Archive for July, 2010

Pit of mold and doom day 16

July 22, 2010

I started to call my condo the place of pit of mold and doom a few weeks ago. On July 7, 2010, my neighbor’s hot water tank, or more specifically the pipes, sprang a leak in essence flooding my kitchen.  I popped into my condo to pick up my recycling before heading out to pick up my CSA share to see my cats watching the water drip from the light fixture onto the table, onto the floor.  The little one, held his toy mouse in his mouth with a look of “um, Mom, there is a bit of an issue.” You think?

July in New England has been unusually sultry.  Temperatures match the southeast with high humidity.  My insurance company quickly arranged for a drying company to come in that weekend as I was leaving town for a family emergency.  I expected to come home to no floors or ceiling but the drying process complete. Boy was I wrong.

The Property Management Association didn’t even OPEN a claim with their insurance (the master for the association) until 7/15: over a week later. As the early estimates were above their liability, my insurance did not go ahead with the work (my neighbor? No home owners insurance – apparently the property management association which can ban motorcycles cannot require home owners insurance or deposit into an escrow bearing account for the deductible of $5,000 before the property master kicks in and yet claims “no responsibility on the part of the HOA or their purposefully unnamed organization.”).  So, here I sit, 16 days later and no work has begun.  The kicker – my property (mis)management association vacillates between telling me I have to pay for everything, having my insurance pay for everything and saying this is “between neighbors”.  I’m not sure what they do besides pay the bills. 

My floorboards squish when you walk across them. The subflooring is becoming damaged. My property management association is blaming me: Hi. Your polices of not requiring insurance, your inept actions of making this “neighbor to neighbor” are the underlying issues.  Or better yet, acting in the best interest OF the person who has received the damage all would have minimized, sped up or alleviated the frustration and anger. Instead I sit, with a litter box in my living room. One cat at camp and one cat a bit confused.  And one very angry owner: because of course, since the unit above me caused the damage, I’m expected to front $5,000 USD and then sue.

And the smell? Don’t get me started.

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Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2010

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America

When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. –Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.

He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.

He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:

For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:

For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:

For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:

For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.

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And ask yourself, would this pass today? In an age of polarity and party line votes, would this pass today? And be grateful, that over 200 years ago people saw beyond differences to dissolve the political bands which formerly held them together in a manner to build a more perfect union. Perhaps this is something we should all work towards and demand an end to party line stupidity from our leaders. It helps nobody: and hurts everybody.

Happy 4th of July everybody: may next year, we live in a Republic which is for the people, and may the people work for the Republic in the greater sense. This is a country blessed with many riches. Let’s look past the divides and work towards the middle ground, as people, perhaps without the blessing of the leaders. After all, isn’t that how this all got started?