Pardon me for this longish mundane rant, but I’m feeling the urge to vent right now about some accumulated niggling things. Feel free to chime in with your own move-related gripes so I don’t feel so lonely.
To the previous occupant:
Dad said you used to be a model tenant up until about 2 years ago. What the hell happened after that? There isn’t a thing in this apartment that doesn’t have to be repaired, replaced or refurbished apart from a section of the bathroom wall. Granted it’s nice for me to have new things but damn it’s expensive. A brief summary of assorted purchases:
[li] new carpeting throughout the apartment, to replace the ?cola and dog-pee-stained one you had[/li][li] for the bathroom: a new sink & bathtub to replace the ones that you chipped the glazing from; repairs to the wall where you apparently tried to do your own repairs (for what? God knows) and screwed up; and a new tile floor to cover the one that you apparently never cleaned so that all the dirt became permanently embedded[/li][li] for the kitchen: a new countertop to replace the one you burned and let get warped because you never closed the kitchen window when it rained; new faucet to replace the one you broke; and a new stove to replace the one you beat the crap out of[/li][/ul]
There are other wonderful things you did, such as paint partially over outlets, switchplates, cabinet knobs, and apparently live like such a slob generally that there were fleas in the carpet and roaches in the kitchen (and likely elsewhere). And you were miffed when you left that my dad didn’t give your security deposit back? :rolleyes:
About 3 weeks ago I went onto your web site to open an account for a land line. I got a phone number and a message that my service will be activated on October 6. Geez that’s a long time but since I was nowhere near ready to be in the apartment I didn’t mind so much. Fast forward to this week, when the (new) phone jack is wired in place and I get no dial tone. Apparently there’s no record of my order, and now I have to start with sales over again. Can you please tell me WHY it will take 7-10 business days to get my phone line activated? I have no doubt you were able to close the previous tenant’s account post haste, so why can’t you just flip a switch and get me connected?
The joke of this whole thing is that I had no intention of having a land line at all since I have my cell phone, but the building’s intercom works through the phone line. No phone = I can’t buzz people in, which has been a real nuisance this week in particular with the various contractor/delivery people coming by. Oh what fun, hanging around the building lobby for hours because said contractor/delivery people can’t buzz in and won’t (or can’t) specify when they will come. Which brings me to the last group.
To various contractors:
Please explain to me how you folks manage to stay in business/hang on to your jobs. I would love a job where the concept of time is so elastic. I really like how you told me that you’ll be there in the morning, with your secretary providing repeated assurances that yes you will arrive shortly, and then you don’t show up until 3 days later at 4:45 PM, without all the necessary tools/supplies so you’ll need to make a return visit “tomorrow morning” (insert meaningful glance at plumber here). Or how you told me that you’d come on Tuesday evening to start preparing walls and then you went incommunicado for 5 days, surfacing with a sob story about having to tend to your own rental apartment which the tenants trashed (long look at the painter here). Or after you said that you’d be done in 2 days with replacing the kitchen counter and the baseboard moulding around the apartment, you worked for 3 hours one evening and then let a week go by before you are “available again,” when I’d seen you head out for the golf course virtually every day of that week (stare at my carpenter/neighbor here).
Whew! I feel just a little bit better now. What’s that, Mom? Yessssss, I know I have to get my stuff out of your attic… noooooooo, it won’t take me until Easter to move the remaining 6 boxes out of there… sigh [sub] it will be over soon, it will be over soon, it will be over soon…[/sub]