I am a bad, thoughtless neighbor.
Or at least that's how my fellow board member who also happens to be my treasurer's wife sees it.
My 11 month unemployment jag was no secret.
And while I've been working for a little over three months, playing catch up on debt is a bitch. Frankly speaking, I knew that it would probably take six to nine months to get back to zero.
And yes, I am behind on my assessments.
Note: When I say behind I mean BEHIND.
I, of all people, know that good intentions don't pay a condo association's bills. Moreover I was one of several board members who voted for tougher rules on owners that fall behind on their assessments.
Irony is a motherfucker.
Like it or lump it I was (and am) behind in my assessments and had have limited e-mail conversations with our association treasurer about the actual amounts that were owed.
He said it was one amount, I disagreed and said it was another.
Because how can I start to formulate a repayment plan when I didn't have a starting out figure?
In all honesty our treasurer wasn't too swift about getting back to me and I was too busy trying to figure out how to keep a roof over my head and my utilities on.
Then I got my current position and set about making nicey with ComEd, Peoples Gas & AT&T.
But guess what happened?
Our treasurer's wife, let's call her The Teacher, jumped in the fray.
At first she called and stated that a lien could be placed on my unit.
And while I assured her that I would pay up as quickly as possible, at least things were somewhat cordial.
That changed a few weeks ago.
'Cause The Teacher took it from business to personal.