Monday, May 30, 2005

Curse of This 'N That

A few thoughts to wrap up this holiday weekend with...

1. Memorial Day. I've noticed a trend (moreso last year than I've seen this year) to have Memorial Day being not just about remembering those who gave their lives in defense of this country, but also to remember all who have passed on.

And to be honest, I really don't like that idea. If the US wants to come up with a holiday to remember those who have died, regardless of the circumstances, that's fine... but Memorial Day is about honoring those who served and paid the ultimate price for serving.

Now, I'm not completely fanatical about keeping this just for those who served in the military... I would wholeheartedly embrace the notion of expanding Memorial Day to also remember policemen and firemen, or any other occupation in which someone is helping to serve and protect our citizens, whether at home or overseas, who lost their lives in that cause.

2. Cover Stories #3. The third installment of my weekly column posted yesterday at World Famous Comics... and after you've read my column, check out the other great stuff they have to offer!

3. Mini-Reviews Status. As I believe I've mentioned before, I didn't have the available funds to hit the comics shop last Thursday, which has delayed by biweekly mini-reviews. I'm hoping that I might get lucky and hit the shop this coming week... which leads me to...

4. My Old Apartment. This weekend has left me a bit frustrated with that situation. Just to recap for those who came in late, I moved out of my old place into this house with Jessi in late April. Now, the lease on the old place was through May, and I understood I'd have to pay that rent (which I did... nothing like paying rent on a place you don't live in, eh?). Both this house and my old apartment are rented through the same company, by the way. We did the move-out inspection on my old place way at the beginning of May, and I was expecting to see the deposit returned on that place two weeks later. Instead, I got a letter stating (at least, when I called for a translation, this is what I found out it meant) that since the lease still ran through May, regardless of the fact that a) I'm no longer living there, b) We did the move-out inspection, and c) I don't have the keys to the place any longer, they feel they had to keep my account on that place open until the end of May.

Now, it's May 30th. It's a holiday. The rental office is closed Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. I know that they don't have anyone interested in the old place, because it's still listed on their web site (when I first put in my application, they took it off immediately). Tomorrow's the last day of May, so there's no chance that anybody's going to move in there before the month is out (they told me if they found a new tenant, they'd refund part of that rent... I figured that money was gone anyway). It's been four weeks since I've even driven by the old place.

Here's where it gets frustrating, on three fronts:

a) A friend of ours recently separated from her husband... or rather, her husband separated from her. If they'd asked us for ideas as to where he could move to, I'd have been able to recommend my old place (which would've been perfect for him), and I could've not only got that deposit back, but I also could've gotten some of that rent back. But by the time we heard anything, he'd already taken a new apartment... and as it turns out, it's in the complex Jessi used to live in.

b) It's possible that, since Washington law provides landlords and rental agencies 10 business days after move-out before mailing a deposit refund, that I might have to wait two weeks from Wednesday before they'll even *mail* the check. However, I'm going to ask them about it when I go to pay the rent on Wednesday, since it's been more than 10 days since the move-out. I may have to do a little research, and even stop by there on Tuesday to see what I can argue.

c) Half the deposit from my old place will be given right back to the same company to pay the pet fee for the first place... and they knew when we signed the lease we had to wait for that deposit to be returned before we could afford the fee (hasn't stopped them from sending us a reminder notice, however).

So... like I said, frustrating!

Jon

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