Good Rising and Yes, Miracles happen everyday!
Yes, we still have possession and ownership of the building. Up to date on taxes! No rotten tenants at this time. In fact, ZERO Tenants except for us.
However, in case you did not already know, in March of 2016, there was a roof incident, and the entire building flooded. I am not going to go into all the details right here, yet. Check out this page, from WGN-TV.
In the video, you can hear my daughter in tears and distraught. We could not get any help from city or utiltiies, and when I tried to get help for the Tenants, THEY ALL TURNED ON US.
The WORST of the squatters called the news and the building inspector, while we were trying to get the Insurance adjuster to get things going! It was awful….they conveniently left out the most important facts that the Wind Storm caused the damages, and they had only been living that way for two weeks, they made it sound like the conditions had been that bad since December.
I will let you know, that things got so terrible, that I wrote a song called Tenant Burn. I botched up the lyrics in the recording: THEY WERE THREE MONTHS BEHIND IN RENT, NOT THREE WEEKS!!! LOL!!
All of this will make a fascinating movie someday….instead of Pacific Heights, we can call it Chatham Highs and Lows.
Today, however, I am writing to celebrate our Winter Solstice Miracle. Actually, we call our observance Indigenous Hanukkah, a tradition that is close to 30 years old in our family. That is yet another article waiting to be written. The Miracle of Indigenous Hannukkah 2017: THE BRAND NEW BOILER WAS TURNED ON DURING THE FIRST NITE OF OUR OBSERVANCE. This might not sound like much of a big deal to you. But in 2014, the boiler that we had, pretty much died, and for the entire month of December, it was TURNED OFF FOR EXCRUTIATINGLY LENGTHY REPAIRS. That was a record cold winter, btw. We still had tenants, and yet no one turned us in. That was a miracle too! Unfortuantely, peoples gas sent me a bill for $2,500, which I refused to pay. Thus began a battle that lasted for almost two years, with them sending me a final bill for $13,000. Which I refused to pay. So, we have not really had a functioning boiler in well over a year…..no, I did not pay that bill either.
Here are some photos from our Winter Solstice Miracle on South Ellis Ave.
Many Thanks to Neville’s Heating Services and Crew for an outstanding job. Neville Wood is from Jamaica, so you know we have a connection. AND, has been maintianing the boiler at my relatives’ property, also on the Southside, for over 20 years.
#webuyblack #blackownedbusinesses must stick together!
And, on a side note, speaking of warmth, I spent my first night in ChiRaq in Chinatown, at the Jaslin Hotel (my current fav). I went out for dinner at Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant in Chinatown. and decided to try something new called a HotPot. The wonderful waittress Renni tried to explain it to me, but I could not see how this was different than just getting a yummy dish of spicy string beans with tofu. This is what happened! LOL!!!
A HotPot is an experience, not just something you order from the menu. Even the lovely customer that took this photo, Flora, was so happy for me that I was trying this dish, she got very emotional, and we are now friends on Instagram.
I never used to like Chinese Food, becasue it was not spicy. On that night, I learned that Szechuan Cooking is VERY SPICY!!! WOW! Right up there with Thai Spicy if you know what I mean.
In February, Chicago will become my main residence, although I am on my way to becoming established as a Permanent Traveler. This will just be one of my many stops, because the World is My Home.
These days, I am having a very different experience of Chicago than I did when I was a yoing girl, or young woman. Of Course, that is because my perspective of life has changed and grown so very much, and also due to all the healing work that I have achieved. 2018 will definitely be a milestone along the path of The Chicago Redemption. Just like Heru, who represents the Redemption of The Soul.