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Searching here in Allentown

Looking for the apartments, I never found…

Literally.

I got hopelessly lost in downtown Allentown trying to get from my morning tour to my afternoon tour (which is why I’m kind of skittish about renting in a much larger city like Philadelphia) and again trying to find the where I was on Google Maps did nothing but zap my battery life (especially since both the topography and the street grid are slightly misleading).

I eventually ended up at my destination in downtown Allentown on the periphery of the property, which was conveniently enough attached to the PP&L Center. However, I couldn’t get in because I don’t have the code, so I called the number on the sign and asked to be let in.

“And you have an appointment,” the man asked with the enthusiasm of a dull rock.
“I would have, but-”
“We don’t have any units available right now.”
“Actually, I’m looking to move in May or Ju-”
“Well, then need to call us IN May,” and hung up on me.

Not to worry, I still have two other apartments to check…oh, cool, an email:

Dear Jonathan:
I just wanted to let you know that we no longer have any 2 bedroom units available within your time frame. We do have 1 bedrooms across our various properties. Please let me know if you want to keep your appointment.

I still have ONE property left in the area… and, naturally, it’s run by the same company.

I’m not about to give up just yet. As the things I want I tend to get… so I walked four blocks in the wrong direction before turning around and reluctantly getting lunch at one of the places outside PP&L Center. Then it was time to press onward.

As I’m trying to get a sense of place, I see a “NOW LEASING” flag wave in my face.

Well that was easy… too easy.

In fact, it was the wrong building entirely (no, they didn’t have any availability either). I tried making a map of how I ended up the opposite side of town with ten minutes to go before my appointment, but even Google Maps couldn’t keep up with my poor sense of direction. Let’s just say if there was a turn to make, I made it.

I did, however, get there… eventually (and entirely by accident). I was twenty minutes late, but I was still there (and she was meeting with someone else when I arrived). Yes, I know that contradicts my previous post.

The building itself is relatively new construction with clean lines, cool grey walls/carpet, and modern fitness center. The apartments themselves were a nice size with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. But none of that matters if none of the units were available.

We head back downstairs. The agent confirms the paperwork, and I leave. This time I’m not about to risk getting lost again, so I have Lyft take me to my hotel. This day wasn’t successful, but as the song goes:

Well, it’s hard to keep an Aspie down, but I’m not leasing here in Allentown…

Categories: adventures, apartment hunting, lehigh valley, Pennsylvania, Rideshare, transportation | Leave a comment

Donut be a menace to South Vineland…

I left my apartment this afternoon to try the new a signature cinnamon spice pumpkin coffee at Dunkin.

Unfortunately, they didn’t have any frozen pumpkin coffee (it’s a 106° in Orlando today, “hot or iced” isn’t going to cut it) or apple cider donuts so I opened my Lyft app and put in Starbucks on Vineland Ave (which isn’t in the app yet, so I put in the anchor Publix).

The driver arrived quickly enough and was quite friendly and everything was going smoothly… until he decided to take a “shortcut” by using the side entrance for delivery and then pulling around to the Publix.

Unfortunately, it was blocked off by construction equipment (why didn’t he see it from the road?), so he had to drive all the way to the end of the plaza just to be blocked by construction fencing and then backtrack to the main road so he could take the next entrance leading towards Walgreens and tried to cover it by pulling up in front of the store and saying, “yep, here we are at Walgreens. This is your destination, have a good one.”

He seemed stunned that I didn’t fall for that and I told him to drop me where I told him to…so he pulls up to the Publix around the corner (which was technically correct, but I only put it in because my ACTUAL destination isn’t in their app yet), and when I remind him for the third time that it was not where I told him to go he drives around the parking lot aimlessly until I told him “it’s the Starbucks next to Freddie’s.”

“Oh, oh, oh, of course I know EXACTLY where that is” and proceeds to ignore my directions and drive right past it, until he accidentally finds the drive-thru entrance to the Starbucks explaining that:

“I know the area perfectly… b-but the construction (on his shortcut) threw me off because I don’t know the area.”

Ironically enough, if he just followed his GPS instructions and turned right at the light, he wouldn’t have had this problem to begin with… and something tells me he did this on purpose.

Categories: adventures, florida, Orlando, Rideshare, transportation | Leave a comment

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