In preparation for our big move, I've been emailing people in our future city about houses and apartments that are listed for rent on Craigslist. I emailed one guy asking for pictures of the inside and outside of a house. Here's the response I got today:
"I don't have photographs that I can e-mail to you. You can see the exterior and neighborhood by clicking on on Google earth button. The house is clean.
The bigger problem is that the house is available now and you do not need a house until June 2009.
There are not many nice clean houses for rent in (name of city) . (City) has a high owner occupancy rate and most rental houses are junk or in bad neighborhoods."
Ok, A - I already had looked on Google, and there is a gigantic freaking tree in front of the house, so you can't see anything, and B - Thanks so much; it is extremely helpful to say, "There are not many nice houses in this city," if you don't have anything to offer me. Thanks. I think this guy's just a jerk, and I don't want him as my landlord anyway.
Also, it's a bit fishy that the only clean rental house in the entire city has no pictures of it, yet all of the "junk" houses have pictures. Apparently, I'm just supposed to take his word for it. He's probably hoping I'll be like, "Oh no! I better put a deposit on this house, sight unseen, so that I don't risk missing out on the only clean house in the entire city!"
I'm tempted to send him the following email:
Well, I guess I'll just have to live in a hovel, then. Thanks for condemning me to a life of squalor.
PS - If you happen to buy any new appliances for your fabulously clean house, could you please save the boxes for me so that I can construct a cardboard shanty to live in?"