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Trying to convince owners to rent to someone with section 8 is frustrating. First it's: they used to rent to "section 8 people" but they didn't pay rent/trashed the place/caused problems. Then it's: they just don't want to deal with the forms, the inspections, the rules.
Having a counter for every excuse makes you look pushy. Or like that tenant they don't want to deal with even if there was no subsidy. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Eight years ago, the neighborhoods & units I'm looking at, my only competition would have been other low income, section 8 voucher holders. Now I'm competing with folx with good jobs in SF and Silicon Valley. Guess who gets picked? Not me. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Picking raisins out of tropical dried fruit mix. They try to trick me & pretend they're dates.
Raisins are the most unnecessary filler in the world. - Anika
raisins ruin everything - ellbeecee
I like raisins. In fact, oatmeal raisin cookies are my favorite kind of cookie in the world. I'm in the minority. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
If you offer me a warm oatmeal raisin cookie I will gladly eat it and enjoy it. Other than that, I'd rather not cross paths with the things :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I would pick the raisins out of that cookie :) - ellbeecee
Y'all just send me your raisins, k? - Kirsten
I like raisins, but I don't like them in that mix either :/ - Jennifer Dittrich
I can pick the raisins out of anything, cookies, salads, trail mix. I'm a raisin eliminatin' ninja - Steve C Team Marina
Hurray for softish oatmeal raisin cookies, but as part of dried fruit mix, not so much. Also dunno what's tropical about grapes... - Walt Crawford
(collects all the discarded raisins) - chaz2b
Here is Lt Dan in his new backyard at my friend Cindi's house. LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS.
(His new name is Chip, short for Potato Chip) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Doh. I loved the name Lt Dan. - SAM
I did too but teenage daughter nixed any name related to his missing leg. Party pooper :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Aww, handsome lil dude! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Let's have a Cuba Libre!
Where does the line form? - Shannon - GlassMistress
at the passport office, I'd bet ;) - Starmama
Maria the realtor knocked on my door. I'd been expecting someone to bring me the eviction notice and have been gearing up for a legal fight. Instead she brought the new owner with a deal.
He said he wants to move into our unit. He said we can be here through January and he won't charge me rent. - Starmama
Maria said Tito won't be asking for any back rent from me either. I asked for everything in writing and she said she'll get a letter from Tito, and the new owner said he'll write me a letter, Maria said she'll get both to me ASAP. - Starmama
They knew they were WRONG. - Starmama
Maria came to her senses, realized I'm not the one to fuck with, and decided she didn't want none. - Starmama
That's good they decided to behave like adults. - Anika
and yesterday I got an extension from the housing authority, so we have until March to find a place without worrying about losing our subsidy. - Starmama
(and damn I hope I find a place in weeks, not months) - Starmama
I'm going to tell them I need more time. can't hurt to ask, right? - Starmama
So very glad. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Why do I hunt for the Hanukkah candles every year? I find the perfect place to stash em & then forget where they are. I'm organizationally impaired.
I love rainy days. If I don't have to wait for and ride the bus in the rain, it makes me happy. Today I'm grateful for working brakes, tires, and windshield wipers. And that mostly-full tank of gas. And a pocket full of change for downtown parking. And if I get caught in traffic behind protesters, I'ma stand outside my car & cheer them on.
Hope everyone has the best possible Tuesday. Love y'all <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
You too, hon. Cheer extra for me, k? - Kirsten
Be well - WarLord
The rain dashed my plans to take the bus to the Arboretum today. I think I'll just make stuff and have a dance party by myself, instead. - Anika from Android
Posted this first thing when it was dark, and wet outside. Looks like we get a break in the rain today but it's coming back. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Cheers to you, Starmama! - vicster: hon. canadian
I love you, Mandy. Keep doing the damn thing. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
House is so much quieter and calmer without Daisy here. No arguing with Violet about everydamnthing. No going nuts at the window when the kids next door play basketball. No more stress at mealtime about who's eating what, no more running around checking out the other dogs' bowls.
Andrea says she's not trying any of that with Coco. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
News coverage of the storm's aftermath goes from poor families flooded out of their trailer parks to affluent families having a blast at ski resorts. Man, the world sucks.
It's certainly not a fair place. - Jenny H. from Android
Have gotten help from well-placed folx in the City of Oakland housing department (different place than the housing authority), whatever comes next I will have legal assistance and advocacy and I am no longer panicking like I've been the past few days.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! - Jenny H. from Android
Woo hoo - Greg GuitarBuster
That makes a huge difference to have allies. Hope things work out well. - SAM
:) - Brent Schaus from iPhone
I can kick back & watch the Warriors whup on the Mavericks :-)
Waiting for calls to be returned is nerve wracking and the minutes tick by & then they're hours.
Daisy & Coco getting ready for the rain, Mariah hiding from the camera :-)
<3!!!!!! - Janet from FFHound!
A good friend is 95% sure her family is going adopt a pittie they met at the Alameda animal shelter. He just had a front leg amputated. He has a crooked tail that might've been broken and never treated (why his leg was amputated). And he has one blue eye and one brown eye. And his name. Is Lt. Dan.
He's so freaking cute, I can't stop looking at the pics she posted. I wish I could adopt him my damn self. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
<3 *hoping your friend's situation has room for 5% more* :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Messy lumpy cake cleaned up nicely. The dogs enjoyed the bits that stuck to the pans. Everybody's happy!
Cakes are stuck to the bottoms of the pans. This has never happened. Greased em like I always do so who knows what happened. *sigh*
Man, I hate that. Esp. if I haven't done anything differently than every other time. - Jennifer Dittrich
Might be how wet it is outside. - Eric - ill subliminal
Maybe. Thank goodness Jayden doesn't care how it looks. "It's still cake, it'll be good even if it's messy" is what he said. Whew. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Jayden's school isn't closing for the storm tomorrow, but some Oakland schools are, and they aren't transporting kids in out of district placement, like him. Stormaggedon.
turns out just about all Bay Area schools are closed, and I'm glad for it. - Starmama
Got a 3 day notice to pay rent or quit. They want the whole rent, not just my 60%. Guess who served me the notice? Maria the shady ass realtor. So I guess in three days they'll get the court eviction order I forget how much time that gives. Fuck them fuck this shit what the fuck.
House ain't packed up yet either. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
:( What's the total amount and what's the quickest way to get it to you? - Greg GuitarBuster
But I don't want to pay him. I want a place to rent where I pay $578 & section 8 pays the rest. Not here paying $950 every month and losing my section 8. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Okay, I have to agree with you on that. If you pay the full rent, this one time, will you lose section 8? If yes, then we need to move you now, before the eviction. I do not want you and Jayden to be homeless. - Greg GuitarBuster
Exactly - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
No I have until January to find a place, but after next week I will be asking for an extension. Don't know yet how long that would be, possibly another 90 days. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Tomorrow I'm riding out the storm making happy for J's birthday. Friday I already planned to go downtown for something and I'll give Eviction Defense a call, see if I can get a consultation. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Is there anything we can do? - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Oh, I'd LOVE about 2 minutes of that shady ass realtor's time. - vicster: hon. canadian
Let me know how I can help. - vicster: hon. canadian
Aw, man. Those people are awful. I hope the extension goes through and you guys find something soon. - Anika
I'm sorry, Mandy. Please let us know how we can help. *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
Jesus. Will the bad shit never cease? You guys deserve and need a break from all these setbacks. And could the timing be any worse? I'm so so sorry this is happening to you. I wish I could swoop up and rescue from that hell. Alas, I can only offer virtual hugs and positive thoughts your way. Stay strong, Starmama. - Jenny H. from Android
Donations help, but the real problem is getting a place to rent. Since this started I've gotten so much generosity, mostly from friendfeeders, but I've already spent more than half on just gas, some moving supplies, a few coffees, and a bill that surprised me by being bigger than I'd expected. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I could use a professional organizer, help me figure out how to organize & pack up 8 years of living here. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Took Daisy to the home of a longtime friend, who already has a female Chihuahua. By the time I left, she'd warmed up to Andrea, and was not growling when Coco welcomed her with a let's-play bow. If all works out like it seems it will, Daisy will have a new home and a new sister :-)
Our nickname when Daisy is jumping, spinning, & play-snarling is Crazy Daisy! Daisy go crazy! Turns out Coco does the same thing, and Andrea & her daughter say Loco Coco! So I think these dogs were made to hang out together lol. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
So glad she found a home! - Janet from FFHound!
when Jayden came home from school, Violet for the first time ever was able to run to greet him without Daisy bullying her away from him. It was so sweet. I always felt Violet would have more confidence without Daisy around, and it looks like I was right. - Starmama
Oh, I'm so happy for Daisy (and Coco too)! - vicster: hon. canadian
Yay. I'm happy for Daisy, Violet and Jayden. - Tamara J. B.
Aww, that's great! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Yesterday evening Andrea went to her daughter's job to ride the bus home with her, as they always do. She left Coco & Daisy in the apt loose. They got home and both dogs were standing there to greet them and no signs of tension or fighting and no mess in the house. Coco peed on the pillow I brought for Daisy but that's normal dog behavior and nobody was really mad at her for that. And... more... - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
"Daisy ain't loyal, she left me as soon as Mariah came on the scene." #trustnobitch ;P - AHnix (Anna Haro)
Jayden's got a runny nose so he's staying home from school. If he's not better tomorrow he'll be staying home again, which sucks because it's always cool to be at school on your birthday. And with the storm coming, Angie, Jabari, & my mom prolly won't come for cake, since the plan was for them to catch the bus here & me take everyone home after.
Ain't nobody trying to catch the bus in a storm for a lil cake. Jayden'll see them over the weekend. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
If he's home tomorrow he's cleaning up after I make his cake. I always put him to work when he stays home from school, as long as he can stand up he can do a chore :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Saw the family from next door at the grocery store. Little girl, surprised to see me, says "you're from my house!" which just tickled me :-)
awww! :) - AHnix (Anna Haro)
12 in a row! WHOOOOOO! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
They moved the Griz v Warriors to ESPN on the 16th. Can't wait. With our seeming inability to guard the 3 point line all of a sudden that could get ugly if we can't find a way to contain Steph and Klay. Should be a very good game. - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Tonight we showed can take a team considered to be more strongly physical than the Warriors. Grizzlies game oughta be a good one! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yesterday: Jayden got the wires taken off his braces. Today: x rays, cleaning. Monday: wires get put back on & adjusted. Good thing the kid actually enjoys going to the dentist!
I don't care of its the middle of the night & you think nobody will know. Block my driveway, I'm calling the cops & getting your car towed. You better hope you come out to your car before they get here, whoever you are. Asshole.
They were lucky indeed. It was a girlfriend of my neighbor's grandson. I went off on her, scared her I think and then Unique ran up apologizing profusely I went off on him too because he knows better and asked him to apologize to the girl for me, for cussing at her. Then I cancelled the call. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Yes that's really his name. His first name is Mister. His middle name is Sir Unique. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Does he pronounce it Uni-K? - Steele Lawman
no, now THAT would be crazy. - Starmama
:) - Starmama
Jayden's brain is fine, no changes, no anomalies. We're gonna wean him off the Keppra over the next month & if all goes well, no more neurology appointments! Here he is, attached to 22 wires. And here is the lamp with tape strips, ready for the next patient, which reminded me of a dinosaur skeleton.
That all sounds good.Melinda is taking Keppra. - Greg GuitarBuster
That's good news! - Anika
Handsome fella! Thinking of you all! - The First NoeLB from Android
Thank you! And I found out today that Jayden will be able to receive most of his medical care at Children's until he's 25. That's a relief :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That's great news! - Tamara J. B.
BRAINZ! - MoTO: #TeamMarina from Android
Haha you & Jayden speak the same joke language <3 - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
I'm physically & mentally exhausted. Can't hold a conversation without bursting into tears. Overwhelmed by everyday housework and have barely scratched the surface of packing up. Jayden complicates everything and needs the same damn attention & supervision he did when he was 7. He can't do a goddamn thing on his own. I'm sick of it and of him.
{{{Mandy}}} - AHnix (Anna Haro)
oh doll. I can't begin to imagine how hard it is. wish there was something I could do. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
**hugs** - Jennifer Dittrich
{{{hugs}}}} We're in similar situations. I can only hope all this stress goes away soon. - Anika
Hope it improves soon, Mandy. Hollow as it sounds, hang in there. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Every comment, like, and virtual hug really does mean a lot to me. Thank you friends. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Got in bed super early cos I couldn't take being up & about any longer. Then I realized the Warriors game was on. Dammit, I did not wanna get up. Then I remembered I HAVE A LAPTOP and I HAVE XFINITY so I'm in bed watching the game. WOOT!
omg that game. that shot! whew. 10 game win streak feels pretty damn good :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Well we made it thru the hair washing & combing without my shoulder falling off it hurt but not as much as I'd thought it would. Jayden has to stay up 2 hrs past bedtime so he's driving me nuts. Then I have to wake him at 5 & keep him up til the EEG at 1. Fun times.
Good luck! *hugs* - Anne Bouey
Good luck to Jayden! - Janet
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