Thursday, May 9, 2013

Do I Go With The Honey or The Squeaky Wheel Approach???

This isn't my first rodeo.  I have moved across the country twice before.  But gone are the days, of throw a few things in the box and drive into the sunset.  Moving as newlyweds and moving as a family of five - is like the difference between playing Little League and playing in the Majors.  It is a whole different game.

And every week (or day), it seems like there is some new major issue.  Last week
, it was the repair negotiations.  Monday, it was the due diligence deadline and some problem with a signature.

The rest of this week, it has been the "no room in the inn" debacle.  Despite the earlier information I was given that "there is no problem with temp housing."  There is in fact many problems with temporary housing.  Including the very important fact, that there are often no slots available in the summer.  So as nice as the weather is in California, I didn't want to be living in a tent when we got there.  For the past four months, the relocation company has known the nice, polite, Southern, stay-at-home-mom Gigi.  The one, who remembers that you get more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.  So far that style has worked very well.

But tell me my family doesn't have a home, and the folks at the relocation company got to meet a whole new Gigi.  The one who used to work in corporate America and managed large teams and big projects.  The one who is Italian, assertive, and outspoken.  I was still polite and professional, but I sure as heck wasn't saying yes to "your family can live in 750 sq ft with a known bed bugs problem and an off the chart crime score."  Guess what!!!  Somehow, they have found us a spot in a three bedroom apartment in a relatively safe area without a reputation for bed bugs.

So lesson learned, always try to go with the honey first.  But if is means being homeless, remember that the squeaky wheel gets oiled.

That is life in the stroller lane. 

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