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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Damnable Thieves: Stole a Handicapped Walker!

Someone Stole a Handicapped Walker and Sold it for Scrap!

There are just low-life opportunistic thieves: and they travel in packs.

My brother-in-law is handicapped and uses walkers to get around. I have a handicapped tag hanging from my rearview mirror: don’t use a handicapped space and do not even think of harassing someone who is handicapped around me!

He is well liked around here, and does so much for these tenants. And for years has stored his walkers under the front stairwell. They’re very handy to grab when needed: and I usually have another in the trunk of my car.

However, as he was leaving for a doctor appointment, and went to retrieve his walker, it was gone. He called me; I flew home, opened my car trunk expecting to see the spare, but no luck.

So are those there few pennies that ya earned scrapping the stolen metal walkers, plus some old beach chairs, worth a tour in one of the nine levels of hell from Dante’s Inferno? (click the title for the Cliff Notes synopsis.)

Yeah, I went to the police station, and then I went to the local metal scrap yard. I asked them to put the thieves thru the chipper, butt first.

Can ya blame me?


Sunday, April 6, 2014

And This One Looked like ZZ Top

I had been keeping my eye out on two odd-looking men hanging at the end of our parking lot: One was sitting on the back of an old sofa dumped on the curb; the other was pacing about the parking lot, possibly talking to someone down below.

I wasn’t sure what to make of them, and I thought one would make interesting pix, but as I grabbed my cell phone, the dude suddenly appeared at my door.

He didn’t even knock! This bizarre looking man, with a beard over a foot long, yanked open MY door and tried to step inside! Whoa!

I am so glad that I wasn’t sitting at my kitchen table, but was standing at the door, which prevented him from striding inside.

Where the heck were his manners? Didn’t your momma teach you manners such as knocking, THEN waiting for an invite?

He asked if I had any rooms to rent.

Does this look like the Bates Motel?

Frankly, I was insulted. The owners spent a chunk of change sprucing up this place, and I have spent enormous energy keeping it looking good.

I firmly told him, “No rooms, just apartments, and we do not have any vacancies.”

He walked away. Whew!


Even the Cat is Fed Up with the Cold!

We all agree, this has been one so very long winter, and Spring is only teasing us with a few warmish days.

Some time ago, the cat began sleeping on my feet, and I always thought it was because she was finally warming up to me. Nah! In the winter, I use a heating pad for my Popsicle Toes (great jazzy song by Michael Franks).

This winter has been so freaking mean and long, I splurged on an electric blanket, and it is set to Thermal Nuclear Meltdown, every night. In fact, I turn it on long before bedtime to be sure that the bed is thoroughly cooked.

The heating pad was moved from the foot of the bed to the top, just under my shoulders. The cat moved too: She no longer sleeps on my feet; she pretty much took over the bed. It is AMAZING that a 5 pound cat can hog the entire bed!

The cat wants the electric blanket turned on, all day long.

During the day, she has learned how to demand that the heating blanket be turned on. I am not kidding, she will come out to wherever I am, dance, talk, then jump onto my bed, pace around and sniff where the clickers are! She has learned to differentiate the sound of each controller and curl up on that end of the bed.

The blanket will automatically shut-off during the night, it’s a safety feature, and during the night I will click the heating pad and blanket back on. One night, I only clicked the heating pad and the blanket went cold. The cat actually walked up the bed, and curled her furry body under my face, thus hogging the heating pad. I thought it was merely a coincidence. She has repeated that stunt many times this winter: Teach me not to keep the blanket cranking.

The Dog Could Care Less

Because the Lab is now 12 years old and his hips are giving him problems, I placed the heating pad on the floor just for him. I wrapped it in a towel, left it on the floor in his favorite spots, I even wrapped his hips with the heating pad, but he would shake it off, and then walk away.

We humans are suckers for our pets. The four-legged critters rule our homes, and our hearts. They are in charge of the house. Sigh.


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Another Dead Mouse

I am getting better at NOT screaming when I find them: Live ones scurrying around never bothered me, it’s finding dead ones in my home that freak me out.

When my son was small, there was a very large radiator in his bedroom. One day, as I was cleaning his room, searching for lost toys and laundry, I made the mistake of reaching under that radiator for a small white sock.

It wasn’t a sock.

That was the very first time that a cat that had left a mouse for me, never mind the fact that I had mistaken the mouse for a sock! I screamed like a girl, ran out of the room, through the living room, kitchen and finally out the back door onto the porch. Once out there, I realized that I had to go BACK inside and pick up that poor critter to dispose of it.

But this latest poor mouse bit the dust in the furnace room: Can’t blame the cat for its untimely demise, not too sure if I should blame the workmen, after all, they had spent quite some time working down there. But they did state that they swept up the mess they had made.

Obviously they missed the critter.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Do Not Play the Handicapped Card with Me!

I am not handicapped, but I do have a Motor Vehicle Handicapped tag hanging from my rear view mirror. It is not for me, but for a family member.

From childhood I learned all too well how much planning goes into choosing a restaurant, because of easy access; just how cold it is pushing a wheelchair up a handicapped ramp in the rain; how complicated and difficult stairs can be in snow or even after dark because they are hard to see.

And don’t even get me started on those prima donnas who think they can park in a handicapped space just because they are too special and too lazy to walk a few car lengths. I have embarrassed a few women in stiletto heels using a handicapped spot while they run to the ATM.

I know just how damn rude, or ignorant, employees at the movie theatre can be, refusing my request to use the side door that is in their view, but made my brother-in-law, hobbling with a walker, trudge all the way up to the main door, then the back down the entire length of the foyer, past the side door, then into the theatre. Yeah, I left from that side door, they won't have my business again.

Then, a handicapped tenant flipped the tables on me…

We had nasty snow storm: I offered to jockey his car around, several times: to get it off the street, park it in the lot, or move to the other side of the street because of the plows. All offers were refused. I kept an eye out, made sure the stairs and walkways were cleared, sanded, etc. But people, we had 2-3 inches of snow, and lots of ice! We live on the ocean, lots of moisture, and lots of ice.

One of the tenants took it on himself to spend the afternoon chopping and shoveling the ice in the driveway. The parking lot has a rise and the bottom end is slightly rounded, a hump, we clear and salt it, but snow melts, forms ice and that’s it. Be careful.

I looked down and there is the tenant, with crutches walking around this lot, chatting up the dude who is shoveling. He was out there, strolling up and down a good 30 minutes.

I spotted a plow working the building next door, ran down and asked if he could clear the mountain of snow at the end of our parking lot, so the garbage truck could get into our lot and empty the dumpster. (Overflowing dumpsters are ugly sights indeed.)

As his car was already idling alongside that mountain of snow that the plow was heading for, I asked the tenant to please move his car off the street and into the lot.

Wow! Nasty, angry and vulgar!

How dare I ask him: He ONLY came down here to make sure his car started! And now I want him to walk through all this ice? And now he is sick. He has the flu!

Duh? You walked down two flights of stairs, down the sidewalk, over the ice, through clumps of snow and through the slush and ice in the street, just to start your car. You have been strolling around a parking lot full of ice. You have been outside 30 minutes and JUST NOW you have the FLU?!

I pointed out the plow heading our way. I offered to move his car for him.

More @#$@#%@#% drama. He now has a fever.

He agreed to move his car, but as he is walking down the parking lot, loudly protesting his handicap, his illness, the ice, and while my back was turned, he fell.

As I rushed to help, I thought it was odd that I didn’t hear a cry of, “OMG!” or even hear a thump. As I walked alongside him to the sidewalk, I heard all about his illness and, “Don’t stand too close to me, I don’t want you to catch what I have.”

I wasn’t worried.

When we reached the sidewalk a neighbor (whom he complains about in great detail) came down with her new dog. He stopped to chat. He wasn’t worried about his flu, his contagious illness, nor was he in a desperate hurry to get upstairs.

He moved. Yaaay.

Yeah.