keith's cold outside


Hi everyone. I just stumbled upon this community, and I hope someone can help me out.

My best friend and I are planning to move to Vegas from Chicago in the coming fall. This will be my first time out on my own. Basically I have no idea what I am doing or what I am getting into. I just know that I want to be there and not here.

I have a couple of questions:
1.) How much money should I save?
2.) What are the odds of me getting a job there while I'm still living here? Do I start applying for them now even though I won't be there for quite a few months?

Those are the two things I'm most afraid of. Saving and finding a job. I would like to know that I have a job before I pack up and move out there. I'd hate to have to turn around and come home.

Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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okay. another question. how exactly do utilities work? mind the dumbness. how do i pick a utility company, what kinda of deals should i look for, how do you start your utilities (like do i just call them and say, hey im moving in tomorrow, flip the switch)

my situation is that the landlord pays for water, garbage, cable (not including internet), sewage, and a burglary alarm?.. i didnt even know there was a seperate sewage bill. so... what does that leave me with? electricity. and hot water. is hot water part of electricity? or gas.. or does it depend? i wonder if we have gas or electric stoves... i for got. i guess ill have to check on that.

but okay. electricity and gas. is what i need right? and internet is just adding onto the cable deal right? and so, electricity and gas will come from different utilitiy companies right? or no.

you can see im pretty clueless so jsut give me an abridged utilities for dummies please

about the $$$

i am forced to move out next month
20 year old male
ive found a friend who is down to get an apartment with me.
yeah rent will be a pain in the ass.
but what im more concerned about is paying for food and toiletries.
does anyone have a store that they like to purchase things
from because of their prices?
we have big lots around here i will probably buy food there.
know any cheap recipes for decent meals?

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hi. if my landlord told me he's "comp" me june, what does that mean?

the situation is that our lease is supposed to start in june but when i told him we werent moving in until august he said that the owner wouldnt like it that te apartment was empty for so long so he'd "comp" us june so we wouldnt start paying rent until july. except i stll dont know what differnce that makes because the apartments still empty...
chile, la isla negra

These are a few of my favorite things.

So, I decided to have a theme.


Show us pictures of your favorite things in your first dwelling.

I'll start:

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These are salt and pepper shakers that I bought at Bordel, an artsy little store in Santiago, Chile. I love them!

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I'll have to get better pictures of my shit. I have a pub table that I'm obsessed with and just bought new dishes that I need to get pictures of, too.

So let's see YOUR cute first dwellings!

Re-post - done correctly

Since we made a couple changes to the community - namely, increasing the journal status - we are now able to have more freedom with our journal. I wanted to take the opportunity to re-post a poll, just to satiate my curiosity, and I figured why not? since we have new members.

Poll #908668 Furnished versus Unfurnished

How do you feel about furnished apartments?

That is disgusting; I'd NEVER do that
I might do it if I neded the resources
I don't care either way
I don't see anything wrong with it
I'd do it in a heart beat OR I'm renting one now
Diaz clrsk

Liability question, dog contained w/"invisible fencing"?

So I did some research already, but am interested in other's views on this as well since I found nothing concerning specifics of the situation.

I am moving out of an apartment and looking at homes for rent in my area. Several are "dog friendly" and advertize fenced-in yards, others have no fencing, and one has said it comes with invisible fencing installed.

I'm concerned about liability. My dog has never displayed aggression towards people (or other dogs unless threatened, yet has never been in an actual "fight"), and has never bitten anyone. Now, to the law and anything legal, my dog's awesome personality isn't going to do diddly-squat against someone who feels my dog was aggressive toward them or their child. As a side-note for those interested, she's a husky/Australian shepherd cross, 2 years old, 45lbs, and rather skinny and very energetic. When she plays, she often "play nips" (something I discourage) and will bat with her paws (thus can cause scratches) and doesn't know when to calm down, although when commanded, she's completely under control.

I have a bit of a hypothetical situation and this community was the closest I've found to being helpful although it won't be my first dwelling, it would be my second (I'm only 20).

If I, say, rent a house from the owner and they allow dogs but do not allow me to erect a physical fence barrier to contain my dog, under the law how much "containment" would an invisible electronic fencing system be? I'm talking under the terms I did research where electronic fencing is an underground or radio-collared fencing system that delivers a shock when the dog tries to cross the perimeter. Not my favorite thing, but my dog tangles on tie-outs and there may not be accomidations for a cable-line to tie her to.

If a child is attracted to my yard by the dog and crosses into my property (most likely unsupervised, I assume, nobody here seems to care about their kids...pftht) and my dog becomes over exuberant and scratches or nips the child, am I liable because the dog was "not contained"? I would hope kids are taught not to play with strange dogs but I want to make sure I'm covered, I do not like dealing with these situations and sadly I've heard it happen.
Also, if I clearly display "Beware of Dog" signs on the property and the child trespasses and is injured, what are my chances of being liable for this?

Does anyone in this community have any suggestions or experience with these types of things when moving with pets? I'm sure my dog is not aggressive and will not bite, but she plays rough and I would not consider her to be safe unsupervised around children (and I would watch her in the yard, obviously, not leave her there when I'm not around, but I also have roomates who may be home when I'm not and allow the dog to go out who might not supervise her as well) because of her rambunctious nature and a child's inability to control their enthusiasm sometimes... 2 + 2 = BAD in this situation.

So, sorry if it's totally off-topic, I'm already having enough problems as it is finding a nice rental house in a good neighborhood here that's affordable, much less pet friendly, and it's easier if I am at least moving prepared instead of finding myself stuck in a "dog bite" lawsuit or something later.

Thanks for any responses, I really like the idea behind this community, I hope it stays running!

First Time Living 101 - Lesson #1: Necessary Household Items

I endeavored to finally (re)decorate my living room in an effort to make my apartment look tres cute and classy.

I bought a slipcover for the couch  - I suck at it, but it looks good enough for me; I bought curtain rods to hang lovely, fabulous curtains over the mini blinds that I find to be an eye sore; and I bought accent pillows!  Lots and lots of accent pillows (which do very well to mask imperfections, by the way).

So, my living room is well on its way.

HOWEVER, and here is where my lesson came in - in going to hang up the curtain rods today, I realized that I have no drill.  Thus, my curtaining project is put off until I can go out and buy a drill.

Thus, a major necessary household item, that I thought I had taken care of, is to equip yourself with a tool kit and a power drill!

Target sells these amazing Durabilt tool kits for only $25 - I personally own one of those.  However, they do not come equipped with a real screwdriver (power screwdriver only, which is good for if you have big projects)nor do they come equipped with drills.  So, you may find that you also need to buy screw drivers (which are cheap, I found a set of 4 for under 5 bucks) and drills.

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i'm just saying hello and thank god you exist.

i've been living on my own since i was 18, and boy could i have used this community then. for the past couple of years i've been living in a rented bedroom in a townhouse. i am now nearing the stage of my life where i can finally move into my VERY OWN APARTMENT. anyone else celebrating this realization, too?

anyway, i wish i started this community, but i didn't, so by george, i'll post in it. i can't wait to hear everyone else's stories and questions!