Rossy's Corner

What I learned from the hole in the crotch area of my pants

This morning I arrived at work and as I was getting out of the car I just happened to glance at my reflection in the car window and realized that there was a hole in my pants. To be more specific there was a hole in the crotch area of my pants and I was seconds from walking into work. There was no time to drive back home and change. I also did not have extra pants in the car. Note to self, put extra pants in the car for this type of emergency.

I had a decision to make which was to go home and change or go work as is. I decided to go into the building and start my work day. I did end up spending most of the day either in my office or strategically walking while holding something. I text my sister and also a friend letting them know that I had a crotch area hole but God is good and let me discover it before walking into the building and so I am blessed!

In the past something like this would have caused me to be embarrassed for weeks and then to obsessively replay over and over all the people I met who might have noticed the hole. But I find myself not reacting in that way since I started my journey of having a deeper relationship with God.

I did order several new pants online while on my lunch break and I made a note in my planner to take my three sets of pants to a seamstress for repairs. Yes you heard me correctly this current pair of pants joined a group of two other pairs of pants that have crotch area holes. No I’m not doing anything weird to get said holes. I believe that the stitching in that area is not done well and therefore sometimes loosens but that is a conspiracy theory for another time.

The lesson I feel I was meant to learn here is that life will throw me a curveball of a hole in the crotch area type of situation but I can choose to react to it differently and maybe just maybe I will also end up with a hole in the crotch area story to share with my friends.

Movie Reviews

What I learned after watching Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords

I recently watched the show Nightmare Tenants and Slum Landlords on Netflix. The show has two seasons it is a reality show following independent eviction specialists working on behalf of landlords and local authority housing officers investigating landlords and unsafe living conditions. It is based in England and during each episode the tenants and landlords change. Sometimes the tenant will be bad – not paying rent, destroying the house and refusing to leave. While other times the landlord is bad – not making repairs, threatening tenants.

What I learned:

Have an application. Do a background and criminal check. Check if there are any judgments against your potential tenant. Get copies of IDs of the potential tenants.

Get a security deposit and ensure that you follow the law in regards to how to manage the security deposit.

Get repairs done in a timely manner and keep all receipts for the work that was done since you will need to show what you did when the tenant takes you to court for not making repairs.

Communicate through email so you have a record of everything.

Do not give into sob stories – they will screw you later on!

Understand that a tenant will be rough with your house and a lot of tenants will not take care of your home. So yes you will need to do a major cleaning and repairs once the old tenants move to prepare the house for new tenants.

Put aside money to pay for lawyer fees, court fees, clean out, etc. There will be a time that you need this so just have it ready.

Make sure you can pay your mortgage with your own salary without financial strain because tenants do not always pay their rent and your mortgage company will not care, they want their money.

Have a fund sent aside for repairs because repairs will always be needed and your tenant will be right there to say that’s why they did not pay rent.