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Saturday, October 30, 2004
 
The Feeling of BLAAAA!!

Today is one of those typical days where nothing really makes much sense, and even if it did..., who cares? We wake up because it's the begining of a brand new day and it's the first thing we're "expected" to do..., and yet.., for WHAT? What would be wrong with sleeping all the way through to the next day as long as you didn't have any prior obligations?

HMMMM.., I DON'T KNOW..., let's approach that for a minute..., taking the good with the bad!

What kind of exciting events would we miss if we were to do just that? On the other hand.., what kind of wonderful, or even terrifying dreams are we cheating ourselves out of by sleeping away the day? What kind of once in a lifetime chances or even tragic circumstances are we escaping from? What if our presence that day solidified the balance between life and death for persons other than ourselves? What if our being there meant certain death for someone we love? What if our smile was the only happiness felt by someone else helping them to decide to hang on to life for another day? What if you missed the chance to meet the person of your dreams? What if you missed out on the dream that made you realize the person you're trully in love with? What if you're really in a dream and not actually on the computer? What if you had dreams of erotica with your fantasy dream person, but woke up and realized your sexual preferences were different in real life? DOH!!!!! WEIRD, huh?!!

Hey..., I have an idea...., WAKE UP and smell the roses..., take your chances like the rest of us!

 
The Feeling of BLAAAA!!

Today is one of those typical days where nothing really makes much sense, and even if it did..., who cares? We wake up because it's the begining of a brand new day and it's the first thing we're "expected" to do..., and yet.., for WHAT? What would be wrong with sleeping all the way through to the next day as long as you didn't have any prior obligations?

HMMMM.., I DON'T KNOW..., let's approach that for a minute..., taking the good with the bad!

What kind of exciting events would we miss if we were to do just that? On the other hand.., what kind of wonderful, or even terrifying dreams are we cheating ourselves out of by sleeping away the day? What kind of once in a lifetime chances or even tragic circumstances are we escaping from? What if our presence that day solidified the balance between life and death for persons other than ourselves? What if our being there meant certain death for someone we love? What if our smile was the only happiness felt by someone else helping them to decide to hang on to life for another day? What if you missed the chance to meet the person of your dreams? What if you missed out on the dream that made you realize the person you're trully in love with? What if you're really in a dream and not actually on the computer? What if you had dreams of erotica with your fantasy dream person, but woke up and realized your sexual preferences were different in real life? DOH!!!!! WEIRD, huh?!!

Hey..., I have an idea...., WAKE UP and smell the roses..., take your chances like the rest of us!

Saturday, October 23, 2004
 
LOOK!! It's MORE Stupid People!

Man Watches Disaster Movie, Burns Home

In Cordelle, Georgia after having several beers, Charles Alton Adams' set fire to his mobile home after watching "the Day After Tommorrow" The 32 man walked into the Crisp County Law Enforcement Center early Thursday and told deputies he had burned down the doublewide home. He told deputies that after watching the film, he decided to set fire to pillows on his bed. When asked why, Crisp County Sheriff Donnie Haralson said, "I have asked that question myself. ... The whole thing just doesn't really make sense." Haralson said Adams was been charged with arson. He remained jailed Friday as family members attempted to raise money for his bond.

THE "BERLIN" CHAINSAW MASSACRE?!!


In Berlin, Germany, a man tried to fight off a repossessor with a chainsaw and gasoline bombs before being arrested by police special forces. The 52-year-old man in the eastern town of Helbra barricaded himself in his single-family house when the repossessor arrived with a two-man police escort. He first drove off the trio by throwing petrol bombs and a barbecue lighting device at them. Police reinforcements were called in to assist in the arrest of the suspect. When they stormed the house the man revved up the chainsaw but was quickly overwhelmed..., unfortunately.., not before having injured two police officers.

"We've had a number of repossessions before but never had anything quite like this," said police spokeswoman Birgit Bandermann, adding he faces charges of attempted manslaughter.

Nature's Wrath Catches Child Pornagrapher!

Workers repairing a home damaged in a tornado in Frederick, Maryland discovered nearly two dozen boxes filled with child pornography. Robert Medvee, 52, was charged with 48 counts of creating computer images of child pornography and 48 counts of possession of child pornography, according to sheriff's deputy Jennifer Bailey.
The homeowner remained jailed Monday on $96,000 US bail.

The seized material which consisted of computer discs, videotapes and photographs, filled 20 to 24 boxes, according to Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle.
"It was the largest seizure of child pornography I've ever seen," Rolle said. "We had to bring in a pickup truck to get all of it out of there." More charges are to be filed, however it was not clear if Medvee had a lawyer in the case.

Workers found the pornography while doing repairs to the house, damaged Sept. 17 by the remnants of hurricane Ivan, authorities said. Medvee was staying with friends at the time, police said.





Sunday, October 17, 2004
 
A "STUPID NEWS" story from Tennesse....,

Several neighbors in Elizabethton, Tennessee have complained for several years about a man doing everything from exposing himself, yelling death threats and obsentities at them! He's been reported as masturbating on his front porch..., walking naked to his mailbox..., exposing himself to children and housewives..., defacating in his front yard..., putting up signs in his yard telling people to DIE.., and yelling death threats if the people didn't stop "looking at him!" What's funny to me is how come it lasted so long?! It hits home since I grew up pretty close to that area even though I now live in Virginia. The story is about a week old so you may not find that particular story, but you will find some pretty interesting...., and very STUPID NEWS!

UPDATE!!

The "NEW CARPET" is FINALLY installed in my apartment...., and...., the leak was actually fixed! NOT SO FAST!!!! The "repair" only lasted 2 days! Now it leaks worse than ever! The ventilation worker finally installed the new duct work at least..., 2 down.., 1 to go! I'm still awaiting an answer on my electric bill reinbursement. It appears as if I'm just going to have to get nasty with them one last time and let them know I meant what I said about placing my rent money into an escrow account. At least there is SOME good news...., I finally got my raise! Well, that's about it, nothing new really..., just the same old boring crap! LATER!

Friday, October 08, 2004
 
RESULT/RESPONSE STATUS

Can you just do me a huge favor...., don't ask! You don't even want to know! I have now updated my list of STUPID PEOPLE to accomidate 5 more names on this subject!

The "Meeting"

Now add 3 more people to that list concerning my last post about the electrical hazard issue. Sugarbear, as well as all the guys I work with within my didivision have all told me to let it go. Now they all agree with me that no matter how much I want to, the others that were involved WON'T LET ME!! So, today I decided it was time to put a stop to the whole mess. I walked up to the QA/Safety manager's office and asked if I could speakto him man to man. I started out by telling him that although I fully understand the importance of company rules, regulations, and policies I'm also aware of the fact instances often arise where these must be modified to accomodate other rules that may superseed them. I told him that so far I've been "repremanded" and ridiculed by way too many bosses over a situation THEY created that wasn't actually there. I also asked him if he was even aware that I myself am a company supervisor, and therefore NONE of them had any business telling me what to do to start with. I explained the diffences between high voltage lines and feeder lines. I explained that the label saying, "maintain 10 feet clearance at all times when working around high transmission power lines" was designed as a default label because they rent to the general public, and therefore cannot train every single person to recognize one from the other. Basically, it covers them from law suits. But the point I hit on the most was I'm not gonna stand for ANYONE regardless of thier company position embarrassing me by disrespecting me in front of other employees or otherwise by calling me an idiot, therefore dumping on my good reputation and experience that I've busted my butt to build and maintain.

To my complete surprise, he agreed with everything I said! He went on to explain that he was NEVER mad at me, and never did HE disagree with my actions that I took. Instead, he was angry because, A-Nobody did what I said and ordered the right type of man-lift to begin with, B-They took it in the mud as they were given strict instructions not to do, C-The girl that was in charge of the operation had that job and 3 others going at the same time and was nowhere to be found-----later having been discovered as going to DMV to renew here license tags!, and D-Because they had no business disputing the authority I've been given over all electrical operations at the company branch I am assigned to!

WELL THERE YOU GO!!!

He asked if I had any solutions to the problem. I told him that the only way to repair mis-education is with education. I suggested that all production employees go through mandatory class that I'll be more than happy to conduct, concerning the technical aspect of electrical safety. I also suggested a company letter be sent out to ALL supervisors stating who I am and who has the authority over electrical operations so this doesn't happen again in the future. He seemed to like the idea so I am expecting to have to give instructive classes in the future to a small group of UNRECEPTIVES I've mentioned earlier in my list of STUPID PEOPLE! I guess now I get to EDUCATE THEM!!!

Wednesday, October 06, 2004
 
The "RESPONSE"

Concerning my ongoing fued with the property management, I will reitterate this statement I strongly believe in:

"A RESULT is a RESULT..., wheras a RESPONSE is a promise of the result you are hoping will be achieved."

Once again the plumbers (same worthless ones as before) arrived to "repair" the leak above my shower while I was at work. After trying to argue with Sugarbear saying it was "nothing they did" which was causing it to leak, they ONCE AGAIN said it was a caulking problem....., JUST as I told the "absent minded" property manager they would. (Sugarbear had a few CHOICE WORDS of her own with the fellas...., something with four letters I do believe!)I told the manager the day I spoke with her, "Here's a thought..., send the maintenance man to the upstairs apartment and REPAIR the caulking problem? Then they can't say it's a "caulking problem, now can they? Take away their crutch and they'll HAVE no more excuses!" But did they listen...,

OF COURSE NOT!! Did I mention it STILL leaks after the plumbers "caulked the upstairs shower" to "prove themselves right?!"

MISSING- NAME: COMMON H. SENSE LAST AREA REPORTED: FROM GENERAL POPULATION DATE MISSING: SINCE BIRTH!!

Hey, I don't think I'm right ALL of the time..., (MOST of the time maybe, hee hee!), but shouldn't common sense at least make an appearance at some point or another?! I've always had a strong belief that "COMMON SENSE" should become a course of study made mandatory starting at the elementary level continuing on through the college years. TRUE..., you can't teach everyone common sense..., but unless you make an effort to pull people aside and at least expose them to what it is.., common sense may eventually become a thing of the past. Take for example my favorite subject for discussion lately.., my place of employment:

First, let's begin with my experience:

Age 15 to 18-Radio & TV Electronics(high school)

Age 15 to 18-Auto Mechanics(high school)

Age 14 to 16-Drafting 1 $ 2(high school)

Age 16-Electronics Course of Study Book(self taught by reading a book)

Age 17-Business(high school)

Age 15 to 18(high school)"Hands on" experience-electrical/audio/video/musical/equipment and as a musician and electronics apprentice through a genius of an electronics wizard, my best friend, David.

1979-1988-USN-Interior Communications Electrician (Electro-mechanical Engineering Rating)

1986-wired houses part time as a helper

between then and now:FIVE different electric companies-(commercial/industrial/residential and even nuclear electrical) to include bucket truck work and high voltage up to 35,000 volts

FIVE years (all together) in shipyard (US NAVY CONTRACTOR)-Marine electrician

ALL TOGETHER (VARIOUS)-over 6 years of supervisory experience (not including 2 years of navy SUPV.)

Interstate highway electrical-almost 2.5 years total (Lead technician $ superv.)

Auto electrical-1 year(subcontr)

NAVY SCHOOLS-400 HZ generator school, Basic solid state school, IC/A school, Xerox school, Propulsion Alarms and Indicators school, Basic Electricity and Electronics School, MK-19 Gyro school(now practically obselete), MK-27 Gyro school, Firefighting and Flooding school Gems-Delavul Tank Level Indicating Devices school

Civilian Schools-Tidewater Community College- English 111, 112, Pschycholgy 100, Math 03, 04 Central Texas College-Houston, Texas-Emergency Medical First Responder Pre-EMT CPR/First Aid School (I just recertified last week)

Valve company-1 year-1988

Computer engineering/electrical firm-Lead Systems Electrical Technical Supervisor-2.5 years

Another of same type-Lead Electrical Foreman-1 year

Currently(Submarine/Hovercraft/Ship/Diving/ROV Repair Facility-Electrical Systems Technical Supervisor-Surface Division(However, currently I'm the only electrician in the Surface Division!)

The Tale!!

Ok----I'm going to summarize a bit in broken English:

I was asked to "assist"-not my project-so, Mr. Nice guy-"OK!"
Previously had told Morons in question they were using the wrong type of lift----noticing if they continued they would harm themselves. So, I got in the lift---up, up, and almnost finished-----"Hey..., you're an electrician..., you're gonna get electricute./..., bla bla-"know better-----then THE DREADED WORD..., and you're an IDIOT because it plainly says on the lift in big letters...,

"WARNING!!! ELECTRIC SHOCK HAZARD!!! MANTAIN 10 Ft. MINIMUM CLEARANCE AT ALL TIMES WHEN WORKING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF ALL HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION POWER LINES!!!"

PISSED as I was and knowing I was in no danger due to MY KNOWLEDGE of what I was near, I came down and said, "Ok, fine! I'm done! I was just trying to help before somebody INEXPERIENCED DID get hurt! But I'm not going to stand here and be called an idiot by you or anybody else!" So, W/O recapping all the REST of the story---I tried to get him to calm, down so I could diffuse the situation----NO DO! He went to my project manager..., THEN went to the safety manager, etc., etc., etc. Within 5 minutes--over trying to help someone who had gotten themselves in a bad situation to where even "inexperienced" there was a 1 in 1000 chance of a shock hazard---I had sucsessfully pissed off 2 of the 3 people now involved---at ME!! My Boss, believe it or not wasn't mad at me---MAD at the submarine Div. project manager for sticking his nose in where----and whining to another CLUELESS whiner and aiming all the aggression in MR. DOESN'T RESPOND WELL TO THREATENING---not to mention STUPID assholes!

READING IS UNDERSTANDING---and here's where good old COMMON SENSE could've been at use:

A.) If as SUBM. SUPV. stated I was using the "wrong lift"..., why did HE as the SUPV. as he pointed out loudly to me was his "position"...., ORDER the damn thing to START WITH?!

B.) In the WARNING LABEL---the word "TRANSMISSION" means-"non-insulated exposed lines capable of INDUCING voltages into air moisture molecules so as creating the potential to cause death without actually coming into direct contact with them."

C.) HIGH VOLTAGE is: MARINE ELECTRICAL-300 volts and above
RESIDENTIAL-NONE!
COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL/NUCLEAR-277/480whendifferenciating
between TYPES of user friendly transformers only! Does not apply to the same type of warning as transmission lines because the DO NOT enduce voltages in the same manner as do 7200, 9299, 4160, and 19,900 volt lines, etc.

D.) Before SCREAMING the word "IDIOT" at someone, FIRST know what the hell you're talking about, and second of all, don't scream at guys like me who JUST MIGHT get down and kick your ass!!

E.) Realize that if I'm the electrical Dept. Supv., there's probably a GOOD reason why all electrical work performed on the property having ANYTHING to do with commercial aspects has to be CLEARED and APPROVRD by my signature..., that just maybe.., I may actually have been trained at some point in all my 28 years of electrical experience to FULLY and WITHOUT QUESTION recognize the difference between a FEEDER LINE(like the INSULATED spiral ones that hook up your house), and the "buzzing" non insulated steel lines (NOT copper!) that can kill you if you get too close! REALIZE the written warning you keep trying to throw in my face in front of 15 other people who FULLY respect my ability as I was helping THEM at thier request..., was meant for IDIOTS like yourself there Mr. "I am a supervisor because I get to wear a MAROON colored shirt," because if you don't know the difference then YOU have no business telling me ANYTHING to do with what I've had 28 years to KNOW! By the way, I wear a T-SHIRT so therefore I'm fully qualified to have had my hands amongst the mess to LEARN THE DIFFERENCE!

DAMN did that feel GOOD!!!

Last but not least

By the way..,I did poorly in business class in high school because I didn't pay attention. The instructor was too busy talking to his students about all his favorite cocktails he like to make, and what an avid ladies man he THOUGHT he was apparently. RARELY did he stay on the course topic! His motto was he could care less if you passed or failed..., he already KNEW the course. So if you wanted to talk cocktails, FINE, but the TEST was still on MONDAY! The thing is, only 4 people in the class were the ones getting him off the subject, so it was VERY unfair to the rest of us. Mr. Jenkins was his name...., JERK!! HOWEVER, exposure to the course did help me some. I can mix one helluva fine cocktail..., and I learned what NOT to do when chasing after girls, the OPPOSITE of what he would try to do!

My goog friend David worked for Raytheon Corporation shortly after high school as a circuit card re-designer after attending college and obtaining an associates, and later a bachelors degree in electronics and electronic design. He continued to work for Raytheon for several years. He was one of the youngest and highest requested problem solving technicians they had. On his lunch hour, he would try to solve engineering problems while he ate his lunch. On one partcular day, a "problem" concerning the guidence system of a new type of surface to air missle caught his eye. Engineers had been pondering over this problem for months! David, however, seeing it for the very first time...., figured it out in his head as he ate. the next day he went to the lead designer with his solution. On a gut feeling, the man tried his solution..., and it worked right the very first time! But David had a bit of a problem..., he still hadn't been able to put down his long time friend.., Mr. Cannibus..., known ALL TOO WELL by the people aver him. A blind eye was OK.., that is until it was time to relinquish a huge chunk of cash to David for his personal accomplishment via company policy! So, he was asked to do an on-site drug test to which he refused by telling them they already KNEW about him, and if he was good enough before, it shouldn't matter now. So, consequently they fired him. A five figure cash award was now history. Some of you may remember the missle I spoke of. It was called "The Patriot Missle!" What does THIS have to do with my experience? David taught me about every useable fact I know about electronic devices, ones that books have failed to bring to light even though I've been through 4 different electronic courses! He simply used good old-fashioned horse sense in explaining difficult subject matter. (He also taught me how to do one of my FAVORITE things-PLAY GUITAR!)








Sunday, October 03, 2004
 
Weird Archeology

Yesterday, I did pretty much nothing all day. This was largely due to the fact that I've been working crazy hours shifting from days to nights and back to days, then back to nights..., and starting Monday.., back to days once again! Needless to say my couch potato time has been at an all time high lately.
I spent hours watching Steve Irwin tackling several crocodiles, including a very pissed off twelve foot salt water crocodile named Gram (named this because he was a baby when they first got him). I watched as Steve Coragan went to "Snake Island" near Australia and casually grabbed two (at the same time) highly venomous yellow banded sea snakes, which as he stated could each kill 500 men with a single tea spoon of venom in less than 5 minutes! Then I watched as Irwin Stephenson, the snake hunter, (I know, wierd name coincidence to Steve Irwin.., BOTH from Australia) went into the Amazon on a 34 day trip to catch, photograph, and then release a giant green anaconda! Along the way he captured several snakes of various size, and as promised, photographed and released them. I watched simultaneously the Nascar Craftsman Truck Series Race, a movie, "A Sure Thing", "Men in Black", and "Mad TV."

Perhaps the most interesting thing I watched was on the THE HISTORY CHANNEL. The episode chronicled certain codes in the Bible. Historians have found codes spelled out in scriptures of the bible that possibly pertain to the past and future of the earth as we know it. Passages found have named everything from the reign of Adolf Hitler, John Lee Malvo, assasinations of several important world leaders, world disasters, etc. The most interesting thing is HOW it's spelled out. Take the following jumble oif words for example as if they were an actual scripture of the bible:

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m'AIDmgajgamgangl;nfljEgl;fng;jls
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k'nvl;akn;alng;angl;asfg;aDjgajgasjga
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Do you have ANY idea what a pain in the butt that was the lay out using html?!!!

Believe me when I say, "this show more than jangled my nerves!" I spoke to my younger brother; RxMundi today who said he was going to mail me a book on the subject. COOL!! I'm also going to be recieving a copy of his self-made film; SNAPPER! If you havent purchased a copy of this fine fim DO SO..., before I have to come over there and kick your tail!! Anyway, to purchase a copy of the show entitled- Biblical Codes 11: Apocalypse and Beyond, CLICK HERE!.

Ever Wonder Who Locates a Plane Crash?

"Airplane wrecks that remain undisturbed for years provide us with a sobering opportunity to consider the power of nature and the mistaken judgements of man," explains Pat Macha, a world renowned airplane archeological investigator. This History Channel episode dove into the painstaking processes involved in not only locating lost plane wrecks, to using forensic science to put together the tragic events leading up to the crash and the events which followed thereafter. I found one particular fact to be very interesesting. Did you know that during World War Two the U.S. Army had enlisted an several squadrons of young women between the ages of 19 to 25 years old (most of them gorgeous!) to fly newly manufactured aircraft fighter planes (mainly P-51 Mustangs) across the United States to be shipped overseas?!! One woman was lost and never found. Her plane id believed to be buried under 15 feet of sediment in Santa Monica Bay. They're awaiting special permission to be allowed to remove the sediment in order to give closing to the chapter left unfinished in the lives of the families she left behind.



Friday, October 01, 2004
 
HIT THEM WHERE IT HURTS THE MOST!

I moved into my apartment about two years ago. Since day one, there have been ongoing maintenance issues. I've been round and round with the management but never really got any satisfaction. Locally here in the Tidewater region of Virginia we have a news channel broadcast called "Renter's Rights." I've been watching..., and paying very close attention to anything I felt could help in my situation. Last February, my lease was up for renewal but I was still very unhappy with the unresolved maintenance issues as well as the no-existant new carpet we were promised at the time we first moved in. After delaying the signing of the lease as long as possible, I finally (as the management was most likely counting on) gave in and signed it anyway. This time, I'm hitting them in the pocket book!

WHAT A SOPPY, SMELLY, MESS!

One particular issue was the disapearing-reappearing leaky pipes in the ceiling above the shower. First, it began as water along the bottom edge of the wall going all the way into the adjacent closet beside the tub. They FINALLY replaced the faucets in our tub and recaulked around the edges. However.., even that took 3 to 4 visits! Then it began leaking from up above the shower. After SEVERAL disagreements between the apartment complex maintenance staff and two different plumbing contractors, it has now been "repaired" at least 3 if not 4 times. IT STILL LEAKS! Actually, it POURS! The people who live in the apartment above me are extremely nice people. However, they smoke like two chimneys in a smoker's race and have two extremely large cats. This combination, ESPECIALLY to someone like myself or Sugarbear who don't smoke, or someone like myself who's allergic to cats causes one of the most disgustingly gross odors imaginable. The same odor which fills MY apartment every time they have to remove the drywall above the shower to attemt a repair. They take thier sweet time about getting it "fixed", then another month and a half to attemt drywall repairs! He wasn't even done with the final drywall sanding, etc., before the whole patch was sopping wet again!

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! IT'S THE MOLD!!

Don't get me wrong, I have a pretty nice apartment with all the comforts of home and so forth. About 5 months after we moved in we began smelling a peculiar musty like smell throughout the apartment. After the sopping wet wall near the bathroom (which ruined several non-reinbursed shoes and other clothing items)was discovered, the smell was credited to the water logged carpet, etc. Granted, it did clear up somewhat but it never trully went away. When summer rolled around again the smell became almost unbearable. I complained over and over to the management, but nothing was done. Finally, we figured out it was coming from the A/C vents. The maintenance guys answer..., he tried "painting over" the black mold covered surface of the vent covers! Sugarbear cleaned the covers, but of course within a week the mold was back. A second time the maintenance guy came..., AGAIN he was going to paint them but Sugarbear told him to forget it. She told him to get someone to come and clean the vents.

To my surprise (after she went and had words at the office!) a company came and cleaned the vent ducts. The smell, and the mold, are now gone! We'd also noticed
our electric bill being ridiculously high all of a sudden. This was due to the fact the A/C handing unit was broken loose from the main ducts in my apartment! I'd been paying to cool the outside air. After stewing about the bill for a week or so, the maintenance man, Milton, suggested we get the property management to reinburse the difference to us for the bills that were of abnormal amounts over what we normally paid. So in some ways they've come through, but ONLY after several attempts to get problems resolved. Supposedly, I'll have an answer before the 5th when my rent is due. It depends on how good of an answer I get as to whether they will have actually come through or not.

TIME TO DRAW THE LINE ONCE AND FOR ALL!

So.., what does one do in a spot such as this? The way I explained it to my apartment manager is that I believe since I pay my rent on time every single month I should have my services I'm paying for when I need them and in good working order every single month. I shouldn't have to wait for "whenever they feel like getting around to fixing it, etc.," unless of course THEY are willing to wait until I "get around" to deciding to pay the rent! I went on to explain that a renter's agreement is no different than any other contract in that it states the responsibilities of BOTH parties are as stated within the context of the contract, and therefore shall not be deviated from in any way. I told the apartment manager (by letter, and in person) that until I get the maintenance issues resolved with adequate time to make sure they're done correctly, and new carpet as I was promised upon moving in, the rent money will be deposited into an escrow account until I am either satisfied, or a court of law via the renter's association of Virginia deems me in the wrong and forces me to pay it. As is the law..., it's my lawful right to do just that without penalties or late charges UNLESS you are found to be in the wrong. However, I think since there's water pouring out of the cieling it's a good guess I'm right in this particular case!

THE END RESULT PAYS OFF!

Within only 3 days of recieving the letter I got a phone call. It was then I went and told them in person as well, of my intensions if my demands weren't met. After almost TWO YEARS of practically begging I had a management person actually standing in my apartment LOOKONG at the problems and actually trying to come to an agreement! I'm glad I'm getting results, however it stills angers me to no end for all I had to endure to get any good response. And let's not get the two confused either..., RESPONSES are not RESULTS! RESULTS are RESULTS, whereas a response is a promise of an upcoming result..., so I'll believe it when I see it! What I did by writing the letter and standing my ground was a result.., one which now warrants a response. So, if all goes as "promised", Tuesday my carpet will get rolled back in order to patch bad spots in the floor..., shortly thereafter new carpet installed.., so far 4 days late my A/C handler unit filtering/duct system replaced in the patio A/C access.., the plumber sometime next week. We'll see I suppose!

TAKING A BREAK FROM IT ALL

I'm actually at work right now on the night shift. I've been at this for almost 2 weeks now. I'm printing up all of the technical data and drawings (11" x 17") for our upcoming contracts with the LCACs (NAVY HOVERCRAFT). My head was killing me looking at page after page of drawings, etc., so I decided to do a little blogging to break the monotany. It seems weird being here so late at night with noone else here on the property. It looks like the perfect scene for an episode of Dawn of the Dead, or some creepy horror show! Here I am, all alone in this aircraft sized hanger with abandoned tanks and a condemed pier next to the ocean inlet waterway. Off in the near distance behind us lies "the ghost fleet"; several merchant and military ships taken out of service long ago.., silently rocking to and fro endlessly awaiting whatever thier fate may be. Piles of scrapped materials ans several abandoned structures of various types tend to make this a very scary place at night. The building at times comes alive with unknown scary sounds. Will I make it out alive? Noone trully knows..., my fate left only to the creatures who go bump in the night as I plug away at this mindless technical contraption called "a DELL." So if for some reason you start to wonder where the Mule has gone....., be careful.., for you too may fall victim to the evil that lurks among the shadows! BOO!!