13 Dec 2007 elanthis   » (Journeyer)

Apartment Scare, All Good

The apartments I’m moving into, Aspen Chase in Ypsilanti, once International Place, have a very bad reputation. A very well earned, very bad reputation. The place used to be crawling with drug addicts, rapists, thieves, and other criminals, and that’s an alarmist exageration. The sex offender density for International was almost four times that of the average for tor Ypsilanti Township.

I found at all of this after making the decision to move in. Having not yet signed the lease, I was about to back out entirely. I have friends who used to live there telling me how awful it was, apartment review sites claiming it to be the most disgusting hole to live in, and neighbors who moved to my current hooker-infested (no, really, I almost ran one over last night because she jumped out in front of my truck hooking - it’s a real fucking shame that it’s illegal to run them over) told me how bad Aspen Chase was.

Having visited a few times, the place did not at all seem bad. The staff are great, the apartments are clean and recently remodeled, and I didn’t see any nasty people hanging around or here loud noise or other problems during the few hours I’ve spent looking around with friends and family.

I decided to just call the Sheriff’s Department and ask. The officer I spoke told me that the crime rate has dropped tremendously in the last year, and that while they do still get calls there, it’s no worse than anywhere else in the Township. To quote, “I wouldn’t discourage you from living there.”

Turns out that McKinley, the current owners, just bought the place a year ago, and have been fixing it up really nice like they tend to do. They like to buy crappy places and sink a bunch of money into them to make them nice, and I’m told by my mom that their reputation is impeccable.

That was a pretty big scare there for a few days, though. I was about to back out, and then I’d have been screwed on finding a place to live by the time my current lease is up.

On a worse note (unrelated to apartments), the small wart I’ve had on my right thumb under the nail is - two years, 14 cryo-surgeries, and one radio-surgey later - still there. The dermatologist told me that she gives up and won’t touch it anymore, and that I should look into getting laser surgery on it. I’ve had warts on my hands when I was a young kid, and a freeze or two later and they’d always be gone. I hadn’t had one in years until this one showed up, but it just will not go away. So now I get to look into laser surgery, which is usually for cosmetic purposes, which means it will be difficult to get health insurance to pay for it. It doesn’t help that my insurance expires this month, so if I don’t at least get the surgey billed in the next week or two, I’ll have to pay for a very expensive laser surgery out of pocket just to get rid of this stupid wart. I’m tempted to just leave it alone, since they’re supposed to go away in a couple years on their own, but given that it’s already been a couple years and it’s actually a little bigger than it was when I first noticed it, I’m going to do whatever I can to just get rid of it. I’m beyond sick of having it there, if for no other reason than it just makes me feel dirty for having it, even if it is where nobody ever notices it and it can’t spread easily.

Syndicated 2007-12-13 06:34:18 from Sean Middleditch

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