Daily Archives: August 5, 2015

I lease apartment and compliment Manager 7/28/2010

I meet Manager Maria at the Midpen SR Fountains apartments, 2005 San Ramon Avenue Mountain View California. Maria is a breath of fresh air compared to “who are you can’t you see I’m busy.” I email the corporate home office commending Maria. Maria discovers  compliment and we become simpatico. Andy, Maintenance manager introduces me to my new apartment. I consider this unusual because it breaks the continuity between the person who leased my apartment and my entry. Thus begins my journey in learning this nonprofit makes up its own property management principals which has nothing to do with the tried-and-true principles of for profit property management.

good job


I run headfirst into the A word but it so befuddles me I don’t recognize it.

In early 2010, I visit Midpen Housing, Ginzton Terrace, 375 Oak Tree Dr. Mountain View CA. I asked the manager if they have any vacant units. The manager without looking up replies “who are you, can’t you see I’m busy”. I turn around and leave knowing I am in the wrong place at the wrong time. This is a precursor to the significant event. This is also an attitude I later fine pervades the entire company.
I AM UNTOUCHABLE and answer only to myself.

I am born

This is a story about Dystopian Midpen Housing but first my brief bio.

 David Copperfield, first chapter begins “I am born.”
I was born on a farm in the seismic area of Iowa known as the Des Moines lobe. I often use the fault line metaphor having spent many years living on the San Andreas fault in Stinson Beach. I am a Guitar wannabe and my imaginary rock and roll group is called Thomas Dowa and the San Andrea fault line review.  My mother was Lake Wobegon where all the women are strong all the men are good looking and all the children who are not dysfunctional are above average. My father was a World War II Prisoner Of War, his fighter plane shot down in Nazi Germany.  Iowa/Mom is Bible Belt conservative, they vote TV (fox news) it was very racist where I grew up and our country still is, good schools (albeit my grammar is pathetic), hard work ethic.

A Defining moment on my journey was a graduate school paper I wrote entitled Prejudice and the personality prone to propagate it. Another seminal moment for me was 10 Million downloads in 10 weeks where I became a Geek WannaBe.

Since I live in Silicon Valley where failure is embraced, it is not necessarily a bad word unless left unmeasured &/or no learning in the process.

I have spent most of my life egocentric with both feet or at least one foot in the sandbox. Meditation specifically Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction has taught me to become more sociocentric.

I love the San Francisco Bay area, the freest most beautiful place in the US.

Lastly the internet has provided me a plethora of heroes, thought leaders, authors, peak performers who have taught and guided me on my journey. I mention One hero @photomatt allows me to write this blog.