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Discussion in 'Artists & Music' started by james, Apr 27, 2012.
I love when you tube puts this sort of song in your listening pile -
Good Saturday Morning Everybody! Here's hoping we each have a great weekend.
I haven't posted in a while and there are a number of reasons for that, but there's one in particular I'd like to share with you. I DO NOT mean for this to veer off into a territory that isn't appropriate for The PRS Forum, so if the moderators decide it shouldn't be here please delete it and accept my apology.
I am currently battling with the management of the apartment complex where I live. The reason? I allegedly voiced an opinion that the manager and the two maintenance men don't agree with. Here is a very condensed version of what happened:
Several days ago I was sitting in the hall outside my door having a conversation with a neighbor lady. From the far end of the hallway, roughly 150 feet away, a maint. man came charging toward me yelling that I needed to shut my mouth and that I was a liar. He claimed that he heard me say something negative about another employee who works here and he didn't like it. He yelled at me and called me a liar at least six times, and even told me that I needed to 'shut up or else'. At one point his helper joined in and they both let me have it. This all took place in front of several other tenants.
What did I say about the other employee? Nothing. The neighbor and I were discussing a fire drill that had been scheduled for that day and then cancelled.
I went to the office to complain to the manager, and as is usually the case, she wasn't there. (She's supposed to be in her office six hours a day, and she rarely does half that number.) So I told the asst. manager. He told me I needed to call the dist. supervisor in Houston and gave me her number. I went home to call her, but before I could get to the phone there was a knock on my door. It was the manager. She read me the riot act! She claimed she had heard about what had happened and she had checked it out with her two maint. men and the tenant I had been talking to, and that their stories all matched. She wouldn't even let me try to tell my side. She accused me of saying something bad about a member of the staff, and I told her it never happened. (Incidentally, there hadn't been enough time for her to check anything because she knocked on my door about five minutes after the incident. For another, I hadn't said anything negative about the woman in question in the first place.)
Then the manager told me that I was not allowed to say or think anything negative about a staff member, and if I did I could be evicted on grounds of slander. You read that right - I was not allowed to say or think anything negative about a staff member. At first I thought she was kidding, but of course she wasn't. I told her that I was free to say and think anything I wanted as long as it wasn't something harmful like yelling fire, etc.. She then told me if I had any negative thoughts or opinions about anything or anybody I needed to keep them to myself.
There is a lot more to this, but to keep it fairly short here, I've called the dist. supervisor in Houston four times and left messages; no call back yet and at this point I don't expect one. I've also called the company in California that owns the property. No call back. And I've also called the Dept. of HUD which oversees this property. They won't help me; they say it's a privately owned company and they (HUD) aren't allowed to get involved. I can't afford an attorney, so I called the local legal aid organization. No help. So basically, it's me versus the world. Or at least it feels that way.
I realize that none of you reading this know me personally. But after all these years I would hope that you know me well enough to agree that (A) I'm not a liar, (B) I don't try to cause trouble, and (C) I love America. To be an American citizen living a quiet, peaceful life in this country and be told I can be kicked out in the street if I don't think and/or speak the way I'm told? Does that sound right or fair to you?
With all of this going on, this song seems fitting. The Who and "Won't Get Fooled Again". The hurt and anger and frustration I feel - It's in Roger's scream.
Hope everything works out for you LG! Hang tough forum brother!
Good Saturday morning to you GTL! Man that stinks! This world can be a harsh, nasty and unjust place at times, without a doubt. No it's not fair or right at all! I for one feel your pain man.
A few days ago, I was on a rant to the Ginger Goddess, after a tiff with a neighbor over something petty as usual. I told her I was ready to move a cave in the middle of the woods! She quickly reminded me that said caves, have no electricity, and that I would really lose it, if I didn't have my "precious" music, my guitar or the old interwebs...then told me I was crazy and asked WTF I was doing walking through the house with my shoes on (it's a thing)...yeah, so I decided against the cave idea. ONLY because without music and or acess to it, I would be completely lost.
When things get really crappy, music and making it (or at least attempting to poorly) that calms my savage beast...it has and will continue to be the most wonderful thing in this crazy world IMHO!
Unfortunately, there will always be a$$holes. They are a fact of life. Just like music, they can have a profound impact on us...the good news is...also just like music, we can turn them off or change the song to something we enjoy listening to instead.
Hang in there bud, don't let em get to ya! If they try, just do what I do...throw on the cans crank up some tunes and go to your happy place OR listen to a little Pantera and start your own one man mosh pit!
Here's a little of my favorite uber-aggressive aggro. Its got a great beat and you can mosh to it..
That truly sucks, Lloyd. Hang in there, and fight the good fight.
The worse things get in my life, the more troubles that raise their ugly heads, the more I crave things like this. The Great Les Paul and Billy from The ZZ Tops live in NYC. Warning: Some of Mr. Paul's language is off-color. Just a word here and there.
Thanks. I'm trying, but I'm about out of places to turn.
Thank you. It's become apparent that they're trying to evict me for whatever reason(s). But I'm not about to go without a fight. I've lived here nearly eleven years and have never had any sort of problem until this current manager and maint. staff came in. I had high hopes that this mgr. would be a good one, but her telling me what I am allowed to think or say is discouraging to say the least.
Thanks for that. I'm the same way; music helps make just about everything better, including the threat of homelessness. I've faced it before, but it was over finances rather than this sort of ugliness. I'm not beaten yet.
Staying with Mr. Paul, here he is with Chet Atkins from one of their duet albums. This is "Meditation". Can you imagine what these two may be doing tonight? I'd love to hear it.
P.S. - For anyone interested, the documentary "Les Paul: Chasing Sound" airs this week on the AXS network.
"Gone, Gone, Gone" by Plant and Krauss (with help from T-Bone).
Goldtop, Goldtop, Goldtop