|Apartment Hunting - A very long Day 1
||[Jul. 9th, 2004|09:22 pm]
Posted from PDT, timestamp in EDT
So I arrived at the airport this morning (5:50am EDT flight -- I've now been up for about 18 hours) and not only was I selected for the special security search, while I was in line my watchband broke. I tried to get it replaced when I changed planes in Atlanta, but apparently Sunglass Hut isn't allowed to carry replacement watch bands inside of the security checkpoints because the tool you use to change watch bands...is apparently a threat to airport security.
Once I got to my really spiffy hotel I settled in for a bit and tried to find a WalMart to replace the watch band. Apparently I got really close to it, but didn't see it and had to turn back because the relocation specialist was meeting me at 1pm.
She was really cool -- drove me all around Mountain View and Sunnyvale and told me stuff about the areas, also had some amusing insights into the apartment hunting process and the various leasing agents we saw. I probably won't see her again before I leave due to her schedule, but it was very helpful and productive -- I got to see 7 apartment complexes (they're apparently too cool to have "apartment buildings" here in Silicon Valley). They all remind me of luxury resorts with a gratuitous number of pools, absurdly beautiful landscaping, fitness centers (including saunas, steam rooms, spas, etc) and generally some form of monthly social get-togethers.
Its also amazing how alike they all look and sound after a while. I know I frustrated the last one (this was #7, and I had been up since midnight local time and it was around 6pm) when she asked me what specific factors would make a difference in the apartment, I sort of shrugged -- basically every apartment thus far had way more "features" than I needed -- I'm mostly shopping for space, layout, possibly location, and date of availability.
Which brings up another point -- my Pittsburgh apartment at least has a 60 day lease renewal window. Out here it's only 30 days, which means I'm searching for apartment probably 2 weeks ahead of the ideal time for me... (luckily everywhere was willing to endure a 2 week "holding period" where I wouldn't have to move in despite the apartment being available).
Oh, one thing that a few of the places have here that is the best thing ever is that the laundry machines are hooked to the phone system, so you can call them and find out if they are available and they will call you when they finish your load.
Now I go out to find a new watch band, hunt some dinner, and probably go to bed fairly early (well, for this time zone anyway).