I couldn’t go to my Cherryhills knitting group today because of the AGM of our complex – not that I HAD to be there , but I like to know what’s going on.
One of the reasons we moved from our old home was to get away from the maintenance that plagues 40 something old houses. Did we succeed? What do you think? We have had a plague of minor irritations, mostly because the developer and/or builder have been slow to act to rectify them, or have washed their hands of them – “that always happens” (pooling inches deep in the courtyard due to slope of tiles away from the drain); “well, what do you expect – it was a building site” ( scratches on glass doors); “you just have to be careful how you close them” (sliding doors that jump off the tracks if closed at more than one inch per 10 seconds) etc etc. Most of the other units in the development have similar stories. Some issues have been resolved and some haven’t. And this is a reputable developer and builder who, in general, have produced a high quality building.
The latest problem is possums in some of the units roof spaces. We had well over 30 years in our previous home, which was not built well, before the possums finally found an entry point. Our unit has had no possum problem – yet – but three other units have. The owners’ corporation has been told by the builder that it is impossible to build a house that is pest proof and the units with possum problems are not his responsibility. An independent possum remover/proofer says there are 29 identifiable possum entry points in the 11 units! which he’ll fix for around $900. Not a bad price – but should we have to pay it? Who knows. Our only resort is lodge a complaint with the Fair Trading Tribunal which we are loathe to do – mainly because of the emotional energy required. So we are going ahead to have the holes closed – no doubt the possums will then flip the tiles up!
(Not really a) Whinge Three:
I say “not really” a whinge, because the sheer audacity of this marketing strategy fascinates me.
Another email from ….. Reader’s Digest – how ever did you guess! This time I’m so lucky to have been selected when most of my neighbours may never be selected – funny, that – I’ve been selected 3 years in a row – I must be SUPER lucky.
Subject: You Could Proceed to the Third and Final Winners Selection Stage
Body of email: “NOTICE OF SELECTION; IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE READ.
POTENTIAL FINALIST TO WIN UP TO $500,000 IN THE THIRD AND FINAL STAGE OF THE 99TH SWEEPSTAKES.
“You are at the make or break stage in our 99th Sweepstakes. Six prize draw entry numbers have been issued in your name – any one of them could make you $500,000 richer. You are the only person in the whole of Australia who can activate these numbers and rush them into the final stage where the winner will be selected.
While most of your neighbours may never be selected, you have been fortunate enough to clear the first two stages – selection of your name and issuing of prize draw numbers. You must activate your entries for registration promptly to proceed to the third and final winners selection stage.
It’s all up to you! Click here now to register your prize draw numbers.”
What a load of garbage. It’s interesting that quite a number of hits on this site are referred from google searches to do with prize winners, “scams”, etc etc related to Reader’s Digest!