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Sunday, July 25

The Triumphant(ish) Return

Hurrah, I'm back in London, and have found both the time and inclination to write a bucketload of material here. No doubt I'll get distracted by something inane and actually not very interesting, but I will try to write a worthwhile amount. Saying that, it'll probably turn out to be somewhere in the region of 4000 words, but at least it will be something to read!

I've got a good few days' worth of events to get through, so let's get some boring stuff out of the way first.

Before I headed home, I kept myself really busy during the days, since I was only working in the evenings at my 2 pubs, more of which a little later. I've realised that there is a hell of a lot of shit I need to do before I go to Germany, so I need to get myself a lot more organised than I am currently am about the whole affair.

'Twas with that in mind that I sorted out my travel insurance, before ringing my Dad and getting him to pat for it. Parents are handy in that way, or at least mine are. Whilst I was on the phone, he told me that my Mum and him were thinking of coming down to see me for a day after that weekend, since I had a day or two off work.

When I went to work that night, I found out that I wasn't needed by either of my two pubs until the following Friday, which meant that I could go home to Melksham, to see a few people, my parents amongst them. Well, I'd better make an effort to see them, seeing as they do pay for a lot of things for me, as well as having bought me a laptop and an iPod in recent months...

More on my relatively eventful week at home in another post. For now, I want to talk about money.

Specifically, the issue of rent paymments in my household. Even more specifically, the lack of said rent payments.

I can't remember if I've described the set-up of how we pay rent in my house, so I'll go through it again. We set up a joint account in the name of myself and one other of my housemates. All of the rent from the 7 individuals in the house is paid into this account, and all of the rent paid to our landlord comes from it. It's supposed to make it easier for the landlord, since he only has one cheque to cash each month.

Problems arise when certain of my housemates fail to pay the rent on time. The household rent cheque is dated for the 13th of each month, so we're supposed to pay each of our amounts (£370 per month) by that time in order for the cheque not to bounce.

I can't remember the last time a rent cheque didn't bounce at the first attempt.

And I think the only reason that that particular one didn't bounce is because I transferred over £1000 of my own money to prevent it from bouncing. Yes, at that time I was a little more fluid in my financial situation, which enabled me to do so. I couldn't do that at this particular point in time! Hell, I couldn't afford to transfer £100 at the moment.

The reason that I was able to make that transfer at that point is because I have internet access to the account, along with my own two. I can keep an eye on what is happening to the account, which is handy since nobody else gives a damn about it. I thus know at any given time how far we are into our overdraft of £1250. We're always into our overdraft...


Sorry, Trivial Pursuit is calling, I shall return to this sordid tale later on this evening.


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