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The Sock-trition Syndrome

Did you ever notice that no matter how careful you are, you inevitably end up short at least one of any set of things in the house?  You put two socks into the laundry, yet magically only one appears clean by the end of the dryer cycle.  I thanked God for the show Punky Brewster when my kids were little.  The kid on that show wore mismatched everything, intentionally.  So when my children’s socks didn’t match and it was in final death between them reaching the bus in time for school or my having to drive them there on a limited gas budget and even more limited time before I had to be to work, my all-purpose answer was, “All RIGHT!  It’s Punky Brewster Day!

Spoons are notoriously susceptible to the phenomenon in our house, too, while forks and knives seem more or less immune.  Glasses and plates I can understand – they break and there’s no mistaking the cause and timing of their demise.  Drinking glasses, though (especially the plastic kind), they’re the real mystery.  They tend to sprout legs and walk off.  The nursery rhymes got it half right: the dish didn’t run away with the spoon, the spoons absconded with the glasses.

We in the US, in our omni-spend mentality, run directly to the store and get another matched set.  And when inevitably the set becomes just a se-, losing a part of the whole, and we go back for more.  Nobody likes the sense of being incomplete.  So with attrition comes acquisition and we descend into household entropy, whereby we are viewed as hoarders, buried in our mountains unmatched possessions.

When all we really wanted was a matching pair of socks.

I’m maintaining a degree of control over the ever-increasing invasion of books at our house.  (Oh hush.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)  Still, however, we’re looking for a larger place to live, in part because we want more space to turn into a proper library.    Lest you think we’re daft in thinking of buying a home right now, let me explain.  I am nowhere near rich, but have managed for the past couple of years to pay $800+ per month, every month, to rent a smallish 2-bedroom 1 bath apartment.  For those of you living in New York or California, that may seem ridiculously cheap, but you also need to consider the typical two-week paycheck here is less than that and there are people who make less in a month, gross wages.

HouseThis house (picture is a link) is offered on a rent-to-own basis at $770 per month, fifty bucks less than we’re paying for a rental.

So yeah… not such a big stretch on our budget.  We could definitely do a mobile rental for a couple of hundred bucks below that, but this is a decent community and, as you can probably tell from the picture, a newer construction home.


A little cheaper option would be a townhome, which if you’ll look to the right, is also a real possibility.  A two bedroom one bath place, which is plenty for two people, is $599 per month rent to own.

I’m counting on finding something similar when our lease is up here, or maybe getting into a rental scenario that gives us the first couple of months free (which is already being advertised in several communities.)  But after checking a bit further into the one I mentioned in last night’s post, I think we’ll nix that idea.  Pretty as the place is, residents reviewed it as horrendous for maintenance issues.  I’ve gotten REALLY spoiled on that where we live now, since we literally don’t even have to change a light bulb here if we don’t want to.

If we’re going to be responsible for our own maintenance, I’d rather do it on our own property, ya know?

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