August 9th, 2005


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This morning, we were starting our routine with web comics, as usual, and right as I read Torg saying he was getting a call on his cell phone, the phone rang. Weeeeeird.

It was Rebecca from the office (of our apartment). She was calling to tell us that they need our co-signer's information. I explained to her what happened on Saturday, and she offered to call them. I figured that would be way more effective than my calling them, so I took her up on the offer. And after Steve explaining over and over again that, since we have a history, they shouldn't need to sign, I feel justified and highly amused. One of these days, people will learn that we do know what we're talking about more often than not.

...or so I thought. As I was typing this very entry, I got another call from the office. They called and ended up talking to none other than Steve, who apparently gave his whole spiel to them, and it would seem that we're both right. But if we want to not have a co-signer, that would require them to draw up a new lease, which we would have to go sign. This is a perfect example of how Steve doesn't care what sorts of inconveniences he puts others through as long as he's not inconvenienced himself.

Our current thinking is if they don't want to help us, fine. We don't need them anyway. The only problem is that we've been running out of work, and as it is, we're not sure if we're going to have enough money to pay October rent. This is something we've told Mom, and we're currently wondering if this has anything to do with their reluctance to co-sign the lease. Blah.


So. Today has been stressful, but that's what happens when you have to leave your comfort zone. We're looking for more work. Things are going. I can't say if they're going well or not, since it's too early to tell, but I think we're okay as long as we're not standing still.

In the meantime, our home teacher is telling us to draw up an outline for a flier advertising our services as Japanese tutors. This would probably actually be more of a job for Athena, since she's much better at tutoring than I am. The truth of this is illustrated in the story of how I couldn't for the life of me explain to this one boy why you can't answer "como estas" with "no hay mucho." He really was trying to do this; to me, it just wasn't logical, but I couldn't explain why. I told Athena about this and she almost immediately starts explaining that you can't answer "how" with a noun; you have to answer it with an adjective or adverb.

This actually sounds like a very good idea, tutoring. We're just not sure what we need to put on the flier, and we're afraid to ask anyone in case it's obvious and they're like, "What kind of a tutor doesn't even know what to put on a tutoring flier?" It's like in The Mythical Detective Loki: Ragnarok manga, where in one of the little extras Narugami was going to be a tutor, and Loki's like, "Um... Narukami-kun, if you want to be a tutor, you have to actually know stuff."

So if anyone has any advice they'd like to kindly impart, we would greatly appreciate it.