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Homeless (again)

After having been homeless in Hawaii almost 20 years ago, the thought of being homeless again is daunting, but I don't have much of a choice. My company allowed me three weeks in a hotel, but extended it to four, after which I have to pay. Today is my last day in the hotel. Unfortunately, I did not realize quite how difficult it is to get into a flat over here. Letters are sent to my bank, employer, and a character reference. Since I've just emigrated to the UK, the bank doesn't have enough information to answer the questions, so my flat's on hold until the owner decides if he/she will have me.

Thus, I have no flat, but I can't stay in the hotel (£500 a week is a bit steep for me).

My colleague, Paul, has come to my rescue by letting me crash at his place for a bit. He has an air bed I can use. Imposing on new colleagues isn't my first choice but it beats the hell out of going broke in a hotel.

Update: Just called the folks who own the hotel and they have told me that I'm actually taken care of through Tuesday night, even though today is the last day of the four weeks. Whoo hoo! A brief reprieve from homelessness.

And now, on with the show.

As mentioned previously, I went to Staffordshire to see one of my brothers graduate from University. Naturally, I forgot to ask if I could post photos of my family, you can't see 'em, but I have photos of other things, such as ...



As I've already noted, many towns in England have a central area for shopping and these often disallow cars, except for those restocking the stores. Here's one in the Staffordshire area (can't recall exactly which town):

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And another view of it:

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Near the end of it are lovely gardens which I just couldn't seem to get good photos of:

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But what I really enjoyed were the monkeys in the Monkey Forest in Staffordshire.

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This is part of a wonderful effort to save the endangered Barbary macaque monkey from extinction.

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And along the way, I almost stepped on a frog, but I saw him at the last moment. How, I don't know (photograph of my brother's hand used without permission):

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And just for the hell of it, here's a short video of some monkeys.
Good luck with finding a flat... you'd be welcome to crash here, but I think the commute would be untenable.

Might have to check out the Monkey Forest sometime. Looks fun.
Good luck with finding a place. That sucks that it's on hold :(
Ew...hope the house situation works out for you.

And *squee* for the little toad! I'm glad you didn't squish him.
Yikes!
Good luck with your housing situation!

And thanks for the photos, a nice vicarious travel thrill for those of us still stateside. ;)
Wahhhh, I want to go to England again soooo bad. The garden pics remind me of the gardens I saw in Edinburgh. I think they came out quite nicely!

Hope your housing situation gets worked out soon!
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Hey Bro, what a gas huh? Drunken debauchery and red flashing trees, miniature frogs and hot game wardens, what a way to spend a graduation.
I like the pictures....I hope the housing thing works out for you soon being homeless sucks
Talk about yer classic egg <> chicken situation, sheesh.
Luck on getting a place lined up.