13 July 2005

A farewell to rent.

Take a good look. The next time you see me I will have metamorphosed from a renter into an owner.

Over the past thirteen years I have lived in a variety of temporary and rented lodgings, from the halls of Couzens and the ubiquitous East Quad to the trackside charm of Sycamore Square in Bowling Green, and swanky-yet-vexing 2850 North Sheridan. I have experienced fires, vermin, the mellifluous sounds of porn being played upstairs with lots of bass, backed up drains, the reek of cabbage cooking at all hours, and life without running water and functioning toilets. I have harbored secret cats, jammed a week's worth of clothes in one washer, and watched neighbors toss lit matches out windows. I will miss none of the above.

This week I am closing on my first house, big symbolic event #1 in what is to be a season of big events. Next will be leaving Chicago, where I have logged almost half my life. After that, starting the tenure-track creative writing job that I have been dreaming about since I was a bossy pre-teen playing school.

So here I go. Please think of me later this week as I am signing those papers. Goodbye, rent. So long, hideous garrets of the Midwest. My own piece of Ohio awaits, and I am damn ready.

19 comments:

Frank said...

Now that you'll be a homeowner, how long 'til you're a Republican?

Penultimatina said...

Noooooo! Never.

Frank, we already believe that you're a smartass...no need to provide further evidence thereof.

Off to burn my bra.

Heather said...

Good luck, Mary. I hope all goes smoothly. You are going to love the next chapter in your life. :)

Suzanne said...

Whooooooohooooooo! Congratulations!!

Sandra said...

Congrats Mary!!
Get ready to sign your life away! JK! ;) Home ownership is soooooo sweet. You can do WHATEVER you want to your house and not have to worry about changing it unless you feel like it. And what an incredible house you're buying. :)
Good luck Friday,
Sandra

P. J. said...

Congrats, B.! How long will you be in town, Mary m'dear? I might be in Canton by Saturday (or Monday, depending), if I can find a sitter for Bud.

You're telling me you won't miss trains whooping by at 2:00 a.m.?

Penultimatina said...

Thanks, y'all!

PJ--Alas, we're leaving early on Saturday, as my IRISH GRANDPARENTS will be visiting my folks (who will also be watching Gabi for the next few days). I will see you soon, though!

Woo woo (<--- train @ 2 am).

Marlayna said...

OMGosh Mary homeownership is one of the best feelings. You will just love it. All the years that I have known you and prayed for you during interviews and patting your shoulder when you didn't get the job, I always felt it was because you needed to be available for the perfect job. I am so incredibly happy for you.

Hugs for you!

Tiffany said...

Congratulations! I still have to pinch myself from time to time when I realize that I don't have to Ok it first to get another cat, build a chicken coop, or paint a wall red. Enjoy your new abode!

Katie said...

Congrats Mary!!

I hope you create many wonderful memories in your new home. Best of luck to you!

Jilly said...

Congrats!

Penultimatina said...

T H A N K S everybody! *blush*

I am loving this pep rally. :)

Lisa said...

Nothing makes you feel like a real, live, bonafide adult more than a mortgage and endless modifications, repairs, additions, and time-and-money-consuming projects. When you look at it that way, being a homeowner is about as fun as getting a root canal while doing your taxes -- ACK!!! But somehow, just as the pain of childbirth results in the greatest joy possible, signing your life away on the closing papers opens up a lifetime of possibilities. Welcome to satisfaction the likes of which you've never seen. I can't wait to see your new abode. All those years of it just being a dream are no longer. Reflect on how far you've come, and how you've done this ON YOUR OWN. You are one to be admired, and believe me, I do. (((HUGS))) Mamashoooooo...

Byf said...

If one is gay and buys a house, is it called homonership? Seriously, congrats, and I'm looking forward to having you a few miles closer.

Dreaming of a home in '07 said...

Woohoo! Can't wait to see your place after you funk it up ;)

And how odd that we kinda were blogging 'bout the same thing...it's like weird, ya know!

Melissa said...

You know I'm super excited for you Mary! I can't wait to see what you do with your new place!

Roberta said...

What an exciting time!! I'm so happy for you Mary. I'll confess that I always hoped that there would be a stop on the academia tour at UBC prior to the super-awesome tenured gig. You found incredible sucess very early in the game. CONGRATULATIONS!

Dana said...

Woo hoo Mary!!! I am so, so excited for you sis! You are going to LOVE it!!!

:) n said...

oh mary how exciting. signing all that money away will be a tad scary, i remember the first house we bought and all i could think of is, "what the fuck are getting ourselves into?" however, it's yours sister girl.

i know that austin will call to you like a siren when you arrive in march so don't get too cozy in ohio. ;)

much, much love-
nan
homeowner since '95 & still a democrat!