Sunday, September 26, 2010

List 2: Places You've Lived

The dock that I grew up on

This is our exercise in Sunday self-absorbtion, in which we make lists about ourselves. It's really fun! Lists frequently inspired by this awesome book.

Since I left home at 18, I've lived in approximately a million different places.

1. Mom and Dad's house
Brown, ranch style house on a lake in rural Minnesota. High ceilings, giant yard, wood-paneled basement.

2. Blakely dorms on U of M, Morris campus
High ceilings, inflatable furniture, lofted beds (of course)

3. On-campus apartments, U of M, Morris
Tiny, tiny, tiny. Cinderblock walls and seven-tiles worth of kitchen

4. Cardinal Estate apartments, Morris, MN
Wallpapered bathroom, walk-in closet, balcony overlooking the parking lot

5. Blue house, Morris, MN
Claw-footed bathtub, pantry, neighbor who parked his truck in his yard

6. Prospect Park apt, Minneapolis, MN
Landlord announced "I don't care if you dooooo drugs, just don't sellll drugs."

7. Yellow house, Morris, MN
Landlord removed shingles to fix the roof - and never put them back on

8. Rainbow apartments, 11th floor, Chung Li, Taiwan
Pink kitchen, Japanese bedroom, mood lighting

9. Loft, Chung Li, Taiwan
Actually a tiny house built on top of a 10-story building, overlooking the train station and across the street from several brothels

10. Rainbow apartments, 19th floor, Chung Li, Taiwan
High enough up that we could see all the way through the smog to...more city

11. Above The Mill, Wellington, New Zealand
Living above a liquor store is pretty much exactly like what you imagine it would be like

12. Prince Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Perhaps the best house I've ever lived in - on a mountain, overlooking the bay, five minutes from Courtney Place, living with some of my favorite people.

13. Loring Park, Minneapolis, MN
'Garden' apartment with a bathroom that was (quite literally) bigger than the kitchen. Pipes hanging from the ceiling.

14. Duplex, Bryn Mar, Minneapolis, MN
Cedar-lined sun porch, dining room, kitchen window that looked into our neighbor's bedroom

15. Cathedral Hill, St. Paul, MN
Sunny, tiny apartment with an awesome lady closet, useless landlord.

Now you!

43 comments

  1. My list would be quite long, but best design was a loft in Lille, Northern France, with very French movie style windows, the windows really made the apartment. Most exciting was a cattle ranch in outback Australia, nearest neighbour? An hour away. Favourite place would be my current Japanese abode, with tatami floor and big terrace. Lovely!

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  2. Ooh, what a fun list!

    Place #1: Frenchs Forest, Sydney - My boyfriend's studio/''granny'' flat, which wasn't so much a flat as it was a room with a bathroom - our kitchen, lounge room and bedroom were all in the same room! It was tiny and even though it was kind of fun, we also very nearly killed each other due to the sheer lack of space.

    Place #2: Forestville, Sydney - A two bedroom house, again with the boyfriend. It was cute, only a quick stroll to my work at the time, had an enormous walk-in closet (oh, how I miss that closet!) and was super close to transport and well, a whole bunch of things. Good times!

    Place #3: Palm Beach, Sydney - Moved back home with my parents for a year of study and cheaper living!

    Place #4: Collaroy, Sydney - This place is actually mine! My boyfriend and I bought it in October last year. It's only a two minute walk from the beach, I can hear the ocean from my apartment, and I love it because its my own, but GOODNESS does it need a lot of work. It's an older place which needs a shipload of renovations.

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  3. Fun! I like these posts.

    1. Childhood house, Ladner BC, Canada. Lots of bushes out front. Rec room. Big backyard with a porch and a shed.

    2. Teenage/early 20's house, Ladner BC, Canada. Where we moved after my parents separated. My own large room on the bottom floor. Waterbed. Big backyard with a small porch and a shed and some trees. I moved out and back several times.

    3. Large apartment, ground level. Surrey BC, Canada. Lived with a slovenly roommate, 6 cats, and 13 rats (they were pets). Quiet, actually. But...Surrey. Yuck.

    4. Another apartment in Surrey BC, Canada. Lived with boyfriend. Quiet and a decent size, with a gas fireplace. We had cockroaches. No fun.

    5. Small apartment, Nanaimo BC, Vancouver Island, Canada. Lived with another boyfriend. Rave flyers plastered the walls. It was a scuzzy area of town but it was CHEAP. Really cheap, since we shared the bedroom. I moved when we split up.

    6. Staff housing, Tofino BC, Vancouver Island, Canada. I lived with 19 other people. It was both great and horrible. I met a lot of cool people, and lost a lot of sleep. Luckily, I got my own room the entire time. I moved rooms 3 times, though.

    7. Basement suite in a house, Tofino BC. Shared with 2 other people. The first month I got it all to myself, it was great. However, lived beneath a toddler. Not so great. Lots of space, though. One roommate attempted to kill herself. Also not so great.

    8. House, Cambridge New Zealand. Simply somewhere I stayed for a long period of time, not really "lived" - with my boyfriend at the time and his family.

    9. New house, Ladner BC, Canada. When returning from overseas, I went back to school and lived with my mom and her new husband in their new house. It's a beautiful house with a nice back yard with apple trees.

    10. My OWN apartment. Squamish BC, Canada. I moved there for a job, and got my first taste of living alone. I liked it. I lived on the 2nd level of a 3 story house. Amazingly, it was really quiet. It was small, but just right.

    11. Large apartment, ground floor, Vancouver BC. When I left Squamish, it was abrupt, and I had to move in with my parents again...I gave myself a month to find a new place. I took the one I could afford in Vancouver that "allowed" my dog. I shared with 2 others. It actually worked out great. I stayed for 3 years. (It was either move to the city or back to Tofino, and I'd never lived in the city). I also shared with bed bugs. Not fun.

    12. Shoebox, Vancouver BC. Right now I live in my own tiny suite in a house on the edge of Vancouver. It is a little too small for my liking, and not quiet enough, but it is good for now. I wish I had a little more room for my dog. Luckily, she is little.

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  4. So aside from Mom & Dad's apartment back in my tiny hometown (containing my teenage room, walls covered in posters with motorcycles) and their new house in the outskirts where I crash during holidays..

    1. Dorm room in Bucharest. Three other roommates (girls) and three more flatmates (boys), shitty people, overcrowded, only managed to live there for about three months.

    2. Shared a studio with a friend from high school (and then another friend of hers). Lived on the 7th floor above a very busy intersection, nice landlady, awesome doormen, loved it.

    3. Another (TINY) studio by myself in some quiet, green neighborhood. VERY VERY TINY. Never actually met the landlady.

    4. Dorm room in Warsaw (semester abroad). Awesome apartment - Slovakian roommate, Hungarian & Ukrainian flatmates. Far away from everything, horrible internet connection, but most awesome arrangement.

    5. Just moved in with the boyfriend in a two room apartment above another busy intersection (LOVE!) which we'll have to renovate for the next.. well, about two years, because we're pretty broke and it's very old (used to belong to his grandma). Hopefully, I'll be here for longer than my average of four months in each place :))

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  5. 1. a small apt on the east side of Binghamton, NY when I was wee little

    2. a house in the country near Binghamton, NY.

    3. The dorms of Cortland State in upstate NY

    4. The Nu Sig sorority house in Cortland, in upstate NY


    5. My first apt as an adult on the S. side of Binghamton

    6-9. Various apts or rental homes in or around Charlote, NC

    10. A BED AND BREAKFAST IN ANCHORAGE, AK!!

    11. And my favorite: my first solo apt in Charlotte, NC.

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  6. 1. Regina, SK, Canada: My parent's house when I was very little. I was just learning to write and practised by writing my name in marker all over my bedroom.

    2.Regina, SK, Canada: My parent's new house we bought we my sister was born. They still live there. We live on the same street as my uncle and his family and my auntie and her family. It's perfect because we get to see everyone more often and there's always someone to borrow sugar from!

    3. The Anchor, Walberswick, England: I lived and worked in a pub in a tiny village on the seaside. At first I lived in The Hut which was staff accomm with about 4 other people. It was tiny, dirty, noisy and the cats figured out get into my room and sit on my head thus causing allergy and asthma attacks.

    4. Shared house, Langham Road, London, England: After staying in a hostel for over a month I found this house in Northern London. I shared it with 9 other people (8 boys!). It was tiny, my room was barely bigger than my single bed and I'm pretty sure the walls were made of cardboard. It was always wise to wash the plates before eating, there was never any toilet paper and the cubicle shower was in a cupboard in the kitchen. However there were 3 fridges and lots of very noisy housemates. I hated it.

    5. The Anchor, Walberswick, England: I couldn't find a job I liked in London so I moved back to the pub. But this time I was in the best room! Room 1 had a huge double bed, my own bathroom, big closet, a fire escape/balcony, windows all around. And best of all I could see the sea from my bed! It was amazing!!! But then the summer staff came and I had to move. In order not to have to share a room I moved into the office. I hung a floaty curtain between the computer, security camera feed, and my bed. Own bathroom that was bigger than the rest of the room. All the other 10 or so staff came to use my shower at some point (including the dog). I loved it there!

    6. Regina, SK, Canada: I had to move in with my parents after coming home. It was difficult but nice to be surrounded by love all the time!

    7. Regina, SK, Canada: My own mini-apartment. Great downtown location, can walk to work, beautiful 1928 building, hardwood floors, radiators, wall sconces. I love it! It's everything that I need (except that today it is very untidy!)

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  7. 1) family home. midwestern. small town. lots of yard. fewer neighbors than in a city. but of the sort who call your mum even if you're not doing anything wrong.
    2) Minnesota. Dorms. Eating anything that can be cooking by pouring hot water over it and anything that can be mailed. nice to know you're from the state I'm new to!

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  8. 1) Parent's "starter home" in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Tiny, lots of neighbours, big playset in the backyard. Drunk man snuck into the car one night to sleep. Moved when I was 3.

    2) Family house near Wolfville, Nova Scotia
    ie. "The Pine Palace", surrounded by an orchard, sparse neighbours, big basement for my brother and I to escape nosy parents in our teenage years.

    3. Summer camp, Fall River, NS
    Lived there for 2 months every summer for next 3 years. Woken up by squirrels on my bed countless times.

    4. Henderson House dorms at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
    Gross, noisy, unfriendly. Roommate was bored with my studiousness and moved into another room one month in. I had a single room with two beds for the rest of the year. Sleepovers!

    5. Quingate Place, Halifax, NS. Shared with best pal, owned by best pals' parents. A good time, learned to cook, had a nice big room.

    6. 1 Bedroom apartment, Tobin St. Halifax, NS
    Lived here for 2 years. All to myself. Quiet, but awesome. Big closets, carpeted living room.

    7. Student Residence, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
    Lived with 5 other people. Awesome. Noisy but entertaining. Neighbours that became best friends.

    8. Shared house, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC
    Erm...it was alright. Lived with best friend (not same one as before), so that was great. Lived with two other not as great folks.
    Meh...

    9. Currently back in same Residence.
    Different place this time. One quiet roommate. She's very sweet. But it's veeeeeeeery quiet here.
    Huge living room. Tiny kitchen. Cute room. :)

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  9. Canadian Twentysomething!

    I know about 20 people from Halifax (oddly, I met them all while they were abroad). I won't out them by writing a bunch of family names here on the internet, but I'm sure we could rock some great 6-degrees of separation.

    Or more like, 2 degrees of separation ;)

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  10. 1. my parent's house in zaragoza (spain)
    2. Flat in Schwabing, Munich. Definitely my favourite. Big community garden, french windows overlooking trees, big room, amazing kitchen, walking distance from uni, quiet but in lively neighbourhood, 5min walk from my best friend.
    3. Another flat in Munich. Everybody had moved out and I was alone in a massive flat. Lots of smoking happened. Noisy. Lots of light.
    4. Apartment in Sevenoaks, Kent, England. Tiny apartment in a red brick Victorian house. Lots of traffic for a small town. Nice kitchen. Had an abandoned apartment in the basement.
    5. Attic room in Southampton, UK. Tiny but cosy. Shame about the noise and lack of light.

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  11. Fun!

    1. Parents house: salmon colored, terra cotta roofed ranch style house in the suburbs of Las Vegas. A 3-year-old hand print in the driveway is my everlasting legacy.

    2. Parent's house: Colonial white in the backwoods of CT. An adjustment. Wonderful backyard.

    3. Miniature dorm room in Binghamton NY, on campus. Shared with a friend!

    4. Slightly larger dorm room in Binghamton, NY, on campus. Shared with a friend!

    5. Sketchy house off campus shared with 8 other girls. I got my own room, complete with cobwebby corners and ancient furniture.

    6. Spiffy apartment off campus, shared with 3 other girls, complete with my own very small room. This time my parents are paying the bill. Hooray!

    To be continued in more exciting locales...

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  12. My list would be way too long for a comment, plus revealing all my locations might reveal my identity. My favorite places so far, though, were in Madrid Spain and Columbus Ohio.

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  13. I love this, and I love our MN connection!

    Ok, Huntsville, AL; Apple Valley, MN; Memphis, TN; Cottage Grove, MN. Those are the places I lived with my family until I graduated from high school.

    College: Mankato, MN - McElroy Hall; Milwaukee, WI (Marquette University - Schroeder Hall); Dinkytown, Minneapolis, MN.

    Big girl places: Lauderdale, MN (Como Park area); Summit-Grand area, St. Paul, MN (I forget what that neighborhood is called, but I was at Hague/Dunlap near Lexongton and Seby); SW Minneapolis (Armatage neighborhood), MN; Boulder, CO

    :)

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  14. Hmm...

    Ages 0-2: parent's house on Earl. Don't remember it!

    Ages 2-8: parent's house in Olympic Manor. Sixties-style house on a cul-de-sac, with a pool in the back yard. Quite idyllic.

    Ages 8-10: Mom's small rental house after parent's got divorced. My "room" was half of a big rec room, which my sister & I split in half by putting pieces of furniture down the middle.

    Ages 10-13: Nicer, newer, bigger house once my mom could afford it.

    Ages 13-present: Even bigger house once my mom remarried and we had two more members of the family (step-dad and step-brother).

    18-20: various dorms on college campus.

    20: summer camp cabin when I worked as a counselor.

    20-21: dorm in Budapest when I studied abroad. Old, strange.

    21-present: apartment in U district with friends.

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  15. None my homes have been fascinating, but I'll document their details privately. Wouldn't it be fascinating to see a list like this from a grandparent or famous historical figure?

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  16. Let's see...

    Home #1 - lived with my parents until 18; cute house in the middle of the woods in the boonies (in southwestern Missouri)

    Place #2 - in Springfield, Missouri, in these little apartments by campus. The damn heater kept shutting off because the pilot light would blow out all the time, the "free wifi" was spotty as hell, and they totally screwed us over (cash wise) when we moved out six months after moving in, back to the town closer to where I grew up. My roommate stayed in Springfield.

    Place #3 - after bouncing around a few different places with failed week-long living arrangements, I ended up moving in with my boyfriend of like, a month (which would normally be a terrible idea but worked out fabulously here, go figure). Apartment that until that point had had two guys living in it, and thus was really gross. I lived here for a grand total of 8 months, we moved out in August when their lease was up. We went through two different roommate situations; one guy was a jerk who tried to pull brass knuckles on Matt after I got up in his face about being a jerk, another couple left us with $250 in bills. (We have terrible luck with roommates for the most part.)

    Place #4 - a house in the same town as the previous apartment. We lived here almost a year, 10 months. Our landlord turned out to be a crack addict and the house got foreclosed on in January (after we'd moved in in August), because he was using the rent to pay for drugs instead of sending it to the bank. But they were nice to us about it and we moved out in July of that year to move to...

    Place #5 - house in Buda, TX (southern suburb of Austin). terrible idea, we would have been better off moving into an apartment into the city. Our landlady straight up lied to us about several things and was also probably a pill-popping alcoholic (land-people: another group we have bad luck with). The air conditioning wasn't working when we moved in, and after getting it fixed, it crapped out in August again. AUGUST. In Texas. Ugh. We left that place in December of last year.

    Place #6 - Nice apartment just by downtown in Austin. The people who staff it are great, there's a maintenance guarantee, and the apartments are nice. Right by the river, although I wish there were more trees. We have a roommate now, but so far she is not showing any violent or not-paying-bills tendencies. *knock on wood* Our lease is up in December and we think we'll probably stay here.

    No wonder I'm itching to move right now. I haven't lived in one place for a year since moving out!

    (also, um, sorry for writing a novel...)

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  17. Let's see...

    Home #1 - lived with my parents until 18; cute house in the middle of the woods in the boonies (in southwestern Missouri)

    Place #2 - in Springfield, Missouri, in these little apartments by campus. The damn heater kept shutting off because the pilot light would blow out all the time, the "free wifi" was spotty as hell, and they totally screwed us over (cash wise) when we moved out six months after moving in, back to the town closer to where I grew up. My roommate stayed in Springfield.

    Place #3 - after bouncing around a few different places with failed week-long living arrangements, I ended up moving in with my boyfriend of like, a month (which would normally be a terrible idea but worked out fabulously here, go figure). Apartment that until that point had had two guys living in it, and thus was really gross. I lived here for a grand total of 8 months, we moved out in August when their lease was up. We went through two different roommate situations; one guy was a jerk who tried to pull brass knuckles on Matt after I got up in his face about being a jerk, another couple left us with $250 in bills. (We have terrible luck with roommates for the most part.)

    Place #4 - a house in the same town as the previous apartment. We lived here almost a year, 10 months. Our landlord turned out to be a crack addict and the house got foreclosed on in January (after we'd moved in in August), because he was using the rent to pay for drugs instead of sending it to the bank. But they were nice to us about it and we moved out in July of that year to move to...

    Place #5 - house in Buda, TX (southern suburb of Austin). terrible idea, we would have been better off moving into an apartment into the city. Our landlady straight up lied to us about several things and was also probably a pill-popping alcoholic (land-people: another group we have bad luck with). The air conditioning wasn't working when we moved in, and after getting it fixed, it crapped out in August again. AUGUST. In Texas. Ugh. We left that place in December of last year.

    Place #6 - Nice apartment just by downtown in Austin. The people who staff it are great, there's a maintenance guarantee, and the apartments are nice. Right by the river, although I wish there were more trees. We have a roommate now, but so far she is not showing any violent or not-paying-bills tendencies. *knock on wood* Our lease is up in December and we think we'll probably stay here.

    No wonder I'm itching to move right now. I haven't lived in one place for a year since moving out!

    (also, um, sorry for writing a novel...)

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  18. 1.Grandparents House, Honesdale, PA
    A medium sized brick house in the Poconos.
    2.Hollinshead Dorn, La Plume, PA
    A tiny dorm room that on the 3rd floor that became an oven in the summer and was rumored to be haunted.
    3.Keystone Commons, suite 7, La Plume, PA
    State of the art dorm living. Private bathrooms and a kitchen shared by 8 people. I was living the high life.
    4.The Met, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA
    Great place if it wasn't for the rows of homeless in tents living outside my front door. Homeless, who by the way owned more expensive things than I did. Could never figure that one out. Oh, and it was the first time I ever saw a prostitute.
    5.MS. Explorer, 2nd Deck
    A super tiny room on a ship. Spent three amazing months living there and traveling.
    6.Nair Hall, Clarion, PA 7th floor
    Elevators were constantly full or not working so I got pretty in shape lugging textbooks up and down the stairs.
    7.Camp in Washington, ME
    Um, tons of bugs and 10 year olds, but always fun.
    8.Becht Hall, 3nd floor, Clarion, PA
    First room to myself. Well, that is if you don't count the cockroaches.
    9.Medici, 6th floor, Los Angeles, CA
    Amazing apartment shared with 3 other people. Management was useless, but we had a great view of all the crashes on the 101.
    10.Apartment in Highland Park, CA 3rd floor aka the barrios
    Gang wars and Mexican pastries.
    11. Marbella Villa, Chino, CA
    Awesome townhouse style apartment. Only downfall: drunk kids 24/7 and the smell of poop from nearby farms.
    12.Heatherstone Apartments, Seattle, WA
    Slowly outgrowing it now with my boyfriend and our baby, but we have the best teriyaki, Thai, Mexican, and Greek food in walking distance. So, I have no plans on leaving anytime soon.

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  19. I'm 15, and I've lived in one house for every year of my life, and in four different countries. Yeah.

    And I'm too lazy to list them all. But I will say that our first house was in a village. With no running water. Or heating.

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  20. 1. Suburban home in St. Paul, MN that I can't remember (the pictures make it look like exactly what you'd expect from a 1970s suburban home).

    2. Duplex in Grand Rapids, MI - Again, too small to remember

    3. Big, old farmhouse in Middleville, MI - Great place to grow up :)

    4. Townhouse in Troy, MI - Only there a short while, but long enough to discover a "sunken treasure ship" in the condo's man-made lake

    5. House-sitting stay #1 - 1 month in an Ann Arbor, MI condo

    6. House-sitting stay #2 - 1 month in an old farm-house on the outskirts of Ann Arbor

    7. Hotels - Residential style hotel in A2 for the first few months of 3rd grade

    8. First home in Chelsea, MI - Big backyard with a creek that I "defended" from who knows what

    9. Second home in Chelsea, MI - Farm animals and market garden, my dad still lives there

    10. Bursley dorms, U of M, Ann Arbor - Holy cow, how did we fit so much life into such a small space?!

    11. Gregory House, U of M, Ann Arbor - 40 people, half vegan

    12. Mushroom house, Ann Arbor - Named for the shape, lived there with 5 stinky boys

    13. Mill Creek Townhouses, Ann Arbor - First home with future husband :)

    14. East Bluff Condos, Madison, WI - First stopping point after the big move

    15. East Bluff Condos again - Two buildings over, now we're homeowners!

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  21. It's amazing how much everyone moves, isn't it? And I'm certainly no exception!

    1. Mom and Dad's -- house in the outskirts of a small California town, with all my pet dogs and cats.

    2. UCLA dorm #1 -- Perpetually under construction, which led to many false fire alarms, a fire hydrant geyser, a gas leak...and bonding with the set of friends that I still have now.

    3. UCLA dorm #2 -- Brilliant view of campus, and the field where the marching band practiced every. single. morning.

    4. University of Bristol student house -- My first international adventure in the UK! Lots of English meals were shared here and lots of British slang was explained to me.

    5. Apartment near UCLA -- 5 best girl friends and a crazy manager who tried to lure us into his house for tacos. Fun times!

    6. Flat in London -- Included slightly odd flatmates, snails, mice and toxic mold. This place is just to prove that living cheaply in London is NOT what the movies make it out to be.

    7. Santa Monica apartment -- Very short term since my roommate was the biggest neat freak I ever met. And, since it was Santa Monica, the rent was astronomically expensive.

    8. My central Los Angeles apartment. I've been here for 2 full years now and am heading for a third. Love my roommate (we were random roommates first year of college. Awww), love the super super walkable neighborhood. We have the best delis, bakeries and restaurants within 2 small blocks. Who could want anything more?

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  22. What a fun list idea!

    1. Enid, OK
    -Had to hid under a mattress in the bathroom during tornadoes.


    2. Mobile, AL
    -lived in a trailer park, men would often stop by mistaking ours for the brothel next door.


    3. Tucson, AZ
    -naughty boys stole my stroller and dad had to get it back.


    4. Alexandria, LA
    -Loved playing outside all day everyday and stories about the bayou.


    5. Madison, WI
    -Parent's home with grandma and great grandma in the basement. Some of life's best memories.

    6. Madison, WI
    -Dorm. Size of a walk-in closet. Smelly roommate. Never again.


    7. Madison, WI
    - Small first apt. building full of grad students. They hated us.


    8. Madison, WI
    - Old apt. building on down the street from the porn shop and an opportune place to pick up prostitutes. Awesome rooftop balcony. Awesome memories.


    9. Madison, WI
    -Awesome house we lucked out on renting for the last year of Uni. Awesome memories and strange tales about why the people were renting out a brand new house to three college students.


    10. Jeju, South Korea
    - On an Island. In the middle of nowhere. Awesome views of the tallest mountain in Korea and the Ocean on the other side.

    11. Jeju, South Korea
    -Small apt. in the city with a view of the ocean and a smell that could not be un-smelled.


    12. Jeju, South Korea
    -on a whim moved into studio apt. with British boyfriend. Small, very small, but bearable due to infatuation stage of relationship.


    13. Daejeon, South Korea
    - Awesome but expensive apartment in the city. Nightly light show provided by the neon signs across the street advertising sexy massages.

    14. Seoul, South Korea
    - Luxurious but under furnished 16th floor apt. in the center of the city. Unfortunately hideous job came with it.


    15. Gyeongju, South Korea
    - Oldest city in the country. Also most disgusting apartment in the city in the middle of a sea of used appliance graveyards. Complete with constant sewer smell.


    16. Kurukshetra, India
    -The second story of a house in the middle of nowhere. Yet a constant barrage of car horns, prayer calls, cow cries and sitar music every night and morning.


    17. Findon, England
    -quaint semi-detached with the in-laws.


    18. Madison, WI
    -back with the parents. Waiting rather impatiently for my spousal visa for the UK to come through!

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  23. 1 - apartment complex in winter park, fl
    i only lived here 3 months after i was born so i don't recall much about it
    2 - house on a naval base in chicopee, ma
    i also don't remember this place but my parents have shown me pictures
    3 - duplex in charleston, sc
    huge creek in the backyard, wooded area, screened in back porch
    4 - house in summerville, sc
    michael jackson poster on my wall, bush in the front yard that doubled as a fort
    5 - house in dallas, tx
    huge backyard with a mini pond, hallway where you could close all of the doors, cabbage patch bed tent, my bedroom had several windows.
    6 - pink house in mesquite, tx
    mom painted the outside and living room pink but always called it taupe, i painted my room grey, all the houses in the neighborhood had the same floor plan
    7 - bruce hall in denton, tx
    older dorm with no central air. i loved i could crank up the window unit as high as i wanted.
    8 - apartment complex in "cement city" denton, tx
    carpeted stairs, first roommate, where i sold my daytona
    9 - the "new york apartment" upstairs in a 4plex house in denton, tx
    across the street from the 711, windows everywhere and a huge high ceiling in the bedroom
    10 - bryan street apartments in denton, tx
    i moved in when it was new, huge bathroom and a tiny living room
    11 - tiny apartment complex in denton, tx
    fantastic back yard, only 12 units, covered parking
    12 - the yellow house in denton, tx
    old, hole in the porch, next door to the bar
    13 - collins house in denton, tx
    sloped bakyard, across from the pick up stop for migrant workers, no phone jack, huge kitchen
    14 - amli apartment complex in lewisville, tx
    attached garage, huge patio, i covered my bedroom walls with single face cardboard and it looked fantastic
    15 - house in keller, tx
    cookie cutter, small backyard, strange floor plan with two bedrooms at the front of the house. mini tree in the front yard was held up with stakes and string
    16 - house in denton, tx
    hardwood floors, big covered back patio, red kitchen and grandma bathroom
    17 - vista ridge apartments in lewisville, tx
    fantastic pool, lots of windows, island in the kitchen with a wall through closet
    18 - loft downtown in dallas, tx
    small, loads of natural light with a garden tub

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  24. My list would be very long too but I won't bore you with the details becasue I'm too lazy.

    I have lived briefly on the Mull of Kintyre, near to Penny Lane and on Abbey Road

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  25. I've lived in *a lot* of places in my 26 years, so I wont bother you all with the details but My favourite place was the farm house in wisconsin that we lived in for 2yrs. That place was just - amazing. From the minute we stepped foot in there, it felt like "home" yes the decor was outdated but that was part of its charm. And the biggggg kitchen endeared it that much more to me. one of my other favourite parts about the place was that we shared it with my brother in law, his gf and a friend of theirs (and in winter my mil and fil stayed in the house with my hubby and I taking the total to 7 people!). There was never a dull moment, and though i've been away from there for over 3yrs now I miss it greatly.

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  26. Great idea! It's interesting to see that many people have moved around a LOT in their lives.
    Mine:
    1. Parent's house in Indonesia
    2-4. At least moved around 3 places in Birmingham, UK, but I was too young to remember much.
    5. a homestay in a place called "Beverly Hills" in Brisbane, Autsralia..and it felt nothing like home at all and I moved out within a month.
    6. lived with my brother, upstairs from a Vietnamese-owned hairdressers.
    7. Rented a room at an Indonesian family's house. The mother was an excellent cook.
    8. student accommodation in Melbourne, Australia. The view of the sunrise was stunning.
    9. inner city apartment in Melbourne. Noisy, expensive, terrible real estate agent, but the cable TV was a plus.
    10. apartment in a suburb. Close to noisy road, but gotten used to it.

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  27. Oh man, I'd love to participate but I've lived in over 90 houses. Crazy, but true.

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  28. Wow my list turned out to be way longer then I thought! I blogged it here:

    http://thekitschychemist.blogspot.com/2010/09/oh-places-ive-lived.html

    This was a great list suggestion!

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  29. I blogged it, too. http://lavender-lily.blogspot.com/2010/09/places-ive-lived.html
    ps, my word verification is "prick". Interesting.

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  30. I live in Wellington, so impressed to see you lived here! Especially the Mill, it's close to my best friend's flat so we're there before our nights out most weekends! Nice to see our fair shores are getting visited :D

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  31. 1. Elizabeth Street- Glens Falls, NY
    First house ever. Sandbox in backyard. rope and pillow couch.

    2.Grant Avenue- Glens Falls, NY
    Grew up here. Great Neighbors. 10 min walk from school and pretty much everything else.

    3.G-12 Cabin- Camp Chingachgook Pilot Knob, NY
    Favorite place. Tiny room shared with BFF. Lots of fun, singing, dancing, cheering. Big back porch, comfortable.

    4.Ash Grove- London England
    Large Studio flat in sketchy Neighborhood. Right off high street area. Lived with a friend. Cute back garden.

    5.Hathorne Blvd.- Saratoga Springs, NY
    Rental with Parents. In between house. Lived in paneled wall basement with no door.

    6.Parent's house- Porter Corners, NY
    Middle of nowhere. On a hill, with ridiculous driveway. Unexplored woods behind the house.

    7.Bouton Hall- SUNY New Paltz, NY
    Unfortunate roommate situation. Lofted bed. dark corner room. Next to the Bathrooms.

    8.North Chestnut Street- New Paltz, NY
    LARGE house. Rented by room. Dirty. Lived here too long.

    9.Cute Apartment- Brooklyn, NY
    Just moved here. 2 nice roommates. Cute relaxing room. Loud outside. Mine. :)

    Wow...I never actually counted! haha

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  32. I posted my list here http://littleindian1.blogspot.com/2010/09/places-ive-lived.html

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  33. Same house in Christchurch, New Zealand my entire life but I'm hoping my list will be as long and exciting as some of these ones one day. Your second house in Wellington sounds like such a great place to live!

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  34. I've lived in the same house since I was born! But I've stayed in my aunt house, in Panama for a few months every other summer.

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  35. OMG I love lists!
    I have moved so many times! Highlights and lowlights:
    1,2- tiny cottage in adorable country setting...next to a cow farm. Cows walk up to the bathroom window to watch you shower. 3,4-Wonderful Victoria I consider my "childhood home",5,6,7-amazing loft in Portland's Old Port (so cool!),8,9-first time living on the coast of Maine,10,11,12-college!!13,14,15-finally find my Mr. and decide to nest,16,17,18-Mt. Desert Island next door to Acadia (a.k.a Heaven), 19,20,21,
    22-New place! Adorable with deck and multiple floors...and a perfect spot for a new start!
    Happy moving everyone!
    -jo

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  36. Hi! I've just come across your blog today after my friend linked to your 31 things post.

    I noticed that you've lived in Wellington before.. I'm from Wellington!! :)

    Just want to say hi and that I'm looking forward to reading your blog. :)

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  37. Great idea for a list! This description made me laugh: "Pink kitchen, Japanese bedroom, mood lighting" :)

    I haven't lived in any of the places you mentioned, but I did live in Japan and Australia, so close!

    I also posted a response on my site. Again, great idea!

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  38. Oh my gosh I was so excited to see this post!! I go to UMM right now, so some of your listing are familiar to me :) My list:

    1. Parent's house- lake shore, large leather furniture, and cats!

    2. Indy Hall, U of M Morris - Scary roomie, huge forest green rug, and of course lofted beds

    3. The Cube, Morris, MN - Perfectly cube-shaped, tilted floors, loud flower-pattered carpet, and not enough windows

    I definitely sympathize that you lived in the on-campus apartments! They are outrageously small, I can't believe there are supposed to be 4 people in there.

    Love the blog! :)

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  39. My wife wants to visit the heights of sexual ecstasy.

    I suffer from vertigo so she'll have to go alone

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  40. I've spent most of my life trying to return to the womb

    International RL

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