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Wish I was a rich man. (Pt I) - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Wish I was a rich man. (Pt I)
For today, for a while, I had £86,000 in my account. For the next couple of years, I'll be lucky if my balance creeps over the £8.60 mark.

I have been a busy bunny today. First I wrote myself a list of things to do - because, as my dad says, a short pencil beats a long memory. I called the solicitors to find out the exact amount I have to wire them tomorrow, there was no-one there to take my call so I left a message. This kind of buggered up my next call, which ws to the bank. How do yuo arrange a TT when you dont know how much you need to send? I called them anyway, mainly to find out how much notice I need to give them, like perhaps could I call them tomorrow and have them TT it then and there. I seemed to be getting nowhere for a while as i dont have a telephone or fax mandate set up for my account (wtf are those?), and I was getting severely pissed off, but then Laurant, a very nice french fellow (yes that surprised me too) talked me through the whole process. I needed to send them, in writing, my wishes and sign it. That by all accounts is a mandate. I tell him I need the money wired tomorrow morning. He says thats cutting it a bit fine, by the time the post gets in, blah blah blah. I say can I hand deliver it? He sounds worried until I point out I'm working on the floor below him, and that prior to the takeover I used to work for the bank. That makes his day (no really) and after telling me what I need to get from the solicitors in the way of bank details, tells me I should bring it up to him, and he'll sort it out for me.
Task number 3 on my list, Insurance. I should have sorted this sooner, but I've been busy. I go to a couple of web sites getting quotes. The most reasonable one seems to be from British Gas! What the hell! ... I try and set up a direct debit with them for monthly payments, but to no avail! It would seem that my banks sort code is not as widely available at it should be, for BG tell me that my bank does not exist. I pay the years insurance on my credit card (what a life saver they are!) I now have bricks & morter cover starting today.
Work interferes with my set of tasks, the NY extracts need to be sent, except there seems to be a problem with the empty legal entity. Lorraine and Helene are informed, and I get back to getting some order into my life.
Finally the solicitor calls me back. First they tell me I need to wire them £150k ... my dumbfounded silence halts them in their tracks. "Oh no, hold on, we haven't taken the mortgage from that total. We'll call you back" I breathe easy once again.
It's now too late to go to the post office and get to the 1 o'clock meeting where my attendance was required. I do a "work/life" balance evaluation, and decide "bugger the meeting", I'll sort out the more pressing problems with my life first.
The solicitor calls back. The figure is now the more respectible one I was expecting, so I can let the bank know. We laugh at their silly mistake. I hang up.
I draft the letter to the bank, print and sign it, and go on a search for the "French guy" on the third floor. After walking around half the floor I bump into Mr Walsh, an ex S&P trainer, who now works for the bank. He is surprised to see me there, as the third floor is a no-go area for JPM staff! I had managed to get past the security doors by virtue of following someone with a pass. He gets me to the right department, and we catch up a little on recent events. I get to meet Laurent. He tells me he can probably get the TT done today as it's only just 12 o'clock. That suits me, after all - I'm sure the solicitors won't mind having the deposit money a day early, and I'll have nothing to wory about tomorrow.
I leave my mandate with him... and I get to cross another item of the todo list....

Current Mood: stressed stressed

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toyota27 From: toyota27 Date: October 10th, 2002 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)
/me bounces for ya

are you all excited or just stressed? lol.. I don't remember being excited til I turned the key in the lock for the first time.. but your 'first time buyer' experience seems to be going a hell of a lot better than mine! YaY :D!
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 10th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I think I'll be excited on Saturday... when I pick up the keys.
berone From: berone Date: October 10th, 2002 06:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Life Sucks

Now your gonna find the true meaning of being skint :o)
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: October 10th, 2002 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Life Sucks

You are such a chipper little thing at times, dear. ;)
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 10th, 2002 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Life Sucks

Me n skint aer long lost friends... it will be just like old times ! :)
_mauler_ From: _mauler_ Date: October 10th, 2002 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Played James! GO DUDE! :D
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: October 10th, 2002 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)
>does the "end-zone" dance<

Coming round to help me decorate?
tweezlebum From: tweezlebum Date: October 10th, 2002 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Are we going to have *very* restricted paint and fabric choices?

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