Friday, May 17, 2013

Our First Place

This is a google earth screen shot of our first place NOW. I assure you it was horrible.

Josh and I got married when we were 18. EIGHTEEN. I would never let my kid get married at 18... I can't even imagine how hard my family was rolling their eyes. Oh man. Anyway, so we got married at 18 and we didn't know anything about life, money, cost of living, taxes, jobs, whatever. We tried to be grown ups the best we could, but really, we were still kids. 

We rented a suuuuuuuper crappy house from a family acquaintance that was seriously so scary and awful. Honestly, I can't even believe this happened now because it's so against the law it's ridiculous. The house had zero insulation. ZERO. The owners stuffed paper in some parts of the wall. We had to get propane heat and a tiny propane heater was installed in one wall. The house had cracks and stuff all through out and the heat would just escape. It was so cold! And I'm pretty sure our propane tank had a leak as well. I think we had like a 1000 dollar heating bill one month. We finally told the propane people just to come and get their tank because we couldn't afford it. The rest of the winter we hid in the bedroom, surrounded by electric space heaters. We froze. 

The appearance of the house was just so embarrassing. The previous renters had CHICKENS IN THEIR LIVING ROOM IN CAGES. So when we moved in I shampooed the carpets over and over because well, chicken shit. In fact, we scrubbed the entire house from top to bottom... we were in there for a week before we realized we had fleas. We had to seal all the windows with plastic sheeting just to hopefully keep the cold out, and it didn't work because again, no insulation. Am I disgusting you yet? 18 year olds are dumb. I'm just embarrassing myself.

What was our rent you ask? 500. Want to know the funniest thing? We didn't get our security deposit of 500 dollars back because I got a few droplets of paint on the carpet. Guys, there was chicken shit on the carpets when I moved in. I didn't fight it because I was young and dumb and didn't know any better. The guy gave us 50 bucks and said, "I think that's fair.... don't you think?"

Sometimes I still think about that house and how horrible and crappy it was. That was one cold winter. I obviously would never put myself in an experience like that again. I guess Josh and I had to learn things the hard way or something.

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