Leeuwenhoek had stolen and peeped into the fantastic sub-visible world of little things, creatures that had lived, had bred, had battled, had died, completely hidden from and unknown to all men from the beginning of time. Beasts these were of a kind that ravaged and annihilated whole races of men ten million times larger than they were themselves. Beings these were, more terrible than fire-spitting dragons or hydra-headed monsters. They were silent assassins that murdered babies in warm cradles and kings in sheltered places. It was this invisible, insignificant, but implacable-and sometimes friendly- world Leeuwenhoek had looked into for the first time of all men of all countries. ~Microbe Hunters

Monday, 18 February 2013

We Bought a Zoo!

Well... we didn't so much as buy as we did sign a one-year lease. And its not so much as a zoo as it will be once we move in. WE FOUND A HOUSE!!

Mario, Luigi, Stitch and I signed a lease for a 4-bedroom house on Tuesday. :)

We looked at 2 houses before deciding on this house. The first one we saw was a bit further from the school, owned by a Jacky and Gina. I thought that it was a lesbian couple who was making a living renting out houses to students in the area (which is what a lot of the house owners in this area do). I thought it would be interesting having 2 females as landlords, and maybe, just maybe, it would be kept up better because we all know girls are better at keeping up a house than their male counterparts. When we got there at the time we were told to meet, there were plenty of other people there too. Turned out to be an open house and  we would have to apply to be chosen to live there because it wasn't first-come-first-serve. That was weird. Then, a big Asian man came up to us and was asking us if we had any questions. It dawned on me it wasn't Jacky girl, it was JACKY CHAN. I couldn't understand a word he was saying through his super thick accent, so it was a good thing we had Stitch there to translate the accent for us. This language barrier was the first turn-off. Nothing against Asians, but in my experiences with landlords, even the plain old white trash ones, they ignore your emails and make up ridiculous excuses for your requests, and I didn't want 'I no understand' to be another excuse. 

The next turn off was the fact that every single bedroom was locked so we couldn't see in them. That was probably for the better because I saw the common living rooms and with the state of them, I would be afraid to see their own bedrooms. There were half drank beer bottles and dirty dishes in the basement, and a really dirty weird disgusting chore wheel upstairs. I wish I took a picture of that, but anyways. You would think that things like those would be cleaned up for a showing, even if it is just a student house. You could tell that Jacky Chan didn't like the people living there, but the only way to get a different set of student that wouldn't tolerate those living conditions, would be to show the house to those students as the audience, so CLEAN UP!

The trip there and back with the boys was nice, though. We bonded. *how cute*

The house we signed for is owned by a lovely family who lives 20 minutes away. It is a large family of tradesmen so they said if we have any problems, someone could be here right after their work day, or if its an emergency then sooner (obviously). When we showed up, the 4 of them (A&M and their 2 kids) were chipping away at the ice in the driveway because they like to come and help out every once in a while. But they also have 'the inlaws' come in once a month to clean stuff like the baseboards so they don't get grimy, and for minor inspections that might need doing. She said they like to do pop-in visits to make sure that we are doing okay, but often bring goodies too. She constantly said that she wishes that the guys cleaned up a bit better before she took us through probably because there was a random sock on the stairs, but that was all. The carpet in the basement was a bit 'worn' but she insisted that it would be changed. 

How amazing. 

Right now I am paying rent to a corporation who runs the building I am in. Said corporation told me last week when we had a giant snow storm, that they would not be coming around to shovel and remove snow until `later`. But, hello, school was not cancelled and because I pay land fees, I don't have a shovel. We had go to class in snow up to our knees or higher down a flight of stairs and along the sidewalk until we got to the cleared road. But yet they salt the path if it is bright and sunny in July. Unbelievable. 

SO EXCITED FOR MY LAST YEAR IN THIS CRAZY TOWN!


Darn good and sure of it,

adot

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