How Do You Feel Consistent – Penelope’s Trunk Jobs
We have mice. We’ve had rats for a really long time and I tell myself things like every apartment in every big city has rats, but I’m not really sure if that’s true.
I also think maybe I’m too old to live with mice. I mean, I’m definitely too old to write about owning mice, and probably too old to have a blog, except that only older people have blogs now, which makes me kind of comfortable. I mean, at least I’m not too old to have a blog.
The last straw with the mice wasn’t that my oldest son said he wouldn’t come home from college on Thanksgiving because the mice were so gross. I really couldn’t believe he would have come home even without the mice. We are so tired of it.
The last straw with the mice was when I had a personal meeting to start my own startup and I was so excited that I work better when I have a startup because I don’t know how to have friends unless I work with them. A mouse ran over one of the women’s feet and I screamed and we just stood there. We are so used to mice that we can’t even pretend to be shocked. I said, “Oh, yeah. We have mice.” Both women looked terrified, and then my younger son looked terrified, and I wanted to sound like a good mom so I said, “We’re really upset with mice so we’ll be moving soon.”
My son seemed so comfortable that I actually started looking for apartments.
Then I got the idea that everyone is working remotely now so I wouldn’t get people to work in person unless it was really fun to be in person. I had the idea that the future of work is that the workplace is the destination. Well, I first found a country house that was very beautiful and then I came up with this idea. Like people who can pay to stay with us in workshops or host external websites. I came up with a million ideas to find an idea that would justify living there and driving the company.
But mostly I fell in love with the country house. It has not been lived in for fifty years. The owner bought it when the area was a combat zone. Uninhabitable. He only recently renovated it, after the area was renovated. We will be the first to live there again. Most of them are original from the turn of the century. It is furnished. Here are the pictures.
I told the agent that my company was rented. He said the landlord rejected many of his tenants. I ignored it. I begged. I’ve already raised another $50,000 so we can put it into escrow to fill the spot. The agent told me he checked my balance and nothing came to mind. “Do you have another name?” Asked.
I told him, “Yes, remember, I gave you my other name.”
“No, I mean other than your other name?”
“Only Adrienne and Penelope. This is it. But I don’t have any credit so I guess I don’t have a credit report.”
Everyone writes about startup founders being different because they are tough. I told myself to be cruel.
Then we tried the company as a cosigner. Then an investor as a cosigner. Co-founder as a cosigner. We’ve done it all. We did a lot of paperwork that took three weeks. At the end of three weeks they said everything was ready, and the owner said: OK. The agent took their pay, and I started packing.
I packed up quickly. It was just down the street so I thought we could move the fragile stuff ourselves. I didn’t want to pay for packing materials, so I used all of our clothes to wrap the dishes. My youngest son asked me where all his shirts went. I bought him two new shirts at Target and had them delivered by Shipt and told him he doesn’t need shirts anymore because we’re on the move.
That was four weeks ago. Our items were packed for a month. I’m sick of looking at those two shirts.
Then we got the lease and he said there was no heating system. My brother told me about the governor of Illinois buying a mansion and flushing the toilets so that it would be uninhabitable so he wouldn’t have to pay property taxes. “Maybe that’s what the man of your house does,” said my brother.
Can. But why is it still for rent? And what about the agent? The agent should know that they are offering people an apartment without a heating system. Is this a scam? I don’t even know. I mean, I obviously don’t know anything about renting anywhere because here I am, back with the mice. Suddenly mice look great.
I sighed as I signed the papers to launch the new company. I like to be connected with other people. I like that people have to help me if I work with them. I can’t do it in my personal life, so I need to do it in my work life. He feels lonely otherwise.
The thing that makes me relentless is that I can live without clothes, dishes, books, or other things. This is easy for me. But it’s hard for me to live without a startup.
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