Good things about having no roots


The main thing is not getting attached to stuff. Every time I move I either give away or throw away paintings. I’m tired of this one so I put it in the lobby of my apartment. Let’s see if it gets picked up. If nobody wants it by tonight I’ll pitch it. If it gets taken I’ll put another one there next week.

I’m leaving an expensive new “luxury” apt. It’s overpriced. When I signed the lease they had a security guard in the parking lot at night. Then when they had most of the apts. filled they let the guard go. Then cars got broken into. Not mine. The false fire alarms here were so annoying. It’s not only one apt, it’s the whole building and it happened about 15 times in a year and a half. Good thing I’m healthy, but I was a little worried it would scare my Mom or give a friend a heart attack when they came to visit. Then when it was time to renew the lease they wanted to raise the rent $78. I handed in my notice to vacate and started looking at other apts. Then I got an email saying they would only go up $45. I wrote back no thanks. Then I got an email saying they would go up $20. I said no. Then they said they would keep the rent the same. I said I’m out of here. I’m so glad I’m free.

I’m so glad I make all my own decisions and don’t have to listen to any drama.

I’m the freest damn yankee in VA.

9 thoughts on “Good things about having no roots”

  1. Have some friends in Berlin who had the same attitude (kein Stein am Bein, translated as no stone on my leg) when I bought a little apartment for 24.000 euro. I told them it was insane to pay 300 euro rent when you can buy a place for less than 100 times the monthly rent. Since then, real estate prices in Berlin are sky-rocking and so are the rents. My dear friends still pay 300 euro rent, because they still have the same old lease and rules in Germany for increasing the rent are very restrictive (only inflationary indexations are allowed). Now they shit green at the thought of the day that they will have to look for a new place. German law is very protective towards tenants and it’s almost impossible for a landlord to cancel a lease, set aside one exception; when they need it for themselves or one of their relatives. So the landlords are selling and the buyers are those who can’t find a decent, affordable rental; and they terminate the rental agreement. When I recently moved to Spain, I’ve sold my little place for 120,000 euro and bought for 60,000 euro a three bedroom house in Las Palmas on Gran Canary, and put a in an additional 12,000 for some refurbishing jobs, ending up with a comfortable 40,000 on the account.

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    1. Whew! I accidentally hit the wrong key and your comment vanished! I think I got it back.
      That is so cool! Gran Canary! NICE! Thanks for the info. Is that a tight market in Deutschland? We have tons of apartments in all price ranges here.
      Also the kein Stein am Bein. I’ll remember that.


  2. No stones on my bones is probably a better translation. And in real estate, location is EVERYTHING. I can buy a castle for 200,000 euro (really!) but will have to contend myself to live in the middle of nowhere. Not to mention maintenance and utility bills. And Berlin just happened to become the geographical, cultural en economical center of Europe (Brussels is still the political center).

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      1. The city is expanding at its outskirts, because urban planners want to preserve the green zones that are left in the city as a result of the disappearance of The Wall (sometimes called Berlin’s biggest invisible attraction).

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