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Fingers crossed [Jul. 22nd, 2008|07:57 am]
Stephan
I've located an apartment west of Sydney's city centre which is only $200 per week (a lot less than the $340 per week I'm paying at the moment). However Sydney *IS* in a rent crisis right now, so it's unlikely that I'll be the first in. The web page advertising the property already had nearly 700 hits by the time I viewed it, and the real estate agency only received the keys yesterday!

Living in Sydney sucks!
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[User Picture]From: dhlawrence
2008-07-21 10:06 pm (UTC)
What is travel time like compared to your current area?

Best of luck!
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-22 03:18 am (UTC)
Oh sorry, that's an important point I neglected to mention.

Travel time to where I work is just 45 minutes whereas at present I'm travelling about 20 minutes, so the difference isn't nearly so high as if I moved to Penrith which would be over an hour. Another good reason I *really* want this place bad!

BTW - I like that userpic! I'll bet Kathy Kellogg likes it too! :)
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-07-22 02:57 pm (UTC)
First I read, "What is time travel like compared to your current area?"
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-22 09:36 pm (UTC)
Oh I wish!

Although I keep telling myself that even if I were able to travel back in time there's probably not a lot I could do to improve my circumstances.

The biggest difference I guess is that I woud *NOT* have invited my brother to share an apartment with me. Then I probably wouldn't have been in this mess. Of course there's always the butterfly effect to be wary of...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-22 03:21 am (UTC)
I managed to get hold of the real estate agent on the phone (no mean feat in itself) and she told me that they'd decided to hold the open inspection day Today (Tuesday) instead of Wednesday. The odds are that it will be snapped up long before I get a chance to even see it. She's asked me to telephone on Thursday on the oft chance that nobody has taken it.

Slim chance...
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-07-22 03:44 am (UTC)
Gee, I sure hope you manage to get it anyway!
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-22 04:19 am (UTC)
Thanks Carl.

BTW - this is a good example of why my progress with the comic is so slow; my life just never seems to run along in simplicity.
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[User Picture]From: carlfoxmarten
2008-07-22 06:06 am (UTC)
When you actually get it going again, you might consider running it once every two weeks, to give yourself some extra buffer time...
(heh, who's life is ever simple?)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-22 07:14 am (UTC)
I've thought about that, or even going to a monthly comic. Every time I've considered it I convince myself that once the current hurdle is overcome that the episodes going forward will be far simpler. For example there's a lot more to take place in the scrap metal trench before moving on to the next scene, that's easy to work with.

Outside of the comic I have so many problems to deal with:

Money is VERY tight - all the recent heath related expenses have cost me more than $2,500. Although I'm not in debt, there's very little money in the kitty should anything big come along... like moving home for example.

The search for a new home is highly time consuming - with Sydney in a rent crisis the competition is beyond belief. Recently I was pointing out to a friend that the building opposite would occasionally have up to three vacant apartments at a time. I haven't seen that since 2006. I use a website to perform my searches and scarecely anything appears at all, let alone something suitable.

My health problems been especially encumbering. I'm distraught at losing an entire week because of what happened with my shoulder and neck. Thankfully I'm feeling OK now, for the moment at least.
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[User Picture]From: secoh
2008-07-22 10:25 am (UTC)
"Living in Sydney sucks!"

I could have told you that :-P
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-22 11:42 am (UTC)
Well the one and only reason I'm here is that nobody would give me a job in Newcastle, and they only offered me Claytons jobs on the Central Costst.

[For non-Aussies reading this, "Claytons" is an old joke for when something is not genuine - imitation, false, insubstantial]
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-07-24 01:45 am (UTC)

GONE!

It was advertised on the weekend...

They held an open day on Tuesday...

They received MULTIPLE applications...

It's gone already.

Now, I'm looking for all these idiots who say that Australia is the most wonderful place to live. I'd like to cast them onto our crowded, scarecely patrolled streets with the bursting water mains and brownouts, surrounded by shops with empty shelves and trains & busses breaking down where the city's citizens need to pay half their wages in rent.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/housing-rents-surge-in-sydney/2008/07/23/1216492541148.html
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