Today is my father’s birthday. He would have been 80. Today my father is in a little cherry wood box I got from an online undertaker, sitting on a California black walnut dresser, in his bedroom upstairs at his house. He really wanted to be upstairs in his own bedroom, but we had to wait until he was a lot lighter to get him up there. He’s been there for four years now. The mom hasn’t got around to letting him go.
My father believed that one kind of success came from real estate, in the following way. If you buy a house, and rent it to someone, and they pay you rent, and you use the money to make the house payment, eventually you will own a house that was paid for with someone else’s money. It was never that simple as my father had renters from hell, destructive, irresponsible, contract-violating low-lifes the lot of them. What do you do when you have someone living in your house who hasn’t paid any rent and isn’t even on the rental agreement? What I learned is that just because someone signs a rental agreement does not mean they will do what they say.
It might be worthwhile to pay an online people search company to identify who your applicants are. This tidbit popped up in my inbox, unrelated, but containing advice from an experienced landlord to a new landlord. He said, never rent to any of the following three kinds of people: 1) friends, 2) artists, and 3) preachers. Food for thought.
My father was a patriot of sorts. World War II ended when he was about a sophomore in high school. The mood of the country does shape the kind of person you become, I think, and we are seeing the fruits of that today. Here’s a piece from a columnist that would thoroughly irritate the old man, and he’s fortunate not to be here to see what’s happening to the things he worked to protect for the benefit of the people. Check this out.
"He campaigned against private sector economic mismanagement, and the ‘harsh realities’ of global capitalism. He pledged during his campaign to end corruption in both the government, and the private sector. After he took office, he claimed that he had ‘inherited’ the worst economic situation in his country’s recent history.
"And then, the new President sought to consolidate his power. Once privately-owned enterprises became government-owned and operated entities, and were ‘restructured’ so as to become, essentially, ‘workers’ cooperatives.’ Not surprisingly, unemployment remained persistently high, even as the new president was implementing his much-celebrated ‘reform’ measures.
"And while private citizens had to struggle with the worsening economic conditions, government officials nonetheless continued to exert increasing levels of control over the nation’s wealth, and also continued to enrich themselves from that wealth, despite the suffering of ‘the governed.’
"Does this seem like a description of the first 11 months of the Obama Presidency? What I’ve described here thus far portrays the conduct of President Obama and members of his Administration fairly succinctly. Yet, this is actually a description of the ascendency of Hugo Chavez, the once freely elected President and now rapidly-morphing-into-a-dictator of Venezuela." –columnist Austin Hill