Hello. My name is Annoyed. There is really only one thing bugging me, but it’s a good one, and I can’t seem to let it go.
Briefly, because the long story is just too tedious: There’s a member of my 4-member home-owner’s association (at the condo, which we still have) who is an ass. He hasn’t paid back dues in more than a year. He’s demanding the roof and his bathroom be fixed before he pays dues (he says his bathroom is in this state due to the roof leaking, me, I’m not so sure). We say he needs to pay dues, and then the HOA will happily fix everything that needs to be done, as long as its an HOA problem. We all want our property to appreciate, that’s not at issue. We just need money to fix things, dude.
What’s at issue is that he’s an ASS. Seriously. It would be so easily resolved if he would just grow up and quit sending stupid emails. It would be even better if he would write and say, "I’m sorry for being such a problem. I’m going to eat crayons now." Yes, that would be good.
See? I’m venting HERE and not in an email to the other members. Oh, this could be fun. Wait, here’s what I WOULD write:
No, hold on a second. I started to write that out, and I didn’t like where I was going or how it was making my head feel, so I erased it. HE’S the one shouting, I can be the cool one here. I just hate the mind-arguments I have with people like him. Driving home this morning, I thought of about fifteen stunning things I could say to him that would drive home to him just how stooopid he is, and how he should do the right thing, and then my brain would spin and I would imagine the next thing he might say, and what I would say, and and and. I got up after five hours sleep, knowing that once my brain started arguing with him, I wouldn’t get any more rest.
Now, when it comes down to him, he’s not a threat. I don’t think it will go to legal action. I don’t think he could manage that — he hasn’t managed to put up a mailbox that he promised to put up last year. And I’m not really sure what he could sue us for, since he’s been the one stopping the HOA from taking any positive action. If he did, however, we’d just sue him right back for HOA dues.
Do you have ANY idea how much I don’t want to deal with this? (Oh, yeah, the escrow on the sale fell through, and we’re just going to rent out the place. Thus, having to deal with HOA crap again.)
But the mind-chatter, the mental anger and frustration. How do you turn that off? That’s my real question. I know with my logical mind that this is not a big deal — he just needs to pay his dues, and the HOA needs to decide who to hire to fix the roof and any resulting rain damage. It’s hard just having only four members, you know? Two are sane, one is an ASS, and one just moved in this week and will be entirely confused by old matters and frictions. Poor him.
I have to just let it go. I can’t do anything right now. I’m at work. I can’t do anything tomorrow, since I just need to sleep because I’m coming back in for an extra long shift tomorrow afternoon. Then I can’t do anything because it’s the weekend. So I should let it go. Stop thinking. Stop obsessing. Stop picking apart his crazy email, ridiculing spelling errors and lapses in logic.
But there aren’t many things that make me feel like this, and that’s a blessing. And I have a wonderful new dog at home that I miss like crazy. And a girl that I miss even more who’s seeing Hank III in the city tonight. So, with your permission and encouragement, I Won’t Worry Anymore.
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