Hey there everyone. I’ve got two quick things to talk about… I’ll go into more detail later this week. First of all, I want to say that I had a great time this weekend, if not an exhausting time. I attended the Texas Libertarian Party Convention down in Houston, and enjoyed meeting Ron Paul, Michael Badnarik, James Werner and Rock Howard – all very important politicians and members of the Libertarian Party. Thos and I got a whole lot accomplished while we were there, and I’ll be detailing that here and on the campaign website, but I just wanted to check in with everyone and let you know I’m alive and back in town now (although I spent most of today in Dallas recouperating and wrapping up campaign business with Thos).
In other news, my landlord and I had a raucous argument over the phone today. When I got back to the apartment in Tyler, there was an eviction notice on my door. This ain’t no Orlando Vacation Home Rental, this is my castle – so as you might imagine, I was a little miffed.
The landlord has been targeting for eviction people who live in the complex for no other reason other than I think he really likes evicting people – and then complains that he has too difficult of a time keeping tenants. I’m the latest target, and the whole tiff seems to be mostly over the fact that I put my cigarettes in glass containers on my porch. Last week some time, he brought the owner over to my apartment and tried to force his way in to inspect the house.
As most of you know, I watch my Matlock, so I know my rights. I’ve actually had too many run-ins with bad landlords to count, so I know how to deal with them when they start getting pushy… you simply don’t back down, make a big deal out of his request, threaten legal action, and then make a concession on what was probably a simple request in the first place, but make it seem like a big deal.
Well, I’m such a nice guy, I’m going to provide you with the recording of the conversation he and I had for educational purposes. If you’ve subscribed to my RSS feed, it’ll automatically download by your podcast client. Otherwise, click here.
As you notice, in the recording, Burt makes several mentions of how unattractive the receptical is. I was playing this for my old neighbor Jarred, who said that I should have responded with how unattractive my landlord is. He’s the sort of guy you send flowers to his wife just because you feel sorry for her.