October 14, 2008

Interruption of Service

Filed under: Entries — Wilbur @ 11:35 am

I am taking over Arglor’s blog to point out that he is now enrolled full time in Grad school getting his MA in History. He will probably not have any time to post any more messages for a while.


September 12, 2007

Update (belated, misinformed, and grossly light of substance)

Filed under: Entries — arglor @ 2:00 pm

Well. Where do I begin.

The most important and recent information I can give you. Several of you may be familiar with this, but some may not. When we left New Jersey, we were accused of “breaking our lease”. This is of course ignoring the fact that our “breaking” of the lease was well known by all parties involved (landlord, manager, etc.) Bottom line is the week before we left the apartment, we were informed by our landlord that our “security deposit” would be sacrificed for “breaking” our lease. I began doing some research to see if this was legal.

It seems theoretically I could argue the case before a judge and would have roughly a 65%-75% chance of winning the case because of four points in my favor.

First off, the manager (who alters leases on the fly and initials the alterations) wrote me a letter giving me the exact amount of moneys owed for my last month’s rent.

Second, the landlord cashed our check accepting the understood contractual rights inherent in writing out the check initially.

Third, the Security Act protects tenants from actions exactly like this. It is illegal for the landlord to use the security deposit money for “owed” rent, the landlord has to get written permission from the tenant in order to use the money in this regard. This is not to mention a host of other regulations that the landlord is required to follow.

Fourth, and most important, is the fact that the apartment had a serious leak in the bathroom. The apartment was not in a habitable state when we left. The handyman who they hired to fix the apartment, left the bathroom in a horrid state. Every time the upstairs neighbor took a shower, the drain water drained into our bathroom.

Bottom line was, I felt like I could take this case to small claims court and make a strong argument for our case. It wasn’t iron clad though, because we did leave the apartment early and the leaving of the apartment was decided long before the “leaky bathroom” incident.

Needless to say I used every tactic in my arsenal to resolve this issue without going to court. I sent certified mail before we left the address, I placed several calls to all parties involved even to a Mr. O who is (supposedly) an officer of the landlord/tenant office. My discussions with both the landlord’s representative and the landlord/tenant agent looked positive before we left New Jersey. When I hit the Louisiana border I felt a rush of pleasure because I knew we were buying our next house and wouldn’t have to deal with leasing disagreements (only owning a house problems).

The month flew by. Suddenly the deadline for them to serve us with our security deposit passed and no service. A week after the deadline passed, I began making calls. Our next door neighbor informed us that they still haven’t fixed our roof in the bathroom and that it didn’t look good for getting a replacement renter. I called the landlord/tenant rep and he said that he would contact all parties again and find out what went “wrong”.

Two days pass by, and no response, I call him back and he says that the landlord hasn’t gotten in touch with him.

Three weeks pass again and no response.

I am getting pissed. I get so pissed because what this is doing is forcing my hand for action. I place one final call to Mr. Odell and he informs me that “maybe” I should call the landlord myself and resolve this. I’m flabbergasted. I contact the landlord (again) and tell leave a message saying: “I have yet to receive our security deposit which is well over the 30 days deadline. Mr. Cole has been aware of our new address since before we left New Jersey. If i don’t receive word from you about this in the next 15 days, I will file a lawsuit and follow this through with the strongest of conviction.”

After my message he went to Mr. O’s office in person and gave his case. Mr O. called me today with the landlord in his office for a “conference call”. I used my background in critical thinking and my newly acquired legal skills to argue myself into a position of partial win. What I call a serious victory is the fact that the landlord is required to wire the money by Western Union on monday morning. He was arguing to pay me by October 15th. He was vehement, arguing that “he didn’t have the money to pay me.” To which I replied clearly and succinctly, “This is further proof that he was using our money as his own which is a clear violation of the Security Deposit Act.”

All the same. More later.

June 11, 2007

It is all set in stone… now the planning… THE PLANNING!

Filed under: Entries — arglor @ 11:46 am

It is set. Mary got the job in Louisiana. I got semi-accepted at ULL. Now all that we face is the tremendously horrendous move down south.

Tremendously horrendous move down south.

May 21, 2007


Filed under: Entries — arglor @ 5:44 am

I’m wiped out. I don’t know why i’m so tired. Maybe the whole sunday work thing is getting to me stress wise. I did work yesterday later then i usually do

I keep yawn*yAWn*ing… I’m tired. I’m also not firing on all cylinders. I saw that mary hadn’t moved the car and so i got in and moved it, but now i’m worried where i moved it to will get a ticket. when i get off work i’m going to go and use the car to justify moving it again.

might go get something to eat… or go shopping… or something esle.

May 19, 2007


Filed under: Entries — arglor @ 7:14 pm

Tell me how this f-ing works. I stay home from work to work on something that i need to get into the mail on Monday, and at ~2:00 I get a call from an attorney at work asking me if I can come in on SUNDAY!

If i couldn’t come in on Friday… it would be a safe assumption that I can’t come in on Sunday! right?

Safe assumptions all around…… right?!

You would assume that ……… right?

And me being a fucking idiot, said yes. Don’t ask me why. I can’t say no to these people.

Want to know what the kicker of this ENTIRE chirade is? I’m going to work for a case that is not even mine! It belongs to another paralegal that “can’t make it on Sunday…” nope… “simply cannot make it.”

Why did she call? and why the fuck did i say yes. I’m still not finished with what i need to have finished.

still… not… finished…

err… technically i’m finished i just need to let the document go to be honest… just let it go.

*edited for clarity at 1:16 A.M.*

May 5, 2007

Wedding Video

Filed under: Entries,Open — Wilbur @ 11:42 am

Here is the video for David and Mary’s wedding . . . (dont blink!!)

Download Now!!


April 17, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut.

Filed under: Entries — arglor @ 2:22 pm

This is a man that i love.

A little clip of him and toward the end.

April 12, 2007

A death in the family…

Filed under: Entries — arglor @ 12:32 pm

Kurt Vonnegutt passed away Wednesday. So it goes.

I’m dissappointed, but fortunatly he left enough books for me to have not read them all as of yet. I will certainly make a point of doing this though.

He will be remembered, and loved.

April 11, 2007

The “art world” in question

Filed under: Entries,Open — arglor @ 7:16 pm

My introduction into this little sect of society begins with this. which is a recounting of a act of plagarism that demonstrates a blatant copying of one individual’s artistic work for use in a phyiscal painting and then the production of said painting. Two threads of thought are brought to my attention.

Thread One
With the spread of media, and access to informaiton so readily, wouldn’t it be nice to track plagarists and idea theft in the art world? Apparently there is a website devoted to it. Unforutnatly it is questionable whether or not all the items are items of legitimate legal plagarism, but then there are records of people winning court battles re: art theft.

all the same it is an interesting website

Thread Two
I’m all for unbridled creative expression. I’m a big fan of art giving all sides of a story and not just the “clean” “cultured” version. I’m also a huge fan of art being a of all class distinctions and open to all interpretations. There should be no boundries in terms of artistic expression. But what bothers me most about the above article i’ve linked to, is how serious this individual’s artistic indeavors have been taken.

Let me blunt, I don’t like art to slam me over the head with text. It gives me the feeling that the artist is lazy, the reader is lazy and somehow at the end of the day we are just saying statements and more importantly the statements are losing emotional content because they are becoming sterile. I like art that is subtle. I like political art. I like art that alludes to what they are saying directly, but doesn’t come out and dictate the meaning of the piece.

examples to illustrate my point:

1) Spain by dali.

2) Piss Christ (The point i like most about this is that it has multiple interpretations. Technical: piss christ is obviously a negative statement against christ. Aesthetic: the jar of urine and the crucifix have this very beautiful appearance. The artistic merit is born from this contradiction. I will also say that this was a moment when art wast straying to the “ease” of intepretation side of life. Suddenly we have a very easy method of evaluating the item, and the title dictates an interpretative stance. Suddenly the title is not just a part of the piece but becomes the interpretation of the piece itself.

I wish i could pull picasso paintings and cezanne paintings (of which i admire both artists) but i can’t because i’m not as well studied in it as i’d like. I’d end up giving off the cuff remarks regarding the entire section.

My main conlcusion is this, when art results in displaying words to convey their “interpretative statements” i stand back thinking we have reached a point of decadence. We abandon complex thought for byte size interpretations and suddenly the “shocking” become mundane.

I’m probably wrong, but hey i think i make sense right now.

April 9, 2007

Points of contention, points of clarification

Filed under: Entries,Open — arglor @ 7:24 am

This is going to be a very strange post.
1) The new NIN album has been played solo throughout my entire apartment/car for the weekend. Easter for me meant doing little dances to NIN new funky album. Thats right friends, his new album has a serious funk to it. I love it more then anything. “and the bass goes BOMB” may sound like a bad lyric, but coupled with the beat and the buildup and the presentation, you will be singing it a lot.

2) We went looking at wedding bands last friday. I’ve come to a realization, not all rings are created equal. There is this manufacturing style of ring that is cut in a “comfort” style that is far more comfortable then any ring I’ve ever wore. In fact, after wearing several comfort style rings, i’ve come to the conclusion that i’ll get no other ring. Mary is having difficulty getting a ring to work with her engagement ring. We should be on the precipice of purchase soon.

3) I visited with one of my friends saturday night, it was enjoyable. His children are growing up so big.

I think that is it. Talk to you all later… get the new NIN album, you will enjoy it.

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