Well we have sorted out our homelessness issues with everything being finalised yesterday. After a hard few days wandering all over the commercial drive area we had covered a lot of ground but still had yet to find what we were looking for.
We had seen expensive yet out of the way places, we had seen dark and dingy dives, we had chatted to people who were looking for a roomie, and might possibly consider a couple, we had put up a message at a community garden full of hippies, and we had finally found a great place with awesome landlord, only catch we couldn’t move in until September 1st, it would have had to have been October the first. Although that was still our best bet, as the landlady liked us and didn’t mind that neither one of us was currently working. We figured we would be able to work something out, maybe sublet or house sit for a month or something.
So we had had enough for the day and were heading to the bus home…
We had a discussion where I was adamant that we should take this road back to the bus. Eventually we did and came across a realtor’s sign with a handwritten note stuck to it, saying “1 br apartment. $950. Phone Julie”. The building, although 70’s, looked pretty nice from the outside. All the three floors of apartments had balconies, and many had plants, Christmas lights, and wind chimes or other ornaments in them. The place looked like us. Shit lets phone! Damn voicemail. Oh crap, may as well leave a message anyway.
Now this is the funny thing about coincidences, like me being determined to go do this road to get back to the bus. Sometimes if you are paying enough attention things conspire to give you want you want. Sometimes with enough focus we can manifest our desires. Oh sure it sounds a bit weird, but don’t knock it until you have tried it. The first thing you need to know is exactly what it is you want. You have to deal in positives, rather than negatives. It is not enough to say I don’t want this or that, you have to be able to visualise what you do want. So once you have decided you just put the thoughts out there and stay open to things around you. You just pay attention and sooner or later things start gelling in the direction that you wanted.
I don’t think science is anywhere close to explaining the workings of manifestation yet, but the deeper scientists investigate, the stranger things become, just ask anyone about quantum mechanics. There comes a time in your life when you need to take the first step. Believe and it happens.
Here is what pranabanana had put down as part of her manifestation process:
So then, our house-hunting criteria to date: walking distance to the Drive and all its organic goodness, close proximity to transport, light & bright, in a quietish place with no major street noise, a garden/yard or some other access to green space, a view would be marvelous, and preferably on the cheap side of affordable, and preferably above ground. A resident animal of some sort would be lovely. Aaaand they have to be willing to accept not-quite employed but otherwise lovely us… Perhaps a tall order, but we’re hoping for the best.
Just another exercise in picturing what you want and creating it out of thin air.
No problem. We’re professionals.
So we have a leisurely coffee Sunday morning and get a phone call asking us if we would like to pop over that afternoon and check out the place. We shoot over and meet Julie. What a gal. She is the 72 year old building manager. She has a corner downstairs unit with awesome gardens complete with half a dozen cat perches. Bear in mind she doesn’t ‘own’ a cat. She is lovely. A relaxed smoker with a couple of cigarettes in a cup on the table, presumably for guests. We chat a bit and hit it off really well. Possibly due to the big blonde cat (whom we instantly nicknamed Aslan) which came and cozied up next to me on the arm of the couch. “Oh. He doesn’t normally take so much to strangers!”. That has got to make us look good. Thanks Aslan! So the building has animals then? There are a few cats and even dogs in the building, but they aren’t allowing any more. Awesome animals to visit with – and we don’t have to look after them!
Off to see the apartment. It is on the NW corner, second floor. It has been freshly painted and brand new carpets installed. The kitchen cupboards have been tidied. The switches and sockets have all been replaced. The drapes are new. The ceiling is high – maybe 3m? (or 10′ as they still say here). The bedroom has a floor to ceiling window and loads of light, and is pretty large, by Vancouver standards. The kitchen and bathroom are small, but clean and serviceable. That’s apartment living for you. The living room is slightly L shaped with loads of light and a balcony. Also L shaped. Wow. We are stunned. This is perfect! It is on the expensive side, but everything we were looking for. We still need to sort internet and power, but heat is provided, so those utilities are minimal. (Internet turns out to be no problem, I tested it with the laptop on wireless yesterday – full coverage. Free. Unlimited. Wicked!)
– Apartment Manifest (Commercial Drive, Vancouver)
Julie was thought that we would be an excellent ‘fit’ for the building and obviously put in a good word with the property managers. Luckily pranabanana the clever gal picked up a contract at the University the very next day, so we fired off our application to the financial dept complete with covering letter, saying how financially stable we were and lo and behold they gave the place to us! Awesome
Walking distance to the Drive and all its organic goodness
We are about 200m away
Close proximity to transport
We are maybe less than 10 minutes walk to the sky train and the 99B express East West bus that goes to the University, as well as a short walk to the end of our street to catch a bus to the beach.
Light & bright
High ceilings and lots of windows and light.
In a quietish place with no major street noise
Street is very quiet, with lots of trees!
A garden / yard or some other access to green space
We have a largish balcony which we can fill with plants, and look down into garden and trees.
A view would be marvelous
We have a bit of a view and I think we can see the mountains if we try hard enough. But we have a ‘treed’ street so that’ll do
Preferably on the cheap side of affordable
Expensive side of affordable – but we are paying extra for the convenience factor of being so close to the drive and the major transport links. Free internet will make the difference.
Preferably above ground
No basement units for us! We will have to be pretty considerate with the neighbours, but that is metropolitan living for you. I don’t have any speakers anyway!
A resident animal of some sort would be lovely.
There are a number of really nice animals in the building. Now we just have to convince them to come visiting.
Aaaand they have to be willing to accept not-quite employed but otherwise lovely us
Wonder upon wonders, they did!
It all seems a little too amazing, and hard to explain, but we’ll take it.
We may even be able to move in some stuff (and ourselves) early as it is currently empty!
linkage: prananbanana’s thoughts