Only the places I’ve lived for more than a month…
Richmond Ave, Buffalo NY 14222
Forthcoming… the “poets’ house” of Buffalo… the House in House Press. Only planning to be here through the summer (~3 mos) while looking for more stable/suitable housing in Buffalo.
Meeker Ave, New York NY 11222
Like a set from a movie about poor artists in NYC. ~5 mos.
Grady Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Easily the nicest and most expensive apartment I’ve ever lived in. ~6 mos.
12th Ct S, Birmingham, AL 35222
My parents’ condo in Alabama. It’s a really nice place. ~6 mos.
Madison Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Huge but dark. I think the cats still think of this as Home. ~16 mos.
Banérgatan, 11522 Stockholm Sweden
You know you really love someone when you can live with them in an 8×14 room in their parents’ house for months at a time.
(I spent the summer in Käxed, Sweden but I forgot the address.)
(I also sublet a place in Stockholm for 3 mos but I forgot the address.)
Schelleingasse, 1040 Wien, Austria
With the pink old lady from DN. A weird apartment but a great location in Vienna. ~6 wks.
Summer St, Buffalo NY 14222
A horrible, drafty, dark little place like a cave, with water damage warping every wall and floor like an Arakawa and Gins structure, left filthy by the tenant; pretty outside and on a pretty little street. ~4 mos.
Franklin St, Buffalo NY 14202
Other than the house I grew up in, the house that’s felt most like Home. Almost 2 years. I’m kind of hoping it becomes available for rent again.
This was a really great, well-planned studio apartment and I got a lot of work done there. I also met my friend Christian, who lived on the floor above me. I disliked Berlin (too big, and German culture gets to me quickly) and was depressed but the apartment was great. ~6 wks.
Linwood Ave, Buffalo NY 14209
The house Aaron and I shared from June to October 2002, and which he later lived in. It turned from pink to blue seemingly overnight after I left, like Leland’s hair turning white.
West Ferry, Buffalo NY 14222
The house I moved to when I left Aaron for the first time. 6 mos.
Meyer Rd, Buffalo, NY 14261
The suburban 70s-concrete-chic apartment I shared with Aaron from 1999-2002.
We could probably talk about how I am afraid of commitment. I think it is my grandmother’s gypsy blood flowing through me telling me to move on move on move on. I am a nomad in a culture of stability. Maybe this is why I like Deleuze and Guattari so much? I have considered just commandeering my parents’ RV… maybe when the price of gas ever drops. Or maybe my fear of turning 30 and still moving around like a kid with ADHD will create enough internalized social pressure to make me sit down in a place for awhile.
Granted, this list includes various study-abroad type situations and includes two graduate programs. But within those graduate programs, I lived 3 places in Buffalo and 2 in Charlottesville, when if I’d had more foresight, more stable relationships, and less depression I could have lived in one place in each of those cities.
We are discussing real estate trends, and Kthread points me to Money magazine… where I find this and this (Buffalo and Birmingham! And three cities in WNY!). FYI, Buffalo is not in the top 10 snowiest or coldest cities!