As explained in this thread, I am moving into a house with gour other people. Two of them are friends of mine, the other two are a couple girls I recently met who are going to the same school as me and work with my mother.
The last two weeks I have been trying in vein to get all of us together to meet up and talk about all those important issues like rent, utilities, who has what furniture, etc…Yet because of one friend who works nights, another who for a week had a broken phone so I couldn’t get in touch with him, and one of the girls being the biggest flake I have ever met, it was all a no go.
The worst instance was last Friday. Flakey girl emailed me and said a good time to meet was around 7 PM. I and my night-working friend live 40 minutes away from the city she lives in/where our new place is. He had to get to work at 10, so we had two and a half hours up there to meet up. PLenty of time, right? Well, you would think. I call Flake at about 6:50, saying we’d be about ten minute late. She says that’s no problem, as she is out to dinner with her boyfriend anyway and will call us when she’s done. I ponder the wisdom about going out to dinner if you know you have plans, but I figured maybe the restataunt had a long wait or something. So come 7:30, no call, so I call her and leave a message. I do the same at 7:45, 8:00, and 8:15. Come 8:30, she finally calls, and says that she is going to call the other girl (we’ll call her L,) and then call us back and tell us when/where to meet. We never got a call back. We were up there until almost 10 PM, calling her every ten minutes, sometimes lieaving messages, sometime not. Unfortunatly I didn’t have L’s number, so I couldn’t even call her. So in the end, we wasted almost five hours for no reason and my friend (M) was late for work.
I got no response from Flake until Sunday afternoon. I had to go *back[i/] to the city to actually sign the lease that day, and was worried as fuck, because one of the reasons to meet Friday was so I could get all the rent and security deposit money so I could actually write the landlord a check. Well, luckily, the landlord said I could wait until this Saturday to pay her. So I called L and Flake (who didn’t answer,) and let them know the situation. L said I could get the money today (making me drive back up there for the third time in four days,) and finally, a couple hours later, Flake called me back and said I could get the moeny from her today as well. I called the last friend who finally got a working phone (J) and he said today was fine for him for the money (he also works and lives up there.)
So…concerning the money. M was first to give me a check, but just for half of what I needed. It was enough to cover the rent, but not the SD. However, he explained in advance he would have to wait a week or so to give me the rest when he got his next paycheck. I had enough to cover that $400, so I didn;'t mind. So today, I once again could not actually meet Flake, despite a few messages and talking to her once. Luckily, she forsaw her flakiness, and left me the check in some random basement of a random building on campus (her parents are paying her bills, and I think she said that was the office her dad worked in.) But, I open the envelope and discover…a check for half the amount. I call and leave a message (because she is with her phone to call me to tell me where the check is, yet not there five minutes later when I call her.) So I drive out to where L lives, getting lost because it’s in a town I hardly ever go to, but eventually get there and she gives me a check for…you see what’s coming? Half the amount. Argh! However, I explain to her that it needs to be double, and she says OK and gets me a new check. OK, takes care of that. Lastly, I have to get the moeny from J, so I go over there, and as he writes the check, I notice it’s for half the amount! What the Fuck?! I know these people have all lived in apartments before, so they know you need rent AND SD the first month. He tells me he is strapped because he is loaning a friend $500…well what the Hell?! ut he does give me a second check for the same amount, and tells me I can probably deposit it tomorrow, but to wait for him to call me to verify. He gets paid on thursday, so I can deposit it Friday at the latest, but it won’t clear in time for Saturday when I write the check (but maybe the landlord won’t deposit that till Tuesday.)
So out of the $3200 I needed to get, I got $2400, only $2000 of which I could actually deposit today. If I can deposit that other $400 and it clears in time, then I’ll be ok for the check. But otherwise, I am $18 short in my bank account. And my next paycheck isn’t until next Thursday. If I’m lucky, J will tell me I can use that $400, or Flake will get my message and put another $400 check in the mail (because I am not driving back up there) and I can get it on Wednesday and deposit it (Thursday at the latest.)
And we still haven’t gotten the power, water, gas, cable, internet, or phone set up. Our lease starts tomorrow, and Flake is basically already living there (she got permission to move in this past weekend, cause her current lease is up today. The rest of us are lucky enough that we can move in at our own leisure, as we have no leases and most live with family)