pretty normal tannish carpet, but they decided the carpet needed replacing and the results are... unfortunate. Maybe it's just because i haven't gotten the electricity switched on there yet so i could only see it by what light filtered in from outside at 5:30-6:00 in the evening, but it's a brownish color that seems to be several shades over into the dark and depressing area. It also feels kind of weird in bare feet.

I'm also not especially pleased with the curtains, i wonder how feasible, and how expensive, it would be to replace them with the hanging plastic slat type that i've gotten used to.

(And if it seems like the bad column is longer than the good one it's because a lot of the good stuff has either already been mentioned or is too fundamental to be worth going over. Well, that and probably my whole dislike of change in the stable portions of my life trying to creep up on me.)


We also played the last game of the softball season yesterday (well, hopefully the last anyways, they're threatening to make us replay a game that was either forfeited or rained out, depending on who you ask.) Only ten people showed up so i got to field, and did miserably =P

I managed to miss several fairly easy opportunities to get an out when we were fielding. I even managed to miss two opportunities on the same play =P I was at third base for the first half, and once the ball came straight at me and medium high. I got my glove up but it was a little too high for me, though if it's thought to jump just a little i could have gotten it. Instead it kind of rolled over the top edge of my glove and kept going. But that had killed a lot of its momentum so that the person behind me managed to grab it and throw it at me as someone was heading over from second, but i just plain missed catching it =P

There was also another play where i was at third base, a runner was coming at third base from second and the ball was coming at third base from the outfield. I couldn't figure out how to get in front of the ball without running into the runner, so instead the ball and the runner collided =P Unfortunately hitting the runner in the leg with the ball doesn't count as an out and by the time i'd managed to recover it it was too late to throw it home. So for the second half(?) of the game i decided to go out to right field where i wasn't able to do quite as much damage to my own team.

I did get two RBIs though. (I can't remember what RBI stands for though, i was just told that was what i did =) Both times i was at bat i hit the ball and then get out at first, but someone else got home while they were dealing with me.
 
 
 
Steven DeFordwillworker on January 13th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
Runs-Batted-In. Often it's worth it to get out at first to get someone (presumably on third) to scor, and doing so becomes strategy for people who are much better at the game than you or I.

Steve
Pavajmpava on January 13th, 2007 01:22 am (UTC)
It would be a pretty good layout for large groups of people, though that's not really very useful since for most sets of people i could be hanging out with it would make more sense to go over to jmpava and coraa and ceph's place.

Actually, you might not have guessed this, but there are definetly times where I've been less inclined to have people over when I wanted to hang out becuase I didn't want to bother hosting. I don't think it's unresonable to expect that we could make use of your place just as much as mine ;->

As for the other stuff, well, we'll beat that carpet into submission when you move in!
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 13th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
Well i'd be happy to host stuff if you'd rather, i just didn't think it would be fair of me to insist that you three make the trip over to my place when it would be more efficient of me to make the trip over to your place :)
Pavajmpava on January 13th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Oh, trust me. It's not exactly across the city, so I think not having to host would often far-outweigh. Especially for something like games or whatnot, where then certain persons who often don't want to join in don't have to deal with us punk biatches
Desireemadduckdes on January 13th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
It would be a pretty good layout for large groups of people, though that's not really very useful since for most sets of people i could be hanging out with it would make more sense to go over to jmpava and coraa and ceph's place.

Pava already spoke for himself, but I would have to say that as a general rule for Pavas and non-Pavas alike, hosting has pluses and minuses.

There are times that I definitely prefer to get out of the house. Hosting can be a pain. I feel obligated to feed people, to clean up clutter, etc. (Of course, some amount of hosting is good for me, or else I would never clean. It's a balance, I guess.)

It is true that when people have to drive to me that could be a minus for them. But I've noticed that the visitor usually has the easier time ending the evening. If I have friends who are more likely to only want to chill for an hour or two, sometimes it's actually easier for them to come to me. That way they can get in the car and go without the awkwardness of having to kick me out.

I've always figured the easiest way to keep things convenient for other people is to ask *them* which way is actually more convenient. I'm constantly surprised by the weird shit that people claim is actually easier for them than whatever way I suggested. [shrug]
Pavajmpava on January 13th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
"...as a general rule for Pavas and non-Pavas alike..."

Dude...
Coraacoraa on January 13th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
There is no point to this post other than to say 'I agree with Des.' ;)
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 13th, 2007 07:58 am (UTC)
There is no point to this post other than to say 'okay' :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 13th, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
I hate organizing for a big party or event. I'm happy to help someone else out but i don't want the responsibility for making everything work out myself.

On the other hand if it's just casual hanging out or a small event (like, say, a group of people getting together to watch B5 =) it's great. They wouldn't be hanging out at my place if they didn't like me :)

Come to think of it, speaking of B5 once you guys moved away and coraa moved out to redondo the B5 sessions (and the Werewolf ones for that matter) always happened over there because that was "easiest," so i don't think i'm totally daft for thinking there's something to the center of social mass idea.
Pavajmpava on January 13th, 2007 09:11 am (UTC)
always happened over there because that was "easiest,"

No, they always happened over here because I didn't want to drive 50 minutes afterwards to go home and no one ever complained. ;->
Squidceph on January 13th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
There's certainly something to be said for length of driving time--at least, it's something that factors into the cost/benefit equation for hosting.

As Pava said above, your new place is "not exactly across the city," whereas Huntington is, well, across the city. The two situations are not entirely equivalent. :)
Squidceph on January 13th, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Permit me to echo what Des said re: the pluses and minuses of hosting. I would also like to point out that if I'm in hermity mode, I'll be extremely grateful for the fact that people are able to hang out someplace other than in my apartment.
Squidceph on January 13th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Also, out of curiosity:
The balcony also looks out onto a church that's almost directly across the street, which i find kind of disturbing.

Disturbing in a "noplace to park on Sunday mornings" sense, or in a "I hope they don't try to use me as a sacrifice for their arcane rituals" sense?
DonAithnendonaithnen on January 13th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
Re: Also, out of curiosity:
Certainly of the same nature as the later. I hadn't even considered the possible parking situation.

Having been raised athiest/agnostic i find organized religions interesting in theory but sometimes unsettling in practice. This is amplified in the case of christianity which is so prevelant in our culture that it sometimes seems like it's out to get me ;)