I guess the good news is that there are currently fewer rats, but more snakes.
Yesterday the maintenance man, once again, filled my outside air conditioning unit with Freon. I think this is the 4th or 5th time in the past month or so.
He said it obviously has a massive hole or holes in it and the unit needs to be replaced.
I asked him if he thought they would do that.
He said no. They’d even get mad at him if they knew he put more Freon into it. Because they say that we’re “out of season for air conditioning.”
Well, tell that to the weather.
When I Move Out:
He said they will not do anything else while I am living here. They will wait until the next person moves in. And then go 4-5 go-rounds with them over it and finally replace it.
He said they care nothing about the tenants, some of who have lived here for 30 years. All they care about is the rent they receive from us every month.
I AM SO GLAD I’M LEAVING SOON! (Sorry for the caps, but that’s how angry I am.)
I asked him how the snake and rat problem was going.
He said the rats have been less of a problem since they have all these pest control boxes everywhere on the grounds. There’s a box next to my wall.
But he said a few weeks ago he got an urgent call on a weekend from a woman across the pool from me. She was very upset and told him to get over there and find the snake that fell out of her ceiling vent.
More Snakes In The Ceilings:
And she told him that this is not the first time snakes had fallen from her ceiling vents.
The maintenance man has the heebie-jeebies about snakes, but he went over there and caught it. He said it wasn’t all that big.
BUT WHO CARES HOW BIG IT IS? A snake is a snake.
He told me that someone is moving out daily now. Well, I’ll soon be one of them.
I worry about my 85-year-old neighbor who has been here for 25 years.
Finally yesterday I could see a chink in her armor. She has tried to put up a brave front, but she called and said she was going to miss me.
I told her I would still come over and take her wherever she needed to go. She’s getting her booster shot in January. I’ll take her for that.
She said: “Well, it won’t be the same as having you so close.”
My Poor Neighbor:
No, it won’t. But I’ve tried and tried to get her to talk to her son in California about the problems here. I told her that she needed to apprise him of the current situation before her lease is up and her rent is raised $150.
But a few months ago her son lost all he had to the wildfires and she doesn’t want to bother him, she says.
She told me that he would drop everything and come pack her up and take her back home with him. But she needs to tell him what’s going on here!
I’ve found apartments I thought she might like. One is only 3 blocks from where I will be.
I’ve found apartments for the elderly that are income-based. But she’s afraid of change. I do understand.
Lack Of One-Bedroom Apartments Available:
There are very few one-bedroom apartments to be found because everyone wants a one-bedroom apartment. It’s why I agreed to a two-bedroom apartment.
No telling how much longer I’d have to wait on the three 55+ lists to get a one-bedroom.
Well, that’s the current status around here. Just thought I’d share it.
There are U-Haul trucks going in and out of here.
So maybe that’s just what they want. Then they can have the place demolished for the millions of dollars the land is worth.
They wouldn’t care a whit about tossing everyone out. Because they obviously have no heart and no conscience.
What a sad state of affairs.
How Can People Be So Uncaring:
I don’t know how these people who own the apartment lay their heads on their pillows and sleep at night.
But then they swept in a couple of years ago and bought 7-8 apartments when they came to town. And none of their apartment complexes have decent reviews.
They apparently run out of money and for a time stop buying supplies.
My elderly neighbor had to wait 3 months to get a cheap filter because they hadn’t been paying their bills and their credit had been cut off. This is why I purchase and replace the filters myself.
The maintenance man sometimes does not get paid.
The tree trimmers stopped literally mid-tree because they had not gotten paid.
I can look from my porch across the pool at this poor tree that looks like a tornado hit it. It was trimmed on one side and then left that way.
But COVID has made people feel even more desperate and afraid. Times are hard. It is a time to be compassionate to others less fortunate.