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  • When the Dog Bites, When the Bee Stings

    Before Oprah went off the air to spend more time with her invisible boyfriend, Stedman, the talk-show queen had an annual “Favorite Things” segment. During this holiday special, Oprah channeled her inner Maria von Trapp and presented audience members with her favorite goodies from the past 12 months, as well as trendy items for the coming year. Here at units Magazine, we don’t have the budget to...
  • Pull Up To the Next Window, Please

    I’m a Millennial with a B.A. in English. Would you like fries with that? I was taught that a college degree was necessary if I wanted a good job—and then the Great Recession hit and I didn’t know if I could even get a position manning the deep fryer. I may as well have majored in basket weaving. At least that’s a trade. Fortunately—and surprisingly—my post-collegiate career path has been a good...
  • If You Hate Surprises… You Might Be A Property Manager!

    OK, we’ll leave the comedy up to Jeff Foxworthy. However, daily “surprises” are the bane of nearly all community managers. And one of the worst surprises of all is unexpected turnover … losses that could have been prevented if you had only known there were problems. In a 2011 SatisFacts Research survey, residents reported the top three factors influencing retention: Quality of maintenance...
  • Whistle While You Work—And Doodle and Make Tin-Foil Flowers, Too

    I don’t want to brag, but I was the belle of the ball at my hometown pizzeria in suburban Maryland. During my three months there as a waitress, a few of the dish washers had a bit of a crush on me. I always had bread crumbs in my hair and permanently smelled like garlic, so this doesn’t surprise me. Of all my prospective suitors, Lucio was my favorite. He spent a good portion of his time making...

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