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  • Lauren and the Purple Crayon

    When I was in pre-school, my grandma came in for Grandparents Day. That afternoon, our teacher asked us to draw a picture for our guests. While all of the other students excitedly drew elaborate houses, families and animals—which I find hard to believe since we were 4 years old, but so says my grandma—I plucked a purple crayon out of the box, drew a single line on the paper and announced that I...
  • Potty-Mouths R Us

    Is it me, or does it seem that profanity and expletives have become more common in regular business interactions? And there are a few residents who take those choice words to a whole new level when they are not happy with the service or the answers you provide. What to do when a very disgruntled resident decides to rapid-fire every nasty, dirty, rude, crude and foul word in your direction to try...
  • Compression Stockings and Discounted Rent: All in a Day’s Shopping

    The other day I saw a Groupon for two varicose-vein treatments and compression stockings. If it didn’t have an expiration date, I would have considered buying it. I know my family’s history with those unsightly things and it’s safe to say the future of my calves isn’t looking pretty. Then there’s the Lasik deal I stayed up until 1 a.m. mulling over last month. While I ultimately decided that if...
  • Sit Back, Relax and Watch Me Huff and Puff

    When I’m working out in my community gym, I don’t want residents in the clubhouse and pool watching me through floor-to-ceiling windows as I sweat like a pig in a bacon factory. There’s a reason I’m on a treadmill and not laying out in a bikini by the water. Nothin’ to see here, folks! But I’m the exception. Most Gen Y renters are looking for visual transparency and connectivity, and as I...

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