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Junket
09-02-08, 12:47 PM
And so begins a new chapter in my life.

Just arrived today, I'll update you all tomorrow.

DoesntMatter
09-02-08, 12:48 PM
No shit! You just missed Mardis Gras right?

Junket
09-02-08, 12:59 PM
Yep, just missed it.

That's fine by me, though. I'm not big on the whole mardis gras celebration.

I don't need to throw my girlfriend beads to see her boobies.

DoesntMatter
09-02-08, 01:01 PM
I don't need to throw my girlfriend beads to see her boobies.

But you can

vashti
09-02-08, 10:11 PM
whoa! I didn't realize this was going to happen so soon! Did you find a place to live with your other friends?

Junket
09-02-08, 10:49 PM
I lied, I'll update you guys later today, or tonight.

Yeah, I'm staying (on the couch), with a friend of Amy's and his girlfriend, along with two other people that are down here volunteering with Hands On New Orleans.

misombra
10-02-08, 01:43 AM
i can't wait to hear an update. when is amy coming? did she get out of her lease?

Tiay
10-02-08, 01:46 AM
ohh the suspense! I can't wait to hear the details.

Illusional
10-02-08, 02:33 AM
hit up the bars...!!!

raverboy

Junket
11-02-08, 06:02 AM
Alright, where to start...

Well, here I am in New Orleans, Louisiana...

...I started this 2 hours ago.

Within that 2 hours, I was out in the street playing badminton with my new roommates, got a phone call about an under the table job I responded to on craigslist.com which I'll give a go tomorrow morning, ate hand picked grapefruit and oranges from a local farmer and found out we're barbecuing steaks and seafood outside for dinner.

Yesterday we hung out with some of the old (and new) HONO (Hands On New Orleans for future reference) folks, Amy and I walked downtown to Cafe Du Monde for coffee then came back to the apartment where we accomplished her having 2 orgasms in an evening while everybody else was gone on a trip.

I've done more in the past 2 days than I would in 2 weeks in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Not only that, but many of the people that have left are coming back. There's somethin' about this place that just sucks you in.

So here I am at Reggie's apartment now, sleeping on the couch while I wait for the other two people leave so I can get their room. Amy was supposed to stay in the HONO volunteer bunkhouse free because she's temporarily employed by them, but there's no room, so she's staying with Kellie (HONO's bosswoman) until further notice.

misombra
11-02-08, 06:09 AM
sounds great!

vashti
11-02-08, 07:34 AM
Now THAT is living! I never could understand the appeal of living in remote places like Oklahoma when you are young. It can suck the life out of you.

Illusional
11-02-08, 09:20 AM
the only good part about living in the country in the vast amount of NOTHINGNESS.. and the fresh produce that you can grow. other than that, there's nothing else to do, but have sex in the fields with the farmer's daughter.

raverboy

anachronistic
11-02-08, 09:35 AM
the only good part about living in the country in the vast amount of NOTHINGNESS.. and the fresh produce that you can grow. other than that, there's nothing else to do, but have sex in the fields with the farmer's daughter.

raverboy

Lol

yay for frasbee

Junket
11-02-08, 12:07 PM
Yo, if any of yous would like to move down for a year or somethin', by all means.

Me, Ames and Tim will be needing another roommate come May. Or if you guys would simply like come down for a week or even a month to check out the city, once we have an apartment, you'll be free to stay. Just throwin' it out there.

I'm dead serious.

The people here have been so generous and welcoming, I want to share the sentiment.

That's what I love about this place. So many people that left, have come back, or are coming back. This place just sucks you in.

Gigabitch
12-02-08, 01:27 AM
Well, good BYE Oklahoma!

So what's it like down there with the rebuilding effort?

Junket
12-02-08, 09:44 AM
Where I'm living, you wouldn't be able to tell anything happened. I'm in the garden district not too far from the french quarter.

However, of course, the 9th ward and New Orleans East (Gentilly) are still in major disrepair. Things are definitely progressing. And it seems that a large percentage of the population are students and those who have come to rebuild. Many of the people that were evacuated after the storm (poor) do not intend on coming back.

Right now I'm working under the table for this guy (temporarily for now), to help him finish flipping a large house. Granted, it's for-profit, but that's what just part of the recovery. It can't all be free. I feel like I'm still assisting in the local economy, so I still find purpose in the work.

On the other side of things. I think this will be fantastic for both Amy and I. Individually, and as a couple.

I don't feel the same kind of stress/anxiety I used to when I saw her. The days of resenting the day we'd have to depart are now over. She's not too far from here and soon we'll be living in the same household. I love how everything already feels more relaxed. She can go hang out with her HONO friends while I do other things and it's no big deal, because I know we'll still share our quality time sometime in the near future. 'Cause it's all like whatever, now.

I haven't found time to invest in my own friend-finding yet, I have to find a local bank to open an account, research my career development opportunities as well as keep an eye out for apartments. Not having my own friends is still getting me down though...so who's moving down here with me??

Junket
15-02-08, 09:09 AM
This shit is hard. Somethin' popped today and I'm just wiggin' out. I'm gonna drop below my mark after I pay this next credit card bill. I need to get a Louisiana license to take the Workkeys test for the program I applied for which means I need to update my car insurance which means because I'm living in New Orleans, the cost is only going to go up (by about 32%). The closest agency was in walmart and packed as all hell and I didn't have time to wait because I needed to go work for that dude by noon. When I start this 4 week pre-apprenticeship program, I'm going to have to figure out how to continue bringing in money so as not to continue draining my accounts. I can't keep moving, I'll have to stay here, if I move again, it'll be back to Philly, and for a long long time. I have 5 bank accounts open right now, it's ridiculous. I don't even have a permanent address. The world doesn't cater to those who keep moving around. I'm hungry but I don't wanna go out and buy food, even from walmart. It's valentine's day and I only feel resentful at the expectation to fulfill the bullshit boyfriend duties. I haven't found time to go find new friends to do the things I like to do.everythingsuckseverythingsuckseverythingsucks

No.

There isn't a single paragraph situation in that entire mess.

Gigabitch
15-02-08, 09:24 AM
Hopefully, this is the low point. You'll get back on your feet- it's where you belong.

Charlie Boy II
15-02-08, 09:28 AM
Frasbee I'm just getting myself established in a new place as well. It ****ing sucks.

Junket
15-02-08, 09:29 AM
Frasbee I'm just getting myself established in a new place as well. It ****ing sucks.

How's that goin' for ya?

I'd rather focus on somebody else's troubles.

Charlie Boy II
15-02-08, 09:39 AM
well I'm sleeping on a friend's couch and guiltily invading her space. There's f-ck all work here in my field so I'm gearing up for soul destroying, slave-driving call centre work. One bonus is I've just today found a place to stay for the next few weeks while I find my feet. It's a cosy little room just near the sea. I'll be living with a couple of mature but attractive young ladies. But until I get work I'm just hosing down my savings. I really just plan to stay here till the summer when I'll go travelling again for a couple of months before I head home.

Junket
15-02-08, 09:49 AM
Well...I guess I don't have as much room to complain.

The people I have been staying with have been very gracious about having me here. And I make sure to attend to the chores every day. I did just have some of their leftovers.

I have plenty in savings, but I set thousand dollar markers that I don't like to dip under. But that's why I have the savings, right?

I found an under-the-table job the very weekend I got here (I got here this past Friday, found the job on Sunday, started on Monday), helping restore an old house for rent/sale. 10 bucks an hour with no taxes and I set my own hours.

Suddenly I came across this car insurance deal, which I was workin' on all this morning to no avail, and I just lost my mind. Dumb. Guess I just needed to put things in perspective.

...

A place near the beach with 2 hot chicks?

I'm really not sure who has it better here.

Junket
19-02-08, 03:28 AM
So!

I stopped by the GCCCC last week and got my student referral form to take the aptitude test or "workkeys" test that'll test me in basic math and reading to make sure I'm reasonably competent. That's when I found out that because it's a state funded program, I need to be a Louisiana resident.

So, today I made it imperative to get to the DMV to get my new state license and totally got turned around trying to find this damn place. I passed it 3 times without realizing it, and the 3rd time I entered an emergency/service road for the bridge where I freaked out and turned around only to be stopped by a pike that said "Wrong Way". So I sat there watching traffic trying to figure out what to do when I saw a cop car pass by. I honked my horn constantly and got her attention.

She gave me some shit for being on that road, but I didn't have a clue where I was or where I was going, so she just drove me the 40 feet to this small hidden rd with no sign and pointed me down it.

I got in, waited in line, got to the counter, and was told they don't do out of state transfers...


Anyway, I finally got where I needed to go am officially a Louisiana resident.

Wednesday I take the test.

So, all in all, things have been really productive considering I've been here for 9 days.

squirrley
19-02-08, 03:40 AM
Everything will fall into place!;) One thing at a time Frasbee! And hey you'll have someone new to meet the end of March! How cool is that, meeting someone from the forum! Thank Amy for the link for us, that was great!

At least youre ahead of most people who move. Thats where were trying to get Kyle going, getting money in the bank and money to move...err I hate moving.

At least NO has alot to offer and plenty of things to do.
Things are coming together for you! Im happy for you!:D