Not everyone has a dishwasher!

But the local grocery store (Giant) aapparently assumes all of its customers have dishwashers . Hello, some of us are dishwasher- less. And this means we need a dish cloth.

Giant used to sell a quality dish cloth – not too thick, not too thin. The material is durable, no lint and is long lasting . Two dish clothes came in each pack.

I’m down to one dish cloth. I need to find another retailer who caters to the dishwasher-less. Any suggestions?


Take Your Bottled Water to the Ball Game

Here’s a tip: if you plan to attend a game at the Washington Nationals ballpark, pack a bottle of water.

Yes, bringing your own bottled water is permitted.  And, you’ll forgo the heart burn of paying the hefty ballpark price.

Last Wednesday I was suffering from the beginning stages of a sinus infection. Before meeting my sister, I stopped by the local grocery store for sinus medication. I forgot to grab a bottle of water.

So once I arrived at the ballpark I had to purchase water. Cost = $4.50 for a 20 ounce bottle of Dasani “purified” water (not even spring water). I can purchase a 24 pack of 12 ounce bottles of spring water for that price!!! And I have even paid less for a ticket ($2 ticket Tuesday).

Don’t repeat my mistake. Pack your bottled water.


Check engine

I hate it when those words light up on my dashboard as they did last evening as I drove from work to Nationals Park. Less than 2 weeks ago the mechanic changed the oil, checked the tires and brakes.

Hope it is only a minor issue and not too expensive.

Two dollar ticket!

Enjoying myself at the Washington Nationals game. The best part $2 ticket. Sweet!!


A cushion is essential

If you are thinking about renting property, keep in mind that you need a cushion, at least six months’ worth of rent for an emergency. You may have to buy new appliances, your property may be vacant for a few months or your tenant may not pay the rent.

I know someone with tenants who don’t pay the rent on time.  She has taken these tenants to court at least once (The District of Columbia is a very pro tenant jurisdiction). The tenants have written bad checks in the past. These tenants were taken again to court last week. They “showed” the landlord’s lawyer proof that they had recently deposited the rent check  (admittedly late). The proceeding at court has been continued. The landlord was informed the rent had been paid and verified the deposit with the bank.

Today the landlord learned the check had bounced.

A bad situation. But the landlord’s behavior has made it worse. What behavior is that? Treating the rental property like an ATM.

The landlord has been pulling money out of the rental property to cover medical expenses, to purchase some items unrelated to the rental unit and to cover some other unexpected expenses. If you have $75,000 set aside, you can do this. But if you are living rent check to rent check, keep your hands out of the cookie jar !

As a landlord for over 7 years, with five tenants during that period of time, I never pulled money out of my condo for non-rental related expenses except recently when a relative need $900 asap (I personally was not happy about this).

My friend the landlord now will have several checks bounce. This is unfortunate. This could and should have never happened. This individual has learned a hard lesson. Also I was frank with my landlord friend – someone else should manage the rental funds.

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