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The Knee Bone IS Connected to the Thigh Bone!!

And I know that title makes very little sense. Its a song here in the USA that really has been on my mind for the last 10 days or so.

On Saturday October 1 2011 I fell down while walking and banged the holy living crap out of my right knee. I was walking on asphalt, attempted to sit on a curb between the sidewalk and the Safeway parking lot, lost my balance on the way down, and landed on both hands and one knee. Much anglo saxoning (otherwise known as unladylike language aka CURSING!!) occurred, and the knee hurt like blazes.

What surprised me about the situation is that there was no visible bruising or bleeding and the skin wasn’t broken even though I had a LOT of pain and swelling–enough pain that on Monday October 3 2011 I went to see a doctor at Mosaic Medical.

After a physical examination of the knee on that Monday, and an x-ray on Tuesday October 4 2011 the knee was found to be ‘normal’ I guess swelling, limping, discomfort, and pain is considered ‘normal’ after a fall — at least in the medical world. They did prescribe Vicodin but only at night because of the sedative effect.

On Wednesday or Thursday (11/5/2011 or 11/6/2011) I started having a LOT of pain and discomfort in the upperest part of the thigh (in the area between the groin and the thigh).

My immediate assumption was that I had a bad skin rash or infection in the area, because that has happened before in that area of my body. Also the fact that the Vicodin was not touching the pain led me to believe it was something other than a muscular or bone injury. But I couldn’t see or find any evidence of said infection or rash.

So I grumbled and limped along until Monday October 10 and finally called to make another appointment with Mosaic Medical.

I saw one of their doctors yesterday and it turns out that ‘The Knee Bone IS Connected to the Thigh Bone’ LOL

What that means for me is that I was unconsciously walking differently in an attempt to compensate for the knee injury.

The different stance, more reliance on my non-dominant left leg, and attempts to minimize the pain/discomfort of the knee caused unusual stress on all the muscles from the knee up to the thigh/groin/hip area.

The hilarious thing is that I am supposed to ice the knee and heat the thigh/hip area (I said to the doctor, I don’t think I will try to do THAT simultaneously!)

This has played merry heck with my plans to start using the exercise bike again. I suppose I can still use the dumbbells and try to get my upper body strengthened while I wait for my lower body to heal

Short-Sighted, Stupid, and Insensitive

The Oregon Department of Transportation (hereafter referred to as ODOT) has outdone themselves, and not in a good way.

http://www.ktvz.com/news/29284274/detail.html

First off, if it really did cost $7500.00 a month for cleaning and maintenance –which I doubt– why did they not ever try to outsource the job to a private cleaning and maintenance service?

Even if the private cleaning service had to drive up from Salem or Portland they probably would have charged less even including transportation costs. Hell, even if they drove from Warm Springs (48 miles each way) it probably would have cost less to privatize the work.

If these people ever thought out of the box, I am sure that in this economy they could have found someone in the village of Government Camp–6 miles each way–to do the required work for much less (and the commute would have been massively shorter too).

I find the comment about ‘deterioration of the 50-year-old building’ to be rather disingenuous as you would think some of that $90,000.00 yearly tab for cleaning and ‘maintenance’ could have gone to dealing with that deterioration over the last 50 years.

Or perhaps the time and money that went into maintaining this page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Government-Camp-Rest-Area/217178974968410) would have been better spent by dealing with the deterioration.

I mean really a Facebook page for a public restroom? You can see how popular the page is (NOT) with 4 (yes just four) likes!!

Somebody at ODOT apparently has too much time on their hands or is intelligence-challenged or both.

Secondly, how will they deal with the “deposits” left alongside the road and behind the trees by desperate motorists? Urine isn’t that problematical (it can be smelly though) but feces are a different story.

Perhaps they could take a lesson from Bend, Oregon who pays 22,000.00 a year to clean up goose shit (it might be a bit cheaper to clean up a years worth of human feces since the goose shit carries a lot of nasty diseases requiring suiting up http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=603)

The only bathrooms between Warm Springs, Oregon and Portland, Oregon are marked “restrooms for customers only”

Some enterprising private supplier from Rhododendron, Zig Zag, or Government Camp should install pay toilets, or even porta-potties, between Government Camp and Portland (in my opinion, the porta-potties would be an excellent way to get ODOT to reopen Government Camp, as the bad press from travelers along Highway 26 would be horrendous!). Pay toilets at 10 cents or 25 cents per use would still be cheaper than using the restaurants/gas stations/stores etc.

Third, closing a rest area that is very close (6 miles) to a well-known (and heavily used) wintertime resort right before ski season is remarkably short-sighted. Then again, this is the same state that has no problem paying $22,000.00 per year to clean up goose shit!

http://www.timberlinelodge.com/more-info/
http://www.timberlinelodge.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timberline_Lodge

USPS: There’s Reasons for Their Problems

This is another very personal rant about the United States Postal Service.

On September 14 2011 I received a notice about a parcel that needed to be picked up at the Bend DCU.

This is problematical for me as I have no transportation other than BAT (Bend Area Transit) buses, and none of them go anywhere near the Bend DCU (it’s 3/4 of a mile each way to walk there). This week our temperatures have been in the high 70’s and low 80’s (also I don’t get off work until around 11:00 am when it is starting to really warm up).

Supposedly the USPS redelivers, and you can either fill out the notice they leave you or you can do it online (https://redelivery.usps.com/redelivery/landingView.do

I filled out the form online the evening of September 16 2011. The parcel was not delivered on Saturday September 17 or on Monday September 19 so I amended my request on Tuesday September 20 2011 to add “second request, please redeliver on Wednesday September 21” I’d also tried calling the Bend DCU twice on Tuesday morning; nobody answered.

I say that the USPS supposedly redelivers because its been almost a week since I filled out the form and not only do I not have my parcel, today I received a ‘final notice’ that the item will be returned to the sender on September 30 2011 if not picked up. What is the point of offering a service that the Bend DCU and the postal carrier can’t be bothered to even acknowledge, much less provide?

I edited my request again today for all the good it will do. It’s obvious that the Bend DCU and my carrier aren’t going to deliver the parcel!

Since the parcel doesn’t require a signature, I gave the second notice to my poor long-suffering park manager (Larry) and he’s going to try to pick it up for me (he has transportation other than shanks mare LOL)

ETA: when I got home from shopping the box (beads that used to belong to my grandmother, sent by my aunt) was on my chair. My roommate said it was sitting inside the screen door (which tells me that Larry picked it up, the USPS is not allowed to open screen doors when you aren’t there).

A week later and 3 redelivery requests……….I can’t believe that the USPS thinks they are doing a good job!

Survival Tips and Tricks Part II

This post is about surviving indoors, say in a power outage or flood situation.

Things to have on hand just in case: (don’t expect to be able to buy these if the threat is widespread, stores tend to run out fast if a hurricane or other natural disaster is forecast)

Flashlights, with extra batteries.
Battery operated radio or television, with extra batteries
Candles and matches (or a non-electric lighter of some sort)
Non-perishable food (shelf stable or canned food that can be eaten without cooking if necessary)
Perishable food (this may need to be purchased shortly before a forecasted event, or it may be the contents of your freezer and/refrigerator)
Cooler and ice
Water — recommended amount is 1 gallon per person per day
Card games, board games, craft items, books, magazines (especially important if you have children, if stuck inside the house they will probably get bored easily)
Non-electric kitchen utensils (such as can openers)
Barbeque grill with full propane tank or charcoal briquettes (could also use a camp stove which is usually powered by a small propane tank) DO NOT USE ANY OF THESE INSIDE THE HOUSE DUE TO FUMES.
Extra supplies of all required medications
Extra supplies of all special health items such as eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries
Extra clothing (1 set of clothing per person per day)
Extra pair of shoes (1 pair for each person)
Extra blankets, comforters, or quilts (may not be necessary if you heat with wood or gas, or if your emergency situation happens in the warmer months)
Extra sanitation items (such as moist towelettes and toilet paper)
Extra food/water and other supplies (such as medications) for pets
Working cellphone and/or corded landline phone (cordless phones do not work without electricity)
Cash, coins, credit/debit cards, identification
Extra tobacco or cigarettes (if you smoke; nobody wants to be around you if you can’t smoke!)
*First Aid kit and manual
Laptop with working battery
Extra supplies for infants (diapers, wipes, formula, pumped breast milk, bottles, pacifiers, etc)
Extra supplies for toddlers (diapers, wipes, pacifiers, etc)

Don’t leave your house unless and until its declared safe to do so. Unless your house has been so damaged that it is not safe to remain, it provides shelter, some warmth (as compared to being outside), and protection from the elements.

If you must leave, make a plan beforehand
1) Where will you go and how will you get there?
2) What will you take with you? Many of the above items are still necessary if you are leaving by car or on foot.
3) Communicate with someone that you are leaving and where you are going–take your cellphone with you if you have one. Make a plan to contact them when you get to where you plan on going and give them an expected time of arrival (if you want them to notify authorities if you haven’t called them by a certain time, be sure to tell them to do so)
4) If possible, take your pets with you (on a leash or in a carrier) when leaving. If not possible to take them with you, leave them plenty of food and water.

Personally, I have a wood stove and a small barbeque grill so that cooking most food would not be an issue for me or my roommate. The wood stove also makes staying warm a non-issue.

* recommended items for first aid kit
1) assortment of bandages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_aid_kit
2) gauze
3) antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin
4) Face mask
5) Tweezers (plastic or metal)
6) Needle (for removing splinters)
7) Antiseptic wipes or sprays for cleaning dirty wounds
8) Cotton Swabs
9) Medications such as antihistamines, pain killers, anti-diarrhea medications, etc.
10) Water purification tablets

Survival Tips And Tricks, Part I

What can I do so that I am not that person who is standing in the grocery store looking at the picked over shelves and wondering how I’m going to keep the family warm if the power goes out in a blizzard?

That was a line from a blog I subscribe to (http://www.frugalupstate.com/)

The East Coast of the USA has had hurricanes, tropical storms, power outages, flooding, and a minor earthquake in recent days. Other regions in the USA are currently dealing with drought, forest fires, blackouts, thunderstorms, and other natural disasters.

The blog post from Frugal Upstate got me to thinking about what I would do to survive if faced with a natural disaster. This is part one (of I don’t know how many LOL) of my ruminations, detailing the natural disasters that I could presumably be faced with.

The natural disasters most likely in eastern Oregon (where I live) are:

1) wildfires* which are also known as forest fires (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildfire)
2) wind storms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm)
3) thunderstorms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderstorm)
4) rare earthquake tremors (in the past earthquakes have been along fault lines in California (south of us), Washington (north of us), and Idaho (east of us) with the most recent one being the Nisqually earthquake occurring on February 28 2001 in the Seattle (WA) area
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Nisqually_earthquake)
5) drought (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drought)
6) flash floods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_flood)
7) blizzards http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blizzard
8) ice storms (also called freezing rain) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_storm)
9) sub-zero and/or below freezing temperatures,
10) white-outs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteout_(weather))
11) blackouts or power outages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_outage

Another threat that covers nearly all of Oregon and the neighboring states of Washington, Idaho, and California is volcanic eruptions

1) Mount St Helens in Washington State last had a major and very destructive eruption in 1980 but still releases gases, ash, and pyroclastic flows.

While this volcano is not geographically located in Oregon, the ash eruptions from the 2001 incident were carried by wind currents as far away as OKLAHOMA!!*

*http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2010/05/14/how-far-did-the-ash-travel-from-the-mount-st-helens-eruption/
*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_St._Helens

2) Mount Hood in western Oregon is still considered an active volcano but the likelihood of a major eruption in the next 30 years is estimated to be between rather low at 3% to 7%*

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Hood

3) There are many other potentially active volcanoes–both *shield volcanoes and **stratovolcanoes–in the Pacific Northwest region including but not limited to Mount Jefferson (OR), Mount Adams (WA), Three Sisters (OR), Mt Bachelor (OR), Mount Rainier (WA), Mount Shasta (CA).

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shield_volcano
**http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratovolcano

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cascade_Volcanoes

All of these severe weather conditions or natural disasters can make survival difficult.

All of these can affect you no matter where you are or what you are doing. For example, a lightning strike can hit you through your computer as well as if you are outside under a tree!

Some of the weather conditions can create corollary problems, such as an ice storm which snaps tree branches and the tree branches take down power lines thereby causing a power outage.

Drought can cause flash flooding when drought stricken land gets too much rain and can’t absorb it all.

Earthquakes, windstorms, thunderstorms, and flooding can cause power outages.

Stay tuned for Part II, where I discuss ways to stay safe and what to have in your ‘disaster preparedness kit’

I Think I Will Stick With Papa Johns

I am addicted to pizza. Now that I have no transportation I generally order online from Papa John’s (partially because they have great pizza and partially because I get an emailed discount code almost every day). And because I order so often, all of the Papa John delivery drivers know where I live.

Today however I wanted Pizza Hut’s pizza rollers. I also found out that they carry my favorite (and most unhealthy) soda: Mountain Dew (and not that diet crap either! LOL).

I went online to PizzaHut.com and I ordered a side of pizza rollers with no sauce, a large pan pizza (Veggie Lovers), and the smaller size of Mountain Dew. Almost as soon as the order was sent, I got a phone call from my local Pizza Hut telling me that they only had the 2 liter size of Mountain Dew. I said that was fine and we agreed that I would just give the driver the extra dollar that the 2 liter size of Mountain Dew was going to cost.

My order was scheduled to show up at 5:20. At 6:00 pm I get a call from the delivery driver that he can’t find my address.

All of a sudden I remembered one of the main reasons I stopped using Pizza Hut in the first place: they would try to deliver my pizzas, sides, desserts, drinks, etc to the other side of town. Apparently there is a mobile home park called Century Drive Mobile Home Park at 141 SW 15th Street, while my mobile home park (Suntree Village) is at 1001 SE 15th Street. The two mobile home parks are 3+ miles from each other.

When I used to call in the orders (rather than order online) nearly every time they would hear SUNTREE as CENTURY. I personally don’t see the similarity of the two names.

I gave the delivery driver the usual information: on SOUTHEAST 15th between Reed Market Road and Wilson Avenue, turn at the main Suntree entrance where there is a huge pine tree and a Suntree Village sign, (I discovered later today that this sign also has the address on it which is germane to what the driver said when he actually delivered my food), go up the hill and turn right into the first cul-de-sac.

What really frosted my behind was when the driver got here–over 30 minutes late–there was NO apology. In fact, he tried to blame the whole mess on me and he had the nerve to say is 1001 SE 15th Street REALLY your address? Well considering I’ve received my mail at 1001 SE 15th STREET UNIT 122 for almost 6 years now I would say that it is REALLY my address.

Perhaps if he doesn’t know his way around Bend, he should find another job. And if he does know his way around Bend, he should learn to treat paying customers with courtesy–and take responsibility for his own actions.

To add insult to injury, of course my food was barely warm. And my Mountain Dew certainly wasn’t cold. It was warm enough that I gave up and drank the Diet Coke that I already had in the refrigerator.

I walked to the corner store a couple hours after the pizza debacle. I am in bad physical shape–and coughed most of the way to the store–so on the way back from the store I sat on a flat rock that is under the big pine tree. That was when I noticed that the address of the park is on the Suntree Village sign (the very sign where I told mr. rocket scientist rude pizza delivery man to turn). I guess in addition to being rude and incompetent, he either cannot or will not read!

I can’t help but compare this lousy customer service from Pizza Hut with the local Papa John’s store. They brought me regular Coke twice when I had ordered diet–the first time they went to the store up the street and bought me Diet Coke. The second time they sent the driver back out to my house with Diet Coke and we exchanged bottles. Both times they apologized profusely.

Traffic Blues

So today was one very busy day. I worked for 2 hours and then spent the rest of the day running around. In my case, ‘running around’ involves several short walks and numerous buses.

Pedestrians seem to be lower than pond scum here, even though Bend prides itself on its ‘green’ attitudes.

I have come to the conclusion over the last few months that a lot of the drivers in Bend, Oregon are inconsiderate (at best) and total idiots (at worst). Some I might even say appear to enjoy terrorizing pedestrians. Obeying traffic laws…..hmmm that appears to be a total joke too.

This rant has been brewing for a while.

On August 1 2011 I was on the #6 route Bend Area Transit bus on Reed Market Road, waiting for it to turn onto SE 15th Street.

Some idiot (and that is one total insult to other idiots!) decided the bus was in his way. He/she/idiot pulled around the bus (the bus was not over to the side of the road, the bus was in its proper lane) and then had to cut right back into traffic in front of the bus to avoid a head-on collision with westbound traffic.

The bus driver had to slam on the brakes not once but twice. I was sitting in the first row behind the wheelchair seats (which were down rather than up) and I was leaning forward because my grocery bags were sliding. I almost went face first into the wheelchair seats both times. And if the wheelchair seats had been in the up position I would have gone face first onto the floor of the bus. Bus floors are not soft landing spots, buses are made mostly of metal LOL. For that matter, bus seats are not soft landing spots if you go face first into them either! Can we say CONCUSSION, boys and girls? I am pleased to say that the bus driver got the license number of the idiot and reported him.

The bicycle riders on SE 3rd Street aren’t much better when it comes to pedestrians. Most of the ones I saw on SE 3rd Street today were riding on the sidewalk (which is NOT legal here in Bend unless they are *delivering newspapers or other business messages*–which these people were NOT) and were furious with me because (OMG) I was sitting on the sidewalk waiting for a bus. There are shoulders/bike lanes for these people to ride in, and I couldn’t even see if the bus was coming due to an overgrown shrub in front of A Greener Cleaner without either standing up (for darn near 40 minutes) or sitting on the sidewalk.

Insisting on riding a bike on a sidewalk whether or not there is a clearly marked bike lane or shoulder is not only insensitive to the needs of the pedestrian population, it may well be illegal.

http://www.ktvz.com/news/27892224/detail.html

http://www.stc-law.com/bike_sdwlks.html

Well maybe Bend Area Transit aka Cascades East Transit could put some seats (similar to the one at the stop near the Shell gas station on Hwy 27) at all the stops so pedestrians who are waiting for a bus would have a place to sit other than the sidewalk, but that isn’t really germane to THIS rant!

What amazes me though is that the bicycle riders on 15th street use the bike lanes and are much friendlier towards pedestrians (they say hi to me, they wave at me, they don’t give me dirty looks)

Almost everyone in a car, truck, SUV, etc on SE 3rd Street was speeding and/or tailgating. And lets not talk about the people who are STILL talking on their cell phones while driving despite the horrendous accident that took the life of a 16 year old boy.

http://portlandattorney.wordpress.com/2011/08/01/16-year-old-biker-crushed-to-death-by-truck-in-bend-or-accident/
http://www.ktvz.com/news/28664955/detail.html
http://www.bendbulletin.com/article/20110727/NEWS0107/307279999/

I also jaywalked across SE 3rd Street today. I was going to Mountain High Coins and Collectibles to sell some coins (got $13.35 for those of you who care ROFL!) and there’s a bus stop directly across the street from them but the nearest crosswalk was 3 blocks back (Wilson and 3rd, Dutch Bros, Del Taco, Arby’s, Hong Kong Chinese restaurant).

I waited until the northbound traffic cleared, walked to the (empty) turn lane, and waited again for the southbound traffic to clear. So I am not perfect, but my ‘crime’ didn’t endanger anybody but myself (unlike the bicyclists and motorists mentioned in the rest of this post), and I did it intelligently if you ask me.

Then there was the person on the street leading out of Fred Meyers (the corner where Sterling Savings, Elite Fitness and Education, and Taco Time are) that thought he had the right to be in the crosswalk (he was making a right turn onto SE 3rd the Taco Time side of the street) even though I had the right of way (pushed that button and got the silver walk signal! I am a law-abiding pedestrian most of the time). I will give him this much: when he saw me start walking across the street he backed up so he was out of the crosswalk (otherwise I would have either had to walk on SE 3rd Street itself or go behind him).

Too bad for me but lucky for him that the crosswalk enforcement mentioned in the article below wasn’t in effect

http://www.bikearoundbend.com/2011/03/pedestrian-operations-crosswalk-scofflaws-beware/

But that’s nothing compared to the rocket scientist at the corner of SE 15th Street and the main entrance of Suntree Mobile Park (where I live).

There is a bus stop at Bronzewood and SE 15th Street that is a 5-10 minute walk from my house. It is on the opposite side of the street from the manufactured home park where I live so I was standing slightly off the sidewalk on the side of the road (in the bike lane, or on the shoulder, whichever terminology you prefer). I have done this numerous times before today with no problem, and I always wait until traffic–in both directions–has totally cleared before crossing the street.

Yes, again I am technically jaywalking. So???? The cops can arrest me (*maybe anyway*) as well as the bicyclists that insist on riding on the sidewalk since all of us are breaking the law (again maybe I am and maybe I’m not, as the [admittedly limited] research I’ve done shows that Oregon doesn’t have jaywalking laws). I have contacted the Bend police department to get clarification on the jaywalking and biking on the sidewalk issues.

Received this from the Bend Police Department today

Jaywalking. Pedestrians should try to cross the streets at intersections only. However there is no State or City Code stating they can’t cross in the middle. Crossing against a red light may result in a cite.

Sidewalks. Depends on who and how. There is no bike riding on core downtown sidewalks. In other areas the age, ability and reasons must be considered. In any event riders must give pedestrians the right of way.

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070129/NEWS/70411008/-1/NEWS0103

Since I don’t want to die or even get slightly injured in a MVA (motor vehicle accident) I always stand well back from the traffic–especially as most of the traffic on this stretch of 15th street is NOT respecting the speed limit.

This — I can’t think of what I want to call him — made a point of getting as close to me as he possibly could without actually hitting me. What I find the most odd about this is that when he got up to the turn into the Expressway gas station/convenience store/car wash/espresso stand he was properly back in the lane, almost in the middle of the lane–since he was making that turn into the parking lot, he could have continued riding in the bike lane or on the white line that demarcates the bike lane. I think either he was driving under the influence of something (drugs or alcohol) or he deliberately terrorized me.

I think perhaps I would be safer walking up 15th to Reed Market and crossing at the light there. However, idiots will be idiots — and I don’t like feeling penalized when I did nothing wrong.

I have a bad case of pedestrian RAGE!

Adventures in Roommate Land

Well, it appears that my new roommate (lets call him Andrew–not his real name) is passive-aggressive and a liar. Can I pick em or what? And this man had excellent references!

Adventures in Lawn Care

Clear back in July when he came to look at the house, it was mentioned that the *park manager* wanted the roommate (if male) to take over responsibility for mowing the **lawn**. The roommate agreed to that condition; he even asked what kind of lawn mower there was.

*The park manager who lives across the street from us had been mowing the lawn from summer 2008 through summer 2011*
** This is a small lawn, probably at most 1/2 an hour to mow the entire yard**

Andrew moved in on August 1 2011. It is now September 5 2011 and the lawn should have been mowed a minimum of 4 times since that date. How many times has it been mowed? ZERO ZILCH NADA NOTHING.

I have mentioned this lawn and the need for mowing it at least once a week over the last 5 weeks (three times in the last three days alone). I have not nagged (really) I have just asked that he mow the lawn as we had agreed. Andrew even said that as a landscape/lawn person he was aware that the lawn looked bad (there is clover growing in at least two areas, weeds are sprouting under the pine trees, and the grass is at least 4 times longer than it should be).

The pictures below are of my house (inside and outside) and yard as of July 9 2011

http://suellenjillroley.blogspot.com/2011/07/house-and-home-post-2.html
http://suellenjillroley.blogspot.com/2011/07/house-and-home-post-1.html

The park manager even put the lawn mower in my carport so it would be easier for Andrew to find it and hopefully use it.

There was one excuse after another as to why he couldn’t mow the lawn. The grass was too wet when he got home from work every day (NOT, the sprinkler system is set to every other day so that I don’t violate the city watering ordinance). He was too tired when he got home from work (about 6:30 am). He had other plans. It was too hot. It was going to rain.

So finally on Friday September 2 2011 I get a letter from Larry (the park manager) stating that I had until September 8 2011 to bring the yard up to the park standards; even though there was not a lawn installed until the summer of 2008, maintaining the outside appearance of the manufactured home is in the contract which I signed 4 years ago (in 2007) after my father died.

It was also made clear to me verbally and in the letter that if Larry had to mow the lawn, I would be charged $40.00 per mow (approximately $160.00 per month). I normally bring home $80.00 per week so I would be paying 2 weeks salary for having the lawn mowed for a month.

Since Andrew had agreed to mow the lawn when I showed him the house in mid-July and then again repeatedly from August 1 through September 2, I taped the letter to his bedroom door and went off to my doctors appointment. I got home about 6:30 pm and the letter was no longer on his door; I confirmed later that he’d received it and read it. I also made sure that he knew there would be a $40.00 charge for each mow if the park manager had to do them.

He said he would mow the lawn on Sunday September 4 or Monday September 5 since he had a three day weekend (Labor Day). It is 7:44 pm on Monday September 5 and the lawn did not get mowed despite my mentioning it at least twice over the weekend.

Yes I could have mowed the yard myself. However, Andrew agreed to mow it numerous times over the last month. Its almost the only thing I’ve asked him to do since he moved in; not to mention that it was at least 30 years ago the last time I mowed any yard!

I finally went over to the office this evening and asked Larry if there was someone in the park that I could hire to mow the lawn.

I would rather pay $10.00-$15.00 a week (whatever it costs) than stress out over whether or not Andrew is going to mow the damn thing (I would say based on recent history that he would mow it when and if hell freezes over!!). And $10.00-$15.00 a week is way less than $40.00 a week isn’t it now?

I would have paid Andrew to mow the yard but IMO that would be rewarding him for his passive-aggressive behavior and also would set a very bad precedent.

Also, if I have to nag, gently remind, whatever somebody for 6 weeks to do something I might as well be married!!

Adventures in (NOT) Telling the Truth

Every ad I wrote up for the room or posted online said no smoking, social drinking okay (see example below)

http://bend-oregon.olx.com/furnished-bedroom-private-bathroom-for-rent-includes-utilities-iid-198151486

Andrew saw one of those ads (I think it was the Craig’s List ad) and when he called about the room he said he smoked a pipe and drank rarely.

Both statements have turned out to be either partially true or totally untrue.

He smoked a pipe for the first 2-3 weeks and now smokes cigarettes. Cigarette smoke smells much worse to me than pipe smoke does. I am so relieved that I insisted that he smoke outside especially now that he has stopped smoking the pipe.

And he will be smoking outside–no matter what he smokes–even when its below zero here, it is not a negotiable issue due to my health issues. Maybe he doesn’t understand that pulmonary emboli are very serious health issues, but I sure as hell understand that in a very personal way (6 weeks on oxygen, 3 days in the hospital, a year and counting on blood thinners)

http://www.i-dont-think-so.com/?p=748
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I knew he was drinking (and not just ‘rarely’) before I found the proof in the carport this afternoon. My father and stepfather were alcoholics and I know what malt liquor (beer and near beer) smells like. But the proof of the pudding was the huge garbage bag (more like a 39 gallon lawn and leaf bag) 1/2 full of beer cans and pop bottles in the carport. Mind you I am NOT saying that Andrew is an alcoholic, I am just saying that he does more than ‘social drinking.’

It’s just too bad for Andrew I decided to work in the carport today (Larry is unhappy with the Rubbermaid tote boxes http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx? CatName=Storage&SubcatId=Roughneck&Prod_ID=RP091418 in the carport and on the back porch–there are at least 30 of them–so I am moving them to where they are less noticeable).

I don’t even mind so much that he is drinking but I do mind that he lied about it. A friend mentioned that he probably would have said anything to get out of his former living situation (the local homeless shelter). That is probably true but the thing about being a good liar is you have to remember what you said to who.

I also think he feels that since he is paying 93% of the space rent that he shouldn’t be expected to do anything else. I would be happier though if he had said in July or August or September I will not mow the yard ever. That way I would have known upfront and could have talked with Larry (and/or hired somebody else to mow it) before it got so bad.

I’m trying to let go of the stress around all of this because its not good for my health. Part of me is very disappointed that I can’t ask Andrew to do anything (even though he is a handyman) and expect that he will do it. The other part of me says, now that you know that he’s not reliable ask Larry or hire it done.

At least the cats like him. I don’t dislike him myself, I am just frustrated and disappointed.

Which one is it?

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My Bed is a NO FLY ZONE……but

I just simply cannot convince the resident cats of 2 salient facts

1) It is MY bed, not theirs. I read on Facebook that wherever a cat chooses to sleep belongs to the cat, not to the staff.

2) Now if I could convince the little darlings (13 pounds and 20 pounds respectively) of number 1 above I would still need to convince them that said bed is a NO FLY zone. I hear you shaking your head and saying WTF is a no fly zone? Let me explain!

Twice now I have been landed on by a flying (and ticked off) cat. The thing is that when these landings occurred I was in MY BED (see number 1 above) innocently trying to sleep.

You might think–or even say –what is so bad about being landed on by a flying cat? Even if you were asleep, you could just brush the cat away (or shout at him) and go back to sleep.

This cat flies with claws out, hissing, and yowling. So far I have ended up with puncture wounds on my left leg and on the right side of my head (my friends–and even some of my enemies–would tell you that I have enough holes in my head already without adding punctures from a pissed off cat!)

Adding to the general enjoyment (NOT) of the situation are 2 additional facts:

1) the cat in question last had his nails trimmed during summer…………2008 (that’s right boys and girls, THREE years ago) and the cat staff was not the trimmer. She doesn’t have a death wish! Oh no when Percy the Pisser went in for his test to see why he was spraying all over the place the vet techs trimmed his claws in self-defense.

2) the staff of the aforementioned cat takes blood thinners. I think we can all see where this is going and it is not good for the staff (nor is it good for anyone with virgin ears as the cat staff tends to be a bit ….. salty…..shall we say?)

The occasional scratch on my shoulders –this cat loves my shoulders– is an occupational hazard (the occupation being cat lover and cat staff). I don’t include the flying cat using me for landing practice in this category.

Perhaps I should start sleeping with the squirt bottle?

And now for the view from the peanut gallery (namely one gray cat named Percy): MEOW!!