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July 16, 2014

3 - 2 - 1 - Launch!

I've felt that way for two days now.

Late Monday evening, we had one of those massive rainstorms. Brief but violent, with the rain pouring at a pace that suggested someone was emptying an Olympic-sized swimming pool off the roof.

(Before I get distracted by The Rest of the Story, let me add that during the early part of the rain, I kept hearing an odd thump every few seconds. I was standing on the balcony, trying to figure out if it was baseball-sized hail or what, when some kind of missile flew past my head.

As it turns out, someone upstairs was un-potting houseplants and throwing the matted dirt/plant rootballs off the balcony and into the bushes at the front of the building. Dangerous.

Some people treat the common areas of this complex like a public dumpster.

They are why we can't have nice things.)

Anyhow, to return to our primary topic today, a few minutes after the deluge, came the drip. An uncharacteristic drip that penetrated even my late-evening gaming stupor.

A quick glance was all it took to reveal the damp (and spreading) stain on the ceiling. A leak!

(This is not our first time at this particular rodeo but it continues to annoy. We live on the second floor of a four-story building. When the stupid roof leaks, why does it always leak into our apartment, instead of the top two floors?)

Where was I?

Oh, yes. A leak! In fact, five leaks in the living room ceiling.

I'm running around putting down buckets and spreading out industrial-sized garbage bags to protect the geriatric carpet when the R.C. comes out of her bedroom to inform me that at least three leaks have developed in her ceiling as well.

Maintenance people, carpet cleaning, promises of roof patching before the next round of storms, blah, blah, blah.

After the carpet cleaning, that service guy left Jet Engine Fans blowing over and under the carpet, to make sure it all got really, really dry. I've been listening to them for two days now.

I think I kind of forgot where I was going with this story.

Massive rainstorm. Roof leak and/or roof drains overflow. Our ceiling leaks. I run around at midnight, frantically unplugging electronics and dismantling the computer network that--naturally--lives right under the multiple leaks in our ceiling.

Loud fans.

A reliable source told me it could have been worse. The first-floor apartment had an inch of water on their floor.

Shudder. They have those new faux-wood floors, so it wasn't a matter of damaged/dirty carpet, but any non-metal/non-plastic item touching the floor would have gotten saturated with filthy, drained-off-the-roof-and-down-through-the-walls-and-ceiling water.

Which, at a guess, would include most people's furnishings--couches, chairs, bedding, etc. We were, in retrospect, very lucky that nothing we owned was damaged.

To recap: We're getting a lot of rain during this 'monsoon' season and some of it came indoors.

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For those of you playing along at home:

1) The multi-tooth extraction went smoothly and more quickly than the experts warned me it might.

I spent the first twelve hours in a percoset-induced haze of contentment. I ate carefully for the next 4-5 days.

A non-event, drama-wise.

2) All of those "too many new clients" I was complaining about in May? I've already fired all but one of them. I was not making good choices this spring. Sigh.

One of the fired ones still hasn't paid me. They've been blandly polite when I've called about this matter, but I don't seem to get any answer to my inquiries about payment. I'm becoming annoyed.

I think I deserve to be paid for the work I did. The fee I was charging them was very small--but it's the principle of the thing, you know?

3) Another, long-term client went away. No big loss except that the agency I was working through announced that they were not billing the last for the last 30 days of work and thus would not be paying me. At the time, I didn't argue the point very strongly but I'm still holding a grudge over the $600.

This is what I get for working with the wrong people, I know. That agency is black-listed now.

4) The new client that's still on my books is 30+ days behind paying their bills.

I've handled this one carefully, this should be a decent, long-term account. This past week they told me that the check is in the mail (sigh) and so I'm waiting to see if it arrives.

4) Another new client has just come on board. I haven't gotten their 'stuff' active yet, but I've put in enough hours that they understand I'll need to bill them for July.

I'm getting rained on and not getting paid.

That pretty much sums up June and July.

posted by AnneZook on 07.16.14 at 12:33 PM


I laughed until I cried about the missile launches and your public dumpster comment. I have to quit reading now. The dog and the cat are starting to stare.

posted by: L-i-M-S on 07.27.14 at 03:16 PM [permalink]

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