Thursday, March 13, 2008

Answering Phones, Dropping F Bombs and So Much More

Today I am working at Todd's office, covering the phones while his Administrative Assistant is out. While answering the phone is not the most difficult task I am in constant paranoia that I will either hang up on or drop an F bomb while one of his important clients is on the phone. I predict I will do this at least 359 times today. I think the worst part is having to tell people who's on the phone, because I always forget the name of the callers--despite the fact that they told me not .5 seconds before. Just now, I called one of the employees here and said "It's um... Shit! What was his name? Bill? Bob? From Something Telecom?" It's not my forte, but I am glad to help out for a day or two if it means making everyone else's job around here a bit easier.

Remember how I said we'd be closing on the new house on Friday? Remember how I said I was diligently packing the entire house? Well, on Tuesday--a scant 3 days before the closing--the seller requested an extension on the closing for another 2 weeks.

It's funny because just the other day I woke up and said to Todd, "I had the strangest dream last night. In the dream Mr. Seller Man wasn't ready to move and at the closing he told us how his house isn't ready yet. So we suggested that he live in our old, vacant house until we close on that one."

"That's funny," Todd said. "I dreamt almost the same thing. But in my dream he didn't live in our house. You're just weird for dreaming that."

"Uh yeah, that's where dream crosses over into nightmare," I said.

So, we're not moving this weekend. I will not spend next week scraping the bits of broken mirror off the walls in the radioactive orange room. But I have packed just about everything and left us with a week's worth of clothing. I have already scheduled the electricity and cable to be put into our names. So I have to go and reschedule all that.

I hate to be pessimistic, but I wonder if we'll ever get to move in at all.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That just sucks.

Do you have a realtor that you could run stuff in, can you negotiate the extension by maybe saying "Yes we agree to the extension, but we've sold our house and you owe us $250 a day in hotel room and food costs."

March 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Taoist, we do have a realtor that runs interference for us. Our old house won't close til after this one does--so homelessness isn't a problem for us. It's just a fricken nuisance, you know?

March 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, I know...does HE know that your old house won't close? Nothing wrong with a little bluff every now and then. ;)

March 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Gypsy said...

This is why I have to write things down. I'll totally forget otherwise.

Good luck getting the house stuff settled.

March 13, 2008 at 12:08 PM  
Blogger *~*Cece*~* said...

I hope you get paid for your day or two of working! hehehe

That really sucks on not closing. Are you staying at the house or can you stay on the boat for two weeks? Oy what a pain.

March 13, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger BJ Knapp said...

Cece, we are still in our house. We don't close on this one until after we close on the one we're buying--which is a great scenario because at least we can take our time and get the new house ready for our stuff.

March 13, 2008 at 6:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm bad with names too. Especially when I'm in a new situation.

This seller is a complete dick wad. I hope you're able to get into the house at the next closing.

March 13, 2008 at 6:50 PM  

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