Saturday, July 22, 2006

Days 14 and 15 – Reflections

The past two days have been busy ones, full of thoughts of change and possible decisions.

Yesterday, I spent a good chunk of the day driving from apartment complex to apartment complex as I mentioned in my previous post. It was extremely hot at 105 degrees. But, the good news is that I was able to pick up all of the information that I needed. And, on an interesting note, my old apartment in Memphis is coming back open at the same time I would probably be moving. I told the complex though that I would really need to find a new unit. That’s just too weird.

Afterward, I went to dinner with Jessica at Le Chardonnay. Le Chardonnay is pretty much my favorite place in Memphis. They have an incredibly extensive wine list, it’s very dark and cozy, and they have wonderfully prepared food. I had wine to drink, baked brie with pesto as my appetizer, and then stuffed chicken breast with fettuccini and asparagus. It was great! Afterward, Jessica showed me her wonderful new apartment in a great part of Midtown Memphis.

Today was also an apartment hunting day. Angie and I met up at 10 AM to tour one apartment downtown. Then, we headed over to the Farmer’s Market. The Farmer’s Market was great – all sorts of nice flowers, fruit, music, etc. I even ran into one of my friend’s from FedEx who was playing with his band there. (I should note that this is a different friend and different band from my previous post).

Then, Angie and I headed to Midtown to have breakfast at Brother Juniper’s. Brother Juniper’s is ranked as one of the best places to eat in Memphis, so we had to go. I must say that it turned out to be really good, so I’m glad we went. It reminded me of my grandmother’s house or something similar… and the food was excellent!

Afterward, we toured another apartment and I drove around looking for more. All in all, I have found around 4 places that I would consider. Although they’re probably 20% higher in price than what I paid before, they’re the same price as what I’m paying in LA. So, although I’m not excited to pay LA prices in Memphis, at least it isn’t more.

In case you were wondering also—I’m not sure if I’m moving back, really. Honestly. I just happen to be a super planner… always looking way into the future around every turn. And, since it looks like I may have to make some quick decisions, I want to be prepared for whatever may happen.

Oh—and on one last side note: I cannot believe that so many things downtown have been converted to condos. I mean, on one hand, I’m glad that downtown is doing so well and that people are so interested. On the other, it’s the businesses that I like downtown and when they turn themselves into condos, it doesn’t help. For example, I tried to visit my very favorite art gallery in downtown Memphis today. I’ve always wanted to buy a piece of art there and I’ve always just been waiting for the right time. Well, you guessed it—it was turned into a freaking condo sales office. The same couple owns it, but its changed over to condos. I felt so sad to see it! Although, I suppose that condos are selling better right now than art. I hope however that they will eventually switch it back. And, I hope the other art galleries I saw on Hulling will too. That was my favorite part of Memphis.

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