The lease is up and you need a new place. You pack up some of your stuff and say good-bye to what you must leave behind. Google has taken snapshots of your stuff for you, just in case you want to reminisce about it later. (Google is so thoughtful, isn’t he?)
The quaint little log cabin you were in was costing you a small fortune in firewood and candles and you have decided to move into subsidized housing. One of the many wonders of the internet is that ‘subsidized housing’ is more like a condo. The amenities are generous and new and someone else will mow the lawn and look after pest control. And, wonder of wonders, it is FREE!
Of course, when you live in a condo there are certain restrictions. It may be beautiful to look at, but eventually you will want to do things. Maybe you want to change the draperies, or remove them completely. Sorry, the drapes are regulation. They have to stay, but how can you really complain — you’re not paying for them. They are really pretty nice drapes anyway.
Hold on – that container garden on your balcony – well, sorry, the home owner’s association does not allow that. You have, however, noticed that other people have container gardens on their balconies. That is when it begins to dawn on you that the home owner’s association can be bought off.
Nice as your new, free condo maybe, you have to take it as is ….unless you pay. You think about it for a day or two then consider that the few modifications you want to make won’t really cost very much at all. The money goes to the up-keep of the building, and it is a very nice building after all. So, you dish out a little to the HOA and they let you change your drapes. Just a bit more and you have your container garden.
Things are getting cozy but you reflect that your former address was kind of neat. The new one is a bit long and awkward. Ahh….if I only had my old address back. In the real world that is an impossibility. You live where you live and when you move you live somewhere else. The internet, though, is a magical world, and your home owner’s association knows the ins-and-outs of it. If you give them just a tiny bit more they’ll let you live in their condo and let you have your old address back!
Therefore, as amazing as it may be, I now have my old address back. Rivertyde resides at Rivertyde.com once again. Unfortunately, I had to leave my database behind, but cousin Google has snapshots of it in his cache, if like me you might want to occasionally look back.