Sunday, May 16, 2021

December 2020 Newsletter



The Board wishes everyone in the building a very happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. We thank our dedicated Building Manager Joseph Arellano and our janitorial staff: Victor Gonzalas and Francisco and Maria Cardenas. We also salute our longtime janitor Marvin Mendez who left due to the pandemic. It takes a village to keep up this vertical village of 118 units. The Board appreciates the cooperation you have given us by wearing your masks and with all the new and changing pandemic restrictions. It hasn’t been easy. We also thank our pandemic Buddy System – which is still in place in case someone is sequestered and needs help. Hopefully the pandemic will end in the near future. In the meantime we really are in this together. Happy Holidays.


Dear Boardie,

Q. My neighbor is chain smoking on his balcony. My wife and I are miserable! It’s not fair that we have to keep our sliding glass door closed on a beautiful San Diego day, just to avoid choking to death! What should I do?

Q.  Have you thought of gently mentioning it to the neighbor? You could simply ask them to smoke inside and remind them that we’re not allowed to smoke on our balconies (or the catwalk, hallways, lobbies or any of the common areas).

A. We tried something like that.

Q. By “something” what you mean…?

A. Every time he lit up we blasted Heavy Metal music just to show them how it felt.

Q. And they didn’t take the hint?

A. Nope. Still smoking like a chimney.

Q. So you’ve given up?

A. Nope. Then we trashed them on Twitter and

Q. And that didn‘t nip the problem in the bud?

A. Nope. Nada. Goose eggs.

Q. Your HOA has excellent ways of dealing with the problem. Have you considered filing a Violation Report against that neighbor? That report would go to the Board. After a warning letter is issued, if the smoker is still smokin’, they would be called before the Board and possibly issued a $250 fine.

Q. We don’t know exactly which neighbor it is.     

A. That happens all the time. Once the smoke starts, quickly go outside and look up at your balcony. Use binoculars if necessary. Once you ID the culprit, you can fill out a Violation Report. Remember: People tend to be cooperative. Sometimes they just don’t know the rules.   


Boardie recently received a telepathic message from the trash chute:


Dear Kind Sir,

With all due respect, permit me to school you in the fine art of garbage elimination.

First of all, don’t ask why trash chutes is not spelled trash shoots. Everyone asks and no one knows. Fun fact: Trash Chutes come in sizes. I’m an Extra Small which means I’m only 24 by 18 inches wide. I have a very strict diet due to my petite size. For instance, I’m smaller than a pizza box. Most pizza boxes will choke me. One open pizza box will cause a blockage. Then everyone throws their garbage on top of that, but they don’t know it’s not getting to the dumpster. Soon I’m clogged all the way up to 12. Will it be easy to unclog me? No it will not! It’s a dirty messy job. Another thing that kills me? Stretchable Force Flex Glad bags. Why? Because I’m not stretchable! I’m considered skinny by my peers. Sure those bags start innocently enough, flat enough, but one big party and miracle of miracles you could throw in the kitchen sink and still have room. Once your garbage collection resembles Santa’s Bag, I guarantee it will choke me. I am not glad over those Glad Bags. ‘Nuff said.  


Covid Updates

As of this writing, no one in the building has caught Covid. Yay!

Everyone must wear a mask in the common areas - elevators and stairwells of the building.

Wash your hands upon entering your unit.

Practice Social Distancing.

Only 10 people allowed in the pool area at a time and NO GUESTS allowed.

Only 2 people allowed in the gym at a time and they must wear masks.


Newsletter Written by Karyl Miller and Edited by Trish Mylet