My travels have now taken me to a temporary living situation in Princess Anne, MD. I researched the internet for a relatively inexpensive place to stay for a short period of time. I was able to find temporary housing at Arden’s Run in Princess Anne, Md.
I didn’t know what to expect. I hadn’t been to college in over 20 years and I knew that kids were very different from when I went to school. I did a walk through of a four bedroom place and was ready to live in my temporary home.
The roommates were away on Spring break. I had made arrangements for furniture to be delivered for my room. I got a further inspection of this place as I was moving in. The filth was unacceptable so I had to do a momma clean.
The refrigerator had stuff growing in the crisper. There was enough growth to supply China with penicillin for a month. There was yogurt dated September and October 2009 and this was March, 2011. The freezer had meat that leaked blood and was frozen and stuck to the bottom. The ice maker was sitting on the side of the sink and I wasn’t sure if it worked. I took everything out of the fridge and freezer and threw out the unidentified boxes of leftover restaurant food and other outdated stuff.
Dishes were disgusting. There was white powdery stuff and itty bitty brown things that may have been bugs. The smell was awful. I suspect is was because of the dishes that were left sitting in the water with white crap floating on top. The microwave had a burst of food all in it. When I cleaned it out, I was unaware that the inside was white. Amazingly the stove was clean. The counters were dirty and I sprayed it down with a heavy dose of disinfectant.
The floor was white linoleum and had lots of stains and spots and sticky to walk on. the garbage disposal was leaking into the bottom of the sink and stuff was really wet. The garbage disposal drained slow. Empty bottles of wine and liquor were on top of the fridge
The cabinets had assorted food that I did leave alone except for the bread that was molding. I didn’t think my roommates were going to eat that when they got back. Sticky stars were on the cabinets.
The carpet was full of hair. I wasn’t sure if I was living with Rapunzel or a hairstylist. I noticed a stain in my carpet but the my room was otherwise clean.
The laundry room was full of lint and the floor was dirty. Dirty clothes were on the floor and in a corner. Drops of laundry detergent was smeared over the washer and dryer.
The living room furniture was a nightmare. The yellow and putrid green couch was comfortable but butt ugly. The day bed is sunk down in the center as if it gave up because a sumo wrestler sat on it. There are two TV’s and only one had cable. A mini fridge, desk and chair are also in the living room along with the broken skateboard.
I needed Don from Surf City to help me disinfect the bathroom. The germ count was high and I was bravely going in. Hair was everywhere. I started cleaning the bathroom and washing the rugs. On top of the trash can, I saw a bag and a box. I thought to myself that this is a period pad and I was too through. What I found was almost as bad. It was a pregnancy test. I wasn’t picking up that thing to see if she was or wasn’t. To the trash it went.
After their arrival, the adventures continued. One Saturday morning the one of the roommates alarm went off steady for fifteen minutes. I called her and maintenance. They couldn’t do anything about it. I was too through and got the bright idea to start shutting off the power. I finally got that thing quiet.
The walls are paper-thin. I can hear my roommates conversations in their rooms and they were talking in their normal voices. I also heard the people upstairs arguing at 1:00 a.m. Since this was a week night, I called campus security to get them quiet. They signed the same lease I did. Quiet hours are between 11:00 p.m and 8:00 a.m. the next morning. I had places to go early and they weren’t going to ruin my sleep.
I’m sure maintenance got tired of hearing from me. They came to check the water in the bathroom and come to find out, it was plumbed backwards so the hot is where the cold should be. Lovely. They had to clear the drain from the tub, replace the lights in the hall and in my room, clear the drain from the sink, check the heating and cooling system, clean the vent from the dryer and fix the garbage disposal. I’ve had my smoke detector go off and they came in the middle of the night to replace the battery. I’ve got to hand it to Arden’s Run, they’ve got a great maintenance crew with great response time.
Overall, despite my adventures, living at Arden’s Run, I would recommend staying at this apartment complex if you need short-term living accommodations.