Hollywood is like the surface of the sun.
On Sunday I went to look at an apartment in Echo Park. Great area, love it. For $1,025 it was 546 square feet without a dishwasher. Remember I pay $1,050 for 900 in NoHo. With a dishwasher. And central air.
The Echo Park apartment was really cute, but I've decided I'm not moving. Before my summer romance (I've been feeling somewhat cliché), I'd only just started to acknowledge and make space for the eastside glimmer in my eye. With someone, it was a good idea to move over the hill and take the opportunity to grow together. By myself... it's not really in the budget when half the "float" ceases to be a float and just becomes spent. And the time becomes spent. And you know it's near impossible to move into a new place with buying things to make the space work.
And I've garnered new appreciation of North Hollywood after looking at what your money buys just ten minutes over the hill. My apartment is too dark, but it's also big and beautiful. I can take the subway to Hollywood or downtown. I can fit 13 people into my apartment all sitting around a table for Thanksgiving. (Which filled the ENTIRE dining room/living room area, but still.)
Financially speaking, I already paid the transfer fee on the moving money and it's interest free until April, so I've transferred the funds into a savings account for now.
I've started thinking about some changes to this apartment. I think if I rearrange some of the lamps I can end up with more light in the living room where I need it.
My porch is super shady, but perhaps there's some hope for some herbs. I've heard parsley, rosemary, thyme and mint can do without full sun. And maybe I'll get a silly plant light stand so I can grow some basil on my kitchen counter.
Of course, first things first. I need to renew my Film Independent membership for the year and sign up for the Film Forum while the early bird discount is still on. And I'll be applying to the Directors Lab this year with "Sunny Days Weight Loss," written by the awesome Kathryne Isabelle Easton. Thank goodness for three paycheck months! All my extra money is going to Film Independent this month, and really, as it should be, my friends. As it should be.
My path continues.