wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,


Jesus X. Christ, what a pain in the ass...you would think that when a nationally advertised hotel chain offers wi-fi as an amenity, they would actually provide it, no?

Not wanting to pay $160/day to help the Hilton family fortunes, I moved on Sunday from the Hampton Inn out in Chantilly to a Days Inn on Route 1 in Alexandria. Unfortunately, while this was close to my Mom's, and inexpensive besides ($80/night is pretty cheap for non-ghetto motel rooms in DC) the wifi was down when I checked in and never came back up. I did get them to take 10% off the bill when I left today, but still, it was damned inconvenient. I wound up washing my hands of them and moving to the Days Inn just outside Ft. Myer on Route 50 in Arlington. It's $30/night more expensive, but it's actually somewhat more central to most of my friends, the internet works - after some pounding on the side of the router by the hotel maintenance crew - and so I can more efficiently hunt for apartments and jobs.

Speaking of jobs, apparently PG County is not desperate enough to hire me without looking at every last marginally qualified licensed teacher first. Well, whatever...there are three slots open in Fairfax County yet, and I have an interview with Accountemps tomorrow morning in case the teaching thing falls through. I am also going to try and shovel a buttload of applications into the maw of USAJOBS in case the Feds are looking for someone like me. You'd think they would be; Spanish speakers with TS clearances can't be that damn common around here.

I may also wind up sleeping over at my mother's after all, at least for a little while. You'd think that with all the damn colleges and universities around here it would have clicked with me that September 1 is not exactly the best move-in date to have picked; I'm getting a lot of "not until October" or "not until September 15" from prospective landlords. We won't even talk about the one that wants a co-signer, proof of income, or a bank statement showing a year's rent in savings. WTF? Well, I'll find something, preferably not in somebody's basement or in a townhouse. I guess I could put up with roommates if I had to, but I'd really rather not if I didn't have to.

Well, speaking of USAJOBS I should knock this off and start shoveling.
UPDATED: Since my old fandom & gaming buddy Gary is moving to Florida tomorrow I drove over to Crofton and chatted with him for a while. Shoveling postponed until tomorrow.
Tags: domestic stuff, teaching, work
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