Monday, August 17, 2015

The First Slummy Rental

All over FaceBook this past week, friends were moving their college kids into dorms for the first time, and some even for their second year. Sure the dorms are small, but most of them are actually quite nice. It's amazing how creative folks can be with such a limited amount of space. I, on the other hand, was moving my college kid into his very first rental, which has no central air, or window units. Whew, it's hot as hell in that crib! We were welcomed by crumbling concrete steps upon entry and a nonfunctioning doorbell, both of which I'm sure are #1 on the maintenance repair list. The entire place was freshly painted, which was evidenced by the tubs of paint left behind in the living room and filthy carpet upstairs where the painters scraped off the old crap, but never bothered to vacuum up their mess.

Lemme tell ya somethin' folks, if anyone is in the slum lord business, my hat goes off to ya, 'cause ya got it made baby! The world is your oyster in a college town and ya got the rest of us by the short and curlies. My son had to start searching for off campus housing last October when he barely knew his way around Ohio State. Places would be rented right out from under him in a matter of an hour. After an exhaustive search, he and a friend found this joint, which they truly think is the Taj Mahal:
Opening his first piece of mail.
Kudos to his roommate for bringing the swanky furniture.
I think that fire extinguisher might come in handy.
The box spring did not fit up the narrow steps so the mattress is resting on the beautiful red carpet. But hey, it's sort of an Ohio State color scheme.
This just makes me laugh.
I pray no one was tortured down here.
The guys love this dark, dank basement and are going to put a dart board down here and maybe even a foosball table. Lawd have mercy!
This is my fave. A touch of class over the fireplace with the greenery.
 
As I think back on my first college apartment, it was a total shit hole infested with a couple of friendly mice, but I thought it was so awesome because I was out on my own. I'm sure these guys don't even see the flaws and feel exactly the same way. 
 

39 comments:

  1. Looks like the perfect guy's apartment to me. I'd want it clean though. I'm picky that way.
    I stayed on campus the first couple years before getting an apartment. We had a lot of fun in that place and ate a lot of pizza.
    Your son is a Buckeye? He picked a good college. And Columbus is a fun town.

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    1. Yes, he's far from home (12 hours) but Ohio State was his dream school. He's loving it! We love Columbus. Such an awesome city.

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  2. Dahlink, I still can't believe you have a college kid... I swear I always thought you are 35, 37 at most.... which would make you Dezzy's peer :)
    And sister, lemme tell ya.. nobody, and me means NOBODY has them central air or window units in my country... and we had up to 50*C temps whole summer long... not had... still have them.....

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    1. Ssssshhhh I AM 35 Dezzy! And, in cold Columbus where he is going to college you can get by without air conditioning, but we just are not used to that being from the hot south.

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  3. I gotta say every time I see college apartments, I thank God for my room and board scholarship.i stayed in the dorms all four years. We made up for it in law school, though. Makes that roach-free place of your son's actually look like the Taj Mahal.
    The greenery made me laugh.

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    1. Don't ya love that greenery. My son's roommate brought that and I said they were going to get lots of chicks with that addition. Makes them look "sensitive".

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  4. The boys will look at this like a palace! And in time they'll add their own decorative touches...like pizza boxes and beer cans :)

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    1. Oh you are so right Martha. I can't wait to visit in October and see what they have done with the palace.

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  5. How fun!! I remember my first place out of dorm rooms. It looked very similar to your sons place. I didn't have a fireplace or a basement or air conditioning. In Texas!!! I got a window unit eventually and it was a life saver. I like their hardwood floors and the vintage bathtub. They will have a ball!

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    1. WHOA no AC in Texas? Now that's rough! Yes the hardwood floors are really nice.

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  6. It looks like the Waldorf compared to my old crib at the top of Spruce Street in Motown
    5 guys, one bathroom. Sweet

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    1. I figured you would have been a Sunnyside kinda guy!

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  7. Looks good, but a good clean up would make it manageable. Nice!

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    1. Oh yes, I wonder if those boys will ever use the cleaning supplies?

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  8. Cleanliness and decor aside, that looks like a palace compared to my first place. One bedroom apartment, kitchen so tiny the oven actually wouldn't open all the way because the oven door would run into the refrigerator door. And vice versa.

    Good luck to your boy!

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  9. I'd want it clean with my ocd lol but looks like a great first place indeed. My first apartment was a hot as hell, rat trap too.

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    1. I kind of think this may be the cleanest the place is going to get.

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  10. I always love reading your posts. I get a good laugh when I really need it.

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  11. I always love reading your posts. I get a good laugh when I really need it.

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  12. I always love reading your posts. I get a good laugh when I really need it.

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  13. It does resemble a torture dungeon down there. The dart board may spruce things up.

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    1. Let's hope that dart board doesn't become some sort of lure for the dungeon of danger.

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  14. Glad to read that your son is loving it.

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  15. Wow good luck to him. I can't even remember the last time I could do laundry IN my home. Lol

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    1. Oh no, no laundry in your home would be a major inconvenience. I can't even imagine.

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  16. Yeah, it's all a matter of perspective.

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    1. Very true. So glad they have a different perspective right now.

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  17. That basement must of inspired one of Stephen King's stories

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    1. I know right! You should see the rickety steps and the light with the pull string.

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  18. Good luck to him. I think it's really nice and and they have made it look very cosy. But, the shower curtain is funny lol.

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    1. Oh yea I bought that cheap shower curtain at Target not realizing that you need 2 shower curtains to fit all the way around that old fashioned tub.

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  19. That is like the Waldorf compared to anything I lived in back in those years. Give them a couple of months to turn it into a proper pigsty. It makes it easy to be tolerant of squalor in the later years.

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  20. I was just thinking about how much nicer this looks than some of the places I've looked at and lived in. And my bathroom looks like that one. Those boys did good!

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