The “woman” I’m referring to is “Landlord”
I was traveling on business one year, in the midst of a multi state, multi trade show trip. I’m tired, cranky, annoyed. Ya know, the usual, and I get a call from my Landlord.
Dreading the call; I reluctantly answer.
“Hello?? Hi. Its me. Listen, I think the battery on your car is dead”.
Well that’s interesting. I don’t recall giving you permission to drive my car.
Me: You don’t say. Care to tell me how you found that out?
Landlord: Well yea, I wanted to move your car, so when I tried to turn it on, it didn’t work.
Me: Oh. I don’t remember getting a call from you about that. Weird, my service must’ve been out. How did you get my keys?
Landlord: Well, I went downstairs to drop off your dog and I figured when I was there, I would move your car, so I found your keys.
Me: What do you mean – drop off my dog? Where was she?
Landlord: Oh, I brought her upstairs. She was barking so I went to give her chips…
Landlord: Yea, I saw them in the cabinet
Me: Audible Sigh
Landlord: Anyway, I heard her barking, gave her chips and when she finished I brought her upstairs. She made herself right at home and ran around and had a great time!
Me: Okay. Listen, I’m not really comfortable with anything now. You shouldn’t take my dog anywhere, you shouldn’t go through my cabinets, giving her people food, and you shouldn’t drive my car!
Landlord: I just felt so bad for the barking! You know I love dogs….
Me: yes. Also, please do not drive my car without my permission. Chances are, you were not stepping on the clutch properly, and it didn’t start. I’m not thrilled that you were able to find my car keys either
Landlord: Oh I didn’t look for them they were just on the counter
Me: yes, I think you’re missing the point. I appreciate you trying to help, but we do need to establish some boundaries
The conversation continued on for a few minutes from here, but I would like to applaud myself for not yelling. I call Sunshine to recap, and we’re discussing when…
Landlord: “Sunshine! Sunshine! Can I talk to you? I think Buttercup’s mad at me”
Sunshine: (to her) “Why do you think that?” to me “I hate you she’s down here and now she’ll never leave”
Me: hahaha, send her my best
I have to admit, I did feel a little bad for Sunshine having to deal with the landlord for a full week…