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(DON'T) LET THEM EAT CAKE from HABITAT, DECEMBER 2010[[wysiwyg_imageupload:225:]]Being on a board is like being on a diet. You know it’s for your own good, but it can get very tedious. Sure, you should eat soup and salad but doesn’t the cream-filled chocoate cake seem so much tastier? It must be better for you, right? You feel good after eating it – until you’ve eaten so much that when you look down you can’t see your feet anymore.
LOCAL LAWS GONE LOCOfrom HABITAT, JULY/AUGUST 2010[[wysiwyg_imageupload:196:]]
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:194:height=236,width=250]] BY ANY OTHER NAMEfrom HABITAT May 2010Our connection was bad, but I could make out the words “corruption” and “dishonest” and “board” from the voice at the other end of the line.
SHOULD CO-OP BOARD MEMBERS BE PAID?
GOTTA SERVE SOMEBODY[[wysiwyg_imageupload:133:]] from HABITAT April 2010It all started with a handshake.
SNAKE OIL SALESMANfrom HABITAT, March 2010 [[wysiwyg_imageupload:130:]]Mr. Haney lives on. Not the actual Mr. Haney – actor Pat Butram, who played the unusual salesman on TV’s Green Acres from 1965-71, died some years ago – but a close facsimile.
MOT RETOS[[wysiwyg_imageupload:127:]]from HABITAT, FEBRUARY 2010It was the first time I had heard this particular theory of behavior. “In a co-op,” said the articulate board president, “it’s an 80/20 situation.” Initially, I thought he was talking about the (in)famous IRS requirement that 80 percent of a cooperative’s income had to come from the residents and only 20 percent could come from its commercial space. But no – that now-defunct rule was nowhere in sight. He continued: “Eighty percent of the shareholders are good neighbors; the other 20 percent are looking to cause trouble.”
NOW WE ARE SIXfrom HABITAT, JANUARY 2010[[wysiwyg_imageupload:122:]]I woke up in what seemed to be my bedroom.But it was strangely different.“Where am I?” I asked the shadowy figures standing before me.“In a co-op.”“What do you want?”“A 50 percent maintenance increase.”“You won’t get it.”“By hook or by crook we will.”“Whose side are you on?”“That would be telling.”“Who are you?”“The new board of directors.”“What happened to the old board?”“You are Apartment Six.”
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:30:]] WHITHER PERRY MASON?FROM HABITAT DECEMBER 2009
[[wysiwyg_imageupload:95:]]IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU Scams, Both Large and Smallfrom HABITAT September 2010