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Old 01-22-17, 12:55 AM
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I've still got a couple tons of icy snow out there but the skidsteer cat tracks mean it's all across the street now Roof is cleared off too, only lost one shingle.
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among other irksome things.

There's a leak in the pipes below our bathroom (dripping in the downstairs' neighbor's apartment) so on Monday I am taking a personal day to watch plumbers remove our toilet to get to the leak. It could be worse, at least they don't anticipate breaking up our floor tiles (although, at 80+ years old, they're messed up in other places, so a complete renovation is long overdue - as woPgoat never fails to remind me).

On the positive side, I'm pretty sure our place has doubled in value since we bought it five years ago - That's without any major renovations (the kitchen is also in dire need of upgrades) - cha-ching!
I'm pres of my condo HOA, and bathroom leaks like that are a sure way to generate a lot of hostility amongst neighbors. As well as the occasional other problem they find after getting started.

Last year one of the former board members tried to embezzle association funds around the time one of the bathrooms in the unit he owned was leaking into the bathroom of the renter who's son was stealing packages from the lobby. Much unhappyness all around there.
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I'm pres of my condo HOA, and bathroom leaks like that are a sure way to generate a lot of hostility amongst neighbors. As well as the occasional other problem they find after getting started.

Last year one of the former board members tried to embezzle association funds around the time one of the bathrooms in the unit he owned was leaking into the bathroom of the renter who's son was stealing packages from the lobby. Much unhappyness all around there.

Dang.

While taking a sick day to watch plumbers remove and replace my toilet, solely for problems outside our unit was not highest on my list of wants, I gotta say I didn't really mind. It didn't cost me a cent, and the plumbers were really cool - very professional, neat and they were done in a few hours, as promised. But really, the immediate response I had when the super told us the work was forthcoming, was: do whatever you need to do to remedy our neighbor's problem. Because it's the right thing to do, and next time, we could have a problem...

What goes around comes around. About four years ago - a year or so after we'd bought our place and repainted, etc. our upstairs neighbor's shower started leaking, and began destroying a wall in our apartment - this was in a room outside the bathroom. Crumbling plaster, flaking paint, mold, etc. The super finally traced the problem to a their shower tile grouting, and kept trying to set up a time to inspect and repair it (this was the neighbor's responsibility, not the co-ops, since the problem was their wall, not behind it). The neighbor kept evading them, and wouldn't answer the door. The leak kept happening and weeks went by, with more and more damage to our home.

We assumed this delay was just due to miscommunication, or coincidence, until, after several weeks, we happened to run into the neighbor in the elevator. Without any anger, but with some sense of concern, I politely mentioned the super really needed to work out a time to enter their place because the damage in our place was steadily getting worse. Her response was completely dismissive - "Oh, we're not here much, we barely ever use that shower" (They had recently bought a weekend home in the country).

In other words, screw you, deal with it.

This was the only time I have ever dealt with this kind of jerkwad behavior personally, but my super assured me it happens a lot.

Personally, I think the golden rule really helps when you live in close quarters like that...
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The golden rule really does apply, I spend a lot of time acting like an adult baby sitter some days when neighbors start being petty. I usually ask them what they'd want to happen if the shoe was on the other foot then and that usually helps. If not I tell them we've got the authority to make the repairs at their expense and evict them so we can rent the unit out to recover our expenses.

The exboard member annoyed a lot of people, and we were almost able to recover our expenses after many many hours of meetings, consulting with lawyers etc... and our treasurer was so incompetent that he just couldn't get the copy of the invoices we needed to take him to collections to recover our expenses. I've been doing less since then, I'm not going to waste more time on dealing with this "stuff" if it's just going to end up being a waste of time.
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I stop in in now and then, not too often.
When my wife's health tanked, I pretty much stopped riding.
She's been gone almost two years and I have met a lovely lady that is wanting to get us both healthy again.
Right now, we're walking and swimming.
After the weather breaks it going to be back to the MUPs and rolling again. Getting pumped up typing about it!
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I'm so digging seeing these familiar names again.
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I've been doing less since then, I'm not going to waste more time on dealing with this "stuff" if it's just going to end up being a waste of time.
Yeah, I backed away from certain things for just that reason. You can only do so much.
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mee too. I'm even going for my first ride of the year - rite nao.
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I'm pres of my condo HOA, and bathroom leaks like that are a sure way to generate a lot of hostility amongst neighbors. As well as the occasional other problem they find after getting started.

Last year one of the former board members tried to embezzle association funds around the time one of the bathrooms in the unit he owned was leaking into the bathroom of the renter who's son was stealing packages from the lobby. Much unhappyness all around there.
HOA drama sounds like a giant pain. I'm glad there is someone willing to take it on, but no way I'd ever volunteer to deal with the crap that falls on you when you're in that position.
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HOA's are the original 'get off my lawn'
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Old 01-29-17, 09:49 PM
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UA, the hillier part of Detroi?? Very cool. I've got family just over the border in Windsor. Life sounds good for you both. I'm happy to know that.
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Hai guise!

Well...my mom passed will be 3 yrs this april. Still very taken aback by it. It's not easy, she was young, and it happened so damn fast.

Then we bought a house...then bought a motorcycle.

One of my kids started college this year and the other will graduate. Feel like I'm in a good part of my life right now. Hope it stays.

Good to see/read about you guys!
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Hai guise!

Well...my mom passed will be 3 yrs this april. Still very taken aback by it. It's not easy, she was young, and it happened so damn fast.

Then we bought a house...then bought a motorcycle.

One of my kids started college this year and the other will graduate. Feel like I'm in a good part of my life right now. Hope it stays.

Good to see/read about you guys!
Welcome back, it's good to hear from you again! I'm sorry to read about your Mom. My Dad passed away about a year and a half ago and that still hurts at times even though he and I went real close.
You're sounding like an adult with buying a house and kids in college, what kind of motorcycle did you guys get?
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Welcome back, it's good to hear from you again! I'm sorry to read about your Mom. My Dad passed away about a year and a half ago and that still hurts at times even though he and I went real close.
You're sounding like an adult with buying a house and kids in college, what kind of motorcycle did you guys get?
Thank you and likewise about your father. It sure smarts.

We got a 2011 Electra Glide Ultra Classic all black. It's been a blast. Put about 12K on it last year.
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I'm pres of my condo HOA, and bathroom leaks like that are a sure way to generate a lot of hostility amongst neighbors. As well as the occasional other problem they find after getting started.

Last year one of the former board members tried to embezzle association funds around the time one of the bathrooms in the unit he owned was leaking into the bathroom of the renter who's son was stealing packages from the lobby. Much unhappyness all around there.
There's a blues song in there somewhere...
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Nothing about momma, alcohol/drugs or returning to God.
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Hey y'all.

Sorta checking the place out again after a long hiatus from the site and from cycling in general.

Don't know if y'all remember, but back in 9/2010 I had to start dealing/caring for my Dad who had dementia/Alzheimers.
My cycling fell off dramatically in the last 2 years of his life (he passed in 9/2012) and I finally just took the bike rack off the car in Nov 2014...

Hadn't ridden any of my bikes since -- seemed to be waiting on the desire/passion for cycling to come back to me.

Tuesday a week ago, I took my BMC out for a ride, first ride in over 2yrs.
It was painful and not a lot of fun.

But.

I found the desire again.
Spent all of the next day looking at new bikes online and last Friday went and test rode a couple...
After selling 3 bikes (I still have 4 ), I'm gonna be picking up a new one, hopefully, today.

Why am I buying another bike?
Because I want to?
Because I feel that the aggressive position on both the Fuji & BMC are not what I need in this out-of-shape state I'm in right now.

I want a new bike, I can afford it, so...
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Lots of familiar names I see.

UnsafeAlpine - that's wonderful news that you guys opened a bike shop!
Congratulations (I know, a little late)!
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Hey wolfpack! (and everyone else!)

wolfpack, so sorry to hear about your dad, but it's great to hear you're slowly getting back on two wheels.

The last few years have been up and down. My mum has late-stage Alzheimer's -- she was just aware enough when I proposed to my now-wife that she understood vaguely what was going on. But a month after my wedding I was flying back home to help my dad move her into a long-term care facility. She's lost the ability to speak or walk, but at least we know her basic needs are being taken care of. And it's also taken a lot of pressure off my dad, who has finally been getting into cycling himself... on his 74th birthday last year, he participated in a charity ride from Vancouver, BC to Seattle.

My wife has been wonderful throughout, though twice over the past year-and-a-half we've had to deal with the grief of miscarriage. I came across this article at a particularly tough time, and found it moving and powerful.

But life goes on. So far this year, my wife and I performed in a choir at Carnegie Hall (still can't quite believe that happened) and met our new nephew. We've also got a bunch of weddings to attend and can't wait to celebrate with our friends. Hope all in Foo-land are similarly looking with hope toward the future. My best wishes to you all.
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