I have moved out of my Eugene apartment. I am trying to find a rental in Small Town but it is not going well so far. They don't have any non-cruddy apartments that I've been able to discover (or, for that matter, any vacancies at the one out of three that looked likely enough to ask), I didn't want to live in the duplex after the other tenant told me how the landlord treats women, and there don't seem to be any other rentals advertised. On the various bulletin boards around town, I found two other people posting notices looking for places and no places advertised. I've got a lead on an old lady who rents out a one bedroom cottage on her property, but she needs to get it cleaned out and get her kids to agree to let her rent it out again.
This is driving me crazy. I feel like I've finally got a good, steady job, and I want a NICE FUCKING APARTMENT, not the kind of crap I had to choose from while I was a student. I want to have my own parking spot, at least 2 bedrooms, air conditioning, a dog, and a reasonable belief that the landlord won't take an unhealthy interest in my personal life. I have not found an apartment offering anything approaching this combination. I think I may have to live someplace cruddy for a few years while I save up to buy a house, and I just want to feel settled sooner than that. Bah.
Anyway, the upshot of it is that I've moved back in with my dad in Aloha for now. This also doesn't offer most of the amenities I'm looking for, but it is free and I didn't have to sign a lease so I can move as soon as I find something better. He'll probably even help me.
Also, on an unrelated note, is it safe for little old ladies to take Greyhound by themselves these days? We're trying to figure out how to get my grandmother back from Idaho. She seems to think she'll be fine because "if anyone tries to take my purse, I'll hit them with my cane" (I have an awesome grammy). She hasn't ridden Greyhound in about 25 years or so (probably longer, but that's how long she thinks it has been) and I'm looking for more recent stories.