Friday, April 10, 2015

Still hate NN Jaeschke

I had to have $75 billed on my association account to get replacements for keys that don't work. I also had to state "why would I lie?" about my keys not working. Best of all is a toss up between a) having to appear before the condo association board for them to waive the key replacement fee; and b) the fact that the replacement keys were the only thing not in the envelope that NN Jaeschke's employee of the month sent.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Board Meetings Canceled

I do this thing when I call the management company my condo association has chosen to manage the property. It has to do with me emailing the Community Manager, getting the runaround, calling her supervisor, and the supervisor being reasonable. My Community Manager's supervisor says she doesn't know why two board meetings in a row have been canceled and understands my concerns.

My concerns are these:
  1. There is a whole on the balcony above my condo
  2. There is water damage all up in there and probably my wall
  3. The Association has promised to replace balconies but...
  4. Only balconies at or near Association board member condos have been replaced
  5. They are going to vote on whether to replace the balcony above mine -- whenever they have a meeting next
  6. I cannot get my condo appraised, rented, sold until these folks act
Act already!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Source of the Flood

This is water leaking into my condo from the common area.
So I revived the Village Woods Fun Party because people from N.N. Jaeschke, Inc. have gotten right under my skin,  These people, heretofore as yet unnamed, have two days to fix a problem that:
  • Was not of my doing
  • Is to do with water entering my condo from the common area
  • They (N.N. Jaeschke, Inc.) have denied
  • Has become worse since the rains began
  • And it is, for sure, a GAPING HOLE IN THE STUCCO on the patio above my sliding glass door -- as you can see in the photo above
As you can see, in the above photo, there is a hole in the balcony above my condo -- right where the water has been coming in.  This hole is about eight inches long and 1-2 inches high.  That's a lot of water, people.  Why isn't someone fixing this?

Actually, why did I have to discover it?

Because N.N. Jaeschke, Inc. -- or at least the people I have come in contact with -- have a way of dealing with problems: Deny them; grudgingly accept responsibility after I do all the legwork and provide proof; delay, delay, delay; continue to deny; mis-communicate; etc. I have dealt with an Assistant Community Manager, a Community Manager, and a Manager Supervisor at N.N. Jaeschke, Inc. and, all I can say is -- I want to complain long and loud -- to:
  • The Board of Directors
  • Someone -- anyone -- at the management company (N.N. Jaeschke, Inc.) 
  • The California Association of Community Managers
  • The State of California
  • Obtain assistance from the Social Media Hive Mind
If anyone wants to help me in this, I am looking help.  Legal, professional, governmental, regulatory, you name it.  End of rant. Thank you.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

I Hate NN Jaeschke and You Should Too

I #hatennjaechke for not fixing this flood.
What is social media if not the worst parts of Junior High, neighbors and Facism? Shit! We might as well be talking about my fucking stupid Condo Association -- and the stupid fucking management company they hired to "manage" the property - NN Jaeschke, Inc.

I would like to use social media to get all my friends to hate them. Hate NN Jaeschke. Or, if you're going to do the Social Media thing: #hatennjaechke.  Why hate? Because...

At my Condo Association, this is the way they "solve" problems
  1. Deny responsibility
  2. Grudgingly accept proof of responsibility
  3. Disclaim responsibility going forward
  4. End communications after project finishes but before satisfaction is reached
Your example can be the four floods I had in my own condominium (two of which could have been prevented with fast action by my management company, NN Jaeschke). But Noooooo! They were too busy denying, grudging, disclaiming and not communicating to solve our first flood when the second one happened -- in the same place for the same reason! It's no wonder I hate NN Jaeschke or, on Social Media, I #hatennjaeschke.

People who are not beholden to condominium associations don't have a clue as to the personal hell it can be if you get a bad board member or a bad person at your association's management company.  At NN Jaeschke, two of the three people I've conversed with (or 66%!) are DGDEs.  Degedes are the worst kind of people thrust into the perfect jobs for the type: they seem to save money for their company and, by extension, the associations they manage.

But if you believed that, you would be dumber than 66% of the people I have encountered at NN Jaeschke.  Degedes cause more trouble because they don't accept that there is a problem.  And they do this so roundly and so completely that many other problems sprout from the one they're DGDE-ing all over.

For those of you who don't have a condominium (or if you're part of the problem over at NN Jaeschke), let me explain.  Condominiums are owned both individually and in common by the owners who make up the membership of a nonprofit organization set up to manage them.  For example, I own and am responsible for everything in my condominium from the paint out and the association is responsible for the drywall in; the framing, plumbing, etc.  The association should also take care of more easily-definable common areas like pools, walkways, trash containers, etc. and we pay collectively into a fund that is used to (never properly) manage the complex.

Setting aside the above recipe for fraud to focus, instead, on the kinds of people who let fraud occur, think about this: Because it would be cumbersome (even in the digital age) to have every member weigh in on every concern, associations elect board members, from within the owner-membership, to make decisions for the whole.  This might not always have been a problem, but now, the kinds of people who end up on boards fall into one of four categories: 1. people who genuinely care but whose voices cannot be heard among the cacophony of the other types; 2. people who have a particular ax to grind; 3. people who are power mad or otherwise unbalanced; 3. real estate agents, who are usually multiple-condo owners; and 4. investors who don't live in the complex but own one or more of the units.  
Add to this the person who usually runs the meeting, the management company shill, and the way the numbers work out is this: investors, real estate agents, and ax-grinders (who are in the majority) do not have the best interests of the association or its membership in mind when voting or making policy.  This means power mad people and people who want what's really good for the community (and who often get mistaken for each other) are in the minority.  The association manager, whom I call the company management shill, only wants what's in the best interest of the management company -- and that is rarely, if ever, in line with what's actually good for anyone.

The final piece in the Condominium Association puzzle is this: no single person, whether condo owner, renter or government regulator, can cobble together even one tenth of one percent of one fuck to give about any of it. So horrible things get done for no good reason, megalomaniacs gain control of boards, regular owners steer clear, and asshole companies like NN Jaeschke can shit all over people in the name of profits.

Government regulators, the ones who regulate nonprofis (allegedly public benefit) organizations, do not want to hear a single word from a single person involved in a condominium association, and for good reason: you'd have to be bat-shit-monkey-nuts crazy to ever be involved in one so you get what you deserve.

Only problem is, what happens when there's a problem that needs quick, decisive action by a person empowered to do good for the human beings who call a condominium (and its association) home? The answer is FUCK ALL and that is because idiotic activist board members have allowed companies like NN Jaeschke -- and the socially-impaired people who work there - to take advantage of the good people of condominium associations, the smartest of whom threw up their hands long ago. 

The answer for people who do not have access to legal representation is to live with floods, shit, power-outages, water shut-offs and rules so ridiculous and arcane that the Nazis would laugh at them. Or start a blog and shit invective about the imbalance of power at condominium associations until someone listens. 
If you're listening, I ask you to please put NN Jaeschke, the minions who work for them, and the people who put them in power, up for ridicule! To do this, please comment on this post, write about your own circumstances, re-post the ones you read, and use the hashtag: #hatennjaechke until the people in power realize that it actually pays NOT to be assholes.

Thank you.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

From RecycledRecordArt

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Contest Cuties By Artist

Artist Album Style
Adams, Bryan Cuts Like a Knife 80s
Chorus Line Broadway Cast Album Musicals
Clapton, Eric Timepieces Classic Rock
Cocker, Joe A Little Help From My Friends Classic Rock
Diamond, Neil The Jazz Singer Musicals
ELO/ONJ XANADU Soundtrack Musicals
Jett, Joan I Love Rock N Roll 80s
Kool and the Gang Ladies' Night  R&B
Sister Sledge We Are Family R&B
Snow, Phoebe Phoebe Snow Classic Rock
Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle Classic Rock
Van Halen 1984 80s



Contest Cuties By Album

Album Artist Style
1984 Van Halen 80s
A Little Help From My Friends Cocker, Joe Classic Rock
Broadway Cast Album Chorus Line Musicals
Cuts Like a Knife Adams, Bryan 80s
Fly Like an Eagle Steve Miller Band Classic Rock
I Love Rock N Roll Jett, Joan 80s
Ladies' Night  Kool and the Gang R&B
Phoebe Snow Snow, Phoebe Classic Rock
The Jazz Singer Diamond, Neil Musicals
Timepieces Clapton, Eric Classic Rock
We Are Family Sister Sledge R&B
XANADU Soundtrack ELO/ONJ Musicals



Contest Cuties By Style

Style Artist Album
80s Adams, Bryan Cuts Like a Knife
80s Jett, Joan I Love Rock N Roll
80s Van Halen 1984
Classic Rock Clapton, Eric Timepieces
Classic Rock Cocker, Joe A Little Help From My Friends
Classic Rock Snow, Phoebe Phoebe Snow
Classic Rock Steve Miller Band Fly Like an Eagle
Musicals Chorus Line Broadway Cast Album
Musicals Diamond, Neil The Jazz Singer
Musicals ELO/ONJ XANADU Soundtrack
R&B Kool and the Gang Ladies' Night 
R&B Sister Sledge We Are Family

Friday, August 1, 2014

Grandfather's Chair

My Grandfather was an electrician at the Chicago Opera in the 30s.  He died in 1976 and my Aunt took his house in Pacific Beach.  In the garage, she found, and cannot use, a chair from the Chicago Opera with the year 1929 stenciled on it.  So the chair, with the statute of limitations firmly past, passed on to me.  Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure.

Oh, and I'll sell it to the right person for the right price.  Thanks!

Kevin











Tuesday, July 23, 2013

When your association gets you down watch a play

New Play Cafe is proud to announce the Simply Sci-Fi plays and playwrights

 

Nate Black Crash Bang Boom. By Nate Black Two young men and a doomsday prepper battle aliens. Playwright bio: Nate is, well, pretty much thrilled to be a part of the New Play Café Series. Currently Nate works at Cygnet Theatre Company where he does lights and works in the box office. Previous writing credits include Fugue State in the 2010 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and The Whispering Ruckus in the West Chester One Act Play Festival. Salvador Dali once said that any artist who is truly serious about creating good art should first marry my wife. Nate didn’t marry Dali’s wife, but he married Haley who is the most beautiful, supportive and patient woman in the world. Much thanks to Kevin, Jennie and Lizzie for this opportunity and much love to Echo and Makhai, the two most adorable pit bulls ever.


Don Juan Whitman on Earth by Carla Nell Reporter falls for alien; news at eleven. Playwright bio: Carla is the co-Artistic Director of InnerMission Productions. She has over 14 years of experience acting and directing in the San Diego theatre community. She is an SDSU graduate with a BA in Theatre Arts. Locally she has produced and directed The Marriage of Bette and Boo at 6th @ Penn, I Am a Woman at Claire de Lune, an evening of one-acts at Diversionary Theatre, First Love at St. Cecilias Playhouse, Dancing at Lughnasa at Onstage Playhouse (winner of four Aubrey award nominations including best direction and ensemble), and Personal Space in association with THE COLLECTIVE. Carla is a member of the Pasadena Playhouse Directors Lab West.


Ryan Roach Evil Alan by Ryan Roach Alan meets himself for coffee. Playwright bio: Ryan Roach is new the the "playwriting scene", as much as there is one. Is there one? Ryan Roach doesn't know. But if there is, he is new to it, and taking it by storm. Or maybe not. It's just too early to tell.




  
Bryan Finnigan Peripathetic by Bryan Finnigan The timing was almost perfect. Playwright bio: Bryan is an award winning playwright who has also written comedy for network television and nationally syndicated radio. New to the San Diego area he looks forward to furthering his work with the local theatre community. Learn more about him at www.bryanfinnigan.com




Kathleen Masse Romancing the Machine by Kathleen E. Massé The shiny promise of a perfect child, not to mention the convenience. Playwright bio: Since moving to San Diego nine years ago, Kathleen has been involved in several grass-roots projects in community and professional theatre as a performer, writer and director. After starving for her art for a while, she got hungry and decided to become a massage therapist. This career has brought her regular meals and enormous satisfaction, but she missed all the crazy people, so has recently returned to theatre via the New Play Cafe. She’s delighted to have her play performed among such worthy offerings and hopes you’ll enjoy the show as much as your dessert.


Janet Tiger  The Time Travel Café by Janet S. Tiger A quick trip to your past is easy and affordable. Playwright bio: Janet S. Tiger's monologues, one-acts and plays have been performed internationally and published in anthologies in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. Tiger is the recipient of an NEA-COMBO Fellowship Award, numerous contest awards and multiple commissions. She has been a member of the Scripteasers playwriting group since 1979, and from 2006-2008 she was Playwright-in-Residence at Swedenborg Hall in San Diego. Her website is PlaysbyJanetSTiger.com.

For tickets and information, please visit New Play Cafe.