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  • My 2004 Laptop: The Little Computer That Could

    My mother is incredibly frugal. She hates to “waste” money on restaurant meals she can make at home, rarely grocery shops without coupons and drove her beaten-up 1996 Ford Windstar until it reached 200,000 miles and died on the side of the road. (According to my father, her side of the family likes to hold onto their vehicles until they “blow up.”)   For better or...
  • It's Raining—Men, That Is

    It reached 106 degrees outside of Washington, D.C., in July—a temperature, combined with the humidity, that had me seriously considering a move to Antarctica. Surely they’re in need of a multifamily housing blogger over there.   While I received temporary relief sitting in the movie theater, where I fanned myself with two hours’ worth of scenes in which Channing Tatum and...
  • List of Top Education Sessions at Boston NAA Conference Sheds Light on Industry Issues

    David Letterman isn’t the only one with a Top 10 list. We have our own list here at the National Apartment Association Education Institute, and ours doesn’t include the “Top 10 Things You Don't Want To Hear At A Barbecue” or the “Top 10 Superhero Pet Peeves,” though we did like the one about people not understanding the difference between “tights...
  • Sustainability at the National Apartment Association’s Conference

    As you read a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of presenting on the topic of green apartment units at the National Apartment Association’s (NAA) annual Education Conference in Boston at the end of June. We had a great turnout for our education session and the conference was pretty informative, so I thought I’d share my experience. Our presentation covered various topics such...

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