After two weeks of 20+ mileage, this week’s mileage will be a LOT lower due to IT band pain, but primarily the all-consuming slog that is apartment hunting in NYC.
After nearly two years living together, my roommate is returning to England and I will be getting an apartment with my girlfriend. While this is all very exciting, the process of finding an apartment is abhorrent.
Take Saturday, for example. Prior to the Arsenal game, I rode 30 minutes from Columbus Circle to East Village in unbearable humidity, only to find that the open house was in fact a closed house. By which I mean: the arsehole forgot to make sure they were home to let people in. Subsequently I developed sweat-induced rage and basically got in a giant sulk.
Another example: busting out of work exactly at 5pm and racing across town to check out an apartment that rents for $2350, and has a living room that is literally too small to lie down in (the current owner didn’t even bother to try and fit any furniture in it), is currently occupied by a guy staying from AirBNB and when I took a look in the awful tiny bathroom, there was a huge, unflushed shit in the toilet.
Other frustrations include ‘no fees’ that actually have fees, apartments advertised as having ‘one month free’, but then actually have that month spread across 11 months, so the monthly advertised fee is actually lower than what you have to pay every month (look up net effective rent) and also bait-and-switch scams (non-existent apartments advertised so you call the broker and they say ‘that isn’t available but we DO have’ and then show you far worse apartments than the ones advertised). I’ve not been touched upon how expensive everything is.
All of this is combined with the fact both me and the other half have a crazy busy August with weddings, my 30th birthday and the fact I’ll be flying home at the end of the month - and we need to move out of our respective apartments and in to our new one by August 31st. I will actually be in the UK on that date we are supposed to move, so the girlfriend will have to do all the moving herself….hardly ideal.
So that is that. Most of my evenings are taken up by open houses and appointments to view apartments and my IT band is hurting like hell. So, exciting times, but very stressful, anxiety-inducing and barely leaving any time to do get my runs in.