Friday, August 08, 2008

The Atlanta Chronicles: Goodbye to You

I wanted to write one final blog entry while still living in Atlanta. This will be it. As soon as this is posted, I’ll be tearing down my computer and putting it into a box. This will not be my last post about Atlanta, in part because I’ll probably compare Tallahassee to Atlanta during my first few months living in Florida, but also because I never posted about some things I had always intended to. So those will (probably) still come, at some point.

The real tale to tell has to do with the horrible experience Melanie and I have had getting our Tallahassee apartment all squared away. It’s too much to go into here, but sadly I can already tell people to avoid any apartment properties owned by Concord Management Limited. Aye carumba. To tell you the basic point, Melanie and I were only guaranteed as of approximately 5 p.m. today that we had a place to live in Tallahassee this upcoming Monday. Concord just gave us the run around and kept making it sound like we’d be approved any second, but then kept telling us they needed something else and something else and something else (and they never called us, mind you, it was us constantly calling them to see what was happening – and I’m not kidding when I say they literally never called us, not once).

OK, I won’t wallow in that. Hopefully I’ll be able to post again soon. Tally is such a small town, I haven’t been able to figure out who offers Internet service down there. Everything I’ve looked into is a no-go, so right now I don’t have any Internet service coming my way. Which freaks me out, because I’m totally Internet-dependent (for school, if not for leisure). I don’t know what to do about it, though. I’m clueless.

Alas, that is all I have time to say. Next time I write, I will be in Tallahassee. Here’s hoping I’ve smiled a lot between now and then. The frustrations of the past two weeks have been unbelievable.

Oh, and for the record, I do defend my thesis on Monday at 10 a.m. Right before I leave for Tallahassee, because I have to be out of my apartment by 11 a.m. Fun, eh?

To be continued….


  1. Wow Ben!!!!!!!!!! Good luck. I hope it all smooths itself out for you guys. They have to have some sort of internet service right? I mean we are well into the 2000's and everyone has internet access. It's like a given! Too bad about the apartment. Last I'd heard from the folks it was a good thing and better than what you had etc. So this is a bummer.
    Anyway, I'm thinking of you and praying for you. I hope it all goes well!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Comcast and Embarq are the main internet options down this way.

    Oh, and Concord is known for being a suckers' bet. They're terrible. many people live in one of their places when they first get here, then move into something better when they see the local options.

    Good luck. I'm from Tally but lived a few years in Atlanta. had a good time there, but all my family is here, so here I am.