December 28th, 2010

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  • algeh

Meetup!

Although it's officially Not My Problem until next month when I take over from ashanachronism, I am planning to go to meetup tonight and eat some tater tots. I didn't see a reminder yet today, so I'm posting one now.

7pm - December 28th
McMenamins Tavern and Pool
1716 Northwest 23rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97210

Anyone else going? Otherwise, I'll probably watch the Blazer game on the TV there and drink according to how well or poorly they play.

There but can't find me? Call or text me on my work phone for my math tutoring business. I'll have it with me.

I may not get there until 7:30 or 8, because I am getting a slow start to my evening.
anger

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You have art? Want it framed? A degree? Some photos you took?

I have a deal for you! I have a Gift Card to NW Framing (Beard's, Frame Central, etc..) in the amount of $200.

I will sell it to you for only $180! I'm basically giving you $20 for free! (10% off!)

Let me know if you're interested. Respond to my LJ name at Gmail.
deluxe
  • mass51

Airport Shuttle?

My family of eight (EEPS!) are all going on a family vacation -- so now we need to figure out how we'll all get there. Anyone has experience with airport shuttles? I'd like to know rates + how they treated you. Let me know! :)
khyron
  • khyron

cross-country move, thoughts on apartment hunting?

Fine folks of stumptown, it is with the greatest of pleasure that I can finally make this post...we're officially moving to Portland!

My wife and I have been researching this move for almost four years now, and she just landed a sweet job with OHSU. What a Christmas present! We'll be coming out in early July and she'll be starting work later that month or early August. I'm sure in the next few months I'll have all kinds of new questions for you all, but for the time being here's the big one. Which of the following methods of apartment hunting would you prefer?

We'll be moving all the way from the east coast, and we've already decided to just ditch all our stuff and pare down to a car's worth plus some boxes which we can have shipped behind us. What's we're trying to decide is whether we want to spend vacation time and money on a housing hunt trip over spring break in March, or just come out in July? We're terribly eager to see the city again, but before long we'll be seeing it all the time, and we're not sure about whether the cost of flights and a hotel would be worth it four months ahead of arrival?

I'm presuming that if we come out in March, most of the predictable openings we'll find will probably be from large realtors like towers, and while some of those are very nice, they also tend to be rather expensive. If we just show up in July and check into a hotel and start hunting, we might find better deals. On the other hand, that hotel bill could add up too and a little added stress could eclipse the potentially higher price of a fancier rented condo.

If it influences a recommendation, we would love to live somewhere downtown with two bedrooms and a decently modern kitchen and bathroom, and we're looking to fit under a budget of $1600-$1800 a month (if possible, which it seems like it could be).

How would you attack this challenge? Thanks in advance for your advice.

ETA - feedback thus far MUCH appreciated, definitely leaning towards July!