Jul. 19th, 2012

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Just got off another exciting argument!call with my mother. I am literally never encouraging a visit again. Like, actually. This is WAY more wank than anything ever could be worth. I am willing to visit home for short periods, but no parent is coming over, ever. Too late to stop this visit, but not too late to learn from it.

She wanted to spend like £800 for everyone for three nights in a super boring, far out of town hotel b/c she'd left these arrangements too long and Fringe accomodation is difficult to get. Only like, two places were still available. I said that was a lot for the UK, where hotels were typically pretty cheap, and that Katy and I weren't v. comfortable with a super expensive place--if necessary we were cool sleeping in different places, we'd still see one another like all day.

She sent this VERY patronizing email:

"Your dad and I spoke and we agree that your idea to save money is fine. I certainly don't want either you or Katy to feel uncomfortable. I have looked through the list, and have sent you the two places that looked OK. obviously they are the most expensive on the list.
One is the 450 GBP, at the top, the other is at the bottom at 600 GBP. There are two things that we wont concede to, one, no one is sleeping on the floor, and two, Katy, will not be paying her own way. Tell her it is pointless to argue, that's the way it's going to be. She is also not going to be chipping in for her airfair, or meals and should order what ever the heck she wants. The "uncomfortableness" you mentioned is cute, beyond that offers nothing to sway us. I would have paid for Jake's hard costs of a trip like this when Molly and he were living together, so I don't recognize the difference. Please try to get the 600 GBP flat and book it from the 11th to the 15th."

So I found the people in Edinburgh renting their houses out for the Fringe--TONS--and contacted over 40 of them. I got her back like 20 NICE, available options--cheap, convenient, and characterful. She said she'd be okay with the two most expensive ones (though they were still significantly cheaper than her idea), but not without bitching a LOT about how my dad was 'making such a sacrifice here' and being really snotty about me saying that Sam, Katy and I wouldn't at all mind bringing an airmattress/sleeping bags and sleeping on the couch/the flats' fold out beds/these things we'd bring, as it was just for three nights. And there WERE suggestions with actual beds for absolutely everyone.

Today I call her back, to say 'so the one we decided on--did you firm that up, as we discussed?'

We'd finally gotten it to the two most expensive of my suggestions, before this. The cheaper one was RIGHT DOWNTOWN, so perfect. The other one was a short busride, generally a bit more inconvenient, because we'd be dependent on busses. My mom starts in all "oh well, I just don't knoooow how we can be sure these criagslist people are reeeeeeal"

And I was like, "well, er, as we discussed, you can't be 100%, but you can like, easily request a testamonial/their contact info/do a deposit to reserve it and pay in full when you get there and are satisfied?" And then she starts saying the more expensive one of my options has been talked down by £100. I say "...but that's not even conveinent, it's out on the bus route. We'd be depending on the bus, and it stops early." She's all "DON'T YOU THINK THAT DURING THE FESTIVAL THE CITY WILL CATCH ON TO DEMAND AND DO EXTENDED HOURS?!?!?!??!?!"

Um, no. I've been there. They do not. They're a civic transport infrastructure. They give no fucks about 'increased late night festival demand.' This is fucking Scotland. They want you to buy their tourist tat and BURN IN HELL.

So I try to explain this kind of cordially and she goes all "WELL I HATE EVERYTHING YOU'VE PICKED EVERYTHING EUGH." Dude, then... do it youself? But you should see the photos, these are NICE houses. I was looking through thinking, shit, all of these are FABULOUS, and give me the Shame.

Then she's all "WELL I CAN'T TALK TO YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY!!! HOW DARE YOU TRY AND... MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT HOMELESS FOR THREE DAYS/THAT ALL YOUR WORK WASN'T WASTED?!?!?! SOME OF US ARE WORKING!!!!!!!"

Meanwhile she is telling my little sister Meghan how to clean the windows.

SO BUSY.
SO VERY BUSY!!!!!

Just-- every. fucking. conversation with her. It's like 'small thing'--->MUCH LARGER ACTUAL PROBLEM!!!!--->complete unwillingness to properly do it herself and not spend money like an idiot on stupid bullshit that won't even actually be convenient or give anyone pleasure. Spending money to stay somewhere nice and convenient: sure. Some fucking travellodge shit out on like, the fucking other side of the county: ...why even? She doesn't even HAVE a ton of money to throw away.

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