Monday, January 11, 2021

Help Me Save my Landlords' Building


 ... and my unit, too

Since 2015, I have lived in a 16-unit apartment building -- the first time I’ve rented since the early 90s. There have been some downs, but mostly, ups. My landlords – a married couple – have been very understanding during my downs. There have been times in which I was not able to pay the rent for a several months, but I’ve never seen an eviction notice. 

And, though I’m late again now, I haven’t seen one this time. 

But my landlords have confided in me; they are at risk of defaulting on their mortgage. Should that happen, we all lose and that includes the other tenants. 

And the primary reason that I haven’t been able to pay my rent this time is that my bank account was hacked, and the bank hasn’t reimbursed me yet. 

I know that I fundraise a lot. I’m honest about it and don’t pretend to be altruistic and totally unselfish. The money I raise here is for me as much as it is for my landlords. 

And we all know what is happening right now in California. Vast transfers of wealth and property to (further) enrich the big guys and girls and lockdowns to screw the little ones. 

That’s the big picture. But in my little picture, I’d hate to see my landlords’ lose their building and I'm asking you to keep that from happening.

And if you can’t give – I know that many are in dire circumstances – please make mention of us to God in your prayers. You know my name. Their names are Sharon and Carlos. 

When I told them that I would raise the money, they were incredulous. "How?" Sharon asked.

I smiled. "Trust me," I said.

I'm asking you to do that, too. The target is $5000 and I will probably wage this campaign on multiple platforms -- at least the ones from which I'm not yet banned.

Thank you and God bless us all.

UPDATE: I want to stress that I am protected from eviction due to the COVID lockdown, but my landlords are not protected from losing their building.

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Baldilocks Top Traffic Magnets in 2020


Usually at the beginning of a new year, I repost my most trafficked missives from this blog and from Da Tech Guy blog. This year is no different, but I had fewer choices.

Due to the craziness that was 2020 -- the combination of the Wuhan plague+lockdown, California’s AB5 and the insanity of the presidential election -- I lost the desire to write even here. 

And, honestly, I can’t say that I’ve regained it. But here are my most read offerings in 2020 from both blogs. 

Peter (Da Tech Guy) wants me back in in the saddle. We’ll see.  

By the way, as a result of the Great Conservative De-Platforming, you'll notice that I don't feature Twitter or Facebook in my posts anymore. I've downloaded my data from both platforms and you should, too.

BALDILOCKS BLOG 

I’ve been praying this to God almost every day since I memorized it. While doing so, I try to keep in mind that I’m talking to a person and when I find myself merely reciting the psalm, I stop and begin again.




The Obama series was far and away the top traffic magnet for the year and probably for the site. The title speaks for itself; no need to excerpt.

As I have observed continuously during this pestilence, certain corners of our republic – usually governmental and media-related -- don't want the people to have hope and will say and do anything squash and quash even the whispers of it.

And if that hope comes from Orange Man Bad, those corners will lie repeatedly, even when the truth is right in front of all our faces.
I must stress again that this is a spiritual war and that we – human beings -- are proxies for this war.
Well, if you are afraid of being guilt-tripped, then I don’t know what to tell you, because anyone with a strong sense of self and strong attachment to truth can refuse inappropriate guilty feelings. And that same devotion to truth should make such people hungry for both the good and uncomplimentary history of a group people who are the most American of Americans.
 DA TECH GUY BLOG 

Back in 1974 when Congo was called Zaire, and after the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali returned from his triumphant heavyweight championship bout in Kinshasa against George Foreman, aka the Rumble in the Jungle, Ali was asked what he thought of Africa.
People from other states heap a lot of scorn on us California conservatives for what we let happen to our state over the decades. But this – and Virginia, and, no doubt, countless other forms of tyranny are happening in your state and our country while you laugh at us.
The point is that Donald Trump did not need black voters to win in 2016 and does not need us this year. So why does he help and support black Americans? Why does he want us on the Trump Train?
Vaguely, I remember [Phil Haney] from my early days of blogging. He’s back in the news again; unfortunately for being dead.

No one is in a rush to go to work because so few are even allowed to go. The schools and colleges are shut down.

It’s certain, however, that much work and education is being conducted via digital means and when the shutdown ends, it will be interesting to see how these things will be transformed by the revelation that more stuff gets done when employees and students stay home

If the people believe that there will be no cure, we are more likely to let government have its way with us.

Pun intended. 

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Friday, January 8, 2021

Still Here

 Just too much chaos and uncertainty in the world. But God is still in charge. 

I'm concentrating on improving my physical health -- lost 22 pounds since August! Halfway point to the goal.

Oh and I'll probably be back at Da Tech Guy Blog next week. Go check him out; he has been very prolific of late.

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