Saturday, August 25, 2007

Foiled Rants

As you know, we are trying to rent our townhome. While it's taking a little longer than we hoped, overall we've had quite a few inquiries and, for the most part, have been attracting the kind of renter we want.

Right now we're listed on line at and, the latter of which posts your listing on a bunch of other rental sites.

I checked my email this morning to see if we had any new inquiries and was excited to find that I did. However, this is what it said:

"don't show that staircase as your first shot, it's dreadful! paint it a nuetral color and show the patio first! you'll have a renter in no time!"

(Lack of capitalization hers, not mine.)

This 'pearl' of wisom came from a Karen Cresse, who was kind enough to provide her email and phone number.

Now, this just rubbed me up the wrong way. So, I decided to retort. I thought I would share my response with y'all.

Dear Karen,

Thank you for your advice on the color of the walls at our townhome.

Are you looking for a rental in our area or is your life just so empty that you feel it necessary to send disparaging emails to strangers?

Since we have had many inquiries on our townhome, have three applications in-hand, and many people who have welcomed the warm color vs. the soulless, apartment off-white, I think we will choose to ignore your subjective and insulting advice.

I wish you luck in finding a rental with apartment-cream walls (if in fact you are looking at all)… there’s plenty of them out there competing for the bottom-dollar renter.

So there!

Unfortunately, the woman didn't even have the guts to back up her remarks with a valid email address and my retort returned within seconds as undeliverable.

So, Karen Cresse with an 818 area-code, take your unwelcome remarks and stuff them where the sun don't shine.

This, by the way, is the shot of which she spoke. Honestly, it's ok with me if you don't like the color. Color is subjective anyway. I just thought it was ridiculous that she took the time to email a complete stranger to tell him/her that she didn't like the color of the wall. I mean, seriously, move-on. You don't like it, live somewhere else.


e said...

What I'm curious about is why something that some stranger said got your hackles up like that?

TravelVixen said...

Well, my guess is the stress and pent-up frustration of moving and getting a new puppy. Plus, every now and then, just wanting to bite-back at people's audacity vs. always holding my tongue. It was cathartic!

e said...

Ah. The proverbial straw, perhaps?

caw said...

Ms Karen said WHAT about the colour? I love this shot of the room. I also loved your retort - most eloquent and erudite. Shame it got returned. I too like to have the occasional head explosion and applaud your efforts.
I had a friend who painted her laundry hot pink, the loo lime green and the loungeroom - orange. Her husband painted their bedroom an intense lemonie yellow shade. Selling their house took a bit of time LOL.

dancingmorganmouse said...

My halls are bright yellow, my bedroom wedgewood blue, the spare room green - I could go on - A pox on neutral walls I say!

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