Confessions and Phone Conversations

Several of you that read the Lettuce have emailed me to ask what I mean when I mention the “Alabama Job.” Being the superstitious sot I am, I was trying not to jinx it like I think I did the job in Decatur last year…not that I wasn’t offered the Decatur job but that when I was everything else sorta fell through. Well…I’m trying to convince myself that we make our own luck, so here’s the confession. I’ve applied for an interpreter job with the Alabama Dept. of Mental Health. SCDMH was great to raise my salary last year to keep me here, but they have raised it as far as they can without re-classifying me…and I just feel that I really NEED to get out of South Carolina.

Okay, all that aside, on to the phone conversation, which I’m afraid is a harbinger of things to come as far as my moving goes (if I get the job). Kinda reminds me of where I was this time LAST year…

Nice Lady at Apartment Complex in Montgomery: Good afternoon, X apartments, can I help you?
Me: Yes, I’m Nancy Lassiter and I’m calling about your X apartment that I saw advertised on
Nice Lady at Apartment Complex in Montgomery: Sure, what can I tell you about it?
Me: Well, it says that you allow pets and that you allow large dogs, and I was wondering if you have a weight, breed, or other…
Nice Lady at Apartment Complex in Montgomery: We have breed restrictions for large dogs, yes ma’am. What kind of dog do you have?
Me: A greyhound, I’m sure that’s not on the…
Nice Lady at Apartment Complex in Montgomery: Oh no ma’am, they aren’t on the list from our insurance company. Greyhounds are not aggressive dogs like the ones on the list.
Me: Well, no, they aren’t. So is there a fee for…
Nice Lady at Apartment Complex in Montgomery: Yes ma’am we allow two pets and the fee is $500/per pet. When would you be looking to move in?
Me: Well, I have more than two greyhounds.
Nice Lady at Apartment Complex in Montgomery: Oh, okay, well thank you for calling. (click)

Why don’t they just put that on their website and save all of us a lot of time and trouble? 2 pet limit, $500 fee per pet. Not difficult.

From a posting made by my friend Mary:

this is the kind of person I am…
and have always been. Loving dogs is easy, they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives…

Lordy, I didn’t even get to the cats…

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