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The Joys Of Renting

I am aware that, as an American, my dream should include homeownership. Place of my own, queen of the realm, equity, investment, maturity, blah blah blah.

On the other hand, when I wake up on a lovely, sunny Sunday morning to find that Hyde Park is covered in several inches of the white, fluffy snow that was falling for at least fourteen hours yesterday, and realize that I don't have to go outside and shovel it because the University employs maintenance people to do that for me, and I can lounge around and eat brunch . . .

. . . I am one happy Pony.

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fafojoy
Dec. 16th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
LOL, you know that you can own like a townhouse or a condo and they take care of that, too. :D

Although, I love taking care of my own garden. I don't even mind snow removal now that I have the snowthrower-that-starts-with-one-pull, may it live forever.
frenchpony
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that townhouses did that. Definitely something to consider once I become Dr. Pony and have a real job.

the snowthrower-that-starts-with-one-pull, may it live forever.

Ahhhh-men.
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dawtheminstrel
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I hear you. The next time we move, it's to a condo.
frenchpony
Dec. 16th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
Or a co-op, I guess. My best friend in New York lives in a co-op, and he says it's like a condo only more socially responsible. And it's a really nice place, too.
meckinock
Dec. 16th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, sure, rub it in.

frenchpony
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Hey, I paid my dues shoveling snow for Mom Pony as a teenager.
jelazakazone
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
I like home ownership. We've been able to taylor our abode to fit our distinct needs/desires. And as there is no sidewalk, we don't have to shovel the sidewalk (the sidewalk is on the other side of the street. don't ask.). I only have to shovel the driveway, and here in VA, it snows so little, that if I just wait a bit, it usually takes care of itself:) Every few years we need to shovel.

The one yard task I abhor is leaf removal. That is why there are a bunch of wet leaves on my lawn killing my grass:(
frenchpony
Dec. 16th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I guess the snow shoveling thing is different in VA. I've only ever lived places where you tend to get Heap Big Snow at least three times a winter, so shoveling is something that definitely takes up brain space for me.
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dot_o_choillmor
Dec. 16th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to feel a little left out because I've never shovelled snow...
frenchpony
Dec. 16th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Well, what with the way the dollar is tanking, why not try another cheap vacation in America? I'm sure Meckinock would be happy to let you try your hand on her property!
dot_o_choillmor
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:14 pm (UTC)
Heh. Well, now that Nilmandra has her spiffy snowblower that actually works, may it live forever, Meckinock it'll have to be. I'd probably give up at the first drop of sweat and make snowmen instead, though...
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dawn_felagund
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I had no urge to own a home either for a good long time. It was nice having snow removal, lawn care, and broken appliances taken care of for me. Hey, I'll admit it: Where dealing with life is concerned, I can be really lazy.

Then we did our taxes last year ...

Two decent incomes + renting = PANIC!

I think it's terribly unfair, but that's a rant for another time. We decided to remove our own snow, cut our own grass, and fix our own appliances to save several thousand a year on taxes. If you can still afford to rent, I envy you: enjoy it!
frenchpony
Dec. 16th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, remember: I'm a graduate student, of piddly means. Renting, especially in Chicago, is all that I can afford.

But even back when I had a Real Job™, renting was affordable. Granted, I usually ended up writing the IRS a check, but it wasn't usually more than a hundred bucks or so.

Ah, the single life for me!
saadiira
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Homeownership: $20ish bucks, and the local teen population takes care of that. :)

It's true, though, that it can be easier in some ways to rent/etc. At the same time, though, you also may get more control about getting people to show up and fix things as a home owner, and you do get to choose who they are to a greater degree.

Still...not having to shovel that whitestuff? ALWAYS priceless. :)

-Dira-
frenchpony
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
If I, being thirty-one years old and disgustingly healthy, hired teenagers to shovel my snow, Mom and Dad Pony would laugh me right off the face of this earth. Therefore, renting it is.

And one of the things that I like about renting from the University is that the maintenance people who show up are University employees, and are of good quality.
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