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All I want is for people to be competent at their jobs.  Is that so much to ask?  My experiences these last two weeks make it seem so.

We had an appointment at 2 pm with our property manager to walk through our apartment and hand over our keys.  I called at 2:15 because she wasn't there yet and got her voicemail.  About ten minutes later she called back and said she e-mailed Matthew two days ago that she wanted to change the date.  "I see now that he never responded," she said.  Her reason?  She already had to go to the city three days this week to walk through apartments and she didn't want to go through traffic again.  Its hard being a property manager!  All these people move out at the end of the month and it takes her completely by surprise!

I called Matthew and he found that her e-mail had been sent to his spam folder.  So she left a 7 months pregnant woman and her two-year-old sitting in 100 degree heat for half an hour because she couldn't honor her appointment.

Never rent from Long & Foster, people.  They also claimed they never got our letter telling them we weren't renewing our lease, but we sent it certified mail so we know they got it.
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All I want is for people to be competent at their jobs.  Is that so much to ask?  My experiences these last two weeks make it seem so.

We had an appointment at 2 pm with our property manager to walk through our apartment and hand over our keys.  I called at 2:15 because she wasn't there yet and got her voicemail.  About ten minutes later she called back and said she e-mailed Matthew two days ago that she wanted to change the date.  "I see now that he never responded," she said.  Her reason?  She already had to go to the city three days this week to walk through apartments and she didn't want to go through traffic again.  Its hard being a property manager!  All these people move out at the end of the month and it takes her completely by surprise!

I called Matthew and he found that her e-mail had been sent to his spam folder.  So she left a 7 months pregnant woman and her two-year-old sitting in 100 degree heat for half an hour because she couldn't honor her appointment.

Never rent from Long & Foster, people.  They also claimed they never got our letter telling them we weren't renewing our lease, but we sent it certified mail so we know they got it.

At the zoo

Jun. 9th, 2011 09:27 pm
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We went to the zoo on Monday.  Not today, it was 97 degrees out.

Its amazing how in one year Biggie went from this:

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To this!

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I really wanted to go now because there is a baby Coquerel's Sifaka, and I wanted to see him before he got too old. I caught Otto in fine form, and nursing! I took a video because it was hard to see what he was doing from a picture.



Oh my, I don't know about you, but I think when a lemur is old enough to hang by his feet from a branch, he is far too old to be nursing.  The mother is obviously doing it for her own personal gratification.

At the zoo

Jun. 9th, 2011 09:27 pm
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We went to the zoo on Monday.  Not today, it was 97 degrees out.

Its amazing how in one year Biggie went from this:

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To this!

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I really wanted to go now because there is a baby Coquerel's Sifaka, and I wanted to see him before he got too old. I caught Otto in fine form, and nursing! I took a video because it was hard to see what he was doing from a picture.



Oh my, I don't know about you, but I think when a lemur is old enough to hang by his feet from a branch, he is far too old to be nursing.  The mother is obviously doing it for her own personal gratification.
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This is what I saw when I came back from my walk with Biggie this morning.

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Time for new tires anyway )
Biggie was having a grand old time, running around in our neighbors'  front yards and porches as I was on the phone to my insurance, and blowing kisses bye-bye to my car as it was towed away.
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This is what I saw when I came back from my walk with Biggie this morning.

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Time for new tires anyway )
Biggie was having a grand old time, running around in our neighbors'  front yards and porches as I was on the phone to my insurance, and blowing kisses bye-bye to my car as it was towed away.
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I finally got myself together early enough in the morning to make it to the mall's storytime, but when I got there I found that they cancelled it on account of the one snowflake that fell last night.  Please.  If you can still see the grass poking up through the snow, there's no cause for alarm.  I can't believe the surrounding counties got a two hour delay today.

Last night I went to a Hon party.  We all added "HON" to our t-shirts, and will go to Cafe Hon next week to protest the owner tradmarking the word.  I can't believe even the city of Baltimore has to ask her permission to use hon now, hon, just because she thought of trademarking it first.

Hon Hon Hon Hon Hon!
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I finally got myself together early enough in the morning to make it to the mall's storytime, but when I got there I found that they cancelled it on account of the one snowflake that fell last night.  Please.  If you can still see the grass poking up through the snow, there's no cause for alarm.  I can't believe the surrounding counties got a two hour delay today.

Last night I went to a Hon party.  We all added "HON" to our t-shirts, and will go to Cafe Hon next week to protest the owner tradmarking the word.  I can't believe even the city of Baltimore has to ask her permission to use hon now, hon, just because she thought of trademarking it first.

Hon Hon Hon Hon Hon!

Libraries

Jun. 5th, 2010 08:17 pm
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Matthew nixed the Reisterstowm place, even though he sent me the link in the first place.  He said he would get stuck in traffic all the time going up that way.  I'm going to look at one more place, and if I don't like it, here we'll stay.

Busy day for Biggie and me yesterday. We went to Storyville at the Rosedale Library with Courtney and Isla. Its amazing to see how he's changed since I first brought him there. We didn't even stay in the baby garden this time, but explored the other areas too. He even stood by himself a few seconds when he was walking from flower to flower.

Then we went to the ten year anniversary party of the Village Learning Place.  Ten years ago, the city was closing down the library in my neighborhood.  But the people here didn't accept it.  They raised money, bought the building and started their own independent library.  How cool is that?  I admit that when I first moved here I thought it was some kind of Scientology-type place.  The "Village Learning Place", it sounds so ominous. 

Matthew came to, to refute me from saying he never goes out and does anything.  They had an awesome bbq, then the kids band Milkshake played.  Their main singer always wears a tutu, and a bunch of kids there were wearing them too, boys included.  Biggie really liked the music.  I'm still not used to him paying attention to the stuff he's supposed to, instead of just looking at the leaves or a tiny rock or something.

Moving

Apr. 14th, 2010 09:19 am
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"I'm afraid of leaving Charles Village," Matthew said to me yesterday.  I am too.  We're planning on moving to Catonsville in July when our lease is up, to be closer to Matthew's work.

Matthew has lived in this neighborhood for 7 years, and I was here as a JV in 2003 and again when we got married.  I can walk to my doctor and Biggie's pediatrician.  There's a hospital a few blocks away.  

There's a really cool "open space" where people bring their outdoor toys and leave them, so there are little plastic slides and big wheels.  I'm starting to make friends at the playgroup and storytime at the library.  I'm near the zoo and art museum.  I'm near the free bookstore! 

Who knows what the situation will be where we move?  My brother reminded me that the suburbs are basically holding pens for children, so I'm sure we would meet more people Biggie's age.  Its just tiring to think of starting over again.

Although two people being murdered last weekend near here, as well as two in my neighborhood in the last month (one by the playground at 4 in the afternoon), makes me think that wherever we move can't be that much worse.
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They sent me a letter back and said if I faxed over his birth certificate I would be postponed until he's 12 months old. So hooray for that.

Haturday

Oct. 19th, 2009 03:29 pm
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I swear, I'm going to go mental on the next woman (and they've all been women) who tells me to put a hat on my baby.  Its 60 freaking degrees outside.  Is anyone else wearing a hat?  No.  Plus he's all snuggled up to me in the Baby Bjorn.

I did give money, which I don't usually do, to the homeless woman who cooed over Biggie.  She didn't tell me to put a hat on him.

Haturday

Oct. 19th, 2009 03:29 pm
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I swear, I'm going to go mental on the next woman (and they've all been women) who tells me to put a hat on my baby.  Its 60 freaking degrees outside.  Is anyone else wearing a hat?  No.  Plus he's all snuggled up to me in the Baby Bjorn.

I did give money, which I don't usually do, to the homeless woman who cooed over Biggie.  She didn't tell me to put a hat on him.

Haturday

Oct. 19th, 2009 03:29 pm
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I swear, I'm going to go mental on the next woman (and they've all been women) who tells me to put a hat on my baby.  Its 60 freaking degrees outside.  Is anyone else wearing a hat?  No.  Plus he's all snuggled up to me in the Baby Bjorn.

I did give money, which I don't usually do, to the homeless woman who cooed over Biggie.  She didn't tell me to put a hat on him.

Crime

Sep. 16th, 2009 07:49 pm
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I really need to talk to my first floor neighbor.  There has been a spate of break-ins this last week, culminating in a Hopkins student killing an intruder with a samurai sword.  www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bal-md.samurai16sep16,0,114199.story
I just know all my geeky friends with swords dream of a scenario like that.

Anyway, my downstairs neighbor, a lovely woman going to nursing school, has a bad habit of leaving our front door unlocked.  I came home from work last year one day to find someone had taken a crowbar to our front door.  It was locked and he didn't get in, but if it had been unlocked, the burglar would have been free to steal without any passersby seeing him.  And now that I'm home with the baby, I don't want to run into any bad guys.

This door thing has been going on for months, and I keep telling myself to go down and talk to her, but I hate confrontation. I would be very polite about it, but still.  I hope that by posting this it will give me the kick in the pants I need to knock on her door and do it.

Actually, we did have our recycling bin stolen this week, but I don't think it was done by the same guys.

The best site for crime reporting in Baltimore is this one. baltimorecrime.blogspot.com/  It was the only one that covered the shooting outside my afterschool kids school.

And this guy was a former cop and writes really good behind-the-scenes posts, although he doesn't update much. buzoncrime.blogspot.com/

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The people at the Jeopardy message board were discussing the Historical Marker Database. I have found my new crack. I have often annoyed my companions (especially Matthew) by wanting to read all the historical markers and inscriptions on statues as I pass by. Now I can do it on the internet!

I was looking up Baltimore markers and the first one to come up was a gravestone for a 23-year-old woman. The inscription read:

Fanny H. Peachy, Consort of Thomas G. Peachy, who was born November the 24th, 1799; and departed this transitory life February the 11th, 1822, in the 23rd year of her age. The amiable qualities of this interesting female were such as endeared her to all who knew her, she was a dutiful child and a truly affectionate wife. In her early life she bore the cross of Jesus, and by that life she left ample reason to believe that she has ascended to the bright realms of bliss.

How sweet. They really knew how to write inscriptions back in those days. If only people would remember me this way when I die.
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The people at the Jeopardy message board were discussing the Historical Marker Database. I have found my new crack. I have often annoyed my companions (especially Matthew) by wanting to read all the historical markers and inscriptions on statues as I pass by. Now I can do it on the internet!

I was looking up Baltimore markers and the first one to come up was a gravestone for a 23-year-old woman. The inscription read:

Fanny H. Peachy, Consort of Thomas G. Peachy, who was born November the 24th, 1799; and departed this transitory life February the 11th, 1822, in the 23rd year of her age. The amiable qualities of this interesting female were such as endeared her to all who knew her, she was a dutiful child and a truly affectionate wife. In her early life she bore the cross of Jesus, and by that life she left ample reason to believe that she has ascended to the bright realms of bliss.

How sweet. They really knew how to write inscriptions back in those days. If only people would remember me this way when I die.

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