My lease doesn’t end until August, but I was informed that I must renew for 2015/2016 at a 50-percent rent hike today. Say what? My affordable rent is to escalate to a figure larger than my former condo mortgage tab? I could have used a little more time to digest this news since I’ve still got unpacked boxes stacked in the closet. Glory be. I’m feeling very Bedouin-like as I imagine taking down my tent and trekking to another abode next summer. Here’s the best part of what could be a downer: My “stuff” keeps diminishing. That’s a good thing.