Overcoming a nasty mood
For a variety of reasons, I’ve been in a negative mood all morning:
- Apple rejected Instapaper 1.4 for a stupid icon issue, then screwed up the screenshots last night, causing a bunch of extra work for me and angering some of my customers.
- All of last night’s programming time was spent trying to track down a nasty bug. The worst part: I didn’t. I had to go to bed without fixing it. This is crushing for a programmer.
- My current landlord (not the new one, who is awesome so far), a management company, is being hostile and ridiculous with both the cigarette-smoke problem and the process of my moving out, screwing up everything they can and generally dealing with me in the nastiest way possible that I’m pretty sure is a strategy to invent reasons to keep my $2500 security deposit. They’re ensuring that they make my move-out as expensive as they can, probably in a misguided effort to prevent me from doing so. (They even want an additional $250 deposit to cover damages that I may create as I move out.) Tip: If you’re looking to rent an apartment in Westchester, stay far away from buildings managed by Keystone Realty Associates.
This blog post is serving as self-therapy, so I’m going to now attempt to reverse or minimize the nasty mood by looking at the positives here:
- Apple motivated me to skip 1.4 and go straight to 2.0 in a few weeks for my incredibly popular and awesome (IIDSSM) iPhone application, from which the proceeds bought my wife and me a retirement fund last year. I’m able to write this application in my free time because my day job rules and my boss is incredibly generous and progressive.
- I’m moving out of my already-pretty-nice apartment into a better one in another ridiculously nice suburb of the best city in the world. The move is costing a lot up front (fees, deposits, movers, etc.), but it’s reducing our daily commute time by about 60% and dramatically improving our quality of life.
You know what? I feel better now. My life is awesome and I have no reason to complain. Thanks, Tumblr new-post textarea.