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Green Room - Week 23 - Day 3

It was a busy day for me - and a busy night for Idol.

The Idol stuff first:

We had results for Last Chance Idol: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/787170.html
and they also received their second topic/deadline to sign up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/787501.html

and of course the main competition just launched into a new poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/787328.html with enough great reading to keep you occupied for awhile. Go read them! Now!


Now that people are occupied doing something else, I know it's only the people who actually want to know what was going on and I'm not just bugging folks.

I typed up a couple paragraphs and then deleted them. Not because they weren't accurate, and funny, but more because I didn't want to get into the specific details here in Idol.

The upshoot is that I was sued by my ex-landlord in small claims court. I hired a lawyer who assured me that she didn't have a case at all, and that it was an easy win.

What wasn't factored in was that small claims court pretty much will bend over backward to amend/fix things for you, even if they wouldn't be allowed elsewhere. Because it's "the people's court" and people are (apparently) morons.

Things I learned from this process: Even if it's a year and half later, don't throw away those old pieces of paper you have in a box. Because those are receipts showing that you paid the crazy people - and if they crazy people come back at you, they can make up numbers (including for months when you weren't even living there)

If your landlord says it's OK to do something - like paint - get it in writing. Even if they see it many, many, many times in person. Even if you talk about it. Even if there are emails between the two of you talking about it - they will still try to get you for "damages" because they had to repaint.

Check to make sure your attorneys have actually gone to mediation before you hire them. Even if they are friends of friends giving you a deep discount rate for their services.

When in mediation - the person who is the most inflexible is going to win. Come in willing to work something out, even if you didn't think you did... and the inflexible one is going to make things extremely difficult and potentially expensive for you, to the point where a settlement seems like the best option.

And so the thing that I feared was going to fall on my head ended up falling. About $2,200 worth of hard. Fortunately, we did negotiate for an installment plan. But this pretty much puts the wedding off until it's done.

So, if you are someone sitting out there who has benefited from your time in Idol and has been saying "Damn it, I wish I could give back to Gary, for all he has done, in a financial way", this would be a fantastic time to do so!

If you are someone who enjoys burning effigies of people to make them suffer - I have a name or two to add to your list. Just ask. :)

Ultimately though, this means that I'm going to be in a weird mood for a bit until I figure this out. So be cool. OK? ;)

Being cool is always an appreciated donation/way of giving back!


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Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:49 am (UTC)
Man, that sucks big time - you have my sympathies, Gary! *Hugs*
Oct. 3rd, 2014 05:05 am (UTC)
I'm with roina_arwen, and you know I am, we've talked about it. I'm so sorry, sugarface. =(

Have I ever explained what a wizard I really am at finding super awesome stuff super cheaply? If you guys have an idea of everything (and I mean like an itemized list) you want for your ideal special day, I'd be happy to see what I can get people do it for! This includes officiants, photogs, mimes, etc. You're having a very interesting wedding in my head! <3
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:39 pm (UTC)
It's less about "not being able to afford to pay for a wedding" because we were going super-cheap. It's another debt hanging over my head. I've been working on clearing them up... sure, they are "pre-marital debts", but as we've seen, just because something isn't reasonable doesn't mean that she couldn't be harassed because of me. Which is something that I don't want to happen, and I *know* she doesn't want either.

We haven't sat down and talked about it *officially* but there has been enough said that I know it's the case. I need to get my act together and pay this off, however I can.


Edited at 2014-10-03 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Oct. 3rd, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh, man. So sorry to hear. Glad that there's an installment plan though. And appreciate hearing about your experience for my own renting situation. Can't imagine how frustrated you must be.

Edited at 2014-10-03 05:09 am (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
Wow, that's horrible. I'm so sorry. And I'm really sorry it means you guys have to postpone the wedding. Sending lots of good thoughts your way <3333
Oct. 3rd, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that all this has happened and I'm really sorry it means you have had to postpone your wedding. Sending you both lots of good thoughts xx
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
And also oh damn! I was really hoping we would have until Tuesday again like we did last week to write as I'm going away in a few minutes for a long weekend and I'm not back until late Monday afternoon!

I shall have to have a go at writing in a few hours for this round! It's not something I have done before but I shall have to have give it a try.

flippin' 'eck! After this weekend I have nothing in my calender for months!!
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:25 am (UTC)
As a writer my only thought is... this'll make a good story!


Meantime, it's an unpleasant experience. Here's hoping it passes with a minimum of ick. Not exactly how you want to go to the courthouse, I know.

Good wishes for good things!
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:26 am (UTC)
You can barrow my happy place.
There are whips and chains and the agonized screams of idiots and morrons in it.

With all dead and done probly not doing second chance.
Been extra stressed and not much up to anything.
A friend of my mothers has moved in temp with two of her children due to unemployment and loss of utilities.
Just not feeling like anything.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
Bleah, I'm so sorry to hear that!! Love to both of you. Sorry about the crazy makers.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
Gary - I'm sorry for what you're going through. I, myself, have been hit with a financial crisis recently (as i've been posting in green rooms here and there). My thoughts are with you. I know you can't pay anything with that, but just know I can relate. Of course, given my situation, I obviously can't donate any money (heck, I have my own GoFundMe to pay for my car repairs), but I hope moral support is helpful as well.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 11:27 am (UTC)
<3 Take care.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 12:20 pm (UTC)
Huh, and here I thought mediation meant "both" parties had to negotiate. Sorry for the way this turned out, and as always, thank you for everything you do here!

Oct. 3rd, 2014 12:28 pm (UTC)
i am very sorry this happened to you. We used to refer to small claims as monkey court because of stupidity like this.

A friend of mine was sued for damages to the foundation of the house they rented --- because I had come over regularly.

See the fat joke there?

The landlord always wins. Money coming your way as soon as I get paid.
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oh cripes, not this whacko :shakes head: I had a feeling she might've tried something like this. I hate being right sometimes :(

I'm so, so sorry. And yeah, hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to keeping receipts and getting things in writing, but you didn't realize that at the time. Please don't beat yourself up over that.

Edited at 2014-10-03 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2014 01:50 pm (UTC)
Ugh. So sorry to hear that.
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