Our National Rightness and Wrongness

This guy writes some interesting things for thought…..

Bill Peach's Random Thoughts

This essay began as a response to a friend who told me America was in decline. I asked for specifics and this was the response, “Looser morals, more bitterness, more racial tension, less respect for those who hold different opinions, more persecution of Christians, etc.” I may agree on three of the five. Other friends suggested it would be more optimistic to write about what is right about our country. I decided on the words rightness and wrongness. This is not as much about the country as it is about us.

The introduction of sixteen, so far, Republican candidates for President and maybe five Democratic candidates confuses the dialogue with the attempt to interchange right and left and right and wrong, to identify liberal and conservatives political positioning. Left and right seem to be more than directional and relative, but have become standards for absolute ideology and mutual exclusion.


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Mailbox Casualties

I am told that some of our fine residents took it upon themselves to paint all our mailboxes. As I take my morning ride through the neighborhood I notice that immediately after the turn off St Lukes, the bottom of the posts on two boxes on Marquette are crumpled   Over the years the boxes have become casualties of cars riding up the sidewalk and crashing into the box, some boxes on other areas of The Cloister have bumper-high dents in the posts.,I think we can all guess how they got there but the newly painted boxes look great, thanks to whoever painted them.

Mailbox Survivor

Mailbox Survivor

I have become very cautious, as I ride through the streets of our community, to avoid crumples and dents to me.

No crumples or dents....

  No crumples or dents….

Most mornings I will go up St Luke Drive to “The Healthcare Center at West Meade Place” and scrounge a cup of coffee at the receptionist desk and say “Hello” to some of my therapist friends who took good care of me during my stay there.

Variety of Cloister Condo Floor Plans

Cloister Living areas are either 2 BR, 2 BR plus bonus room, 3 BR, or 3 BR plus bonus room. All have 2 bathrooms. Some may include bay windows (front, back or both front and back), front entrance pillars, fireplaces, unfinished basements, and either one or two car garages. A number of owners may have finished their basements while the home was bought with an unfinished basement? Bay windows increase the useable SF in a room while fireplaces limit the ability to rearrange furniture. All these additions increase the initial cost of a unit. Over the years an owner miight remodel a kitchen, a bath, or even move a wall or doorway. There may be a 2 BR unit with a two car garage but I haven’t seen one yet. The 3 BR plus den appears to be the same square feet as a 3 BR unit. The den taking away from the size of the other rooms.

Owners can recognize whether they live in an A, B, C, or D unit. The A and B units are 2 BR units with a small bonus room in the B unit, a C unit is 3 BR, while a D unit is 3 BR plus a den. I don’t know of any 2 BR units with a 2 car garage. I call the 2 BR with 1 car garage the “Widow” homes. I have been told that the original development plan called for additional parking spaces on Marquette Drive but an additional building was built in the area initially reserved for parking.

Does anyone know why there are three rather than four appraised levels in the chart below? Does anyone have copies of the four original floor plans? Does anyone have corrections or additions to these comments?

Here are the appraisals for all Cloister residential properties…….

Appraised Value of Cloister Homes

Appraised Value of Cloister Homes

Ice Dams on Cloister Roofs

If you have lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan or Ohio you know about the water damage that Ice Dams in rain gutters and downspouts can do. This morning at least 6 Cloister homes had ceiling damage by water leaking under the roof shingles because of ice dams.
Years ago  when I was on the Cloister HOA Board I warned that even partially clogged gutters and downspouts, especially on Cloister homes where leaves from overhanging trees, can clog gutters if they were not protected by leaf guard screens over downspouts. My warnings were ignored. I am sure that some of the homes damaged today did not have leaf guards.

On my request this morning Southern Roofing inspected our condo and removed much Ice and hopefully ice dams. If you suffered inside water damage, blame it on ice dams.A graphic of how an ice dam forms. (Courtesy FEMA)