I wrote a long meandering post that I took down. I was feeling sorry for myself when I wrote the part about the apartment
I don’t want to be known as the blogger who lives in New York and has nothing nice to say about it. Manhattan isn’t a healthy place for people without large apartments and amenities.
A person reaches an age where she tires of living like a student though one who has much money to blow on needless things like housing.
Being home would be wonderful if there was room for my stuff. It would be nice if the living room AC wasn’t already screwed up with construction dust.
It would be nicer still if I didn’t realize that most people in the country would consider this a poor person’s apartment.
It was worth it when the maintenance or amount I pay every month was a bit over $500. At twice that plus some, it’s soooo not worth it.
It makes me resent renters who are stabilized or rent controlled. A bit under 40% of my building consists of renters. They can cry if their rent goes up 7% for two years at the most with six months notice.
I’m not supposed to be angry that my monthly expenses went up 40% with one months notice.
They live in large apartments, at least the renters here, and have second homes.
I believe in stabilization. I also believe that the owners in my building shouldn’t bear all the costs
At the annual coop board meeting, the president presented the sales figures in a square foot basis which makes sense. But when costs are divided, they are done on a room basis. So I pay almost as much each month as somebody who has 300 square feet more than I do and has a view of the park and river.
When I sell and I will, I can’t get half of what they would get. When I bought ten years ago the difference in price was $40,000. I thought I was being prudent.
I was a fool.
And I feel like an idiot for complaining so much, but I was so happy when I was away, and I’m happy when I’m not home, but this is my home.
Coop boards have almost absolute power. If they stack the rules so that it’s fair to the people who own the larger apartments, but not fair to the people who own small apartments, so be it.
This is the opposite of a democracy. The thing is in person I’m very very nice, so crying to my blog is my only outlet
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Blogless Sar who still is the hostess with th mostesst, Neva, Joel,Al.
MizzyB wasn’t physically there but was in spirit. We did count down the days until 7/5 when the Boho family will be back in the United States
I have to redo the links. Something in my computer added “A”s to many words and for once I can’t take the blame.
I can’t think of a better group of people I would have picked to have lunch in The Financial Center and walk around downtown New York with.
Al knows downtown better than I do. Though when we walked to The Battery itself, as opposed to Battery Park City where my niece was born, not literally, Doug asked if building was called The Battery Fort.
From my vast knowledge of the city,uh, places that have free concerts in the summer, I was able to say:
“No, that’s Castle Clinton.”
Al confirmed it.
Al also has me singing “God Bless America.” Nothing wrong with the song but I have issues with it as my parents claimed I was obsessed with Kate Smith when I was a baby. Apparently I loved her even more than I loved Lucy.
I need to unpack and find my way back to real life.
Something is desperately wrong with this country when people bashed Sicko before seeing it, simply because Michael Moore made it. Something is horribly wrong when the name “Michael Moore” makes people crazed. I will never forget the missing seven minutes of Bush’s life on 9/11. Somehow seeing it made it more real. Thought Moore deserved many awards for that.
The state of health care in this country is an abomination. In my yearly perusal of woman’s magazines while away I read about women being denied health coverage simply because they’re of child bearing age and have fibroid. People are being denied insurance because they take medication to manage high blood pressure which means they’re much less likely to have a stroke or heart attack.
If you’re planning to move to a state that doesn’t have no fault health insurance where everybody who can afford to have insurance can, should you put off maintaining your health?
And shouldn’t insurance, or more correctly, affordable health care be a right not a privilege?
I so wish that I could believe the Democratic party was planning on doing something about this. I have so lost what little faith I had.
I’m so much more fun when I’m out of New York, but this city does own my heart, my soul and most of my worldly goods.