Monday, April 24, 2006

I'm getting sleepy....

As I write this, it's 10PM on the east coast and I still have another half-hour to go before the Nuggets game even tips off. Yes, it's playoff time again, and for a fan of the teams from Denver this can mean a lot of late nights. I thought I'd caught a break when the Avalanche drew Dallas in the first round - normally they play Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver in the first round. Nothing like staying up for an Avs game that doesn't start until 11PM, having said game go into 2 overtimes, watching them LOSE and then finally get to bed around 3AM....grrr.....anyway, my luck didn't hold as the Nuggets drew the L.A. Clippers in the first round. Hopefully after tonight when the series shifts back to Denver the games will start at 9PM and I can get to bed at decent hour.

Yes, I realize what a old man I am for complaining about having to stay up late. When 900 years old you reach, look as good you will not. Emm???

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Waiting for the other shoe to drop....

So we got our first notice that Summer Isle had been sold to Paramount Companies of Florida yesterday - the letter spoke of plans to plant trees and power-wash the sideboards, but no mention was made of the real reason behind the beautification project: Summer Isle is going condo. The bastards don't seem to see fit to tell the residents of their plans just yet - I'm sure they'll announce it when it's convenient for them. Meanwhile, the residents of Summer Isle just get screwed that much more.

I know there is very little chance anything can be done to stop this, because they are within their rights to sell their property. However, I refuse to roll over and give up my home because some faceless company in Florida tells me I have to buy it or leave. I will fight it, and I will encourage my neighbors to fight it. To that end, I'm creating a blog that the residents can go to for information, any updates on the situation, and let them know how they can contact this company to voice their displeasure, writing letters to the editor at the Packet, and contacting Packet business reporter Peter Hull, who has been covering rash of apartment complexes going condo in Bluffton and Hilton Head. He has told me that if he can get residents to go on the record (obviously I can't as a employee of the Packet....even though I have nothing to do with the Editorial side of things, I guess everyone still has to cover their butts), he will write about this....this display of Capitalism at it's absolute worst.

For my first (but certainly not last) act of resistance, I have mailed this letter to the big shot who gave us that notice yesterday. I will take the "get more bees with honey" approach at first, just in case I happen to be speaking to an actual human being that gives a crap about people she's never met. I doubt very much that it will work, but it's worth a shot before taking the next step.....

Stephanie Smith
Regional Vice President
Paramount Companies of Florida
6351 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143

April 20th, 2006

Dear Ms. Smith,

My name is Morgan Bonner - I live in the Summer Isle apartment complex in Bluffton, SC. We received your letter yesterday informing residents that you have taken ownership of Summer Isle and will be re-modeling the complex. As this is obviously the first step towards the conversion of Summer Isle from apartments to condos, I would like to take this opportunity to voice my opinion to you about your company's plan that will displace dozens of low-income families who can't afford or will not want to purchase their apartment.

For the past year, we have watched first as your company took over Ashley Plantation and then as the Westbury Park apartments were sold to the Jacksonville, Florida based Montecito Property Co. I welcomed many new neighbors as people from those communities flocked to Summer Isle because it was one of the last places for low-income families to be able to rent an apartment in Bluffton. We stood by and wondered exactly why your company and others like it found it acceptable (albeit legal) to essentially kick people out of their homes and sell their apartments to people with more money. We wondered when it would be our turn....and so the day has come.

I understand that it is your business to do this - that this is how you make your money. Therefore, I will not bore you with the unpleasant details of how the cost of living in this city has risen astronomically while wages have remained stagnant. How because of your actions and companies like yours, finding a place to rent is becoming next to impossible now that owners charge several hundred dollars more for rent every month. Or how by forcing Summer Isle residents to buy or get out, you are robbing Bluffton of many hard working, decent people who will have to leave the area (myself included) because they can't afford to live here anymore.

What I will ask however, is that you reconsider your decision to convert Summer Isle into condos. Raise the rents (slightly) if you must, but please, I implore you: do not displace so many men, women and children. Do not add stress and hardship to people who barely make it through the day as it is. We do not want to buy property - that's why we rent. Our reasons for doing so are no more or less valid than those who have more money than us and would want to purchase our home - but no matter whose name is on the deed, it is OUR home. Please do not take it away from us.


Morgan Bonner
50 Pebble Beach Cove
Bluffton, SC 29910

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Some days you get the bear....

Well the SC Seamless Gutters are now 0-2 on the season after an embarrassing 16-0 defeat at the hands of RCS Construction. The game was called in the 5th inning due to the ever infamous mercy rule. I thankfully didn't make any errors this time, but only got to bat once and hit a weak grounder to 2nd. My first clue that something wasn't right came when I arrived at the field and picked up my jersey. I had requested an extra-large jersey, number 29 with the name of "BONNER" on the back. Instead I got a large jersey (too tight!), number 29 with the name of "JERSEY" on the back. It was actually kind of funny, but I guess I should have known it was going to be a long night. 15 more games to go in the regular season....better pick it up if we want to make the playoffs.


Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Opening day

Last night was opening day for the men's softball league in Beaufort that I joined - my team, the SC Seamless Gutters, lost 16-13 to the Soggy Bottom Boys. I went 1 for 5 and made 3 errors at 2nd base. I was a human vacuum at 2nd during all the practices leading up to our first game, so I can only attribute my craptacular performance to opening day jitters. Or it could have been that classic double with cheese that I inhaled during my 10 minute lunch break. Either way, I let the team down - one of the reasons I wanted to play in this league was to get off my ass and do something competitive first the first time this decade. Unfortunately, one of the things that goes along with that is feeling like poop if you don't play well. My only solace at the moment is that it's a long season and there's plenty of time to redeem myself. That, or confirm once and for all that all the athletic talent that I used to have has completely left my old and broken down body. Sigh.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman.
All the world’s waiting for you, and the power you possess. In your satin tights, fighting for your rights And the old Red, White and Blue.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman. Now the world is ready for you and the wonders you can do. Make a hawk a dove, stop a war with love, make a liar tell the truth.

Wonder Woman, get us out from under, Wonder Woman. All our hopes are pinned on you and the magic that you do. Stop a bullet cold, make the Axis fold, Change their minds, and change the world.

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman. You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman.