just procrastinating

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

New Pad?
So I just got back from a tortuous four days in Knoxville looking for a new place to live. I always liked looking at houses and it's kinda fun to do when you aren't really looking to move. It kinda sucks when you need to find a place in four days and don't know Jack Squat about the city. There was a lot of driving around like a tourist, constantly being in the wrong lane, missing turns (which I hate), and basically being clueless. In the end we made an offer on a place that is a bit of a fixer up-er, it is in foreclosure (because of a divorce), but we left not knowing if the bank accepted our lowball bid. So we will see how this all plays out over the next couple of days.

Knoxville isn't quite what I expected, but my first impression was that it was a lot like a warmer Toledo, or maybe a smaller Cincinnati. It's on the river and has riverboats like Cinci does, but it is on a much smaller scale. Like Toledo, or any city really, it is loaded with strip malls.

The people there speak with a heavy southern accent, not like here in Central Virginia where the accent is slight and speech is more deliberate. The people were friendly, but it was the kind of friendly that makes more suspicious folks from up North reach for their wallets just to make sure everything is where it's supposed to be.

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