Ok, we are officially here. We’ve checked our status on the housing list, not good. We’ve met with the housing dude… about as helpful as he could be. We’ve checked into our temp. lodging (pretty frickin’ sweet).
Anyway, we’ve made it. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen the TV show Northern Exposure but that’s what it reminds me of, minus that moose that wanders around in the beginning. It’s not a bad big little town. It’s just a little odd. As a matter of fact, the whole state is odd. I haven’t made my decision yet but I’m sure it’ll be okay, I’ll survive. I’m sure I’ll even have some fun.
We went to the BX and commissary today. I was impressed. After being at Goodfellow this place is huge. The major upside to Goodfellow… finding somewhere to live was MUCH easier. The dog is in Indiana and the wonderful folks of Minot (who are oddly friendly) LOVE the military. I use the term, love, loosely. This whole place is a clusterf*** of military, oil, and college. The vacancy rate on apartments is less than 1% and it appears that the decent apartments are RIDICULOUSLY overpriced. I lived in a college town, we had a lot of apartments. This town has damn near nothing. I’m really terrified to actually start looking (tomorrow). I’m afraid I’m going to walk into this absolute dumps. Moving to this base, specifically, as a married airman is really difficult.
I know this whole post is disjointed but mainly I wanted to say that I’m alive and we’re here. I haven’t decided how I feel about this state yet. I’m really trying to like it and be positive in case any of you get sent here. What it really boils down to is that I’m incredibly pissed off at the AF right now. We really have nowhere to live right now, we’re about 3.5 months down on the wait list and the shortest apartment lease you can get is 6 months. They claim they’ll save a house for you but what the hell ever. This town is decent, the snow terrifies me, and I REALLY don’t want to live off base. Finding an apartment is incredibly difficult and we don’t even have money for the security deposit because GOD FORBID we got the orders in a timely fashion so that we could get an advance and subsequently weren’t maxed COMPLETELY out now from their inability to be even remotely effin efficient.
On the plus side, I have yet to cry because the dog is gone and this whole thing is a mess. It could be a hell of a lot worse. I know some people who may have brought a bunch of trouble on themselves but are still freaking out because it’s just a mess. Hopefully we’ll get the travel entitlements soon… we signed papers for it today. Then we can get an apartment for the next 6 months and stop dealing with all this crap.
Anyway, everything is really calm right now which is nice but probably because I’m avoiding dealing with some things… such as the fact that my relocubes are sitting outside of the Fargo ABF instead of being inside like they are supposed to be. I’m calling someone tomorrow and we’re going to have a conversation about this crap.
Thanks for letting me vent.