When I finally got a promotion at work and started making a little more money, I could afford a nicer apartment.
I was very excited to move into a more modern apartment building located downtown.
The building featured all sorts of conveniences and amenities. I had access to a large fitness center with an impressive array of state-of-the-art equipment. There was laundry facilities, a game room and conference rooms. One of the big selling points of the apartment was the temperature control. The utilities were included within the rent. There were three separate thermostats within the apartment, allowing for zoned heating and cooling. It wasn’t until I moved in that I realized some of the drawbacks. Three independent thermostats within a fairly small apartment is ridiculous. I really didn’t need to set a different temperature between my tiny kitchen and tiny living room. Because the building was entirely temperature controlled, the windows were unable to be opened. The management of the building determined whether it was the right time of year for heating or air conditioning. If we happened to get an unusually chilly day in June, I was stuck with air conditioning. All I could do was turn it down. If the weather happened to warm up in December, I had no way to prevent an influx of heat from the vents. The location of the apartment building was also a problem. Being situated downtown was wonderful for the close proximity to shopping and nightlife. However, trying to find a parking place was always a nightmare. I only stayed in that modern apartment building for a single year.