This week I used my new semi power Decisiveness. The power partly comes from the tattoo. So lets get back to basics, what did I decide on, a new apartment. I had already committed to moving on a stressful January first morning. Over coffee I wrote my rent check, pondered, searched for paper, and wrote a short note saying I'm out of here. This upped the already high stress level. The first few days were spent collecting links and pondering when the perfect time to follow up on them would be. In the end I decided to just get on the phone at break time and work through a list of best of's.
The accidental winner was actually the least informative add. No pictures, a bare bones run down, third floor, with balcony, pet friendly with an address and rate. On the map the location was solid. The add was a little old, and I had serious doubts if it was still good or even if the place was worth approaching. But enough on the details. So I call the listed number, and arrange a viewing that evening. I did not know what to expect, but looking even at a ejectable candidate is important.
The semi power slipped in as I saw the place. Neighbours in only two directions, a balcony with a view of mountains. The poor mans hardwood, laminate flooring. Sure the place needed paint it was clear it had just been vacated but it was properly empty so it was easy for me to check a long the base boards and see things were solid. The kitchen a walk through not a galley style dead end, bigger, brighter cheaper. It dawned on me that this was going to be hard to beat. So I pushed for it. I credit Lintilla with some of the decisiveness.
A tattoo of a crow accidentally named after a clone from a radio play version of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, is an odd place to get advice from but it works. When I commissioned and later committed to the design, especially when I committed, I elected to have faith. Faith myself, trust that I had learned enough to take on a risk and come away enjoying the results. When I spent those 5 long hours having the work done I gained a little something. At its simplest I am now the version of me that was brave enough to get a tattoo. Wise enough to choose wisely both the artist and design. And so that already meaning ladened symbol helped me commit to a hasty move. It made it easier for me to remember that I already know what I need and want, sometimes second guessing is the wrong thing.
So once again I commit to the second place I visited. This time knowing far more what to look at. This time I am close to two skytrain stations. The building is in a part of town less gentrified than others, in other words its a little poor and little more ethnic than some others. This does not matter, nor is it any much different from where I live now.
The building is as you could expect a 3 story slab that was laid down some time in the 1970s or early 1980's as common as dirt around Vancouver. A couple improvements location wise. As said closer to sky train, but also isolated from bigger roads. The side street it is on connects a few apartment blocks to a major road. The other buildings are between me and the thoroughfares. A marked reduction in street noise will result. Also dampening the voice is the walk through kitchen, the fridge is backed against an internal wall separating it from the living space, this should free me from the death rattle that scares me and my cat.
Now I have a new set of problems. I don't have enough furniture to make the place feel filled. Well I guess since getting a new home was easy, I should turn my renewed attention to hard things to better work. I can make that place far more of a home.
So in the last week I did a scary thing, and found hope, I would say this is a good outcome.