Embracing gayness, failure and termites


Gay at the Fountains

One of my neighbors at the Fountains is proudly Gay. When he was in junior high they hung him in effigy at his school in Kansas. He’s had severe  depression every since along with constant therapy, constant anxiety drugs et cetera. One of the Fountains supposedly Services employees denigrated his name last year. He cried for several days. I included this event in an email to Kim Wolcott. I demanded that Sevices Beverly Johnson be terminated for that behavior. Kim replied that inflammatory language of this kind would not be tolerated. Beverly was terminated the following month because of her institutionalized laziness.

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I have spoken of failure before as in my first blog post August fifth 2015.

Repeating one line from that post: “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.”

My life has been a failure. A total failure. In the beginning I was bulletproof, I could kick some ass whenever I wanted to not physically but symbolically metaphorically spiritually psychologically, with my big judgmental mouth. A few months ago I woke up in Eugene Oregon and everything changed and I realized that connection with people was most important. I began to share my vulnerability with people I was close to, however in larger audiences sharing that vulnerability is rather over sharing and that’s bad too. That’s what we do on Facebook where we often over share. If you show your vulnerability to someone thats important to you its something like this: you say I’m not good enough I’m not pretty enough I’m not strong enough I’m not rich enough or your psychological problems, your depression, your cancer, your impotence, you get the idea. Vulnerability equals courage. It takes courage to tell a loved one about your vulnerability.

Silicon Valley embraces failure. Failure is good as long as it’s measured and you make adjustments, changes  and pivots to then learn from failure and try to turn it around to success.

As a manager, failure is how you learn to manage. When you fail you say to yourself: that didn’t work lets tweak it change it so as to realize a better outcome. You cannot learn how to manage from a textbook. Sure you can learn principals refinements ideas et cetera. You can bounce your successes and failures off of others especially a mentor. You have to learn by doing and that means experimenting failing turning it around.

So how does Midpen, the Fountains manage? They use protocol. Protocol says if a situation happens then B is the solution. As a Midpen manager you don’t have to think because all the answers are inside of protocol. Protocol may be essential in war, in a police hostage situation, but when dealing with people one size fits all means dehumanization. Protocol also means that solutions arrived at 10 years ago are used in present-day situations. As we know technology modernity a cultural melting pot and so forth can make any decision obsolete in a year or a month or a day. Rules are important but as important are the exceptions so that those that are most at risk are treated with humanity.

Also because of technology, modernity and cultural melting pot invariably the majority of situations presented fall outside of protocol.

So what does Midpen do when situations fall outside of protocol. It is so absurd I can hardly say it. They say if you want something we can’t give it to you because then someone else would want something. They base this on fair housing. It’s the most convoluted absurd lunatic fringe logic you ever hear in your life.

But here’s the reality as taught to us by Dan Ariely who teaches psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. Organizations that don’t tolerate failure not only stop their employees from learning from their mistakes but also create a risk ad verse culture that fears trying anything new. A related problem is that organizations generally reward employees based on the outcomes of their decisions not on the quality of their decisions. We hope good decisions lead to good outcomes but that relies on probabilities. As an example if a seafood restaurant manager builds five new branches along the gulf Coast six months before the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that would lose money big-time. The manager would be sacked for bad decisions despite meticulous data driven analysis. Unfortunately most of time we just reward good outcomes and thus fire the wrong people.

The Takeaway at Midpen is this: they strictly follow protocol, and since most things fall outside of protocol they don’t do anything because if there is a bad outcome they will be demoted or fired.

That’s why Midpen the Fountains beat the crap out of Richard Haro twice because he was always in the arena with special projects which weren’t always 100% popular with the residents. So if one resident complained to the manager he was called into the home office demoted ostracized criticized demonized. However Richard also has 2 unfair advantages (tongue in cheek). He’s both charismatic and loves to interact with people and people love to interact with him. This in itself also pissed off many fellow employees who were jealous and retaliated.

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I thoroughly enjoy the construction process. I have participated in 30 to 40 termite inspections actually probably a lot more. Most realtors sit back and don’t observe. I love to see what they look like what their pellets look like. I would help the inspector with his ladder or her ladder see how the probing went often with the ski pole which had a sharp end to probe into the corners where inspectors knew they might be. That way the inspector got finished quicker and I could ask questions along the way and they did not mind because I was helping.

I transferred to a new apartment in 2012 and made this blog post. I started looking around the apartment complex and realized that termites were everywhere. Just for starters I noticed over 200 lineal feet of soil touching the siding and or wood structural members. When adding the patio fences which connect soil to the fence to the building, its over 500 lineal feet.

The proper distance between soil grade and siding is at least 6″ but best practices is 12″

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Above I mention best practices. This is it below. Sheet metal buried 2 feet below soil line.

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Bruce Bracket who was Facilities Manager during the Colossal Security Breach 1/29/2014, was recently promoted to Development, has a background in commercial facilities real estate.

Commercial facilities means steel framed structures, stone, masonry, concrete, etc. It’s very dog eat dog, contracts, and the tenant does all the work and improvement.

Residential housing for Midpen involves mostly stick framed building, immense people skills and problems, thus a totally different mindset than commercial.

Midpen is famous for hiring people who don’t have the proper background and skills.

For 6 months a supposed dry rot repair has taken place on this property. Dry rot and termited wood has been removed with a huge amount of termited wood left in place and or just covered. No remediation of the termites has even taken place albeit maybe 3 tiny isolated places with a company that no one uses for termite remediation.

Takeaway. Termites like cozy. They like a warm area. East, West and South are most at risk, especially West and South.

Earthquake takeaway. When the next Big one or little one, the internal stick of this stick frame building and all other Midpen stick frame buildings will be weakened by the termites and more people will die.

Ironically two of the areas of the property most at risk are the Community and Services Managers offices. Retribution: evil given for evil done.


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