I'm a socially-conscious, environmentally-friendly, ridiculously geeky writer and crafter living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I deal with a lot of health issues which I sometimes post information about. I am Pagan...ish? And work with spirits. I'm in a LTR, I'm kitty mom to the hairy guy in my icon, have a huge weakness for cute things and may or may not secretly be a member of the Addams family.
Today I updated the list of repairs that have been piling up since 2009 and will be handing one of them to the rental company rep at the door when she comes by Thursday. Ironically, moving us out for needed repairs is one of the excuses they can use to get rid of us. So we may end up getting homeless instead of getting repairs. I’m contacting advocacy groups and government agencies that hopefully aren’t as corrupt as the rent board just in case this happens, but I’m terrified.
its really important for men to stand up to other men who say terrible and sexist shit
because sexist men dont listen to what women have to say
literally the most important thing men can do if they want to call themselves feminist allies
There’s an apartment inspection next week, and I have to somehow convince my completely unethical landlord to actually make our unit liveable without using the request as an excuse to exercise his 30-days-notice-at-a-whim powers. I’m terrified because this is the same guy who basically tried to kick everyone out of a building he bought across the street so that remodeling would be more convenient. We already know that the local rent board does nothing against predatory landords. This has allowed landlords to screw us (and a whole building of tenants at once in one case) without anyone to stand in their way. Rents have skyrocketed to the point where someone like me—someone who would have been solidly middle class a decade ago—can’t live anywhere near where she works unless she wants to live in an utter slum. And renters have to put up with often terrible treatment just to keep landlords from arbitrarily making us homeless. Which they often do anyway.
I have to get out of the damn rental market within the next few years somehow. I absolutely have to. This is a nightmare and it is one that I have lived for way too long.
My only hope is to crowdfund or get lucky enough to find government aid for a down payment for some tiny cottage on a sliver of my own land. Better yet: go bigger, and actually pursue the intentional-community dream I have in my head.
The basic idea would be a bus/BART accessible chunk of land that I own but will to the co-op. The land would have a Great House in the middle with an accessible bathroom, kitchen, big damn greatroom, and maybe a few guest rooms. That Great House could be rented/reserved for all kinds of things—LARPS, parties, religious rituals, craft shows, what have you. It would have a sprawling community garden, an outdoor patio, and space for both humans and doggies to play. Scattered around the rest of the property would be small free-standing cottages, 400-1000sf, as well as “parking spaces” for tiny mobile houses. There would be homesteading and workshare involved, to reduce costs, and units/spaces could be rented inexpensively or bought. The co-op would be run on a nonprofit basis with everything it makes going to improvements, repairs, supplies and emergency funds.
But would there be interest? Is there any chance of getting enough backing to get not just me but others out of this same terrible situation? Banks would not go for it and local government may not be supportive. But what about the public?
"Jennifer Lawrence does not exist to fulfill my masturbatory fantasies. Jennifer Lawrence is not a thing to be passed around like a joint at a party. Jennifer Lawrence is a human fucking being. And she’s not my property, and she’s not your property, and we all need to back the fuck off."
Jennifer Lawrence is not a thing to be passed around (Playboy.com)
Alright everybody, even fucking Playboy has officially condemned leaking nude pictures. Just let that sink in. (Also: four for you Playboy. You go Playboy.)