Joint Contribution Post, by JakAshley
In case you missed it, here's Part I.
I was informed that the week after I secured our apartment, a new company was managing the complex. Because of this, we couldn't simply show up to an apartment with the key left inside. The new company demanded the payment before that would be possible. So, we had to overnight our security deposit and first month's rent the day before we flew out.
We flew into Newark, New Jersey on a Wednesday night. After some hassle getting our rental car (not Hertz, shhhhhhhh, it was cheaper even with the employee discount because Hertz only had a couple expensive vehicles left), we took the last leg of our journey to our apartment where we expected an open door. However, the door was very locked. After calling the property manager and getting no answer (at 10 PM), we mulled over the situation over a couple of whopper juniors at Burger King. We came up with three options:
Option #1: Sleep in the car.
Option #2: Find a hotel.
Option #3: Break into the apartment and sleep on our air mattress.
Jake utilized his talents from a troubled youth, and [omitted per Miller legal representative], and that's when the flock of squirrels left. Crazy, eh?
We woke up bright and early the next morning to sort things out with the property managers. Apparently, I had written a wrong number down on the address. Oops. Our stuff arrived later that afternoon, and members of our ward came to help us put things away. They even put together our bed for us and fixed our dresser!
We then needed to purchase a car. Hertz has a new program called Rent2Buy, where you rent one of their vehicles, and if you like it, you purchase it. The price is at a pretty significant discount, and since the cars at dealers that are 2-3 years old are mostly ex-rental cars anyway, why not get a deal? We picked out a car that was supposed to be located in Union, New Jersey. Do not confuse Union, New Jersey with its neighboring Union City, New Jersey. Eventually, we arrived at our destination. Just so you know, New Jersey is the kind of place where it's quite easy to get lost. For example, directions to a location might involve: "turn right, turn left, turn left, turn left, turn left, and your destination is on the left" and if you look at a map, you were going due north. By all accounts, it doesn't make sense. (Thanks Kronk!)
Unfortunately, the car was not set to arrive there that day (Rent2Buy is a new program, and they are still working these last few bugs out). So, we had to rent another car, and finally our car arrived a few days later. At this point, we were just so glad that we didn't have to blow any more money on rental cars (even with the employee discount, it adds up quick). How wrong we were.
To be continued... same bat time ... same bat channel.
Hummel on the Curse of Cash
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