boxed in... again
Today is the 3rd day of the 37th week, the 18th day of the 9th month, the 261st day of 2018, and:
- Air Force Birthday
- Chiropractic Founders Day
- Get Ready Day
- Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
- Independence Day: Chile from Spain in 1810
- International Read an eBook Day
- National Ceiling Fan Day
- National Cheeseburger Day
- National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day
- National IT Professionals Day
- National Respect Day
- Rice Krispies Treats Day
- Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
- World Bamboo Day
- World Water Monitoring Day
ON THIS DAY IN ...
1618 – The twelfth baktun in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar begins.
1793 – The first cornerstone of the United States Capitol is laid by George Washington.
1809 – The Royal Opera House in London opens.
1837 – Tiffany & Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City. The store is called a "stationery and fancy goods emporium".
1851 – First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times.
1870 – Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn.
1873 – The bank Jay Cooke & Company declares bankruptcy, contributing to the Panic of 1873
1879 – The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.
1882 – The Pacific Stock Exchange opens.
1919 – Fritz Pollard becomes the first African American to play professional football for a major team, the Akron Pros.
1927 – The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (later CBS) debuted with a network of 16 radio stations.
1928 – Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel.
1959 – Vanguard 3 is launched into Earth orbit.
1977 – Voyager I takes the first distant photograph of the Earth and the Moon together.
1980 – Soyuz 38 carries two cosmonauts (including one Cuban) to the Salyut 6 space station.
1981 – The Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
1984 – Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic.
1997 – United States media magnate Ted Turner donates US$1 billion to the United Nations.
I have made my home in Building B of the Enclave Silver Spring (Formerly Enclave Apartments and Berkshire Towers at Silver Spring) since 2006. For two years I lived on the 19th floor in a three-bedroom unit – chosen because my mother was supposed to be living with me, which she did for about nine months before going into assisted living – and then on the 20th floor in a two-bedroom I chose the Enclave for four reasons: the location was perfect, the washer/dryer in each unit, the garage parking, and it was wired for high-speed internet [both Comcast and FIOS]. I like my apartment and have often shared pictures of the locale #theviewfromthebalcony The office and maintenance staff have always been friendly and cooperative, and I have been happy to make my home here
Unfortunately, as a business venture the apartment complex has not been successful. Apparently after taking on debt for renovating apartments right before the crash of 2008, the owners seem to have run into financial difficulties and had to declare bankruptcy – I wish I had saved the legal letter that was sent to each resident – but life seemed to go on. Services were cut back, mostly the concierge was no longer 24/7, security no longer manned the kiosk at night, and packages could only be picked up at the management office, and utility expenses quadrupled as more costs were passed onto residents [which seemed fair]. The management companies started changing now and then, but it was only in the past two years that it became obvious cost-cutting was starting to take precedence over resident satisfaction. Then the Donaldson Group took over the management of the apartment complex in April and things have rapidly spiraled downwards at an alarming pace. This particular management company appears to be poorly rated by the residents it serves both in GOOGLE reviews [2.4, but the positive reviews I read were from employees] and the Better Business Bureau [F]; they have not responded to me so I don’t have a personal assessment The issues that are going unaddressed are major: damage to common areas, worries about mildew and mold, elevators and HVAC units being left unrepaired, and a lack of adequate pest control. While the onsite staff have continued to try and help, the communications from the management company have been notably missing and all residents are beginning to fear the downward trend to reach a tipping point where the deterioration cannot be reversed.
I’ve renewed my lease for another year, but if things continue in this vein, I fear I am going to have to start looking for a new home. And you know what THAT means!
I hate moving!
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