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Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Kitler Wednesday greetings, GN!

If Corn Pop was at the helm, all would be right with the world.

And “part of this nutritious breakfast.”

No response yet to yesterday’s nastygram containing a thinly-veiled legal threat. It’s a good thing Jim and I are both okay with walking-away from a large potential job, although the income would’ve been nice.

(We didn’t actually tell this HOA to go pound sand -- yet -- but I’d be surprised if they hired us again, despite the fact they “seemed reasonably pleased with our performance in 2020”.)

I also requested a copy of any portion(s) of the meeting minutes which mention or reference Jim and/or JimCo. I reckon we’re gonna have to fight for those, but we shall see…

Harper --

“Ambuscade” was, indeed, struck from the letter which went out…but its use amused Jim.

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

It’s interesting and odd, Fatwa. What does the HOA hope to gain by their actions? They still owe Jim money for the job?

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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And on a related note:

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dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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I had that idea, myself. It’s a perfect form for the passport.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

Cats. Gotta love them cuz if you don’t they’ll kill you while you sleep.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago
Reply to  Just Mac

I guess be glad that they stop at nine.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Reply to  Just Mac

I have often suspected this to be the case.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

A Santa Ana day -- windy and hot -- supposed to hit 90. I’m surprised they’ve not yet shut off our power.

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14 days ago

I’ve been keeping the Chauvin trial on in the background, courtesy of Legal Insurrection, while working. So far, it’s all been emotional testimony coming from witnesses at the scene, which allows the prosecution to continuously replay video. The most puzzling witness called by the prosecution was a 9-year old girl. Really? You had plenty of witnesses there and you put a child on the stand? Makes me wonder about the strength of their case.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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who dis?

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago

I checked and it’s Sven’s IP address. I don’t know why it came through as anonymous.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

Yeah, that was me. No idea either. It’s probably that blue-gloved person stealing my identity.

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Reply to  Sven 2-0

I didn’t even know we could post anonymously. I’ve just been noticing that the latest WordPress.org update is a bit squirrelly.

I had to look up the spelling for “skwurly,” I don’t think I’ve ever written it down before.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago

Happy Conquering Kitty Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, Sven, Mac, and dv8 (and Harper)!

It’s interesting that the same people who complain that requiring voter ID is disenfranchisement have no problem with requiring a digital passport to be a functioning member of society. I saw somewhere that it’s estimated that 11% of the population doesn’t have a government-issued photo ID, but 19% don’t have a smart phone.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Drive-by:

Hi, Sven, Mac, dv8 and Paddy!

What does the HOA hope to gain by their actions? They still owe Jim money for the job?

This HOA made all of their payments promptly during the course of the job.

The folks causing the foofraw are four disgruntled homeowners who think that JimCo should compensate them for a construction flaw that -- for various reasons -- never came to light until we did eleven of their buildings.

The homeowners are being whipped into a frenzy by one particular homeowner (who was also the first to be affected by the flaw) who is an old, duplicitous, conniving, prevaricating rat bastard who was a pain in our collective asses for the entire six-week duration of the job last year.

(He literally badgered the HOA’s insurer into paying him $4,600 last year; we’re pretty sure they did so just to shut him up. Which they were foolish to do, as it didn’t work.)

Jim’s foreman -- who is a truly decent, kind (but nobody’s fool), hard-working, honest and very funny guy -- referred to this individual as “a real piece of shit”. Which is far and away the most disparaging thing I’ve ever heard him say about someone in more than twenty years.

Part of yesterday’s missive is a thinly-veiled legal threat to him. However, the letter was sent to the property manager -- who also hates this whoreson”s guts -- so I don’t know at this time if she’s going to forward the letter to the HOA Board or when she might do so.

I suspect she’ll have to run it past her employer’s legal department first.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

Thanks for the details, Fatwa. Are you also monitoring these people’s social media accounts? Was wondering if they are badmouthing Jim & Co. online.

What a ridiculous situation, but it makes sense: scammers/assholes are going to scam and be assholes.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago
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When we first bought our place, almost all of the original shake roofs had been replaced. One neighbor still had his ten years later, although he did patch it in a few places. He waited until the roof had a massive number of leaks, then bullied his insurance into providing a new roof, new drywall in some areas, and new carpet throughout the house. Yeah, he was a real piece of work.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

The Chauvin trial started with the clerk, a black teenager, who took the counterfeit $20 bill from Floyd in payment for some food and cigarettes. I feel bad for him as he’s the one that got the ball rolling for this whole mess and it was clear that he realizes this as well and is troubled by it. Yes, I know that it was Floyd that tried to pass the bill and bears ultimate responsibility for what followed, but I bet there isn’t a moment that goes by without him thinking what if I just didn’t say anything.

The real crappy thing here is the store’s owner/management. Their policy is that if you, as an employee, accept a bill that is later found to be counterfeit, that it comes out of your paycheck. Also after reporting the counterfeit bill to his manager, the manager sends him outside, twice, to talk to Floyd and ask him to come back inside the store to settle it up, which Floyd refuses to do. Sure, let’s send out a teenager to confront a large visibly intoxicated man who just committed a crime -- what could possibly go wrong?

I’ve seen a few video interviews of the store’s owner and he’s a POS with conflicting stories about what happened that day.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago

“Mitigating this risk now” sounds just a tad ominous.
https://twitter.com/angie_rasmussen/status/1373074579267092480

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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
14 days ago
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago
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Just a tad.

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Hi Gerbils!

Long one last night.

Was “training” a new guy. But because we were not working during the Monday night thing that he is supposedly doing--he is unavailable on Mondays for a few weeks owing to a prior commitment--we didn’t accomplish much. Some familiarity with the machines in the warehouse. The only thing really accomplished was making my whole tuesday/wednesday thing take a few more hours. At least I get paid for that.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago

Well, at least you got paid!

dv8 - something whimsical but not grim
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Hey there again!

So I’m supposed to plant a tree at a friend’s house. At this point, it’s probably gonna be tomorrow.

He was supposed to be there, but is having minor surgery in another state, so he has to stay there to get the stiches out in a few days.

Anyway, so it turns out this tree is being delivered to his house in today or tomorrow, we’re not sure which.

So whenever it does, I’m going to go over there and plant it.

I guess the holes are already dug (there are ultimately 2 trees comming, but my friend should be in town by the time the second one gets here.)

Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Village Souse
14 days ago

Here’s hoping the holes have already been dug and that the trees aren’t too large.