A few thoughts … - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on September 06, 2003 at 09:18:25:
My dad recently went to the nursing home, My siblings and I had to pull together to help mom and dad get thru the crisis.
Fortunately, the house is in the city, and does not need mowing. Imagine if it was in the suburbs. Neighbors will be yelling and screaming about the grass, and I’ve been thru that.
I’m a city boy, but I done rehabs and owned property in the suburbs, and I often wonder if the lawn is nice and trim, whether the neighbors really care if I’m dead or alive.
My siblings spoke about selling our parent’s place, and moving mom to an assisted living facilty. But my parents and I are sentimental about the home that we all grew up in, and my parents home for over 50 years, and I am opposed to selling it.
If there was a “Creative Investor” coming by offering me creative solutions about helping the neighborhood to take care of my parent’s “eyesore”, I will make it my business to tar and feather him, and chase him out of town.
If you truly want to help the neighborhood, I would suggest talking to the town, the local alderman, the mayor, the local church, and see what social services are available to help older folks who cannot help themselves. If need be, orgainize a cleanup with the neighbors as a “social service”.
Lawyers are frequently asked to do “pro bono” work, and I feel REI should sometimes make themselves part of human society, rather than as sharks, opportunists, and speculators as they are often pictured.
Do creative creative stuff with folks who truly want and need your help. After all, we all say “we solve problems”. It does not sound like the owners want your help here.
Just my 2 cents as the situation you described hits close to home.