My last four years in PA I lived in second floor apartments. And both times I moved into them (and out of them come to think of it) it sucked. In addition to all the crap everyone has, I have about 1200 books in my collection. Books are heavy. No matter how small a box you pack them in. Books are heavy. So when I moved out to California I knew I wanted a first floor apartment. No more carrying boxes and boxes of books up any more stairs. What I didn't know when I selected my apartment was that it was right next to a levee system. Apparently when it breaks (and it's just a matter of time) I'll be under 8-16 feet of water. Stairs aren't looking so bad right about now.