Continuing in my no doubt dubious analogy between apartments I have known and girls I have dated, last night I heard from the hot chick.
This one is a beauty, eh? Cool funky neighborhood, tons of curb appeal, show-stopping main floor with high ceilings, big windows (you know how some guys are about big windows), sexy mouldings and countertops. This apartment smiles at you when you walk in, and you melt. But, like so many hot chicks, there is a potential for trouble. This may be a high-maintenance apartment, with emotional baggage in her lower floor. There's a whiff -- just a whiff -- of mildew. A sense that maybe all is not right with the plumbing or weeping tiles (you know how some guys are about weeping).
There were a bunch of offers on this place, and I crossed my fingers, at the same time wondering about long term issues. This is a year lease. And when I heard last night that I was NOT going to be going out with her, I sighed partly in sorrow and partly in relief. And I booked an appointment to see the easy slutty girl again....
is the award-winning author of nineteen books for children and adults. His latest are Zomboy, a creepy and funny novel about difference, Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book, a portal-type novel with lots of confusion and graphics , and The Wolf And Me, one of the "7" series sequels, in which a developmentally challenged hero gets kidnapped by terrorists and tries to skate home. When he is not writing or talking about writing, Richard teaches at Humber College and gets laughed at by his children. He has four of them -- well, really, they have him. He lives in Toronto.