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A Year In Waiting 1 by bigbigtruck A Year In Waiting 1 by bigbigtruck
Hasty, messy doodles, just enough to tell a story.

I don't know how many of these I'll do. Some will be funny, some will be horrifying. All of 'em will be true.

Notes on this strip:

- I live in Austin, which is (IIRC) the 7th most expensive city in the US. $320 a week would support one person in a mid-grade apartment. But for two people in a house... it doesn't even cover one mortgage payment.

- Obviously, company and restaurant names have been changed. Austinites will probably be able to guess them, but I think I've masked them pretty well otherwise.

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jactinglim Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Holy crap I've been here T_T and there are still times when I feel I'm still here TAT
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xReyahx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
EFF YEAH, HEB.

That place is like a magical wonderland!! I swear, they have everything there! I didn't know they were just a Texas thing though. Is it snowing in Austin??
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Nope, not yet anyway. Feels like it could sleet, though!
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xReyahx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Yeah it's cold in Houston too. I take showers in the morning and I walked outside and I could have sworn my hair froze solid.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
That happened to me once - took a shower before going hiking in ~15F weather... I kept hearing this mysterious clack-clack sound... turned out my hair had frozen into dreadcicles.
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evethejust Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
I always find it interesting when people complain about the cost of living in Austin. My house here is palatial and cost me half of what an uninhabitable dump would have cost in my last city (Edmonton). I'm not saying that makes the min wage jobs any more reasonable, just that there are even worse places to be stuck at that income level.

Are we allowed to play guessing games with the Restaurant? I've only lived here 2 years and I think I have a notion of where it is.
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh yeah, there are a lot of cities with much worse cost of living (see also: why I moved to Austin instead of San Francisco). It just seems rather disproportionate to the actual population level/density here. Home prices "inside the box" are gradually coming down, though - I think realtors may have realized there is a finite number of lawyers and plastic surgeons in town.

If you have a notion that's along the space/alien theme, it's probably correct. I avoid naming names for obvious reasons, tho.
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thepixinator Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
I just read through 15 of these when I am supposed to be doing something else, and OMG it brings back memories of the 10 years I spent waiting tables. I have done many, many other jobs since then but my feet still hurt, and the only work-related nightmares I ever have are that I have about 20 tables, they all get sat at once, and no one made the iced tea or cut any lemons. (The last time I waited tables was 1996). Sometimes I dream I forgot to check the schedule and I missed my shift. It goes on and on.
I feel panicky just thinking about it. I used to be so busy with college and work that sometimes I would double-check myself in the car, between classes and shifts, to make sure I put my pants on! At least we got to wear pants at the last places I waited at. Aaaah, the memories.
Love, love love your "A Year in Waiting" series!
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bigbigtruck Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Oh god, I had the dreams where the ticketing system was suddenly in Russian, or my tables kept getting shuffled around, or drinks would pile up too fast for me to run them...
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hawkwitch Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
HAAAAAAA so good! ;D
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