We left Provincetown because we could no longer afford to live there.
We arrived in CA, the second time, to live in a 365 day economy. We found it. Me at CalPoly PAC and Tommy at Cal Poly Corporation. When we first got here, I said that $2000 was necessary for our survival. That was $250 a week take home for the both of us. Doable. I miss the people of Ptown, but still hear of people having to leave due to in-affordability and lack of year round housing.
I've paid nothing, $600, $1200, $1400 and $800 a month since moving to CA. I owe much to Tom's sister, Michelle and her partner, Bob for our first year here. I learned that one needs to have a place to land, to sleep, eat. For free.
We came with everything in our car. Two Dudes and Amos. Our life together in a Saturn Vue. Landed in Paso Robles at 4520 Stags Leap Way. A100 acre Olive Ranch. A dream.
Next I am living in Atascadero for that $600 a month. Rats and a leaking roof. Close to bus stop and Terry's Bar and Grill. (Another story)
Found a better place. In Los Osos at 1042 Nipomo Ave. $1200. Stayed there a while, but fought with Jason, the landlord, about his being on the property too much. That led us to $1400. 1497 15th Street. Too much for shelter. New move to Merrimaker. Community and Affordable. $800 including utilities.
I am a member of the Provincetown Community Group on Facebook. A short time ago, there was a hullabaloo about who belongs on the page and who does not. I kept quiet on the subject as my former partner, Christian, was the one doing the most squawking.
I bring it up only to note that there are still people leaving due to no affordable housing, let alone, year round. I had to travel 3000 miles to find, after 5 years, an affordable place to love.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Special day. we moved our big stuff in. I currently work on a board that came with the Barco at work.
Everything else is gone. Only our bed, two office chairs, a massage table covered with two fabrics and one wooden projection holder.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
So we are moving. 1301 1/2 2nd Street (despite previous statements by me). We are going to save half the rent we are paying now. Amazing!
The view from our bedroom.
Today was a big day. Important Day. CA League of Cities was at the PAC. Mayors from all around three counties. My type of party. Seriously.
I love Municipal Government!
Local, State, Federal. They all mean something to me. I get the feds. The state I get. Local, I get too, especially after living in Provincetown.
We had Selectmen.
A group of 5 elected by it's citizens. A community of less than 3,000 huddled at the tip of Cape Cod. First Landing of the Pilgrims. That's were I met Amos.