Angel and I are getting married next March. We have been diligently saving money with the best intention of purchasing a home of our own. The overlying goal is to relocate in or around the Downtown Orlando area. We’re in our mid twenties with no children, so we think it would be nice to set up shop a little closer to the social scene and night life. So what’s the problem? The problem rests with the real estate insanity that has sky-rocketed the house/condo prices straight through the damn stratosphere! I mean for gawds sake, we are both professionals and together we make just under 100K a year! Yet somehow the only housing we can afford is a 600 square foot, one bedroom, pre-construction condo… or a freaking house in the ghetto that was built in 1960. Oh, and there’s hardly anything decent to rent because they converted every apartment complex into a condo complex. This is absolutely preposterous! I mean, this isn’t downtown Manhattan. The per-capita income in Orlando is still pretty low. Sure, there has been a ton of job growth, but most of the growth is in the service industry. Waitresses, bartenders… they work downtown, but they can’t live there. It seems like Downtown Orlando appeals to a younger professional crowd, yet we’re priced right out. The crazy thing is that 2 years ago we could have purchased 2 homes. WTF!?
Irony of Choice
Regardless of whether or not you’re satisfied with your daily routine, you always have the choice to adjust it. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to decipher the right choice from the wrong one. Good could be cloaked behind bad, or bad behind good. Once the decision has been made, the moment is gone. That decision will alter your path in one way or another. The repercussions to some choices may ripple throughout the remainder of your life, while others may be easily altered. The level of severity you’re dealing with is not always obvious. While not foolproof, squinting deeper into the hazy grey fog of tomorrow is probably your best bet. Ask yourself: “Where does this path lead?” There really is a certain degree of irony in one’s liberty to choose. Having “the choice” is freedom, but you can easily become a slave to the decisions you make.
Oil and Water
Could it be considered as truth to assume that all intimate relationships are based around a foundation of friendship? Could you assume that in order for such a relationship to uphold the trials of time, both sides must stand firm against the instinct of separation? Thus, the establishment of a union between the important peers to both involved parties directly results in the everlasting bond between the two parties. Is it possible to sustain a relationship with an individual possessing the inverse view to that of your own inner circle? With enough stimulation, opposites can easily attract in the short term, but when the wake settles… oil will always float to the top. Just a random thought while I couldn’t sleep.