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Sat, Jun. 23rd, 2007 08:55 pm
Single Male with No Criminal History?

Because i have to move somewhere and i've always had a fondness for the cities of twin, i'll be heading back to Minneapolis in mid-July. However, because i don't know exactly where life will direct me, i'm looking for sublets. I don't want to commit to a year-long lease only to discover that my life calling awaits in Bloomington, Indiana.

So, i've been scouring craigslist for sublet opportunities. The area has several colleges, so such listings are not difficult to find. I won't really know what i'm looking at til i arrive in Minneapolis next week (to visit/find a place to live), but i'm not terribly worried. I'm sure i can find something that will do, and besides, Robby's offered up her place as a permanent back-up (we'd probably kill each other, but still, good to have options).

Anyhow, perhaps the most difficult part of the process is searching the entries without clearly defined criteria. I mean, i have a ballpark range that i'd like to be meeting for rent. No need for the luxury apartments. But beyond that, i'm pretty flexible. So i'm sending out lost of emails.

However. I came across one post that seemed to meet all of my standard criteria. It's actually in the city (none of this suburban nonsense), and the rent is reasonable. But the individual providing the listing kind of ruined it for me when he mentioned that he is a single male with no criminal background, willing to provide identification. I mean...really? Really? The fact he finds this to be information worth sharing makes me steer clear. Perhaps i'm just too naive to understand the potential horrific roommate situations that could greet me in the next few months - but my assumption is that most people are lacking of serious criminal histories. I don't understand how this is to be a selling point.

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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)

Hehe.

Truthfully, he may be a very nice person. Perhaps i'm passing up an opportunity to meet my new best friend. But, i suppose with every life decision, i'm potentially passing up an opportunity to meet my new best friend - and thus far, i've survived:-)


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amagdalyn
amagdalyn
amagdalyn
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 01:35 am (UTC)

Cool! Maybe when I finish reading Bird by Bird I can give it back to you in person.


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)

You know, i completely forgot that you had that. (I have a [good/bad] habit of letting books loose without much consideration for where i'm directing them.)

Sounds like a plan. Let me know when you finish it up.


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stealingjoy
stealingjoy
Pee Buckets
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)

Who knows, maybe the guy had a bad experience with someone who had a criminal background and if he had known it beforehand, he could have avoided it. Without anything else to go on, he could just be allaying concerns and not being a creep. I think it is naive to assume the best out of people.


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)

And you are undoubtedly correct. I mean, i'm selecting potential roommates on the basis of absolutely nothing...and though i've not yet had a negative roommate experience, i may be the only person who has had roommates and can still make this claim. So perhaps i should be more cautious. (And really, i will be. I'm not going to move somewhere sight unseen, roommates unmet). But even so, because this falls so far outside of my day-to-day experiences, i'm kind of surprised that this is a consideration. (Again, doesn't make it right - just makes it me).


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stealingjoy
stealingjoy
Pee Buckets
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)

Yeah, especially considering any roommate is under no legal obligation to reveal anything, even if they're a registered sex offender, it's not a bad thing to know. I understand why it'd seem odd, but all it takes is one bad experience to change that perception. One reason I like living alone.


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thomasirvin
thomasirvin
Thomas Irvin
Sun, Jun. 24th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)

So are you saying you're going to move immediately before the bar exam? I wouldn't do that if I were you. Take the bar, then move. It's taken me a month just to get settled here.

If not, nevermind.


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futurerelics
futurerelics
The Future That Was
Sat, Jun. 30th, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)

I think we have different standards for "settling." I'm looking for a place to put my stuff for five weeks while i figure out life. It seems you've moved into a home, if only a temporary one. I promise, i will spend no time sanding down adhesive circles or repainting.

Ultimately, this seems to make more sense. Three days after the bar exam ends, i head out to North Carolina for a week for family vacation. We get back August 7th, i think - and at that point, it just seems like a big hassle to make one more trip back to Cleveland. Easier to drop everything here before, methinks.


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