We settled. That's all I can say.

I'm happy. Private celebration tonight. :-)

Update:

I'm thinking of having a move-out party this weekend where everyone helps me pack my shit and bring it to my storage. Pizza will be served, and I'm not promising alcohol or anything, but we can talk.
Also I have a whole lot of older hardware and misc crap I might let go for cheap/free as we find it.

Yay, I get to go to court today!

The only people I talked to in the last few days that found my arguments to not have legal merit was the accounting department of "the old complex".

As the lawyer I talked with yesterday said "I'd call them and try and work it out. I wouldn't be able to live without a shower either. I'm sure they'll understand your situation and work out something."

I've been reminded by attorneys (god, I wish I could ever have a chance in hell of affording one) that I could have had it fixed by a professional and deducted from my rent, but then I ask "What do you do when it happens this consistently? I can't do that forever!"
Silence.

Who knows. Maybe I'll make court precedent today.
Maybe I'll make an ass of myself.

Either way, I'm fucked if I don't try.

God, I wish I didn't have to do this, but I do. So God, please let me win.

If I lose, I get 10 days to get the fuck out and surrender the keys, or pay the $511. Since I don't have $511, I guess I have to surrender the keys. If I can dig up $511+$450 in money order form, I can do a buyout on the lease and save myself a whole lot of trouble.
Unfortunately, I can barely afford my car insurance this month, let alone $511+(court costs, $75), so I guess I have to do this the hard way. Ugh.

Prayers, lawyers, and large duffel bags of unmarked cash would make my day right about now. I could use all 3, of course.

More information about my old apartments and the shower

Thanks to a nice lady at Meijer, I found out that I could request every work order ever filed on my apartment.

Here's the ones for the shower:
Date opened 6/25/02
Description:
Knob for the shower does not work. Water is barely coming out of the faucet. Can't adjust water temperature. Has not worked right since the last time you guys came out. Please recaulk faucet. He says his bathroom looks like crap!
Date Closed: 7/20/02
Remarks: "Repaired Shower"
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Date opened: 6/19/02
Description:
Shower head doesn't work.
Date Closed: 7/15/02
Remarks: "on another work order"
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Date Opened: 6/8/02
Description:
Shower head 0-0-0 (Paged D.K.)
Completed: 6/11/02
Remarks: "Replaced Showerhead"
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Note the overlap. Note the interesting overlap in dates.Might I remind you. They only appeared at my apartment -ONCE-. They replaced the showerhead while I was asleep. They didn't test it.

By the way, It's September 3rd, and the shower still doesn't work.

I really love this "ron" guy. He seems to consistently close reports without actually doing any work.
Check this out. My oven didn't work last winter for a month. Here's the tickets.
Date opened: 12-5-01
Description:
Oven doesn't get hot, only warm.
Completed: 12-5-01
Remarks: "Adjusted setting" (note, he never came to our apartment, nor explains what setting he adjusted)
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Date opened: 1/7/02
Description:
Oven 0.0.0 Does not come on
Completed: 1/12/02
Remarks: "Cleaned pilot assembly"
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Ugh.

http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002

More funny pictures picked up during my daily travels.

A few gems:
http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002/aas
http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002/aaw
http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002/aaz
http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002/aaa
http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002/aai
http://mainframe.timmins.net/gallery/sep_1_2002/aar