San Francisco and The Zen of South Park

Writing while moving is a particularly difficult feat and one that I have neither mastered nor even really attempted. There is a nagging sensation in my brain all the time telling me to get back to work – to sit down and do anything productive – to please please please write this book and at least try not to let the blog fall apart. But alas, I have just moved in to my new apartment and the chaos of finding and putting an apartment together, getting internet from Comcast and waiting for the arrival of my shipped belongings and the acquisition of furniture, I have hardly found the time or proper motivation to sit down at the computer and begin working in even a disjointed fashion. Thus, my work suffers. Oh, me miserable, can I have some cheese with my whine.

But fear not! The apartment we found is great (high ceilings, hardwood floors, sunny big windows, new kitchen, roomy, huge closets, etc.), and our setup is going well. We’ve been excellent shoppers and gotten most of what we need for less than the price of our new television (32″ LCD Samsung HDTV 720 – also Circuit City sucks ass).

Some tips on bargain shopping:

– always bring someone from former a former communist country

– always look at all of the items on sale and see if they can work for your needs (this on top of a holiday weekend sale shopping extravaganza like July 4th or Memorial Day makes a huge difference)

– always ask about what’s negotiable – you’ll be surprised what is

– for furniture, go to nice local hotels and ask if they are getting rid of anything or remodeling soon; generally they won’t even charge you for hauling away what they consider trash (don’t forget to bring the manager a small gift [wine, perhaps] to thank him for remembering you the day of the remodeling and calling you about furniture pickup)

So by combining these elements we’ve gotten ourselves quite near setting up and are just awaiting Fedex and some furniture before our place is complete and I can continue working on The Zen of South Park.

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2 Responses

  1. Congatulations, guys! I was thinking that you were studying other people’s homeless signs because you were about to resort to a lifestyle that included living on the streets!

  2. Another great way to save good money shopping is to sign up for the card that the store has because that will often save you 10% or more, depending on if there is another sale going on. Of course you have to have decent credit and fill out a form but for a few minutes work it’s worth it on big purchases – especially big house-setting-up purchases.

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