Monday, August 5, 2013

The great housing wait--Houses and Hotels!

Okay. So we were offered 2 choices to live on Kadena Air Base.  We were "assigned" to live in Courtney--but that was 100% full---so the great housing shuffle began.   We refused the first offer (a quadplex with 2 floors) and accepted the second!  It's a stand-alone house and I'm quite pleased with it. If I can ever get into it! 

If you've been wondering where we have been, we have been forced to move out in town into a Japanese hotel.  It is awesome! (and expensive).  It has an ocean view from all sides, a pool, room service, a kitchen. The drawback is we are off base and its a pain to get over there sometimes with traffic.(think only place to get cash, gas, and groceries,  for a reasonable price) The reason all of this is happening is SUPPOSEDLY furloughs because of sequestration. We can't get into our house because of a combination of cut worker's hours in maintenance as well as the housing assignment office.  Really it's that plus they ARE HUGELY inefficient. (what?  a government office?  no...) We even asked when we got our first offer, "Is there a house available?"  The answer: "we're not sure, maybe, could you check tomorrow?"---  What?  Do these things just fall out of the sky?  Apparently they do.  Now we are waiting on "Something" but the housing lady isn't sure.  No I'm not joking.

  So here we sit a full three weeks after arrival with no end date in sight.  We are booked at the hotel for most of this month. Ouch.  The government is supposed to pay us back for the cash outlay....but...considering the nature of this post, I'm not gonna hold my breath on that one.

So here is a pic of the house we REFUSED.   I have NO INDOOR pics because I was never offered keys to either of them.  I was forced to choose by peering in windows.  (again the housing office didn't have time to find the keys which were with maintenance--which was supposed to working and let us in....but they weren't ;) It's attached to three other homes in a  row.

Here's the house we ACCEPTED: (living room shot)

View from the backyard (HUGE)
 Other side of backyard.  (Yes that's the ocean in the distance)
 Back of the house.
 Meanwhile, here's our awesome Japanese hotel. 
 It lacks some typical American comforts, 
but makes up for it in other ways!
Living room
Dining table and view

 The view from my
"ofuro" and Bedroom.

 As Homer Simpson said when visiting Japan and seeing this, "The Japanese really ARE more advanced than us;)"
Second shower, E calls dibs!
The pool and hermit crab farm in the lobby.

Living room view.

 Two things I "dislike": the do the math.  And the fact that instant coffee and a hot pot is considered adequate for morning.
Nathan doing homework on the deck.
Sunset off our other balcony.

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