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Blitzing Through Chicago

The Graduate Student Housing people checked in yesterday. They've found me an apartment, so I scrambled to arrange an emergency trip to Chicago to look it over and sign the lease if I like it. I'm pretty familiar with the neighborhood, and I know where this apartment is, and I like the area. I looked at a picture of the building on the Housing Department website (which also features a completely incomprehensible floorplan), and it looks okay. Architechtural charm is not high on my priority list for this apartment, but the convenience of having someone else do my apartment hunting for me is. So, assuming that the place is clean and in good shape, I'll probably sign the lease and have a place to live in Chicago. I'm going there on Wednesday to take a look, and then I'll probably mosey around the University area for a while, possibly meet with my advisor-to-be if he's available. This is probably the fastest I've ever arranged a trip before.

I'm so excited. It's happening! It's really happening!

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dawtheminstrel
Jun. 30th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
That sounds great, Pony. I actually lived in a grad dorm for a while because it was so much easier than looking for a place. This is good service.
frenchpony
Jun. 30th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
I think that, if I had gone to grad school straight from college, I might have opted for the grad dorm. But now it's apartment life for me. This apartment sounds like precisely what I wanted -- an unfurnished one-bedroom -- and it's close to the grocery store and has a couple of bus stops nearby. This is one fabulous school to produce all that for me.
dot_o_choillmor
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC)
Sometimes hastily arranged trips are the best ones.

That's fantastic, FP. What a lot of hassle it'll save. I hope it works out but it sounds like it should.
frenchpony
Jun. 30th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
It turns out that I won't be able to meet with the professor, since he'll be away in England on a lecture tour. But I can still see the apartment, which is the primary point of all this, and I can hang out in Hyde Park, which is a neighborhood I like. I have high hopes for this apartment. I think it'll be a nice place. Most of the Hyde Park apartments I've seen have been nice.
bodkin_ra
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Sounds good. All you need, really.

When will you pack up and move?
frenchpony
Jun. 30th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
I'll be moving the 14th - 15th of August.
rhobike
Jun. 30th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
place to crash?
need a place to crash Weds. eve. etc.? We'll be around, stay as long as you like. Singing is at my place on Thu., don't go home too soon.

You told them your living room had to have good acoustics, right?
frenchpony
Jun. 30th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
Re: place to crash?
Actually, I can't stay over Wednesday night. It's just not in the cards. But I might need a place to crash on August 14th, if you're in town then. If you're not, I'll ask the rest of the singers, see if someone else can put me up.
rhobike
Jul. 2nd, 2006 02:40 am (UTC)
Re: place to crash?
sure, we'll be here then and the futon is reserved for you.
But if you find an airconditioned place to stay instead, we will not feel slighted. Sorry you can't stay to sing with us next week, but good luck on the apt. hunt.
frenchpony
Jul. 2nd, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: place to crash?
Thank you much. It'll only be one night, and then I can go home to my new home. And then, that Thursday, I will come and sing with you again.

I'll let you know how the apartment looks after I see it.
fafojoy
Jun. 30th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah for the apartment and nice apt hunters. I hope the place has AC... it is dang hot all the sudden.
frenchpony
Jun. 30th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
AC would be nice, but I'll settle for clean and in decent shape. It's not always cold in Chicago, and there are plenty of places like libraries and school buildings that have AC for free.
perelleth
Jul. 1st, 2006 12:38 am (UTC)
William Tell! :-) Or even Wagner's Walkyrias! Great!

My, having someone apartment hunting for you is a must when moving! I'm happy for you that you got that! Hopes everything goes smoothly and you can get things sorted out quickly so you can enjoy the rest of the vacation! Thrilling, ins't it?

I'll send you virtual plants for decoration!
frenchpony
Jul. 1st, 2006 01:54 am (UTC)
We don't do any more Wagner than absolutely necessary chez Pony. We much prefer Rossini.

I am so happy to have someone else pick a nice apartment with landlords who know about renting to students. If this apartment works out, I will be a happy camper indeed. When I get back to Chicago, I'll have to look up some of my old work buddies and say hi.

Your virtual plants are quite welcome, but they should stay away from Lexi the begonia and Peter Parker the spider plant. Those two are predatory. I think they're trying to bump off Dilly the lavender at the moment. Guido the parsley is holding his own, though.
perelleth
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
We don't do any more Wagner than absolutely necessary chez Pony. We much prefer Rossini. I thought so...after I clicked, but then, it really sounded momentous... so apologies! :-)

I'm going to the Botanical on Sunday, I'll try to catch good pics of the carnivorous ones, then...
frenchpony
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Perhaps I might acquire a carnivorous plant once I get to Chicago. I've kind of declared a moratorium on new plants until I can figure out how to move Lexi, Peter Parker, Dilly, and Guido.
meggins
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
Hope it all works out. As you say, things are happening. And it's nearly July, so not all that long until you move.
frenchpony
Jul. 1st, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
A month and a half. It's just starting to get interesting.
elliska
Jul. 2nd, 2006 12:05 pm (UTC)
Catching up...that sounds great FP! I know what you mean about having someone else find the place for you. I did the same thing when I moved to Florida and it worked out very well. I hope you have a nice trip and the the apartment works out. :-)
frenchpony
Jul. 2nd, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to this. The apartments that I've seen in Hyde Park (and I've seen a couple) have been nice places. There's a park and a bus stop right near this one, and it's near the grocery store and about eight or nine blocks from the music department building. If it's decent on the inside, it's mine.
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