Topic of the rent increase was front and center at yesterday's bingo game.
We mostly laughed about the duplicity. Thought it hilarious that management finally did something nice for us, only to learn we were just being buttered up to make the rent increase a little more palatable.
It was ROFLMAO funny when some of the bingo players said they didn’t get notice of the increase attached to their doors the day after Summer Social, as I and others did. That, when they returned to their units AFTER the Social, the notice was waiting for them. Someone had snuck around, posted, while we were being distracted.
So anyway, as far as we can figure, the 411 is that … those of us who are not receiving aid have rent increases of $75 if we occupy a one bedroom, which is me, and $80 if in a two-bedroom unit.
Of those receiving aid (Section 8), not all have received rent increases. It’s unknown if they will be later notified or not receive increases at all.
Of those receiving aid (Section 8) that did receive notice — and we know of only one so far who copped to it, her increase is only $18 and, she says, not a hardship.
From the number of residents I saw going in/out of Assistant Manager’s Office while I was playing bingo, and who those residents were, I’m assuming they are the Section 8’s that received an increase for whom the increase will be a hardship.
They were probably in her office pleading their case.
Painted Rock Lady, who falls under the $80 increase because she gets no aid and has a two-bedroom, jokingly said she might have to find a Sugar Daddy to help her out.
At least I think she was joking but maybe not because, believe it or not, old gal in a walker with a breathing instrument has two male "friends" who frequently wine and dine her.
So, anyway, that’s the 411 on the rent increases.
By my calculations, I’ll be paying an additional $900 a year in rent. Which is not bad considering what’s happening elsewhere, so I’m not complaining.
One woman said, "We paid for that party".
She’s not wrong.
Whatever management paid out on that Summer Social for us is being recouped over and above.
Using that same logic, since I didn’t eat, I calculate I paid for these two Tiki Cups @$450 each.
You gotta laugh.
Today was my lucky day in bingo, even though I didn’t wear my lucky shirt.
Looking at the prize table, I’d spotted a little wallet that looked like a $100 bill and planned to go for if I won a game.
Won it on Game 3.
The resident that used those cute buttons on her bingo cards is now using cute little rubberized hearts, flowers, stars.
Lastly ... What are the odds? Three of us turned up wearing animal print masks.