Eastbound and down, loaded up and truckin'
We're gonna do what they say can't be done
We've got a long way to go, and a short time to get there
I'm eastbound, just watch old Bandit run
In the space of 5 days, TLOML and I made the following judgements:
|The Port Authority bus terminal. That's some vibe.|
- Paying $4k a month for a huge apartment on the same Hell's Kitchen block as the Port Authority is a great idea.
- Paying rather less, to live somewhere rather smaller in Hell's Kitchen, is smarter.
- A short-term lease in boring but central Murray Hill is the best choice for us.
- Living in a damp, rat infested windowless dungeon in the East Village, for $3800 a month, where our meth-head would-be neighbour was asleep on her doorstep at 12 noon, is a bad idea. Despite its proximity to Katz's and Porchetta.
- Living with an old lady's tchotchkes and redundant piano is worth it for the money we'll save, and the Chelsea location.
- A posh building in Gramercy Park with lots of space and a nice doorman is the best place to be.
- We absolutely can afford to pay 5 months' rent in advance for a charming, bijou pad in leafy heart of the West Village.
- We should stay in lovely sunny beachy Malibu. TLOML can just commute to NY. NY can stay a 6 hour flight away, and we can stay here, on the beach, with Geoffrey's and Malibu Seafood, and the potential of sighting Dick Van Dyke in our local Ralph's.
- We should sign a 10 month lease on a small Chelsea apartment we have never seen, in a lovely shiny building we have never seen...
Most of those judgments were firmly established after much discussion, sometimes involving financial spreadsheets, decision making matrices*, and careful poring over maps. They were then reversed, some almost immediately. Talk about a whirlwind. We were like country fools being pulled this-a-way and that-a-way by the bright lights and hustle and bustle of the big smoke.
Judgments 4 and 9 were made in mere moments. And they still stand. I guess sometimes you just have to go with your gut.
Now we have 4 short weeks to drink the contents of the wine fridge, dispose of the inessentials (lucky LA Goodwill) and pack the rest.... Yikes.
*I love using the tools of my consultancy trade ouside of work. Witness the colour coded (for location and the type of activity, obv.) post-it itinerary I created when my dear friends Soph and Tom came to LA for 5 short days. Pity TLOML when I Gant chart the heck out of our wedmin...