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Well I couldn't do it. It was too short notice, and unnecessary. Shakti can stay here for a couple more weeks, and I think I want her here. She's good for me. Calming. Pleasant. Beautiful. I'm considering how much money I'd have to make in the moving sale to earn her transition. Maybe ... but it is good to know that I have a friend who will gladly take her in. I checked out my friend's new apartment today, and as long as Shakti can figure out to stay off the fast road she'll make it. There is a stream of traffic not far from the apartment. The kitten doesn't know about fast cars because she's been here at the end of the road. For now she is here at the Barn, playing in plastic bags and tormenting the neighbor's dogs. And my heart is happy. I was feeling terribly sad about taking her away today, and realized that I didn't have to. Not yet.


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Aug. 9th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
I know you are all set and everything and have an apartment near school and a room mate and all, but I am amazed at the deposit for a cat that your landlord wants. Sounds like you are dealing with a big property management firm. I am quite certain you could find a place that would let you have a cat without any deposit at all beyond the usual deposit. But I guess it doesn't matter now since your plans are already made.

The cat seems to bring you great joy and comfort and though you make much of her "only" being a pet, you are going to miss her a lot. I am sorry you can't take her with you.
Aug. 9th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
My girlfriend who is taking her is willing to give her up again when I find a more suitable place to live. I am dealing with a large property management company, and they stink. I wish I were there already and could make the personal connections that it takes to find a really good rental. But for one year I'm doing this apartment thing. After that I will begin to find my way among the people of the city. I will miss Shakti, but I hope to get her back someday....
Aug. 10th, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
I am so glad to know you can get her back once you find suitable housing. I'm hoping you did not sign a year long lease or anything. Most places around here rent month to month. But big property management companies play by different rules.
Aug. 10th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
I haven't signed a lease yet, but I will have to sign for a year. I'm OK with spending a year in one place, even under a property management co. It's close to school and reasonably priced. But if you know of someone close to NCNM who needs a housemate, I can ditch this current plan....I've not signed yet. Where should I look for a month to month deal that doesn't charge limbs for bringing a cat? I've tried Craigslist and the Willamette Weekly. So far no cigar.
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)
What range of rent are you looking to pay? I don't know how much time you have but I can look around real quick to see what is available. How close to school do you want to be? Do you need to be on the SW side of town or are you willing to do close in (near downtown) SE?
Aug. 12th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Hi! Sorry I am so slow to reply: my yard sale was today. I'm wiped out. My budget is small, that's why I don't want to throw down for a solo place right away. I want monthly rent under $400 and that's why I'm willing to split a place. I think you sent me some craigslist findings too....thanks for your efforts. I haven't looked at them yet.

I want to be inside a 7-mile radius circle from the school, and SE would be fine. I have a feeling I'll end up living in Sellwood, because it appears to be my kind of a neighborhood----old, run down, maybe a little cheaper, but with that charm.

Which part of town do you live in?
Aug. 12th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
I live in an SW neighborhood named Hillsdale. It is just a little bit closer to downtown than Multnomah. I have kept looking, not really certain what you want, and have discovered at this time of year the rental market is really tight. Lots of students coming back to town looking for places to live. I will focus on looking at shares now. I did see a few but the people seemed kind of young. Do you have an age range? I also have looked on a few bulletin boards, but haven't seen anything. I happen to be going over to Sellwood area tomorrow. There is a New Seasons there (natural foods etc grocery store similar to Whole Foods on a smaller scale (local) and I will look at their bulletin board, too. It is really a shame than you can't come here first and look around in person so that you can know what it is and where it is (and meet potential housemates). 7 mile radius is do-able, I think and would allow you a pretty big area of choice. I will continue to keep my eyes open. When are you moving here (when do you need a place to actually move into?)

Aug. 13th, 2007 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm 41 and confess that I have a certain distaste for the drama and ignorance of youth. It's fine from a distance, but up close and long term I find it awful. That last place you found is as perfect as I could possibly imagine. I like Sellwood because I want to be ON THE RIVER if I can.....the dock and boat space were big attractions in my mind.

I need a place to crash 9/1. A few days earlier wouldn't hurt, but 9/1 for sure. Thanks a lot for your thoughts and research! I am willing to live just about anywhere for the first year, and once I am there I will begin looking for my dream home. I don't expect to find it on the first try.
Aug. 13th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
I've noticed that Craigslist share listings have increased a lot in the last several days. I think this is because people have secured apartments, houses, etc. and are now looking for housemates, etc.

I hope you both email and call the fellow who had the Sellwood listing near the river. Maybe just maybe that one will work out for you.
Aug. 13th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
You bet I already emailed and called him. No reply yet....but I would send money today if he'd hold it for me.
Aug. 14th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
Another one that looks pretty good
433 1 bedroom available in gorgeous Sellwood house!
Reply to: hous-396965813@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-08-14, 12:17PM PDT

Hello! I have a treasure of a house a block away from Sellwood Park, The Springwater Corridor and the Oaks Bottom bike trails and wildlife refuge and now we need to find 1 more roommate to fill this wonderful house!

About the house: it's all hardwood floors, floor to ceiling windows, there's 3 common areas to kick it in, there's a great back yard that's perfect for BBQing and garden, a hammock and a nice big outside table, the family room has a wonderful wood stove and there are 2 bathrooms, one fully equipped with washer and dryer too! This is a wonderful neighborhood, everything is within walking distance including New Seasons (natural food store) and QFC and basically anything else you may need and the area generally feels safe and friendly.

About me: independent, outgoing, friendly, athletic (tennis anyone?), openminded, relatively creative (i work in film and fashion), eco-friendly, drug free (and would like the same), easygoing, humanitarian and equal rights oriented, outdoorsy, gym bunny health nut type.

About roommate #2: shares the bathroom with you, athletic, open-minded, talkative. Likes to: drink coffee, watch the news, hike, listen to music, make yummy, healthy food, try new hobbies.

**If this sounds like it may be an interesting possibility, please get in touch and we'll talk!

***side note: We definitely have cats so please, if you are even slightly allergic, it's just not going to work out***

Rent: $433 per room + 1/3 monthly utilities
Deposit: $433
Aug. 14th, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Another one that looks pretty good
Thanks! Yeah, Sellwood is my style....
Aug. 13th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
This one looks great - new -
If you don't mind a male roommate, this one looks great:

$415 Sellwood share - private bed/bath, river view
Reply to: hous-395598339@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-08-12, 7:20PM PDT

Large two bedroom share in Sellwood, offering numerous amenities:
working fireplace
private dock (no charge canoe or kayak storage)
vaulted ceilings (20 ft. height)
balcony with view of the river (and a fountain)
parking included
quick access to springwater trail and trimet (41 and 70)
proximity to new seasons (and sellwood neighborhood)
swimming pool
the unit currently has a washer/dryer, but may leave with roommate

the room is approximately 12 ft x 13 ft, the private bath is immediately next door (includes a bath tub). there is a large closet space and access to two other storage closets. Cats and dogs are welcome, however ,there is a refundable deposit.

about me: i am a 35 yo male, drug and alcohol free. i enjoy biking, yoga, cooking and film. i was born in portland, but lived on the east coast and in california (before returning home). i will be returning to school in 2008 for a masters degree in traditional chinese medicine. i really do enjoy living in sellwood and consider it just about the best neighborhood in town. i bike to work in the pearl district in about a half hour.

the apartment is furnished, including kitchen related items. the lease offered is 6, 9 or 12 months. occupancy is the first, however, the room is currently unoccupied and could be considered available, pending background check.

give me a call at 503-515-5798

i will be showing this week after work.

742 SE Linn St. at 8 th Ave google map yahoo map
Aug. 13th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: This one looks great - new -
Wow....this is PERFECT. Glad I haven't signed anything yet, nor sent big $$. THANKS! Doubt I get it but I'm going to try.
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
Like is this within your range and time frame? It is a great SW lcoation pretty close to downtown, lots of buses and also not far by bike. Would be uphill on the way back but the buses take bikes on them . . .

reply to: multor@nwgi.net
Date: 2007-08-09, 6:17PM PDT

Near bus stops, restaurants, shopping, post office and Gabriel Park (off leash). 1 minute to bus stops, Tri-Met bus lines #44 and #45. 10 minutes to Downtown Portland and PSU and 5 minutes to PCC. With approved credit, rent is $560 per month. Each unit has a dishwasher, cooking stove with oven, wall heaters, refrigerator and energy efficient white vinyl dual pane windows. It also has an on-site laundry room. Apartments are located on SW Multnomah Blvd. between SW 37th and SW 40th Ave.


3910 - 3948 SW Multnomah Boulevard
Aug. 9th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
I believe that the kitty has done you a world of good. I'm almost ready to send you a check for 600 bucks so you can keep the little bugger with you. Even though we talked about how a city apartment isn't a cat's ideal world, I still think it's worth pursuing the thought of holding on to her. But I also recognize the headache and heartache involved with the move, so I just wish you luck. Hang on to her 'til the very end.
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:00 am (UTC)
Donations ARE accepted!
Nothing is done until it is done.
Aug. 9th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's terrible! Can you not take her and say you didn't?

Off topic, why do you have a link to the Oak Ridger on the side there? Are you from Tennessee? (I live like 30 minutes from Oak Ridge)
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Born and raised in Oak Ridge, my parents still live there. My sister is in Knoxville. I graduated UTK in 1988. You live in Maryville, right?
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:21 am (UTC)
This one is VERY close to your school:

$700 / 1br - Johns Landing Duplex
Reply to: jmpdx@hotmail.com
Date: 2007-08-09, 11:41AM PDT

One-bedroom upper unit available for rent. The rent includes cable, washer/dryer, trash, water,etc. I'm open to pets, with a deposit.

I'm going to have an open house to show the place on Sunday, August 12, from 2-4pm. I will be taking application, there is an application fee of $35. If you have questions please come by during the Open House.

Please do not bother the tenants on the first floor, they do not have access or information about the property.

5719 SW Corbett at Flowers google map yahoo map

* cats are OK - purrr
* dogs are OK - wooof
* Location: Portland
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

(PS I am getting these from Craigs List, but I know the city and where these are located.)
Aug. 10th, 2007 05:34 am (UTC)
This one is a share but looks promising:

$400 Cottage in the heart of Multnomah Village, Available Sept 1
Reply to: hous-392776118@craigslist.org
Date: 2007-08-08, 11:27PM PDT

This is a shared house Available September 1. Female preferred, non-smokers preferred. You will have your own bedroom with a walk-in closet and the bathroom is shared. Utilities run from $120 to $160 (cable/phone) per month. This is a PDX Metro-Fi-Free wireless internet area. $400 deposit with 6 or 9 month lease. Washer and dryer, fenced yard, Small dogs and cats are welcome.

I'm an artist, studying and creating a career in animation. I have one cat and I keep pretty busy. If you don't have a car then we can plan trips to the store.

2 blocks from busline 44 (Capitol Hwy to PCC Sylvania/DT PDX in 15 min),
45 (Wash Square Mall/DT PDX in 20 min), 64 (OHSU in 15 min), less than 1 mile from busline 12 (Barbur Blvd to DT PDX in 15 min)

2 blocks from Multnomah Village: http://www.multnomahvillage.org
My favorites are the Lucky Lab, Village Coffee, O'Connors.
Art/Dance/Music Classes are offered at the Multnomah Art Center.

A short walk from Gabriel Park, dog park, community garden and SW Community Center featuring an awesome swimming pool.

* cats are OK - purrr
* dogs are OK - wooof
* Location: SW Portland, Multnomah Village, PCC
* it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

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