I found a new apartment! I have given verbal confirmation to the landlord, given him my ssn and phone number, and will further seal the deal tomorrow morning. Next Friday, I will begin to move in (giving me *lots* of time to do the actual move).
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In all my apartment hunting, which was at least partly me walking/driving around, I saw a lot of the parts of Squirrel Hill that I don't normally see, including some parts that if I were dropped off unaware in their midst, I wouldn't know I were in Squirrel Hill at all (or even Pittsburgh). I explored some no-outlet streets and similar, and was surprised at what I saw. I am increasingly convinced that Squirrel Hill is in an area of folded space, larger on the inside than the outside :)
Because of various and occasional threats to my person, I intend not to make the street address of where I am living next year public knowledge. I might even get a PO box at the Squirrel Hill post office.
I am now explicitly intending to be saving money to buy a house, either in Squirrel Hill or wherever I might move to in the next few years.
I had a good time at D's birthday party last night -- there was playing of Accordion, Guitar, Harmonica, and a red bucket, and also some horribly embarassing dancing, good Port, and Matzoh.
Jibjab made a wonderful flash animation called Matzoh. It's very funny (and catchy).