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Updated: 2011-11-01T10:05:51.746-06:00

 



I really really can also relate, even wihtout the ...

2006-06-28T20:54:00.000-06:00

I really really can also relate, even wihtout the playgroup. It's harder for me because, before we decided to go away for a PhD, we were going to buy a house in the small town where Chris was teaching. Where we could have started off marriage as owners of a nice house, which would have cost about $35,000. Yeah.

And now we're renting a basement suite on the West Coast, where we could never even imagine buying a tiny condo, even if we could find a job for Chris in his field. Sometimes it's hard to look back on what we could have had. (But, on the other hand, would I have been looking wistfully at this life, if I'd chosen the other?)



Renting bites, we're living in a basement which ha...

2006-06-28T18:23:00.000-06:00

Renting bites, we're living in a basement which has so little daylight it is depressing. I'm told it will get better one day though, so keep dreaming!

Can you get creative and host the playgroup in some other non-house place? Or cheaply 'decorate' your living room to some theme (just for the occasion) to make it seem fun and totally better than the big houses? Which I'm sure it would be anyway!



And now a word from a single gal working in Corpor...

2006-06-28T18:00:00.000-06:00

And now a word from a single gal working in Corporate America: Guess what? It's just as hard!

If I want to buy anything at all, it only means that I must keep my corporate job about 25 years longer than I would like and that just makes me sad.

We should start a support group, Renters Anonymous, and keep inviting each other over so we can all overlook everything.



I can relate, too. Many of the families we have p...

2006-06-28T15:34:00.000-06:00

I can relate, too. Many of the families we have play dates with are people who make way more money than we do, and some of the houses CG's friends live in are just tremendous. But our academic friends live in houses that are more-or-less like ours (some more, some less) and some of CG's friends live in houses that are messier or smaller or more modest than ours. What would be fun about a playdate with you is the Trillwing family vibe, and that's got nothing to do with the house.



Patience... (said the man with none to his name). ...

2006-06-28T15:12:00.000-06:00

Patience... (said the man with none to his name). I know the feeling. It does suck to be renting (again). But reality is, most places outside of these parts, houses go for a lot less. What we sold our house for a couple months ago wouldn't even buy us a tiny mobile home around here. I suspect in a year or two, not only will you be a lot closer to having that down payment, but the housing prices will have fully adjusted to more reasonable levels.

Most important: Follow your heart, whether it's as an academic or not. The path you choose is your own. Be true to yourself, to your work, and your life. Be sure you know your own priorities and goals. And seek them, single-mindedly. Patience and perseverance. (I've got the latter in abundance, and the former only sparingly.) Together they will provide.



I'm with PhD me. If you leave California and the c...

2006-06-28T11:12:00.000-06:00

I'm with PhD me. If you leave California and the coasts and big urban areas, you can buy a house for a lot less than $500,000. It may not be as spectacular as those McMansions in your play group, but I wouldn't consign your self to permanent renter status just yet. Just give it time.



I can relate, even without the playgroup issue. I...

2006-06-28T11:09:00.000-06:00

I can relate, even without the playgroup issue. I've been living in an apartment for the past four years, and it's fine - for what it is - but it's noisy, there's limited space, the floors are sagging, the lino's pulling up. And if I complain, people want to know why I haven't moved. Ummm, because this is pretty much all I can afford at my current "salary".

Don't give up though! I'm on the academic track, too - just got my first asst prof position - and I also just bought a house. Granted, I'm not living in a popular urban area or close to the beach. I'm living in a college town located in a semi-rural area, although very close to urban centers; one of the selling points of the position was that I could afford a home right off the bat. That said, I'll never be signing my name to a $500,000 house as an academic!

So, yeah, no good advice. Just some support for the situation!