And I Can't Stop Having These Visions

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Draw a Line in the Sand and then make a Stand - Part 1

"We're not gonna pay..."

Ya, I'm still alive. Not a whole lot is going on in life, but more on that later. (Also, my phone died which means no camera. A new one should be here by Saturday)

So it's rental season again at Ohio State, which means it's time to start looking for a new place to live. I'm not really unhappy with where I'm at right now. I'm overpaying immensely, but I'm literally right across the street from campus. Oh ya, and my landlord sucks.

I'm not sure if it's the window I found hanging off of my roof when I moved in, or it was the fact that the stove and oven didn't work when I moved in. Or if it was the old-school 4-legged shower/tub. Or the leaking faucet in the shower and the bathroom sink. Or the squirrels in the attic (which is my roommate's room). Or the way my downspout on the front of my house won't stay on. Or the way there's a half-finished bathroom in the basement. Or the way they try saying there's two parking spaces behind the house when one is blocked by a giant ass tree, and want us to pay $200/year for EACH. Or the way about a third of my dining room was leaking during a rain storm. (which to their credit they fixed the next day).

Back to that stove. Well, they found a way to shut off the oven (which was the big problem), so at least I could use the stove. Well, that was cool for about 2 weeks, but I was really starting to want an oven. So I'd call them/walk over there about once a week and bug them. They'd come over every now and then, but it still wouldn't be fixed. Finally, I found the owner, and bitched, and about a week later I finally got a brand new stove... IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER. I moved in August 25th. That's 3 months without an oven.

Oh, and then there's the fact that when it got really cold the other week, my furnace only half worked. So I call them at 5 or so when I get off work, (they're open until 6), and after getting the machine about 20 times, they pick up, and they say that they'll have someone come over in the morning, but all of the maintenance people had already gone home, so they couldn't do anything. Granted they came over in the morning and fixed it, however it was a cold night. This of course relates to the gas bill. Basically, the furnace was creating heat, but not pushing it anywhere. So we had to have the furnace on about 73 for the past month to keep the house warm. Now that it's fixed, I have the thermostat set on about 64, and the house is staying about 68, and that's with half the vents closed. In case you're wondering, that 73 equaled a $242.92 gas bill for November. How wonderful.

You know what... this is getting long. More landlord ranting coming tomorrow.

"last year's RENT, this year's RENT, next year's RENT!"


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