Tired and irritable.
I was attempting to sleep last night and kept getting woken up by noises. What are these dogs doing, I'm thinking? After being jolted into awake-land, I finally understood that whatever was going on, it wasn't the dogs. People going in and out of the back door. My first thought? Gilbert, the college-aged tenant, moving out in the middle of the night.
Wouldn't be the first time that something like this has happened. I gave him a notice a few days ago - though not an eviction notice, I wanted him to pay up. He has been getting behind and he had promised to give me money on Friday - though I was up in the mountains on Friday - yesterday I had to ask him about the rent (versus him coming and discussing it with me). He gave me a story about losing his wallet and that he will need to go to the bank to get some money. Perhaps he actually did lose his wallet, I will never know. Anyway, I figured the notice and his situation would be the only ones moving out like that, the other tenants are not the kind of people that would play those kinds of games.
So, I got on some clothes, came out to the kitchen to find JD on the old computer. No surprise there, he's been doing it for years, my on restriction is that he doesn't visit porn sites. He wants to do that, go get his own computer and pay for his own internet. Yes, I can tell, just go through the history and see what he's been up to. I don't do that often anymore, he is a good "kid", I think he's 20 now, have known him since he was 12.
He had earphones on and didn't even know I was there, but upon observing what he was watching, I had no reason to interrupt him. He wasn't the reason I was out there. Just stood there and waited. Sure enough, here comes Gilbert and 2 of his friends, arms loaded with stuff, walking through. Gilbert didn't say a word to me, so I ventured out into the deep blue sea and said: "Moving out in the middle of the night, Gilbert?". It was 2:00 am or thereabouts. He fumbled for words and said that he was "just moving stuff to a storage unit". He then finally offered he would be moving out and would be out by the first of the month. He further offered money on Monday and the rest of it next Friday.
Well first off, storage units aren't opened at 2:00 am. I know this for a fact. Any of them around these parts usually don't allow people in before 6:00am, some of them 5:00 am to accommodate for contractors keeping their trailers and materials stored there. Second off, he has been giving me the money story a couple of times now.
Whatever. No notice, just goodbye. Whatever again. This isn't the mature or respectful way to deal with such. Just be honest, that's all I want. I have never treated him poorly, I have only asked him to respect my rules with the washing machine and lately, asking him about rent. He stated last week that he had had his hours reinstated so I believed that he was simply going to get caught up on his rent and that would be that.
Well, this basically kept me up the rest of the night. A flurry of thoughts and immediately went back into my bedroom, got out my laptop and started writing up a room rental ad. I haven't had to do that in a long time now. I think Gilbert's been here at least a year, probably longer. I don't really keep track. I have no idea where he is moving to, I would guess some place cheaper, though my rent rate is cheap enough and includes utilities and all the perks such as WiFi and 231 channels of Direct TV. I could do without the Direct TV, but, tenants won't and you can't really lure people in without it.
So now starts the rather arduous task of finding a sane, normal person (it's a gamble every time, unfortunately). I think Gilbert has been here over a year and a half, judging from the last time I had to place an ad and still in my Craigslist account. Fortunately, all those ads are still in there, I can simply copy and paste all of that into a new ad instead of having to sit here and write a new one up every time. When you are running a new ad twice a day, that can add up to a lot of time spent, I am pretty thorough in my ads in what a person can expect in moving in here and what we expect of them. Pretty much weeds out a lot of people in advance and don't have to waste a lot of time with people who will not make a good fit in here.
Meanwhile, an entire family came out yesterday to look at the trailer. I am trying to sell the thing and get it off my property. Have been trying to sell it for a while now. They looked at it for a while, said thank you and left. Probably not, going to repost the ad since the one I have is well down there on the list on Craigslist. In fact, I was surprised anyone found it considering it is at least a month old and a person would have to do some searching to find that trailer on there.
Life goes on. I haven't decided yet but probably not going to church. I'm just too tired to sit there and attempt to remain attentive and engaged in listening to a sermon and worshiping for 2 plus hours. I am glad all this didn't happen on a work night. Mark is out in the trailer cleaning up after the dude that I basically forced out - and continues to talk trash to me via texting. Don't really care. He was BS'ing me all along, I knew he was but I gave him several chances anyway to pay up. Getting rid of that trailer is the best idea as far as I am concerned. It just isn't getting a lot of replies, I may have it priced too high, but I paid $2,500 for it and I always start higher than what I want for it. At this point, I would take 2 grand to get it out of here.