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No place like home – if you find one

Published 2:37pm Friday, January 11, 2013

By Ed Bailey, sports editor

About three weeks ago, I got a call to Alexander City. I was fresh out of school, master’s degree in one hand and lot of doubt in the other.

But that one conversation made the uncertainty seem weightless.

The general manager officially offered me the position of sports editor here at The Outlook and, with no hesitation, I accepted.

It’s something that’s been on my bucket list, and with loans bearing down on me, I figured that if I was going to work toward paying those off, why not ply my trade in something I love?

Not many people are lucky enough to do that so I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.

But this left me with one dilemma: While Alex City has been nothing short of inviting, and for the most part my transition from Troy to here has been smooth, I’m unable to officially consider myself a part of this community yet.

It’s not that I don’t want to – it’s that I don’t have my own little nook in Alex City to call home yet.

I’ve looked in a few places, but I haven’t had much of a chance to really explore the housing options here.

I’m still trying to get used to the job and its schedule (which, as my boss will tell you, has not been easy. But that’s totally my fault).

As it were, the point is, it’s time I fully embrace Alexander City, and to do that,  I’ll need to set up shop here.

So, I’m hoping some of you are able to help me in the same manner you did my co-worker and current news editor, Austin Nelson.

Now, unlike him, I don’t have pets, but it is something I’ve thought about, so the place I’m looking for would hopefully be accepting of one.

However, my budget is quite tight.

I’m still paying rent at an apartment in Troy and, well, journalism is not exactly a profession that you get into for the money, if you know what I mean.

So here’s the situation: I’m looking for a place to stay, and while I’ve checked out all of the publicized listings I’ve been made aware of, it’s entirely possible that I’ve perhaps missed a gem of a dwelling that would work for a low-maintenance guy like myself.

The only thing I need is consistent access to sweet tea and, thanks to this job here, I’m pretty sure I’ve got that covered.

But besides that, I can probably make anything within reason work.

So if you readers out there know of a place that could fill my housing needs, let me know by sending an email to or, for you old-fashioned types, call me at 234-4281.

I need the phone practice anyway.

Bailey is sports editor for The Outlook.