Friday, May 04, 2007
Asaf Rashid is quite an actor. < In more ways that one!!>...lol
Check out his acting debut by clicking below -
There are great deals to be had on gently damaged goods, prototypes gone awry, ends-of-lines, and things we are sure would be better off in your home. This annual sale event begins shortly after 6:00 am tomorrow for the keen, and continues until 1:00 pm for the more rational among us.
With Mother's Day next weekend, the wedding season rising, and Christmas just a snowflake away this opportunity should not be missed. Otherwise, just drop by and say hello. I'll be the one clutching a map and a coffee mug, wearing a slightly puzzled expression. Those darned monkeys.
Happy May. Michael & Cyndi Route 102 Hand Made Goods
This is a blog I wrote about them last year.
The reason I have been served an eviction notice is because I refuse to recognize the Owner’s choice for a new caretaker of this building, being 68 Mecklenburg Street.. (Charlene Bastarache)
she moved into the basement Apartment in November and one of the first things she did that was an early warning sign to me that this girl has no experience with negotiating skills.
My Friend and ex boss who owns his own home off of our shared driveway (Alleyway) between the buildings had asked me if I could do a repair for him in his basement and had gone out to get what I needed to help him, He returned with the material and was going back out to leave for the day to his uptown business, He came back in and showed me a scribbled note on a beat up old dirty envelope ( Pictured here)
And asked me if I knew what that was about, I told him I wasn’t sure but I would ask,, That’s when I found out Charlene not only moved into our building but had struck a deal with the owner to be caretaker and get a little off of her rent.
Then in January she rented her first empty apartment, She assured us( the tenants) this was a great person as she had known him for a short time.
Once he moved into his One bedroom apt. so did his many friends morning noon and night.
Needless to say the community put two and two together quite quickly.
Now, When Charlene realized what kind of a situation she was in, it was panic time, she was coming up to my place to talk to me and asking for advice along with the tenant in apt 4 and my friend from next door to go over what her options might be, this went on for a while.
Finally I had to stop and point out to her that when I found out that she took the job of caretaker, I had told her then that she certainly did not understand who she was going to be working for but that she will very quickly and that I certainly knew what I’m talking about after dealing with this man for the past nine years as caretaker and the many nightmares that ensued of which I was now no longer a part of and that I will not be her shoulder to lean on.
A couple of us tenants emailed our discontent to the owner of this property,( Mr Euclid Ouelette )of Quispamsis to which we got no reply.
By this time anybody that was anybody in the area knew what was happening and things weren’t going so well for Charlene either.
Things started getting a little testy with her and our new tenant.
She was trying unsuccessfully to find reasons to get him back out of our building and needless to say she was getting very nervous as this started unfolding, At one point she had asked my friend to walk her back down stairs past their apt as well as asked me if I could keep a record of those who were coming and going as well as any conversations we might be able to hear in the hallway because she was now afraid for her safety.
(( Oh,, during this time the owner had decided to take a bit of a vacation in Florida where they have their trailer of which seemed to be coincidental in the past every time there was an impending disaster about ready to erupt when I was caretaker as well))
Anyhow words were exchanged numerous times and meanwhile the traffic was non-stop.
One day she came to tell us that she thinks she found a way to get him out and that if it didn’t work she just wanted to get the F&*k out of here as she was now worrying about her safety all the time.
And she said her life was worth a little more than a couple dollars a month off of her rent.
( Myself I think it was the first time it warmed up and he found out his bedroom ceiling leaked that got him to leave) He came to my door to ask me if I was running water upstairs but I told him I’m not over top of his apt. but that the roof over that apt has leaked off and on somewhere along the adjoining building off and on for years and every once and awhile Euclid would smear a little tar on the areas he thought might be leaking.
Also there has been a rule in place that there is to be NO DOGS in this building but she was allowed to bring her dog as a deterrent for early warning of someone around her doors because of her suspicions of her new tenant
To add to this, Her duties were to keep the halls clean but that only happened when Euclid was coming over for rents, other then that they looked like hell for another month and a half or so.
Also as some of you readers know my daughter had broken her leg over the holidays and we live on the third floor, the snow had started building up over Dec, Jan, until it accumulated into a large layer of ice across the entire front entrance but Charlene’s answer to that was she went out with a shovel, tapped on the ice and basically decided it was too hard and the fact that the number of people coming in and out of her new tenants apt meant there might be an altercation out front so there was nothing she could do about it.
Along with other things that will just take too much time to type. Including asking her numerous times to replace the old smoke detector on the middle floor hallway as I felt this was very important for myself and my daughter to have plenty of reaction time if there is ever a fire because we’re on the top floor and everybody in this building with exception my daughter smokes which scares me a lot on nights I can’t sleep wondering if all will go well for another night.
I also emailed the owner on numerous occasions about that one.
So in taking a stand and not recognizing this woman’s services or title, as well as seeing that Euclid had no intentions of making any real changes for the better for this building to only start going back to the way things were when I first came here back in the nineties.
I emailed the owner and told him I will be trying to contact low income housing as well as my social support worker to try and move out and until such time ((of which I am on the understanding will probably be very soon)), I will only pay him my rent and that this should not be a problem as he has to come and collect the rents from Charlene anyway.
Now this is where we are to this point on the eviction notice.
Tomorrow I will give a brief history of 68 Mecklenburg Street from my view over the past nine years and the unbelievable situations I have been in and have gone through with myself and my children over that period.
lastly I will finish with the final falling out in October of last year that made me break down and exchange a few harsh words and quit as caretaker for Mr. Ouellette and believe me I’m more than within my rights to take the action I have decided to take.*
*((Depending on how this goes will determine how detailed I will get on the above)) I have about 100 pictures of the inside and outside of this building which was part of my conversation with the Rentalman,s office Which went well, They were very good to me, they treated me with respect and fair time ((2 Hours to explain my side of the story)) I will say that the word Inspector came up more than once but that will come on the next write up.....
At this time I will say I’m quite nervous of change and hope it will be the start of something positive after this past ten years with this building and it’s owner as well as the very hard times and changes with my kids and my addiction with vlts I will send along a few pictures of better times in the past and in the end I just ask that those of you who can be a little cold on the comments to not be so quick to condemn me as this is indeed a step into the unknown for me as it has been a very long time in this one.
For example I read a comment in the previous posting on this issue and it said something like,,, So what,, if you can pay your rent then just pay it and move on. or if you have the money then just move, but it is that sort of down look on those of us struggling to get some sort of dignity and gratification back out of life and to try and increase our outlook to a better start to a better and equal place, those sort of statements set those of us back by years so I don’t mind saying after all I’ve been through I am a little scared of change because I never know whether it will be a good thing in the end or just another one to add to my “I guess I saw that coming pile...Thanks...
Saint John N.B.
A MAN'S WISDOM GIVES HIM PATIENCE; IT IS TO HIS
GLORY TO OVERLOOK AN OFFENCE.
( PROVERBS 19:11 * NIV )
Sometimes we may let the actions of another cause
us to lose control of our temper. Before we do, it is
important to remember that AN ANGRY MAN STIRS UP
DISSENSION, AND A HOT-TEMPERED ONE
COMMITS MANY SINS. ( PROVERBS 29:22 ) FOR AS
CHURNING THE MILK PRODUCES BUTTER, AND AS
TWISTING THE NOSE PRODUCES BLOOD, SO
STIRRING UP ANGER PRODUCES STRIFE.
( PROVERBS 30:33 )
After all MY DEAR BROTHERS, TAKE NOTE OF THIS:
EVERYONE SHOULD BE QUICK TO LISTEN, SLOW TO
SPEAK AND SLOW TO BECOME ANGRY, FOR MAN'S
ANGER DOES NOT BRING ABOUT THE RIGHTEOUS
LIFE THAT GOD DESIRES. ( JAMES 1:19-20 )
So the next time that someone treats you wrongly turn it
over to God to handle, and do not lose your temper or try
to get even with them. FOR WE KNOW HIM WHO SAID, "IT
IS MINE TO AVENGE; I WILL REPAY," AND AGAIN, "THE
LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE." ( HEBREWS 10:30 )
Therefore Charles, try your best to keep your words soft
and sweet. For we never know from day to day which words
we'll have to eat! Also remember ABOVE ALL, LOVE EACH
OTHER DEEPLY, BECAUSE LOVE COVERS OVER A
MULTITUDE OF SINS. Amen ( 1 PETER 4:8 )
In His Love & Service,
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On July 24, a woman from the Telegraph Journal came
over to take a picture while I was chatting with two
She wanted to take a picture of me and the youths. They were excited to be in the paper.
This bought me memories from my childhood.
I remember there was a house burning in Saint Joseph < Memramcook > and Adrien Cormier was a photographer for the French paper –L’Evangeline. He took a picture of the building
burning and I was standing in front of the house.
The next morning, you could see me and a buddy - Elmer
Wade in the picture. < I might add that it was on the
front page >
I always enjoyed seeing myself in the papers.
Was that the reason that I rode a ten speed bicycle across Canada and the U.S.A. 25 years ago?
Who truly knows?
After the woman took a picture, I told the kids not to be over excited because they might not be in the papers?
Guess what? I was 100% correct because the story was denied
by the Irvings and never printed.
Why is that now?
You try to figure out?..lol…
On July 29, the Daily
Gleaner had a huge half page story in their paper
about a guy who lost his graduation ring twice and
found it again on both occasions. I am very sorry;But wouldn’t a tent camp out in front of the Legislature
for over one month be more interesting for the readers
in the Fredericton area?
Once again, I cannot make
these stories up about the Irving intervening in the news making in this Province but it sure look this
Many citizens are asking me the reason that the newspapers will not cover my story?
I always answer the same way.
I had copies of a few columns from the River Valley News so they could understand more about
my protest and I always told the public that the Irvings don’t own the River Valley News and I often
wonder the reason that these Billionaires never bother
to buy this little paper?
I believe that I know the
If the Irvings bought the paper? I would be let go and I might add that I am not paid for my
columns but Diane is really nice to me.
She did gave me a few bucks during my protest to help me and I really appreciated her nice gesture.
Diane allows me to write
on any issue that I wish.
I know for a fact that the Irvings do read my columns because I
wrote a column once titled - The good, the bad and the
I wrote that J.K. Irving told me at the shipyard that smoking was bad for my sex drive.
Weeks later, J.K. asked me if I still smoke?
The River Valley News
might be just a bi-weekly paper but many citizens do read it!
How many citizens reads my columns? I wouldn’t have a clue but I did hear many good
comments about my columns from the citizens in the Gagetown
On July 29, it was a very busy day at the Legislature, many visitors showed up to witness their
newly elected official sworn in the House.
The guests were high class citizens and they looked at me with a strange face.
I’m used to this approach because
it’s not everyday that you see a tent stationed in front of
the Legislature but little did anyone knew?
They would come face to face with a stranger individual than this
The Lt.-Gov. Marilyn Trenholme showed up at 10:am sharp with her fancy vehicle.
I seen her royal highness in the past and I did hear some stories about her.
I was told that she demanded
silent at the Governor House but I also heard that she’s a fine person.
Of course, When you’re a high
up representative like her?
You’ll hear all kinds of stories.
Trust me, I’m certain that there’s all kind
of stories about this protester and maybe this is the
reason that the Government is ignoring me.
While the Lieutenant Governor was inside the house.
I was looking over her new vehicle.
You wouldn’t believe
the security personal around her.
Someone asked me why was
I so close to the vehicle? I notice that one of her body guard walked by and I said - I want to asked her Royal Highness about a apology for what happened to us
Acadians in 1755???
The security guy who walked passed
me and once he heard what I said?
He quickly made a 180 degree about face turn towards me.
I told the guy with the heavy sunglasses- Just kidding.... just kidding,
Shhhh....they can’t even take a joke!
I must admit that I’m not a fan of the Queen but the
Lieutenant Governor did play her roll good.
At the end of July 1st, I was getting tired of protesting but I had to continue the battle.
I missed my girl Pat but not the problems
that she had with her son. Pat is a nice girl and has a beautiful heart and I might add that it wasn’t a healthy three years relationship.
She had a son 21 years old and
he was on Dilaudid.
These pain Killers are a terrible
drug and I did hear many stories that kids were force on Ritalin at a young age and once they’re older- They turn to Dilaudid.
One of the major reason that I left
Saint John was because of the drug problem around me.
Often I would turn to violence towards this kid and I had no patience whatsoever.
If I would have stayed in
Saint John, I would have landed in Jail.
My cousin Husband was injured on the job and he got hooked
on these pills.
My cousin and I often wondered - What’s
wrong with us anyway? We love our beers but not the heavy drugs.
If years ago, one of us would have told the other that Dilaudid would play a huge role in our
We would have said that the other was nuts!
We badly need a Methadone clinic in Saint John because
the drugs are killing the City big times and the Government don’t seem to care.
I was relaxed in my tent
and it was the first time in a long while that my mind was at ease.
There was a major drug problem in my surrounding and I wanted no part of it.
I couldn’t find work because that kid would wake us up in the
She couldn’t find work because he
would show up at work and get her fired!
It’s not a life and I’m glad that I was away from it!
You want to smoke a
Go ahead but the heavy drug scene is a disaster just waiting for something to happen!