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August 26, 2013

David asks…

Where can I find cheap short term housing in Northern Virginia?

My boyfriend and I will be moving to the Manassas area in 2 short weeks and we are nervous about renting an apartment without being able to visit first. So, I am wondering what options I have for short term (one week to one month) housing in the area. I have searched the internet and the extended stay hotels are waaaay too expensive. Can anyone give me some advice?

Administrator answers:

If you want something as short as 1 week to 1 month, you are probably stuck with some sort of motel or hotel. The only actual apartment complex in the area that I know for sure has short-term rentals is Old Centerville Gardens, which has a 3-month minimum and then is month-to-month after that. But frankly, you should see it before you commit even to 3 months. The best that I can say about it is that it is “adequate.” It is not by any means a luxury place, and I doubt that you will think of it as a great place to live. But it may serve your short-term needs, and I am passing along the contact info because no one has come up with a better answer.

Old Centreville Gardens Apt 8
7500 Prince Cole Court
Manassas, VA 20111-1724
(703) 361-1492?

Richard asks…

Where did noble people live in the Palace of Versailles?

I always see and hear about the King and Queen’s apartments in Versailles, but I am wondering, where did lesser royals and nobles live in the palace? Did they have their own apartments or quarters? Or their own room? Where did they live?

Administrator answers:

There were many rooms and different floors as well as other buildings in the most excellent and wonderful Palace of Versailles where the noble type persons would live. My dear friends at Wikipedia have authorized me to give you the links below.

Spoiler Alert


Life at Versailles was intrinsically determined by position, favor and above all one’s birth. The Chateau was a sprawling cluster of lodgings for which courtiers vied and manipulated. Today, many people see Versailles as unparalleled in its magnificence and splendor; yet few know of the actual living conditions many of Versailles august residents had to endure. Modern historians have, on more than one occasion, compared the palace to a vast apartment block. Apart from the royal family, the majority of the residents were senior members of the household.

On each floor, living units of varying size, some 350 in all, were arranged along tiled corridors and given a number. Each door had a key, which was to be handed in when the lodging was vacated. Many courtiers would trade lodgings and group together with their allies, families or friends. The Noailles family took over so much of the Southern Wing’s attic that the corridor leading to all the lodgings on that floor was nicknamed “Noailles Road” by courtiers of the time.

Rank and status dictated everything in Versailles; not least among that list was one’s lodgings. Louis XIV envisaged Versailles as a seat for all the Bourbons, as well as his troublesome nobles. These nobles were, so to say, placed within a “gilded cage” (Duc de Saint-Simon). Luxury and opulence was not always in the description given to their residences. Many nobles had to make do with one or two room apartments, forcing many nobles to buy town-houses in Versailles proper and keeping their palace rooms for changes of clothes or entertaining guests, rarely sleeping there. Rooms at Versailles were immensely useful for an ambitious courtier as they allowed palace residents easy and constant access to the monarch, essential to their ambitions, and gave them constant access to the latest gossip and news.

The smell at Versailles was said to be “unique out of all the palaces in Europe” (duc Saint-Simon). There were no functioning toilets until 1768. By the time of the French Revolution in 1789 there were only 9, and those belonged to the King and his closest family members. The rest of the palace simply had to live with the constant smell of the privy-chambers clinging to their clothes, apartments and the general atmosphere. Although banned, chamber pots were constantly emptied out of the nearest window.


Susan asks…

do you think it is OK to steal a shopping cart to get your groceries home?

If you are illegal and have no license nor vehicle, is it ok to steal a shopping cart to get your groceries home? There used to be many carts piled up around local apartments from WalMart and everyone in town has seen who was pushing them but the cops couldn’t catch them all. WalMart purchased carts with wheel brakes that activate when so many ft. from the store! LMFAO!
buy the way check out the price of a shopping cart and decide the offense!
an officer arrested and charged a kid from my high school for running over carts with his 4×4.

Administrator answers:

No, but I think you’ve appointed yourself judge and jury here, and your only seeing one side to this question. There are many people that can’t afford the luxury of owning a car. To grow up very poor, as in my case, my momma couldn’t afford to buy a car, you see, circumstances in her life made it difficult to get luxuries like a car, it’s not just illegals as you stated, that take shopping carts home, my mom did it also. She hated to do it, but we lived a mile away from the grocery store and we couldn’t fit all the groceries we needed for a family of five in our arms, although
, many, many, times we tried. She was eventually able to buy a wagon that helped eliminate taking what she knew she shouldn’t, but at the time, we didn’t feel we had much of a choice. I know there are people in the same situation we were in, and there are
some people that take shopping carts home, that are not necessity, and that’s just not right, but maybe you should have a little more empathy for the people that haven’t had it as easy as you have had it, apparently. We always tried to take back the carts, but sometimes they had someone hired to find carts around town, and they beat us to it, and yes we knew that came out of the stores or customers pockets, but, we did what we had to do, even if we were thought of as thieves.

Paul asks…

How much money should you make to live a comfortable life?

How much should I make if I wanna live in san Diego, single, in a nice apartment, have my own car, and be able to go out and shopping whenever I want.

Administrator answers:

Hi Selina,
You sound like a nice person so I’m going to be honest with you. You talk of having a comfortable life but you don’t mention the most important aspects of it such as having a family and your families happiness. Financial security does not automatically equal a comfortable life, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Ask most people will financial security and they will tell you that money does not equal happiness. The truth is, financial security tends to bring more stress into your life because it brings more responsibilities your way.
For anyone who has never experienced financial security for a prolonged period of time will always think that having money will make all of your problems go away. In reality, it will make all of your financial problems go away but these will be replaced by other problems.

I can understand why somebody would want a nice beautiful place to call their home but beyond that, all other items are worthless materialistic possessions that will never make you happy. Our greed-based consumer, capitalist society has forced all of us to value possessions more so than our own self-esteem. Capitalism makes us believe we are not worthy if we haven’t become a successful consumer of possessions. A persons status in society is measured by the items they own and the money they have collected, rather than the good deeds they have done in their life. In fact, in our greedy society, money is more valuable than a human life as everything is considered to have a price tag. It really is a sad and morally bankrupt state of affairs and most people don’t understand the wider implications of this type of society.
By the very nature of how modern society is structured, for all the people to have these meaningless material possessions, it means someone else, somewhere else will have to go without the bare necessities so the few can have their luxuries. Its an incredibly unfair and unbalanced system that creates so much poverty and hardships.

Spending your life shopping and consuming will NEVER make you happy no matter how much is satisfies you at the time. This addiction to consumerism will only ever get worse and it will only ever make you unhappy because the corporations trick consumers into thinking that they need their new product in order to be worthy. Its like saying your not a whole human being unless you have the latest ‘must have’ product. All your doing when you participate in consumerism is destroying your self-esteem and looking at yourself negatively. While you might get a short rush of excitement and joy when you first buy an item, this feeling will never last because your becoming addicted to the drug of consumerism.

The best advice I can give a young women like you is to find yourself a beautiful home and try to live a simple, CREATIVE life where you express your own personality in your life instead of a cloned brand personality. Find yourself someone to love and start a family. Try to find joy in the simple things in life away from meaningless possessions because these will only ever make you unhappy. Whats the point of spending your entire life chasing the latest product. Its a life of a slave.

I hope this makes sense to you. I’d be happy to offer you some more advice if you want, just drop me a message and I’ll reply. Me message address is on my profile page.

Good luck.

Charles asks…

Does anyone know the average cost of an apartment in Berlin, Germany?

Any city is fine, but I am looking for a bigger city with more job opportunities. I do not want a fancy one. A gehto one is fine but I am mainly looking for an ok one.

Please tell me the price of one in a poorer location(where immigrants are)
a more middle class apartment.

If anyone has any more information on Germany in general, please contact me.

I apprieciate your help!

Administrator answers:

First: specify the city — done: Berlin
Second: specify the area (not by name, but what you want: good nightlife or a rather quiet neighborhood)
Third: specify your needs to the apartment (# of rooms, bath/shower, central/individual heating, cellar/attics/car park or garage needed?, luxury kitchen or does a kitchenette do?)

I’d suggest you draw a plan (really! That’s what I did!) of the apartment you’d like to have, just to get a mental image of what it should be like. Then you find out how many square meters (get used to metric units!) that are, and look up in the “Berliner Mietspiegel” (google for that) how much an apartment of that size would cost in your desired district. Average prices are given in euros per square meter.

And don’t forget that you’ll have to pay extra for gas (if needed) and electricity, and at the end of the year (or rather in early spring) there comes something from your landlord or renting company that is called a “Nebenkostenabrechnung”: Therein is listed – to the cent – how much energy you used more for central heating than was charged within the rent, besides of some sometimes crude things like “chimney sweeper fees” or “cleaning of parking lot”. If you’re American (which I suppose you are) and are used to not saving energy very much, that can be a bitter surprise, as the electricity bill is not even included in that: Your power supplier will also send you something similar, and tries to make you pay within a month. (You can ask for instalments, however.)

For my last apartment in Berlin (in 2002), which had 106 sqm, I paid 450 euros, in a “moderate” district, gas and electricity went separate, which was another — I don’t quite remember — around 120 a month altogether, but I had a lot of electrical appliances running, among them 4 computers that ran 24/7. But electricity prices have risen tremendously since then.

Donna asks…

Can anyone recommend a hotel or serviced appartment in london suitable for a family of 4?

Kids are aged 2 and 4 so would prefer separate rooms (a suite in a hotel or a 2 room appartment). Dont mind spending a bit of money for luxury rather than going for the cheapest option.


Administrator answers:

Try either Club Quarters St Pauls or Club Quarters Gracechurch. It’s a private members club only available to book via the online booking systems like Hotel Desk (link below). They’ve great rooms which have a separate lounge area that has a sofa bed (for the kids!).

Alternatively try the Citadines chain of aparthotels, that can sleep up to 6 people and have two bedroom apartments and kitchenette area.. Plus you don’t pay for the expensive hotel breakfasts too!

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