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2013-03-06 09:00:57 PM
MaxxLarge:  And running from the building to your car because the winds are cutting through your down jacket like a knife?   I've done that.  Fark that.

My favorite was always when the condensation from my breath would form ice crystals in my moustache in just the 30 feet between my door and the car.

Or when you breath in through your nose and its so cold that your nostrils close shut.  All the runny mucus freezing up.

I like cold weather (snow, ice, etc) in December because its childhood memories and romantic stuff about Christmas.  February, March?  That shiat gets old.
 
2013-03-06 09:01:34 PM

Rich Cream: "the sinks are often clogged "

But sometimes not? Then stop pouring grease down the drain.


This.  Clogged sinks, mold and vermin don't happen on their own.  If the place didn't have clogs, mold and vermin before you moved in, you are the most likely the problem and you are responsible for repairs or you will lose your security deposit.
 
2013-03-06 09:02:26 PM

lousyskater: As someone who pays $750 a month for rent on a 2bd house in norcal, I'm getting a kick...

To be fair I do live in Rio Vista, of all places.


And you admit to it?
 
2013-03-06 09:04:51 PM

SirEattonHogg: Or when you breath in through your nose and its so cold that your nostrils close shut.  All the runny mucus freezing up.


Christ. I'm gettin' flashbacks, man. STAHP.

I like cold weather (snow, ice, etc) in December because its childhood memories and romantic stuff about Christmas.  February, March?  That shiat gets old.

See, I got to the point where I hated it even THEN. My loathing of winter was so total that not even picture-postcard Christmases were tolerable.
 
2013-03-06 09:05:39 PM

fusillade762: zabadu: Yogimus: zabadu: spiderpaz: To be fair, in California you can make $36k/ year just answering phones.

Really?  Where?

In CALIFORNIA.

/dumass

Excuse me, fake cop.  Where IN California.  Others understood.

He already admitted he's a dumass. What more do you want?


Can't even spell it correctly. Probably drunk again.
 
2013-03-06 09:08:47 PM

kiwimoogle84: SirEattonHogg: cloud_van_dame :  kiwimoogle84:

/I know where to get good lox not in a package
//and where there is a Jewish deli


Where, please?  WHERE???
 
2013-03-06 09:09:33 PM
We need to do an LA fark party.
 
2013-03-06 09:10:29 PM

SirEattonHogg: But I'm not walking outside at 7 in the morning in pitch dark, below zero degree weather in January or February to scrap frigging ice off the car windshield.


I have a heated attached garage on my house of 20 years.  It cant be overstated how much easier it makes Minnesota winters.

Were it not for that, I think I may well have made the move already.  Nothing more miserable than an ice cold car when you're half awake, that finally warms up about the time you pull into work.

My own escape plan includes Thousand Oaks, Ca. I do service for restaurants and retail and could end up working anywhere.  Do techs charge for their time in gridlock?  Do they only work in certain areas?

I could live with doing one service call a day. so long as I can bill it out at 5 or 6 hours.
 
2013-03-06 09:14:59 PM

SurelyShirley: kiwimoogle84: Not to mention... MAYBE MOVE OUT OF LA. You can rent a nice 3bed house in Sacramento and the suburbs for $1,200 a month. I had a large 1bed with a walk in closet in a nice neighborhood for $725. So not all of California sucks for rent. Just the lower third.

/an hour away from both SF and Tahoe

Oceanside is not L.A.
The money you save by renting in Sacramento, you'll spend on a/c and air-purifiers to keep heat, humidity and cow dunk smells out.


I LOVE YOU!
 
2013-03-06 09:17:32 PM

SurelyShirley: fsbilly: Ugh, who are you? Belmont Shore? Yeah a 1 BR with street parking for 2k. Are you just being a dick?

Yep, just being a dick. A dick who takes 2 seconds to find this.
And there are more. Plenty. You just have to take a minute and look instead of being a penis, Penis.


So a 2br with street parking and no yard for $2200 a month plus an extra pet deposit in Naples is your retort. Okay cool guy! Seriously. I was just teasing before but you are a full-on farking dick. Enjoy it. ;-)
 
2013-03-06 09:26:30 PM
Feh.  I have never seen an illegal that isnt pretty much a building destroying rat.  The apartment was probably in great shape until they moved in.  Now that they destroyed it, they are complaining about its condition.  Sorry but you wont get my sympathy that way.
 
2013-03-06 09:30:06 PM

dualplains: timujin: Wow, that's rough.  I have a 1050sq ft 2/1 SFH with a 1-car garage and a yard about three times the size of the house in a good neighborhood.  I pay $1400.

Moving, though, to the west side into a 1-bed with a loft, a 1-car garage and a small (15x20) yard.  It'll be $1600, but it's 4 miles from the beach and, more importantly, about 2.3 miles from my favorite bar.

You still work on lab? That's a hell of a commute. One of my devs lives in marina del ray and commutes to Pasadena every day. She's farking bug nuts.


Yeah, but it won't be too bad, I'm on a motorcycle
 
2013-03-06 09:40:40 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-06 09:40:48 PM
It's funny, I've lived in California for almost 10 years and have been thinking about moving back to the Midwest. I've realized that I'll never be able to afford a house out here and really don't want to live in crappy apartments the rest of my life. I'm tired of the people and the city in general. Yeah the weather is nice but you seriously pay for it. I can buy a mansion back home for what a tiny house sells for out here. But i also grew up a small town country kid so I think the older I get the more I gravitate towards that anyway.
 
2013-03-06 10:21:28 PM
I have a six year old, 3 bed, 2 bath, 1400 sq ft house I could rent you in Southern California for $650. It's not exactly close to anything metropolitan, though.

/Rent can be cheap, even in the lower third of CA.
 
2013-03-06 10:27:06 PM

Nogrhi: blatz514: A local couple is at the center of a lawsuit that claims they abused their power as landlords.

Rosas and his mother pay $1,250 a month in rent.


Ummm, what?

So they have basements in California.  Not really surprised.



Actually we dont.  Basements are quite rare in CA.
 
2013-03-06 10:31:36 PM

TomD9938: Thousand Oaks, Ca


lols. they roll up the sidewalks rather early there.
 

SirEattonHogg: We need to do an LA fark party.


Yes, we sure do. Pick a place
 
2013-03-06 10:33:08 PM

Ima4nic8or: Basements are quite rare in CA.


Not in San Francisco. At least in Bernal Heights
 
2013-03-06 10:36:32 PM

MaxxLarge: Serious question:

Wife and I just moved to LA a few weeks ago. We're staying with a friend near where I work until we can find a permanent place. And negotiating neighborhoods and rents is like Chinese algebra (in some cases LITERALLY, since some real estate listings are actually written in Chinese).

Can a native-type person let me know where I should be looking to live?

Difficulty:

1) Job is in City of Industry. Wife's job is in Redondo/Hermosa. Yeah, I know.
2) Need a single-family house with fenced yard, as we have a rescue Greyhound.
3) I can't live where there are bars on the windows. I want my parents to come visit.
4) $2,000-$2,200 would be a good rent window.
5) At least 2 bedrooms.

I don't mind a bit of a commute. Wife and I both have cars and solid work.

Anyone have any suggestions?

/fark is not your personal house-hunting site


La Habra/Whittier/La Mirada come to mind, if no one has mentioned them yet.  You could take the 605N to City of Industry, your wife could take Beach Blvd all the way to HB.  Some parts of Whittier are ghetto, but others are nice - an Executive VP for my company lives in Whittier.
 
2013-03-06 10:39:52 PM

alienated: Ima4nic8or: Basements are quite rare in CA.

Not in San Francisco. At least in Bernal Heights


I was thinking of normal places one might actually chose to live. Like homes less than 50 years old in San Jose or Fremont, but yes, the ancient victorians do have basements.
 
2013-03-06 10:45:47 PM

alienated: TomD9938: Thousand Oaks, Ca

lols. they roll up the sidewalks rather early there.

I'm not a kid anymore, so I can live with that.

Mainly want to golf year round.

/ and work as needed

 
2013-03-06 10:59:39 PM

Dingleberry Dickwad: zabadu: Dingleberry Dickwad: Ok, so here's what I don't get. From what I understand jobs don't really pay more in places like California, Seattle or New York, so why the fark is the cost of living so much higher, and why are houses so much more expensive? I've been told once that my simple little 2 bedroom house with a moderate sized back yard would sell for twice as much as it does around here in bumfark Wisconsin. What gives?

The weather.

Ok, but I don't have to worry about earthquakes in buttfark Wisconsin. And the weather in New York isn't much different than Wisconsin, and it's less crowded and has less pollution. So again I ask what gives?


The difference is that there are actually jobs in Ca.  At the risk of sounding elitist, what I mean is jobs for college educated professionals.  You just dont find many biotech, medical device or software jobs in bumfark Wisconsin.  Contrary to what you seem to state above the jobs do pay more here too.  A mid level engineer makes in the low to mid 100,000k range in the SF bay area or in LA.  Even when I was doing nothing more than mindless labor in a bakery packaging department while working my way through college I was making 60k a year.  Do they pay more compared to other areas given the higher housing and other living costs? Probably not, but at least we have tolerable weather and good job options.

Earthquakes are not really a worry.  Sure, they happen, but so do tornadoes, hurricanes, etc..  I find the later much more frightening and cant imagine why folks live in places where they occur.  It is really what you have become acclimated to.  A Californian sees earthquakes as a rare, often harmless event that is easy to prepare for but is terrified by the idea of a tornado.  The mid-westerner has the opposite view.  Its just a frame of reference issue.
 
2013-03-06 11:09:35 PM
Protip: if you rent from a lawyer, the property will be precisely miserable enough to qualify as legal.
 
2013-03-06 11:21:34 PM
All this happened in a year and a half from when the new landlords took over,  Sounds like the tenenents had a lot to do with this.  I hope they get deported.
 
2013-03-06 11:48:59 PM

chapman: MaxxLarge: Serious question:

Wife and I just moved to LA a few weeks ago. We're staying with a friend near where I work until we can find a permanent place. And negotiating neighborhoods and rents is like Chinese algebra (in some cases LITERALLY, since some real estate listings are actually written in Chinese).

Can a native-type person let me know where I should be looking to live?

Difficulty:

1) Job is in City of Industry. Wife's job is in Redondo/Hermosa. Yeah, I know.
2) Need a single-family house with fenced yard, as we have a rescue Greyhound.
3) I can't live where there are bars on the windows. I want my parents to come visit.
4) $2,000-$2,200 would be a good rent window.
5) At least 2 bedrooms.

I don't mind a bit of a commute. Wife and I both have cars and solid work.

Anyone have any suggestions?

/fark is not your personal house-hunting site

Lakewood/Pico Rivera/Downey would work.  I lived in Long Beach for years (next to Lakewood), it's a pretty good hub, all the LA freeways radiate out of there because of the port.


Some parts of Downey and Lakewood are decent. Pico?? Shopping-wise, it sucks. Try Montebello, particularly the area north of Beverly Blvd. Whittier has some nice areas as well.

Actually, Culver City or the decent parts of Torrance would be better for your wife. You might have a slightly rough commute on the eastbound 10 to the 60, but once you hit the 60, you'll be flying, as the really bad traffic on said freeway is westbound.

/grew up in Pico
 
2013-03-07 12:10:09 AM
Welcome to America, now go home.
 
2013-03-07 12:19:57 AM

zabadu: lousyskater: As someone who pays $750 a month for rent on a 2bd house in norcal, I'm getting a kick...

To be fair I do live in Rio Vista, of all places.

And you admit to it?


Damn straight. I'd rather live here in Rio Vista than Fairfield, Vacaville, or Stockton. I work at the wind farm out here and live literally 5 minutes from my shop.
 
2013-03-07 01:50:05 AM

phelixcubed: MaxxLarge: Serious question:

Wife and I just moved to LA a few weeks ago. We're staying with a friend near where I work until we can find a permanent place. And negotiating neighborhoods and rents is like Chinese algebra (in some cases LITERALLY, since some real estate listings are actually written in Chinese).

Can a native-type person let me know where I should be looking to live?

Difficulty:

1) Job is in City of Industry. Wife's job is in Redondo/Hermosa. Yeah, I know.
2) Need a single-family house with fenced yard, as we have a rescue Greyhound.
3) I can't live where there are bars on the windows. I want my parents to come visit.
4) $2,000-$2,200 would be a good rent window.
5) At least 2 bedrooms.

I don't mind a bit of a commute. Wife and I both have cars and solid work.

Anyone have any suggestions?

/fark is not your personal house-hunting site

La Habra/Whittier/La Mirada come to mind, if no one has mentioned them yet.  You could take the 605N to City of Industry, your wife could take Beach Blvd all the way to HB.  Some parts of Whittier are ghetto, but others are nice - an Executive VP for my company lives in Whittier.


Wrong HB
 
2013-03-07 02:01:11 AM

Ima4nic8or: alienated: Ima4nic8or: Basements are quite rare in CA.

Not in San Francisco. At least in Bernal Heights

I was thinking of normal places one might actually chose to live. Like homes less than 50 years old in San Jose or Fremont, but yes, the ancient victorians do have basements.


Hey now. My mom used to manage a few of those buildings that have basements, and there were waiting lists to get in. Her friend spent a buttload of money after the quake to refit and upgrade them, and they were  quite nice. Close to the Mission too, so one was never wanting for a good tacqueria. I wish her friend was still alive so i could fly into oakland or sfo i/o Charles Schultz in santa rosa when I visit my mum .
 
2013-03-07 02:08:31 AM
I don't see what the problem is. I know this woman who moved to L.A. from Nebraska to become an actress. She got a job as a waitress at the cheesecake factory until she makes it big. Her place in Pasadena is really nice. Last I heard she was dating some nerd in her apartment building...

i.imgur.com
 
2013-03-07 02:40:15 AM
By the way, to completely jack this thread into some good- We do , in fact, need another los angeles fark party.
Its time. Why ? well, the Kings won the damn Stanley Cup, the Clippers are good, The Lakers not so much, The Dodgers might go somewhere, and the Angels just got a bargain deal, which should mean that they win the AL west ( or something, baseball is not my sport, but has been very very good to me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0GtPwDJyw0  this is Garret Morris talking about some of his work on SNL . )

We do need another epic party, like 400 plus folks. We can do it. we have the technology. We have places that can on a normal big night handle that many folks. Think your local VFW or DAV. I know one DAV place in the valley that can handle > 500, plus folks swimming and playing horshoes. They have a bar, so license is not an issue ( i can supply some stuff at cost. ) But- you folks might have a better place.
I am open to hear all, and to help the best one host if needed.
 
2013-03-07 03:36:11 AM

fsbilly: SurelyShirley: MaxxLarge: Serious question:

Wife and I just moved to LA a few weeks ago. We're staying with a friend near where I work until we can find a permanent place. And negotiating neighborhoods and rents is like Chinese algebra (in some cases LITERALLY, since some real estate listings are actually written in Chinese).

Can a native-type person let me know where I should be looking to live?

Difficulty:

1) Job is in City of Industry. Wife's job is in Redondo/Hermosa. Yeah, I know.
2) Need a single-family house with fenced yard, as we have a rescue Greyhound.
3) I can't live where there are bars on the windows. I want my parents to come visit.
4) $2,000-$2,200 would be a good rent window.
5) At least 2 bedrooms.

I don't mind a bit of a commute. Wife and I both have cars and solid work.

Anyone have any suggestions?

/fark is not your personal house-hunting site

I'd suggest Torrance/South Redondo area.
Unfortunately, there's nothing worth living in halfway between Industry and Hermosa, so you might as well stay in the South Bay and deal with the commute (which will be awful). Belmont Shore is nice, too, but then you'd both have to deal with traffic.

Ugh, who are you? Belmont Shore? Yeah a 1 BR with street parking for 2k. Are you just being a dick?



Been living in North Redondo for almost a year and work in El Segundo commute is 15 / 20 mins, the south bay is really really nice, anything west of the 405 and you'll be fine. I used to live (up to a year and a half ago) in caribbean country so being close to the beach is a big plus for me.

I got this apartment through a management company, it's 1 bed / 1 bath, walk in closet, carport garage and I pay 1100 with trash and water included.

I'd say what's the point of making both of you miserable with hour long commutes when you could live in Redondo/Hermosa/Manhattan B, and only one of you would have a shiatty commute. There's nothing pretty near City of Industry.
 
2013-03-07 06:40:36 AM
I wonder how many of these people who complain about slumlords actually wreck the apartments, live like slobs, and then blame the landlord.
 
2013-03-07 08:28:18 AM
Fark...did I miss my chance to brag about not having to live on one of the over priced, human infested coasts?

/Mortgage = $647
//1800 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath; fenced in yard
///12 minutes to downtown Minneapolis/work
////no hoa!
 
2013-03-07 09:47:09 AM

Chafed Willi: Fark...did I miss my chance to brag about not having to live on one of the over priced, human infested coasts?

/Mortgage = $647
//1800 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath; fenced in yard
///12 minutes to downtown Minneapolis/work
////no hoa


Moved to san diego from hawaii and have lived on east coast and mid west.  Admittedly have become a weather wimp , my job provides a geographic housing bonus, and i bought at pretty close to bottom here.  Golf year, BBQ, etc year round outside....yeah lots of people and traffic but you can have Minnesota.
 
2013-03-07 10:19:42 AM
MaliFinn:
We have more lakes than Minnesota, a bunch of rivers, and 2 Great Lakes- they're not salt, but they're huge.

Freshwater inland Lake =/= the Pacific Ocean. Can you surf on the waves in the great lakes? Not very often, and when you can, you likely don't want to be out in it.

Yes, Minnesota/Wisconson/Michigan have some of the best lake/river camping areas in the world, it doesn't make up for the Pacific.
 
2013-03-07 10:29:49 AM

johnny_vegas: Chafed Willi: Fark...did I miss my chance to brag about not having to live on one of the over priced, human infested coasts?

/Mortgage = $647
//1800 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath; fenced in yard
///12 minutes to downtown Minneapolis/work
////no hoa

Moved to san diego from hawaii and have lived on east coast and mid west.  Admittedly have become a weather wimp , my job provides a geographic housing bonus, and i bought at pretty close to bottom here.  Golf year, BBQ, etc year round outside....yeah lots of people and traffic but you can have Minnesota.


Maybe its because I lived in MN first, but I lived in the mission valley area for a while. The weather was nice, but you can have the idiots and traffic :)
 
2013-03-07 10:30:05 AM

lousyskater: zabadu: lousyskater: As someone who pays $750 a month for rent on a 2bd house in norcal, I'm getting a kick...

To be fair I do live in Rio Vista, of all places.

And you admit to it?

Damn straight. I'd rather live here in Rio Vista than Fairfield, Vacaville, or Stockton. I work at the wind farm out here and live literally 5 minutes from my shop.


I've gotta admit, I read that wrong.  I thought you wrote Rio LINDA....my apologies.
 
2013-03-07 10:51:09 AM

gblive: In most states the landlord wil evict you 15 days after the rent is not paid. The Sheriff's Dept. will be happy to do the eviction.



Know I how I know you've never had to have a non-paying tenant evicted?

It took almost fourmonths to get the police to kick mine out, and I wasn't even able to file the paperwork until they were 30 days late.

It is seriously the closest I've ever come to wanting to kill a person. Or perhaps to burn down my own nose in order to spite my face.
 
2013-03-07 10:51:10 AM

zabadu: kiwimoogle84: SirEattonHogg: cloud_van_dame :  kiwimoogle84:

/I know where to get good lox not in a package
//and where there is a Jewish deli

Where, please?  WHERE???


http://www.yelp.com/biz/sams-kosher-style-restaurant-and-deli-fair-oa k s

You're welcome. They sell lox there occasionally. Unfortunately the other place I go for smoked fish closed down sometime last year when I was living out of state. There's still good places to look in Old Sac though.

SurelyShirley- My apologies. I can get to my favorite beach in San Francisco in 75 minutes. Pardon me for rounding down. But Sacramento is NOT humid. Nice to see that's the only piece of the three you latched on to though. Someone holds a grudge for no reason. What happened honey, did you get lost in midtown and go the wrong way down a one-way street? Or maybe you didn't know where to look for good food because you used UrbanSpoon and didn't just ask a local. Sorry for your troubles either way.

Sid_6.7 - Good eye, and fixed.
 
2013-03-07 11:02:08 AM

Dingleberry Dickwad: Ok, but I don't have to worry about earthquakes in buttfark Wisconsin. And the weather in New York isn't much different than Wisconsin, and it's less crowded and has less pollution. So again I ask what gives?



You dismiss a major metropolitan area with "New York doesn't have a single farking thing good about it", and claim that wages are no higher in California or New York.

If you have to ask the question that many times, there is no response that you will accept as good enough. Why would anyone bother?
 
2013-03-07 11:10:01 AM
/CSB

A few years ago while working in my previous employ to a company that rhymes with Hallmart, I was chit chatting with the interal security guy responsible for all the cable running and hardwiring of systems for a few states. We got to talking about housing and renting as I had just started renting a place. He told me his parents were renting 3 places but as soon as the tenants moved, they were selling.  And they would never rent to immigrants again. Apparently, they had a rented to an immigrant family of latino background.  Quiet people, always paid on time, never complained. Until they left. They go into the unit, and the carpet has to be replaced, it's ruined. And it was new a year ago. But while he is writing up his list of stuff that needs to be fixed he leans against the wall.  It moves. Looks fine though. So he starts pushing on it and notices a tone of cracks forming on the plaster. He looks for the stud and punches a hole away from it.  It's duct tape. He grabs and pulls back a five foot by six foot patch of duct tape covering a whole in the wall of equal size that the renters had made, covered, plastered, and painted.
//end CSB
 
2013-03-07 12:51:48 PM

Chafed Willi: johnny_vegas: Chafed Willi: Fark...did I miss my chance to brag about not having to live on one of the over priced, human infested coasts?

/Mortgage = $647
//1800 sq ft, 3 bed, 2 bath; fenced in yard
///12 minutes to downtown Minneapolis/work
////no hoa

Moved to san diego from hawaii and have lived on east coast and mid west.  Admittedly have become a weather wimp , my job provides a geographic housing bonus, and i bought at pretty close to bottom here.  Golf year, BBQ, etc year round outside....yeah lots of people and traffic but you can have Minnesota.

Maybe its because I lived in MN first, but I lived in the mission valley area for a while. The weather was nice, but you can have the idiots and traffic :)


make no mistake...weather is the biggest issue for me for sure...several college buddies from Coon Rapids...always enjoyed visiting..
 
2013-03-07 08:47:01 PM
I'm sure if the people would only shop around before renting, like maybe in another city or state, they could find a place just as crappy for a whole lot less.  I mean, they could even find a nicer place for much, much less.
 
2013-03-08 12:43:59 AM
They only have themselves to blame. If they came here legally this wouldn't be an issue.
 
2013-03-08 11:56:29 AM

kiwimoogle84: zabadu: kiwimoogle84: SirEattonHogg: cloud_van_dame :  kiwimoogle84:

/I know where to get good lox not in a package
//and where there is a Jewish deli

Where, please?  WHERE???

http://www.yelp.com/biz/sams-kosher-style-restaurant-and-deli-fair-oa k s

You're welcome. They sell lox there occasionally. Unfortunately the other place I go for smoked fish closed down sometime last year when I was living out of state. There's still good places to look in Old Sac though.


This is a good kosher 'style' restaurant.

Yeah, no.  It's like saying Sam's Hof Brau is a good deli.  Sorry, but that's just a sandwich shop.

As for Old Sac, there is nothing there but chains.  And gangs.
 
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