New Shoes in the Rain

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The view from here

It's Thursday, everyone, which means the work week is about over for most.  I'm still on the hunt but have had another productive week and have made some inroads regarding my job search.

Have I mentioned that the house next door to us is a rental?  We've lived here for twenty years, and other than a couple of brief periods where both sons from a realty/property management family lived there, it's been a rental all of that time.  The most recent former tenants were nice folks, a family of five from south Florida.  They moved because they were finally able to buy a home, which is great news for them.  They told me that they had such problems getting the owners to do anything to the house while they lived there that they were going to move anyway, new home purchase or not.

So it seems that the owners of this house, comparable in size to ours, are finally doing some catch-up maintenance and repairs.  This began a month or so ago, when the decrepit fence that bordered our back yard was replaced in a big hurry with a cheap pine-plank model.  And this fence was placed about six inches into their property, which means that I now have that much more room in my yard, for what that's worth.

They also removed a large locust tree that annually filled our backyard with small leaves that were resistant to raking.  While I say good riddance to the micro-leaves that filled not only the yard but also our gutters on that side of the house, there is still a considerable pile of grindings in their backyard, which regularly are blown under the fence into ours when they mow the grass.  And the recent spate of activity appeared to have begun with a quick mow of the yard, followed closely by the removal of carpet.

Earlier this week I noticed out our kitchen window that the crew next door was using OUR garden hose to draw a bucket of water for something.  I visited later that morning and the crew chief cheerfully informed me that, no, they had used our water YESTERDAY, but not that day.  Correcting one lie with another is not a good strategy in my book, but that's where we are.

The funniest thing about all of this work is that the family who owns the house had shown it to four or five potential renters or buyers (it's advertised for sale or lease) before any of this work commenced.  I suppose they would have gladly put another family into the house as-is.

On a more pertinent front, my most current and promising job prospect has utilized current technology to speed up the interview process by employing videoconferences for interviews.  I had one with this company on Tuesday and have another scheduled later today.  Great approach and much more expedient than the traditional route of someone traveling to meet someone else!


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