Thursday, June 07, 2007

Dumb phone calls

I sure hate the phone. Usually I don't answer and wait for someone to leave a message. Telemarketers never leave messages, so this is a time-saver. But now that we have two apartments for rent, I have to answer it every time. Ugh. All day long, I fielded calls such as this:

"Hi I'm calling about the apartment for rent."

"Which one?"

"The one you have on Craigslist."

"We have a studio and a two bedroom."

"Oh, the studio. But I need it for July."

"But the apartment isn't available until August."

"Yes, but I really need it in July."

"Sorry. But someone is living there until August. Good luck."

"Wait! Can't they leave in July? I really, really need it for July."

(laughing at the young man's entitlement issues) "Sorry, buddy. Again, good luck."

We rented the two-bedroom yesterday (woo-hoo) but the studio is proving a bit tougher. Again it's the bathroom situation. There is a curtain (which we installed) to grant some bit of privacy, but the curtain doesn't really block sound nor smell, and this is a turn-off for many. What's funny is that the French couple now occupying the studio have had friends staying with them for weeks. 4 people in that tiny apartment with the bathroom in the corner. And a cat. I bet mornings are quite odorous down there, lol.

19 comments:

Snooze said...

If they can have four people and a cat in a studio space, maybe the French couple wouldn't have minded July boy joining them a month early.

Lemuel said...

Your entitled apartment seeker must be the same person who called about a job with my wife's employer. This person calls every two or three hours to ask if she got the job. She has not filed a formal application. She has not has an interview with the owner. She has not submitted resume or credentials or criminal/drug clearances. But she's wondering every few hours if she got the job.

David said...

"Haven't you heard? August is this season's July."

Ed said...

I would have asked the July guy for a picture. He may be a hottie and used to getting what he wants by his looks. Perhaps he could stay in ND's place until the studio opens up. Won't it be vacant soon? Remember the guy may be real cute.

Cooper said...

I like Snooze's idea. Next time you field a silly call like that, you might suggest it (tongue in cheek).

I'll bet none of the four people in the studio (plus cat) have litter box privacy issues. Or if they did, they don't any longer.

Patricia said...

four people and a cat in a studio with no bathroom door. god love the french.

Polt said...

A French couple living in a studio apartment with two friends and a cat. And a toilet in the corner.

SOunds better than most of the stupid sitcoms they have on TV now.

HUGS....

bardelf said...

I, too, dislike using the telephone. Thank goodness telemarketing is nearly a think of the past now in the States (legislation passed a couple years ago).

As for the bathroom, is there a way to build small, inexpensive walls around it? Just some 2x4s and paneling? That would give it a bit more privacy.

Lewis said...

Should we send in the camera crews for a new reality series? Sounds like they'd have a lot of material to work with.

Chunks said...

I love the phone. Not the ringing part but the talking part. I bet you are shocked to hear that.

The Wisdom of Wislon said...

pong on:>)

dirk.mancuso said...

If you don't rent the studio anytime soon, is there a way you could enclose the bathroom and increase its appeal?

Normlr said...

Sounds like the crazy chick who was renting an apartment I was leaving a number of years ago. She contacted me and all but demanded that I leave early because she had to be out of her place early.

As it was I moved out on the first instead of the end of the month since I had nowhere to go. She arrived while I was moving my stuff out at 8:00am and proceeded to call the police and report a strange man in her apartment. The police were not happy to be bothered was such crap and gave us both shit.

Stupid bitch. I considered shitting in a corner before I left. I should have.

Enemy of the Republic said...

Me, me, me, me. People worship at the shrine of me. So be an obedient minion and kick the tenants out for his sake. Me must rule.

Lord, entitlement...don't get me started.

GayProf said...

You are looking to rent out an apartment, I am looking to move into an apartment... Sigh, if only we were in an even remotely near location.


For the record, though, I take the landlord's word about when an apartment will be or won't be available.

Perhaps the French couple would trade you scat-oriented stories from the past month in exchange for a rent reduction. With that many people plus a cat, they have to had at least one by now. I know how you love those stories...

Scottsdale Girl said...

There are no words.

I can't poop at my work! How does one poop 10 feet from another without any protection?

How? *shudders*

teh l4m3 said...

Yeah, maybe you guys should see about getting a door in there, if at all possible. Even a cheapie.

BTW, you sure have aged.

HA HA I KID! YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL!

JR said...

I couldn't do what you do. I hate the phone and find every reason to never answer it. I check messages weekly. I'm a horrible person I'm sure. I just like people in person or even more removed like this or e-mail..

dawn said...

Maybe the July guy could crash with the studio couple and their two friends and the cat. And, uh, yeah, that whole bathroom thing is freak-y. That's like a really bad dream I always have when I have to pee while I'm sleeping. I can't find a real bathroom, just a toilet in the middle of the room or something.

That might be too much information.