balcony laundry

Balcony laundry

Lately, my large upscale apartment complex in L.A. is starting to resemble parts of Europe, or a third-world slum. This is due in part to management renting to short term overseas tourists and to students.

Many tenants now routinely put all manner of clothes outside to dry. Not just bathing suits and dirty wet towels after a dip in our pool or jacuzzi but residents and guests also hang dry all their underwear, shirts, pants, socks, etc on the balcony. It's unsightly, like litter. And then they just leave the clothes on the balcony for days, sometimes weeks, well after the stuff is dry.

Unlike a number of other countries, in America we not only have washing machines we also have driers. Please use them. Why? Because, regarding outdoor balconies, I don't want to see panties and bras out there drying. Unless a woman is in them.


Peanuts. An interesting food. An interesting word. You can also make a lot of other words from the letters in peanuts.


If you remove n-u-t-s, you have pea.

If you remove the "p", the "e", and the "t" you have "anus".

If you remove the "a" and the "t" you have "penus".

if you remove p-e-a, you have "nuts", to go with the penus.

secondhand pot smoke kills

Bad news for pot smokers

Secondhand pot smoke may be more dangerous than secondhand tobacco smoke

From Fox News

"Exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke may impair cardiovascular function as much as exposure to tobacco smoke, new research suggests.

The study, which was published Wednesday in the Journal of American Heart Association, found that, in mice, inhalation of secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute diminished blood vessel function to the same degree as inhalation of tobacco smoke for the same amount of time. Researchers also found these cardiovascular effects lasted longer in the mice exposed to marijuana smoke.

Study authors, from the University of California, San Francisco, examined the reduction of flow mediated dilation (FMD) — a process in which increased blood flow forces arteries to open further — in response to secondhand smoke. This reduction, they said, impedes blood flow and puts the individual at risk for various heart problems.

“Your blood vessels can carry more blood if they sense that they need to pass more blood to the tissues,” senior study author Dr. Matthew Springer, a medicine professor at UC San Francisco, said in a news release. “They dilate to allow more blood through. But that’s inhibited by exposure to smoke.”

Researchers exposed the mice to roughly the equivalent amount of smoke found in restaurants that allow smoking. They found that, in the rodents exposed to one minute of marijuana smoke, there was a more than 50 percent reduction in FMD, the same percent reduction seen in mice that contacted cigarette smoke.

FMD in mice exposed to tobacco smoke, however, recovered in 30 minutes. In mice that inhaled marijuana smoke, FMD took 90 minutes to recover completely— the effects on blood vessel function lasting three times longer than the effects from cigarette smoke.

Many states have now legalized the use of marijuana, and many cities in America allow smoking pot, while at the same time over-regulating, overtaxing and even banning the smoking of tobacco (and its secondhand smoke) in public places. This smoking ban also includes electronic cigarettes - which contain NO tobacco and emits NO smoke. Hmm. And that makes sense, how? In any event, with the new research finding that secondhand smoke from marijuana may be more dangerous than secondhand smoke from cigarettes, will those states immediately repeal laws making marijuana legal and - for health and medical reasons and based on this new research - will all the cities that ban smoking also immediately ban smoking pot in public places? I'll bet they won't. I bet they won't ban smoking pot until and unless the powerful anti-smoking (and anti-vaping) zealots influence politicians to do so. Really? Yes, that's the way it works when it comes to smoking (and other things political). The American political/legal system is rigged and, yes, it's rigged at the state and local level too. For the moment that's GOOD news for pot smokers, who can continue to harm people around them with secondhand pot smoke.

air conditioners will kill you

In Vienna, Austria, at a meeting to reduce/eliminate a chemical expelled into the air from air conditioners, the U.S. Secretary of State made a statement saying air conditioners were as dangerous as terrorists. No, I am not kidding. See for yourself ...

From the U.S. government State Department's own website:

"But the truth is our goal for these talks – amending the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs – is one of the single most important unitary steps that we could possibly take at this moment to stave off the worst impacts of climate change and to protect the future for people in every single corner of the globe. Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations – defense ministers and foreign ministers – as we were working together on the challenge of Daesh, ISIL, and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we – you – are doing here right now is of equal importance (because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself)"

There you have it. And you thought terrorism was a big threat and your a/c was not. The U.S. government says terrorism and air conditioning are an equal threat. That being the case, a case made by a high-ranking U.S. government idiot, should we Americans now fear that our air conditioners will rise up in the name of Allah and kill us?

simple solutions

I live in a large apartment complex in Los Angeles. The owner/manager of the property has historically employed a simple solution to occurring problems. They removed the problem.

Inside the property's clubhouse, the Activities Room in the property's clubhouse once-upon-a-time featured pool tables. When the pool room started attracting young male tenants who often got drunk and turned violent, management removed the pool tables and turned the pool hall into a conference room for rental to outside non-tenant groups. When young underage tenants started using other activity rooms as nightly unsupervised meeting places, jumping on the furniture, breaking mirrors, making too much noise and disturbing other tenants using the clubhouse, management announced they were closing and locking the activity rooms and adult tenants had to sign up in advance to use the rooms.

On another matter, management decided that too many tenants were locking themselves out of their apartment (the electronic door closed and locked automatically when leaving and tenants forgot to take their electronic key when they went to the trash room or laundry room, thus locking themselves out). To solve the problem, management changed all the 1,000+ locks in the apartment complex to a simple key system - making it more difficult and inconvenient for tenants to enter and leave their apartment - but solving the problem of lockouts. Now, if you lock yourself out, management also charges you $75 to make you a new key.

These "remove the problem" solutions may not benefit the tenants but it certainly solved the existing problems. And, no, as a tenant I am not in favor of having things taken away, or changed for the worse. But I don't own or control the place, I just live here and, unfortunately, if I disagree with the rules, or don't follow the rules, I will have to leave and go live elsewhere.

Simple solutions, by those in power. If something is a problem, remove it.

Racial discord
Could this be applied to racial discord in America? Using the "remove it solution", if black communities in America have such a big problem with the police, the Simple Solution is to simply remove the police presence from black neighborhoods. There would be no more problems with police in black communities - because there would be no police in black communities. Problem solved. Of course, without any police, crime would likely skyrocket in those communities, making black communities even less safe and more crime-ridden. But the perceived racist police problem and police brutality against blacks in black communities would immediately cease to exist. Hey, no cops, no police racism!

(Yeah, I know it's dumb, but it does work).