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important things: tattoo and housing

I have been browsing tattoo sites. They are scaring me. In the sense of, Oh My God, people get some wack tattoos. Things I would be ashamed to have... which leads me to think, what if I feel that way ten years down the line? I have had this idea for like 6 years of what I want, but I'm scared about it too. Argh! Although I think I am going to go home and examine the album art for the Crowded House records really closely and see if there's anything tattoo-worthy. I have three suggestions for who to go to so far, but only one seems to have an actual website, the Baltimore Tattoo Museum.

Another major thing on my mind: rent. I'm thinking I should seriously consider moving at the end of this lease, into a place with a roommate. This scared me for several reasons: moving is expensive. I don't want to go the cheap route ever again, if I can help it. I can hardly save any extra money between paychecks, so the idea of coming up with another $500 to move and a deposit come October is seriously intimidating. But I'd save, say, $2400 bucks in rent next year if I tried to make it happen. Right now I'm sort of thinking about it in a "if something good comes up" way, but I have to realize that if I lost my job, it would not be just "if something good comes up". It would be "I have to move out of this expensive one bedroom apartment or be out on the street, because my new paycheck does not cover rent". And that's assuming I *had* a new paycheck. I'm just going on the idea that if I lose this job, I will be taking a 40 percent paycut. Period. Whatever I find next will not be near what I get now. I have to be realistic; I can't afford to live alone without this job. Further realism: The company I work for is under investigation by the SEC and just got a new CEO. You do the math. If I end up still in this job, and in this FABULOUS APARTMENT THAT I LOVE, all the better. But I have to think about it... wow, now I have worked myself up into a full angst. I'm going to go back to not worrying so much now, at least about the job thing. Usually I kind of try to be oblivious, because if I thought about it too hard I'd be constantly freaking out.

The good news about tonight, my boss ended up giving me things to do that weren't stupid. And there are only about 2 more hours left in my week. AND bizarrojack logged on and kept me company and made me feel better. Although, I don't think I will be able to convince him to make a web page that allows people to submit their Desert Island Discs and find out who matches up with them the closest. He made it sound like it would be alot of work. :)



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Jul. 3rd, 2002 04:01 am (UTC)
Gee, you don't work for worldcom, do you?

I think finding a good roomate is harder than all the moving and such...
Jul. 3rd, 2002 04:28 am (UTC)
Actually, I don't work for Worldcom... thank god. But I worry we're not far behind. I don't mention the company by name here because, well, I talk about it and I don't want anyone to get in trouble. Like me.
Jul. 3rd, 2002 06:02 am (UTC)
If I, your Dad, read this journal daily will it affect the content????
Jul. 3rd, 2002 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Oversight
Apparently there's no naughty content to affect!

But um, yeah. I try to be totally frank.
Jul. 3rd, 2002 06:25 am (UTC)
*cough* My lease is up October 31 *cough*

It's scary to have to think about worst-case-scenarios, and I hope you never have to deal with one, but sometimes they happen. So thinking about it ahead of time is probably a good idea; trying to keep it in the realm of the practical and not the panicky is the hard part. It's a line I walk. Kind of every day. And stuff.
Jul. 3rd, 2002 09:43 pm (UTC)
I wish I were not so dense that I forgot when my lease was up, but I am. I have to look it up. I'm scared it is something like late august or early september, which would be... real soon now. ugh. I don't want to have to make a decision yet. :P But hey, you know, I'll be in touch.
Jul. 5th, 2002 06:17 am (UTC)
Well, if it's up sooner than you're ready to move, I guess you could go month-to-month. Yeah, staying in touch on it is good. As much as I adore living on my own, it's really not realistic for me at all at this point. But yes... talking about this in person is for the best.

Don't feel bad about not remembering when your lease is up - I could have sworn that mine was up Sept. 30, but I was off by a month. Doh!
Jul. 3rd, 2002 06:41 am (UTC)
i have considered many times the possibility of getting a roomate...problem is that i'm far too much in love with my solitude. also, it would probably involve a move.

ah well...
Jul. 3rd, 2002 09:41 pm (UTC)
let me be clear: i hate moving. i love this apartment. i really enjoy living alone.

it's just not fiscally responsible. :(
Jul. 3rd, 2002 09:50 pm (UTC)
oh i follow you hon. it occurs to me that i could save a LOT of money by moving in with a roomate. *sigh* oh well.
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Jul. 8th, 2002 04:33 am (UTC)

i'm SO not ready to create my own roommate from whole cloth.
Jul. 3rd, 2002 08:35 am (UTC)
Hey! (Just one of Geniealisa's (http://www.livejournal.com/users/geniealisa/) old friends, who randomly pops in...) On the subject of Tattoos, I got one at Hysterical Tattoo in Ellicott City last April, 2001. They were fabulous, did mine and a friend's cutom designs with no problem, and were nice and clean and very professional. Check out Hysterical Tattoo 8056 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4617 Phone: (410)418-9428 Trust me! Sadly, no website I could find. And afterwards you can wander around the anitque places and cute shops in Ellicott City and get a bite to eat. Shit, I sound like I work for Ellicott City Tourism, but I don't. I promise. :)
Best of luck in job, home and tattoo!
Gen</a (http://genvieve.diaryland.com/)
Jul. 8th, 2002 04:34 am (UTC)
Re: tattoos!
Thanks so much for the post. I will definately look into them... I have about 3 good solid suggestions now.
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