So my pre-nomad life is preparing me for my Going Nomadic life. How?
Read the following…(it sounds bad, but everything that is happening is actually working out for the better). Here it goes:
I will no longer be selling my car before my trip.
Because it got stolen.
Yes, last week my car got stolen.
We (my friend and I) were trying to move from our old apartment before we got broken into or something got stolen (there has been issues recently in the neighbourhood/apartment complex).
Well, we were a week too late.
I didn’t know my car was stolen from my apartment for 12 hours (I got home early in the am, slept half the day, and didn’t notice until I was leaving for a meeting at 4pm). Surprisingly at 3am, about 12 hours after I reported it stolen, the police called to say they found it.
With no engine.
At 7am they had the two kids who stole it in custody. At 8am they were back at the chop-shop where my car was located.This time with the thieves talking.
So my car helped close down a chop-shop. That’s cool. And tomorrow (unless it gets pushed back) is the court date for the guys that stole my car. It’s sucky because I just finished paying off my car. I was expecting something on it to break, not it to get stolen. Hahaha.
Did I mention I drove a 99 Acura Integra stick shift, all original. One of the most wanted cars by street racers, because they put the Integra engine in a smaller Honda Civic body then street race the cars. I can pretty much guarantee that the engine is currently in a Honda Civic and being raced around town.
SEE..THIS IS WHERE MY ENGINE USED TO BE…
Good part – I decided I would be happy with the mid-range, blue book value of my car and I got more than that. So I’m just renting a car until I leave for my trip, because it’s cheaper than buying a car (for 2 months use). Plus now I don’t have to worry about buying a beater-car that may breaks down on me, or having to sell a car in 2 months. So basically these deuches who stole my car actually gave me some more money for my trip and saved me the hassle of trying to sell my car.
(though renting a car is twice the payment was, but I wouldn’t have had much time to sell my car between when I needed one, and when my trip was…so I can pretty much assume I after the rental, I still have about what I would have if I had to sell a car quick and take a lower price).
SO THEN –
Then we moved to a new apartment that was supposed to be ready to move in, save for a few minor things like cleaning the pigeon droppings on the deck, a small piece to fix one of the toilets (we have 2 bathrooms), a shower head in the same bathroom, and just cleaning an old stove.
- It turns out the stove has all burned, melted and exposed wires (electric stove) and sparked at me (I jumped and luckily didn’t get shocked) and almost caught on fire (it tripped the circuit breaker),
- The pigeon poop was scraped off the patio, sort of, but not cleaned, so it’s still everywhere and not sanitary,
- The toilet needs to be COMPLETELY replaced, but they can’t because the water shut off for the toilet is broke and no one seems to know how where the main shut off is for our apartment is ( they will probably have to call water company and shut off water to whole building…sorry building),
- And the shower head turns out is the least thing to worry about there because the grout is bad, some tiles are cracked and the whole bathroom needs to be gutted. YEAH FOR CRAPPY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES. (we are taking them to renters court as soon as my roommate, whose name the lease is under, gets the paperwork…so next week – and we do have another bathroom though that works- not great, but works)
- Did I mention that this “we just fumigated it” apartment is becoming increasingly infested with cockroaches too? They keep “sending” someone to exterminate supposedly, but whenever we are home the person doesn;t show up, but magically came when we were at work. But there are still cockroaches…
I had no AC to add to this list too, but they finally fixed it yesterday. They decided it was better to fix it then put me up in a hotel during the last few 95+ degree days here.
So right now I have no car, can’t cook, sub-standard bathroom facilities (for an American), and everything is covered in bird poop.
And I am finding this hilarious.
Seriously…I probably shouldn’t be, but I am! Mostly because this is still so much better than what will be in many of the places I plan to go. I don’t know why little things piss me off, but big huge ‘fiascoes’ I find hilarious and just ‘MEH, it happens’.
Best part of this week? I got more surprise money from my godmother/aunt who pretty much has given me the opportunity for this trip. I love and miss you Aunt Lucille (yes, she is dead. but yet somehow keeps surprising me with little gifts that are helping to make this trip possible. I love my Aunt Lucille and know that she would be very proud of me to use her gifts this way – to follow my dreams).
Ok, enough for now. Next time I’ll have more news from my crazy crazy funny life.
I cant wait to see what craziness happens next!
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.