20041010

the shitith hath hittith the fanith again - ith?

so, if you haven't read the 'the shitith hath hittith the fanith' post on 09.09.2004, you should go do that right now... i guess if you don't remember what i described during that post, you should go read it now, too... i promise, this will still be here when you get finished [and unlike most of my other posts, it is really quite short...]... ok, so has everyone been given the proper background info? alright, here we go:

so... how does one begin this?... my landlord from 'shortlets' in rome was supposed to send paperwork for me AND my two roommates to the police station in order for us to be able to get our permits of stay and such... well, like the complete bitchy moron that she is, she only sent mine... let's recap: three pieces of paper for THREE people that need to be sent to the police station... one piece of paper sent? hmmmm... 1=3? wait, something seems somewhat fishy here...

anyway, she gets fined 600 euros - that's $744.57 - for her error... and what does she do? oh, yes... that's right, she reroutes the fine to us... was it our error? NO. was the fine in anyway directed toward us? NO. - wait, i'm confused...

when she tells me that we owe her 600 euros for HER MISTAKE, i tell her that she must be mistaken and that we will pay her no such fine. davide [the coordinator of the rome studio] and dru [the angel who basically keeps all of our heads screwed on correctly here] get involved - so as to avoid a language barrier - and she STILL won't budge. dru even hauls herself down to our hell-hole of a police station TWO DAYS IN A ROW in order to try to work something out with the authorities that be - who, by the way, reaffirm our position to be correct in this situation - and the stupid wench [believe me, i could use much more aggressive and more crude, appropriate language to describe this putrid excuse for a human being...] still holds that we MUST pay her 600 euros or we must leave the apartment - BY TUESDAY. now, see if you agree with me here... - we [david, brad and i] have paid her IN FULL for the ENTIRE month of october, and yet somehow [?] we MUST [?] move out of the flat by the 11th of october? something's wrong here, right?

anyway, with the help of dru and davide, we're going to move into a new apartment - which will actually be much larger than the one we're in right now [oh yes, it will ACTUALLY hold 3 people in semi-regular conditions... basically, it's not a hobbit-hole]. the only down-side to this move is that we will no longer be right outside of campo dei fiori... we'll be in trastevere, which - mind you - is a lovely area of rome and it will be much nicer than the place that we're currently in, but it's across the river [right now, we're a two minute walk from studio and after we move, we'll be a good fifteen minute walk from studio..]... whatever. i'm so sick of dealing with nonsensical politics and the people who assume that because you're american and are not fluent in italian [granted, i speak PLENTY enough to communicate and understand] that you're a moron. it is just - point blank - infuriating.... we are IDEAL tenants. we are VERY honest, clean, orderly, prompt, kind, we pay on time [apparently, this is novel in rome] and i/we have been NOTHING but completely respectful and professional with these people. and this is how we are repaid? i just don't get it. i'm trying really hard to try to get it. but i just don't. i just can't. this whole situation is just completely, surreally f#@!ed up. yep, that just about sums it up... it's just plain f#@!ed up.

i’m out of patience. i'm out of things to say. i’m just out.
ciao.

4 comments:

Chris said...

Yea, this sounds very familiar. Of course I can only hope this type of behavior doesn't carry over to any and all Italians, but I'm afraid that in my experiences it has almost always occurred that way. I'm sorry you're having so much trouble with that stuff, but I think things will end up being much, much, much better once you get more comfortable in a bigger place away from that horrible lady. My curse of bad landlords has rubbed off on you apparently.

I should have warned you that Italians are terrible at paper work. In fact, I don't think there is an Italian word or phrase for it.

natalie said...

everything is/will be just fine... i guess that i just have to remember to breath and take everything in stride... we looked at apartments yesterday, and i think that we are going to take a really kickin' ass apartment on via degli zungareli near the colosseum but closer to trajan's market... i'll link it on my next post... because it seriously rocks...

have to run to class... cause a ruckus!

KidByte said...

Good grief! They must have found out that you know Chris! (or they think you voted for Bush??) I think Chris was on "the list" in Roma. Kinda like the mafioso "list". Once you're on it, you're ON IT! Good luck on the move! no more shitith, no more shitith, no more.......

natalie said...

curt... thank you for the wishes... i definitely didn't vote for bush [as i wasn't able to vote at the time and i - umm, how to put this - think that he is the most unfit, unintelligent, self-centered, money-crazy, sorry excuse for a human being/president that i've ever had the misfortune to know about. yeah. if chris cursed me... oh well... this isn't anything that i can't handle [as they haven't seen me angry yet and if they do, they'll be sorry] - i just have to keep my cool and let them remember that i'm in the 'right' and they're just wrong. i'm going to speak with the 'woman in charge' tomorrow about certain arangements for our current contract and such... i'll DEFINITELY be updating my blog tomorrow... until then...