All of March.....
Yes, I dissed you guys for all of March and damn near all of April.
I am sorry.
In that time, I moved--and that took quite the adjustment for me. I am also getting a ringside seat into what it is to maintain a Rent Stabilized apartment in NYC. What a clusterf-ck this is...
These landlords are no joke--and they will not fix what's broken--so FYI it pays to know how to solve certain problems yourself--both legally and by way of repairs.
I know because I've felt it before.
Subsidized housing (and I am including everyone--from the Projects to the Mitchell-Lama) is an amazing gift for many people and should be appreciated. Apart from the re-certification process, you are pretty much good--unless of course the Feds take their money away--which is not impossible--unlikely--but not impossible.
But Lord help you if you are Rent Control or Rent Stablized.
You see, I've realized that this status, especially in Manhattan, is a gift and a curse like no other. The one-two punch of landlord persecution and lack of apartment maintenance in many cases, is ridiculous. After time it can actually make a person begin to think that they are doing something wrong by living somewhere for a long period of time.
As if YOU had that audacity to think that housing laws set up to protect residents, could even remotely apply to you--let alone directly. I mean, how could you think that you would be able to stay in such a good neighborhood--you...you mere peasant. (that last part was for dramatic effect)
On the flip side, even if your position is like "Eff-that, I don't care how many times I have to go to court!" It is still a tricky, tricky mind game my friends.
So as you can see, this has been occupying my mind--and it sucks to see someone close to be go through that.
Changing gears now...
I have also been spending entirely too much money on exercise initiatives, all in the name of
"The Great Bikini Challenge of 2013"
I vow that if at some point I succeed in my mission to expose my midsection to the masses (something I have not done since 2002) I will shamelessly post pictures on this blog--which is the closest I'll ever come to public nudity--so it's totally a big deal.
So in a nutshell--this is what I've been doing for the last 45 or so days. What about you?