We have spent a fraught week jumping through hoops for the bank. Despite assurances from the staff at the branch about the viability of our proposition, head office declined our business loan at the last minute due to our lack of experience in the industry. We are kicking ourselves for not realising that a Masters in Economics would be required before we attempted to run something as ambitious as 2 rental units.
However, after some creative accounting and faux-fraudulent assurances we have overturned the decision and received written confirmation yesterday. We had to see our solicitor last week and had conceived a plan whereby we could avoid signing contracts without revealing that we had no finances in place, but as luck would have it he proved to be an extremely fastidious and pernickety character and had several reasons why we could not sign until more paperwork had been chased up from the vendors. This would have been frustrating under any other circumstances but served our purpose admirably.
Team 8 managed a 2 sets to 1 victory last night, although losing a tie-breaker against a team with teenage grandchildren highlights how much room there is for inprovement. It was extremely humid and the floodlights attracted enormous beetles and large hopping mantis-like creatures making it difficult to know which projectile to hit in the heat of battle.