O/T - Vent
Ugh I am so tired of living in an apartment and hope we have success in the springtime buying a house because the last couple of weeks apartment living has been TOUGH. We live on the corner of the property which is great because it is pretty quiet and secluded, but the downside is the parking. We have one reserved spot right out front and on one side of us starts the rest of the complex's reserved spots but on the other is a handicap spot and then the extra area for a wheel chair lift. Right across from our building and behind our parking spot is the bricked in recycling area so there is just enough space to pull down this paved area to park our car. So all these "nice" cars park in the handicap spot next to us that are not handicap after our leasing office is closed because unless leasing calls the towing company and is there to sign for the tow, they do not tow anyone. Besides the fact that none of these people are handicap the annoyance of this is unless we back into our parking space, if someone parks in that spot it take a 10+ point maneuver to pull out of our spot. In our lease you aren't even supposed to back into parking spots on the property.
On Sunday, we left to pick up food and there was someone in the handicap spot, okay whatever at least we were backed in, but when we returned another car pulled next to that car and up on to the curb and sidewalk of the building as well. Last October we bought a brand new large SUV and that was the first time I have ever purchased a brand new car so this is always in our reserved spot and our couple year old SUV parks in the general spot. So my petty annoyance with all this is I don't want our car damaged by assholes parking in handicap spots who are not handicap especially when it sometimes is super difficult to pull out of our spot when people do so. In the year plus we have lived here there have only been 2 people with handicap plates parking there. Which doesn't annoy us at all no matter what direction we are parked in because they are supposed to park in that spot.
My second biggest annoyance right now is two dog owners, one in particular who puts their dog on their balcony all day to bark at any other dogs that walk by, all day, everyday. The one dog that I am unsure of the breed is not out there all the time, but quite often. The other owner has a husky who from 7 am ish until after 4 pm is on the balcony all day. It is just so cruel to that husky, it has been high 80's the last couple of days and the sun shines directly on her balcony so usually the dog is hiding behind her huge lounge chair also on the balcony. The reason besides how it is cruel to the dog this bothers me is because I have been working REALLY hard on better leash training my 1 year old chocolate lab. I walk him twice a day at minimum and usually right before 8 am and at 4 pm exactly because there are less people and less dogs walking around. We are working on his pulling on the leash, barking at people, and barking at other dogs and it is so frustrating that one of the back dog/walking paths is where this husky and other dog live that bark their heads off at us walking by. I have been able to get it that our dog barks back once or twice at most now if at all so that is progress instead of barking his head off back, but it totally amps him up sometimes so the rest of the walk sucks. Yet again, the dogs aren't supposed to be on the balcony without people, especially all day, and especially not barking their heads off.
Thirdly there are so many pet owners that do not pick up after their dogs it is crazy and disgusting. Which doesn't surprise me how our puppy got worms and a parasite last year.
Anyways, the solution to all of our annoyances, smaller ones that are not mentioned here as well, is to buy a home. Leasing sure sends emails about fining people on all sorts of rules not followed by leasing and nothing is actually done about it because people just do whatever they want here. Complaining to leasing does nothing either, they talk a big game, but nothing changes. We are actually forgoing a trip we wanted to go on next month and are saving the money instead since we really want a house and we haven't planned hardly at all for the trip so we will just go another time when it is planned out better in advance. It was the smart move for us to not buy a house right away when we first moved here, but it is time to put apartment living behind us.