Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Graduation Day

In an unexpected and dramatic move, I have decided to stop being such a bitch hermit and leave the apartment that has been my home for the last eight years or so. Not just leave it in the go outside before 3 am way, but actually move out.

This all started a couple of weeks ago when I accompanied JR to view an apartment in my neighborhood. He's been couch-surfing since he arrived in LA, almost four months ago. Originally, the plan was for him to move in with some friends, who either flaked out, changed their minds or lost them. My fate was sealed once I saw the grand potential and sheer space that one can exploit in an actual apartment, not like the shoebox studio I had been "living" in. As I have said, my nesting instincts are in high gear and a new home means a new chapter in one's life. So, the only logical thing to do was to move in with JR.

We must have looked at about fifty apartments before settling on one that we could both agree was too weird to pass up. At first, we did things his way, which means checking craigslist every fifteen minutes and scrambling across town to be the first to see and apply. Then we tried my method, which consists of picking a neighborhood you could live in and driving around looking for signs. While on the way to yet another craigslist appointment, we passed a strange building that was set back from the street and obscured by lots of big trees. We called the number on the sign and a woman named Stephanie invited us in to look.

The whole experience was like something out of a David Lynch film. Stephanie was a nice, older lady in a bumped out blond wig and lots of makeup. She wore a poncho shawl in a summery yellow color and was quite the hostess as she gave us the grand tour of her complex. The apartment we saw was on the second floor, with a balcony overlooking the courtyard. The space itself, I can only describe as ghetto fabulous and totally retro chic. It has a sunken living room with a white rock fireplace and great big bedrooms with wall to wall closets. I fell in love at first sight and was ready to move in. "Don't you want to see the rest of the place first?" Stephanie asked. We quickly toured the buildings amenities and took applications.

Long story short: We got the apartment and move in later this week. That's the good news. The bad news is having to pack up all the crap I have spent a lifetime collecting. It has been an incredibly trying couple of days, with tensions running high and low. Letting go of shit is not my strong suit and I think I might have started my period today, but JR has been a trooper through it all. If our friendship can survive this week, I think there is nothing we can't do. I will be glad and sad to leave my little box of a home. This place has seen some of the worst moments of my life. It has been my sanctuary and my prison.

Now that "Bitch Hermit Graduation Day," as JR calls it, is around the corner, I am an emotional wreck. I hope, when I walk across the stage to pick up my diploma, that I do not trip on all the skeletons that got out of my closet this week.

16 comments:

mellowlee said...

Congrats on the new place, I'm excited for you! Please take pics when you get settled in. I wanna see it!
I'm sorry you have to purge stuff. I had a hell of a time during my last move :(

ziggystardust73 said...

Happy Graduation!

I have my period too. :-(

but that's really bad timing for you... !

good luck with the move - I have to do it next month (and am dreading it)... !

ziggy

Holly said...

I am so happy for you! I hope you love this new place.

Saviour Onassis said...

Mel- Yeah, moving definately sucks. I hope I don't have to do it again for a long time. I will take some pics once we get settled.

Zig- LOL! I knew you would understand.

Holly- Thank you. I have a feeling that I will love the new place a lot.

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The Delusioneer said...

sometimes i feel like i have to smack you up side your head... if you havent used it, looked at it, or thought about it in 2 years.... throw it out or give it away... and i was being nice by giving you 2 years my rule for myself is only 1 year... so come on bitch hermit its time for a new shell. and by the way thanks for all the help... god doesnt like me right now for what ever reason....

Saviour Onassis said...

JoeJohn- Thanks for the tip. I will definately check it out. Also, I fixed the email thing...

Delusion- I know exactly why God doesn't like you. It's because you are a selfish, petty, bilious, adolescent, pre-tramatic fart on the face of humanity and I adore you. Yes, I hang on to shit after I should let it go, but I didn't hear you complaining as you tried on my sequin gowns the other night. Anyway, here's to a new beginning...

Mike said...

Oh I so would have loved to make a remark about your last comment S.O., but I have turned over a new leaf and I have matured much since the beginning of the week.

Congrats to BOTH of you on your new home. I just hope it has a pool, cause I don't ...and I am getting damn sick of freeloading at hotels.


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S.O. perhaps you can post some of your golden classic moments from the bathroom mirror?

Dale said...

All that bathroom work you did - down the drain. Tsk tsk.

Here's to life and to you!

Saviour Onassis said...

Gee, thanks you guys! I had no idea that my bathroom activities were such a draw!

Mike, I commend you on your progress. Indeed, you have matured much this week. Good work, my son.

Dale... Just think of the redecorating I will be able to accomplish in that 70's apartment. Kubrick will be proud.

Dale said...

As long as you two don't turn into the creepy twins, I'm good with some Kubrickization.

Saviour Onassis said...

Dale, I haven't done that in a very long time and I would appreciate it if you would stop bringing it up.

Yeah, I'm thinking about a Barry Lyndon phase, lots of candles, fire insurance, that lot...

SlayGirl said...

Sincerest congratulations and best to you in your new place.

The Delusioneer said...

i have some wicked gas right now... i hope you can live with that. i am almost knocking my self out right now... good god... its really bad... fuck rpainting the walls are gonna be stripped by the time i get out of here... look out

Saviour Onassis said...

slaygirl, thanks!

I am really excited, especially since my roommate "the Delusioneer" will be out of town for a large part of the fall/winter season. He's actually quite disgusting and now I know why he can't keep a man!

SlayGirl said...

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