Thursday, March 03, 2005

So so tempting

Back when I was moving house you might remember I was going to have to pay an extra weeks rent of $270 because I didn't give enough notice that I was moving out. Fortunately I was able to vacate early enough for the real estate agent to be able to find a new tenant before my notice period ended and so I didn't have to pay the extra $270. I was pretty happy about that since I just didn't have an extra $270 to waste on an empty flat that I wasn't using.

Stupidly though I forgot to cancel the automatic payment of my rent from my bank account resulting in me paying the extra $270 anyway. The real estate agent was quite good about it and about 2 weeks ago sent me a cheque for $270 reimbursing me for my accidental overpayment.

The twist to this story comes a few days ago when I received a second cheque for $270 in the mail. It's a mistake on the real estate agent's part, he's just forgotten he's already sent me a cheque. It even has an almost identical hand written note attached to it apologising for the delay.

I can think of many reasons why I'm morally entitled to a free weeks rent in my old house. The TV aerial socket never worked, the landlord refused to put in flyscreens over summer, and they didn't tell me before I moved in that I'd have builders doing repair work in my house for nearly a month.

I can think of even more good uses for that $270 right now also. Holes in my shoes and teeth, a wardrobe from 1999, an overdue Christmas present for my parents, and a girl to in vainly try to impress.

Whichever way I spin things though it's not my money. I can't say I haven't been tempted, if I'd had another reason to walk into a bank these past few days I think I would have deposited it into my account. It has to go back though and this public acknowledgement of that is designed to shame me into doing so. I'll take it back to them before the end of today and I'll post a comment below once I've done it.

That new pair of shoes will just have to wait.

A very well worn shoe


At 2:17 PM, Blogger Lachlan said...

It's done.

At 11:50 PM, Anonymous Richard Rodger said...

Having been in a similar situation I recommend a standing xmas/bday present order to all family members: "get me clothes!".

At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Craig said...

Good for you. Dishonesty always catches up with you in the end. (My public service announcement for the day).

At 12:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hows your development of sydney going on? I have been keenly following your blog

At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Bill Rayer said...

Well done, that was the right decision. But kindly remove the horrible picture of your footwear, it's making me ill :)

At 10:32 AM, Blogger licketySplitAUS said...


having met you in the flesh (even played some 10 pin bowling with you), I can say :

Wow - you certainly are a devoted and persistent one!

All for the greater good of your dream eh?

Good luck - I hope you get all the success you deserve.

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Joseph said...

Just discovering your blog, and I've just only started to do what you are doing... My god this is a tough task! A startup that is... I do hope the progress of Syndey is in its final stages... Good luck...

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous new said...

What's up with you? You haven't written anything for months. I was watching your blog.

I hope everything is fine and you have just so much work that there's no time to blog.

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Nick Pasko said...

Hi there!

I can only assume the worst, provided you didn't blog for, say.. almosta half a year now?

Damn, that would certainly be a pity, for devoted ones like you surely deserve success.

Anyway, whether you're still in business or not - good luck to you!

Nick Pasko.

At 3:53 AM, Anonymous Ian M. Jones said...

He's alive!

Just to let all those who've been worried about Lachlan, he is alive and well, I spoke to him last month.

I won't go into any details as he said he'll eventually post something on this blog, but it's nice to know that he hasn't fallen off this little bit of rock just yet.


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