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Friday, August 22, 2014

Things Change

My old house on Wellington in Chicago
 Mark and I are planning to move to Chicago next year. Well, I am planning to, Mark is grudgingly "considering" it. This is going to be a massive undertaking for somebody like me who is basically lazy. I moved here twenty six years ago with no more than my car towing a trailer, three cats, and an ex-boyfriend who wasn't an ex yet. I had a furnished townhouse in Fort Lauderdale waiting for me so it was easy. This time it will be much more difficult. I have to sell my property here, buy property in Chicago, then move a massive amount of crap there along with two dogs, possibly two cats, and a kicking and screaming Mark. There is a lot of planning to do between now and then.

Having moved from Chicago twenty six years ago I realize things have changed. The neighborhood I moved from is out of bounds for me now. I cannot afford it. The street where I actually owned a house back in the 1970's is out too. I sold that house for twenty two thousand dollars. The house sitting on that same lot now is worth over a million dollars. It's not the same house of course, they tore that shit box I lived in down. So Mark and I will have to look farther out, you know, just a neighborhood or two further than the hip and happening neighborhoods. That is why I have to find an affordable place on a nice tree lined street with a fabulous kitchen. Yes, the kitchen will have to be fabulous. Because if the house isn't up to his standards, if the kitchen looks like Aunt Bea's, all old and smelly, if it isn't just right, getting Mark through the front door would be like trying to put a freaked out feral cat in one of those little cat carriers.


  1. What neighborhood have you decided to move to?

  2. We will be looking between California, and Kimball, between Addison and Montrose, all east of the Kennedy.

  3. Might be a good idea to rent for a while so you can take your time house shopping. That way you won't make a mistake because you are in a hurry.

  4. Please, please, please, sign up for one of those House Hunting shows on HGTV. My girlfriend watches that channel all the time and I want to see you and Mark...better yet, Alicia and Alexis.

  5. Stephen HollenbeckAugust 23, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    why are you moving? I thought you hated the weather. On the plus it is more likely we will see each other again

  6. Stephen, Which weather do I hate more? I am over the steaming hot and humid weather of Florida. I am over the constant threat of hurricanes. 90% of my family lives around Chicago. Because of my failing eyesight it has become less and less of a good idea for me to drive. At least Chicago has a decent public transportation system and I can ride for almost free because I'll be a senior citizen. Most of all, I won't have a job I'll have to go out in the cold to get to. I can sit at home in the warmth of my family and listen to Mark all day... oh wait...