Monday, May 15, 2006


So last night was my last shift. It was so uneventful as to be an anticlimax. It was so boring I decided around 2 am just to finish out my paperwork and head home. I mean, what was the point? I was sitting at the office, bored to tears. No vehicle to patrol with and for about a week the weather has been downright miserable, cold and rainy. No point in walking about in the rain and catching cold my last week.
What's he going to do, fire me?
Anyway, now I've got a free six or so days to get everything packed.
Up until this point I had known I had made some good friends here, but when the majority of the fire department found out I was leaving I really realized how good these friends are. I was going to put my stuff into storage but Bill (of The Rambling Hillbilly blog) offered to let me store my stuff at his house, free of charge... So I'll save some coinage there. And John, our assistant Fire Chief is letting me keep my firearms at his house in his gun safe.
So that's a lot off my mind already.
I also did a little research over this weekend on the cost of the rent in the area where I'm moving. It's a lot cheaper than around here I can tell you. I'm paying $330 a month for this tiny apartment. If it's 650 square feet I'll eat my hat. So I looked up rental properties near my new job... And as an example I found a two bedroom, two story house for rent for the same rent I'm paying here for this shoebox. Almost triple the size for the same rent. I don't need a two bedroom house, but it does give me an idea on what the rents are where I'm moving.
So I'm almost ready. Pack up, store my stuff and head out next Sunday. I'll get settled in there sometime in the next few weeks then I'll just come back down to get my shit.
Off on another adventure... But the beginning is starting to be somewhat of an anticlimax. But that's a good thing. I don't really like drama and have had just about as much excitement in my life in my teens and twenties to last me a lifetime.
Copyright 2006 Thomas J Wolfenden


Red said...

That rent is awesome! There is nothing like that around here at all.

Cool about all the guys helping you out. Isn't it great to know that you're cared about??

Babe Bennett said...

There's no such thing as too much excitement, Sweetie!
This is all a grand adventure, isn't it? And grand adventures usually involve a little drama and a little excitement. Expect them. They'll be there.
Glad you have some good friends to help you through the bumps of moving.
Again, good luck with everything.

Sherri said...

I can't believe how low that rent is! That same house where I live would easily be over $500.

Miss Fire said...

"What's he going to do, fire me?"

Isn't that, like, the best phrase ever? I love that sense of freedom when you put your two weeks in.

Glad you found cheap rent, cheaper storage, and I really hope you're not offline for long!

Jay said...

I have never lived in a city where there was anything to rent for under $1000. I think my heart would stop.

Cheryl said...

I'm rent-jealous already.

Ranger Tom said...

Red: It is a great feeling

Babe: Thanks for the kind words, but I'll leave the excitement out. Well, maybe a little excitement wouldn't hurt.

Sherri: Same for here in Athens. Rental houses are in the $600 to $700 range. College town, you know.

Miss Jay & Cheryl: Ten years ago, my one bedroom apartment in Philadelphia was $950 a month, plus utilities. There are plusses in living rural.

phlegmfatale said...

congratulations on your great escape from crap detail!