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CHAT: living conditions/conditionally Re: Miscellaneous Nonsense

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Friday, August 18, 2000, 5:57
In a message dated 2000/08/18 04:59:58 AM, Matt wrote:

>I lived in an efficiency for a while which was about the size of a >walk-in closet. It had a full-sized sink, but only a midget refrigerator >and a hot plate for cooking.
Sounds like my living situation, except I describe it more like this: "a jailcell-sized residential hotel room." In a space approximately 16 feet by 10, I have a bed, a chest of drawers, a colour TV (on a nightstand) and a folding table that serves as my desk - besides small sink, a snack fridge, and a double burner stove. (I also have tons of books and a large music instrument - a custom-made metallophone). Besides the cramped conditions, another down-side is that bathroom facilities are shared by the entire floor (about 10-12 people per floor). The advantage: I pay only $222 a month rent (next month is goes up to $226) - this is fantastic in the Bay Area (California). My utility bill is usually under $10 a month, but phone bill is another matter... Ever feel like there is something sinisterly banal about phrases like "cost of living", "What do you do for a living?", "I do ____ for a living...". etc.? Well, even DNA can be patented now... so I guess life itself is a commodity... zHANg