Archive for February, 2020
For the last few years, developers of contemporary-styled condominiums have chosen South Boston for their products’ location. There are two new Lofts properties available ready for occupancy in March 2007 at a very prominent location. This building is environment-friendly and includes energy efficient things including a green roof, which acts as an insulator for the building keeping the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Another new loft building, a smaller structure in comparison to the first, but with loft-style features, such as eight-foot doors and high ceilings, makes this a great and less-expensive alternative to the larger buildings in the area. Units are priced in the mid $300,000s and include amenities such as private terraces and high-end kitchen and bathroom designs. Yesterday, I got a chance to walk through that new project over on Plus Ave. Do you know, the Boston Lofts @ 960 Dorchester Ave. is Boston’s largest neighborhood of Dorchester? It was great. The walls of glass that overlook the city are really cool, especially with the 12′ ceiling heights! All the beams are sand-blasted, they are huge and are going to remain exposed. The individual loft spaces are still pretty raw because they are just getting the stud walls up, but you can visualize how the units are going to turn out. Kitchens are custom designed featuring African Sapele wood and glass cabinetry with nice, high-stainless appliances. Kitchens, at Boston lofts are unique and quite attractive with various customized utilities. The second floor lofts are also interesting, however with some of the units on this floor, residents will have to leave their loft to access their deeded outer space. Yes, it is a drawback. But, if you can look at its brighter side, at least the Boston loft developer was able to give residents outer space. The sad reality of it all is that in many of the Boston Lofts, especially buildings, residents won’t be offered any outdoor space if it wasn’t directly attached their unit. Now, moving into third floor lofts … these are going to be amazing. This is one of the units with a wall of glass that overlooks the city from the living space and/ or bedroom depending on how it gets laid out. And this is one of the few lofts in this building that has a direct access to a roof deck with even better views of the city. …Did I mention that each loft comes with an off street parking space? In recent years, South Boston, or “Southie” as some of us know it, has become a prominent place to live for people in their mid 20’s and early 30’s. There are so many benefits to living in this area. Not only are you within minutes from downtown Boston, but you are just steps from local restaurants, bars, and boutiques that have sprung up in the neighborhood. Some of the favorite eateries in the area include Mul’s Diner, Salsa’s, the Beer Garden, and L Street Diner. Just recently, two trendy boutiques located right on Broadway opened their doors to local South Boston residents. Ku De Ta and Habit boutiques are both owned by alum’s of two prominent Newbury Street stores. If you are more of the outdoors type, South Boston is located right on BostonHarbor and has access to sandy beaches, public pet-friendly parks, and paths for jogging and biking. Lastly, it’s amazing how many people have preconceived perceptions of not only the types of lofts they will find in Boston, but also the area as a destination for full-service amenities. Building nests with Boston Lofts couldn’t be simpler!
There are millions of people around the country that rent houses, apartments, condo’s etc. But how can you deal with a landlord who is constantly bothering you and your family. Well this is a situation that I had to deal with. My landlord always made some kind of excuse to try and come into our apartment. He even wasted about a month’s worth of Saturday’s waiting for some repair man that never showed up. His problem is that he is cheap, and is always looking for the cheapest way to do anything. But as a tenant you must remember that you have rights. By law a landlord must give you twenty four hours notice before he enters your apartment and this is only to fix something or to see if anything is in need of repairs. But what about when the landlord decides to move in to the other vacant apartment and feels like he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants? Well in my opinion you may want to consider looking for a new place. When a landlord moves into his property and is still renting half of it, the rules slowly begin to change. For example you no longer seem to have any privacy because they are always snooping around the house. One thing that really bugs me is that they seem to think since they own the place they can make as much noise as they want day or night. But this just is not true. If this happens to you, make sure you bring it to your landlord’s attention in a nice way. Remember however you will want to have a documented record of any request that you make to the landlord, no matter how big or how small it is. I would suggest sending a request via -email first. This will allow you to print out any reply that they send you and save it for your records. You should not feel like you have to move just because they decided to move in. There are plenty of laws to protect the tenants you just have to really do your homework. The laws vary from state to state you will want to find out what right’s you have as a tenant in your particular state. Most information can be researched online. Or if it is more serious you can contact an attorney for some advice. If you can’t seem to find a solution than you must just have to move, but make sure that the landlord is not violating any of your privacy rights, and that they are holding up their end of the agreement. Just remember if the landlord does anything that seems unfair, don’t let them get away with it speak up. Let them know that it is bothering you; they may not even realize that they are invading your space or privacy. So just letting them know might help to resolve the problem.
Activist Actors Hurt Causes with Actions: Gay Rights, HIV & Jennifer Aniston Caught in Activists’ Wake
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie recently announced they would not get married until everyone in the United States who wants to get married can get married. What Pitt and Jolie are referring to, of course, is the inability of same-sex couples to marry. As a gay guy, I appreciate Brad’s and Angelina’s intentions. However, I think they do more damage to the gay marriage debate by refraining from marrying. Pitt and Jolie seem to muss up everything they touch with their constant self-promotion – not the least of which is the damage they have done to Jennifer Aniston by putting forward this Father and Mother Teresa image designed to distance Pitt from the fact that he cheated on wife Aniston with mistress Jolie. Then there’s HIV and AIDs. Working on the cause of HIV in Africa is noble, no doubt of that at all, but problems at home should come first. As an American living with HIV in America, I believe firmly that the American responsibility lies on American soil first; and, in America, HIV continues to menace all people of all colors, religions, and orientations. Almost 50% of gay black men – that includes those of you on the D.L. – are believed to be HIV positive, whether they know it or not. As of a few years back, there were HIV positive patients in over 10 states in the U.S. who could not take the medications that have turned HIV into a largely manageable illness because their states have waiting lists for uninsured HIV patients. As surely as my fingers are pressing against my keyboard, these people will die if left untreated. Most HIV medicine combinations cost in excess of $1,200 a month. The HIV problem in the U.S. continues though every time I read an article about celebrities like Pitt and Jolie working on HIV awareness, it has to do with HIV in Africa. Every month, thanks to the so-called leading example of Pitt and Jolie, more celebrities focus attention on the issues of HIV, AIDs, poverty, and death in Africa. The problem is that there is an implication from the dearth of attention on HIV in America that the virus that causes AIDs is no longer a problem in the States when nothing could be further from the truth. More people have HIV and AIDs than ever before yet agencies are scrambling to spread the annually diminishing returns coming from the Federal and state governments. That’s why, to some degree, many states still have waiting lists for HIV drugs for uninsured patients. Senator Barrack Obama, the freshman, now sophomore, Senator from Illinois, returned to his African homeland last month and took an AIDs test to raise awareness of the issue. He should have taken an AIDs test at one of the HIV/AIDs agencies in Illinois to raise awareness of this issue where it’s supposed to count – for his Illinois constituency. Except 2008 is just around the corner and Obama’s posturing for a possible Presidential run then or in the near future. Even Lindsay Lohan is about to take up the cause of AIDs in Africa. Africa has suddenly become the place for Hollywood bad boys and girls to do penance. Thank you Brangelina. So now the pair essentially blames gays for why they aren’t married yet. Even if I believed you really lost sleep at night over the fact that I can’t marry another guy, Brangie, how is showing the world that a couple with children can get along just fine without getting married any help to the cause that gays want complete marriage rights (and not some unreasonable facsimile thereof called civil unions)? The longer you show that, to you, marriage is just an accessory that you can slip into your relationship at any time, the more you undermine the exigency of this situation for countless gay couples who year after year spend thousands of dollars on lawyer’s fees to create documents that create some of the same marriage rights and responsibilities as a simple “I do”. What about the children of gay couples who cannot legally refer to both of their parents as their parents without a costly adoption proceeding? The biggest favor anyone thinking of getting married can do – celebrity or not – to show support to the cause of gay marriage is to get married after thoughtful deliberation so that the marriage lasts. Both Pitt and Jolie have been married already which just makes the decision to refrain from marrying again seem even more arbitrary and contrived. Viewing the divorces in the aggregate with this decision to hold off on marrying each other does more to undermine the importance of marriage than the hordes of men and sheep waiting to take the slippery slope of gay marriage to what the Right thinks is the next logical place – bestiality.
It is fairly hard to look for someone who wishes to be fat, but you’ll find a big deal of people who simply wish to get a slim and toned body. You don’t need to worry however in losing extra pounds since there are proven ways that you can do in order to get rid of the stress of carrying bulges of fats everyday. Here are the top 10 quick ways to lose fat:
- Drink Ice Cold Water –
- Eat Less –
- Burn Calories –
- Kill your Cravings –
- Consume the same type of food Each Day –
- Do Something Great Each Morning –
- Walk for 10 Minutes After Eating –
- Eat Healthy –
- Do Cardio Exercises –
- Stay Motivated –
There are a lot of very famous applications found in most social networking sites such as facebook. You have the very famous mafia-style game applications such as mobsters, mafia wars, and mafia. And of course, there are probably hundreds or thousands of other applications you can play. Among them is Farmville. A game application where, you guessed it, create and manage your own farm. At first, I was skeptical about the game since it isn’t the usual action/fighting game that you see. But as I’ve seen a lot of my friends play Farmville, well I said to myself that it probably wouldn’t hurt to try playing it. So I did and I never expected that it would be such a great game. In Farmville, you plant trees and plants and you can harvest from them. Of course, it takes time and it depends on what type of seed or tree you planted. Some may take only a few hours before you can harvest them and some could take a couple of days. You earn coins upon harvesting and you can use them to buy new seeds and trees. You can also take care of different animals and collect from them such as milk from cows and eggs from chickens. The only difference is that once you harvest a plant, you need to buy new seeds. Unlike, of course, animals and trees, after you collect from them, you just have to wait then collect from them again after a few days or so. Aside from collecting money, another really good aspect of this game is you have full control over your farm. You can place buildings and several decorations in your farm. Place a barn, a cottage, or some fences. It’s actually one of the most fun elements of this game. You can even increase the size of your farm to accommodate more. You can also have neighbors who can help you clean up your farm and you can also send gifts to each other. It’s really nice to see your friends’ farm and how they designed theirs. It’s another fun way of electronically spending time with them. You can even leave messages on sign posts and place them on their farm. There are also medals that could be awarded to you by meeting certain conditions such as harvesting a set number of unique plants, collecting from a number of animals, having a certain number of neighbors, and even a number of unique farm screenshots. It’s really challenging at some point but most of them do take time to accomplish. As with a lot of game applications, there is an option to buy Farmville cash using real money. You can buy much more lavish buildings and decorations. But again, this is totally optional. It’s not that expensive but I find it not really viable. It’s really fun and it is a good way of spending your time on facebook and myspace. Whatever your goal is; whether to earn lots of coins, design a wonderful farm, or just collect all the medals, I would really recommend this game application. Have fun in your farm!
Like most students, I graduated with thousands of dollars of student loan debts. Six months after graduation, all of those student loans came due and I had to start making several hundreds of dollars in payments every month. Luckily, I had already planned on a way to deal with all of the debt. Low Bills, High Pay The first thing I did to deal with my debt is something a lot of recent graduates are doing: moving abroad. I moved to Taiwan to teach English. Living on six hundred dollars or less a month meant that my income-around twenty thousand a year- stretched extremely far. Although twenty thousand is almost poverty level in America, in Asia it meant a good quality of life and a great deal of savings. I was able to put around five thousand dollars towards my student loan debt in my year of work and still save a little bit of money as an emergency fund so that I would never default. Leaving the Island Taiwan was not intended to be a permanent option, however. When I left to the island, I left a boyfriend behind and had to endure a year of talking on-line with the occasional phone call. After my return from Taiwan, I had to find a means of making my student loan payments. Student loans initially halted my plans to return home. Without a means of making my student loan payments, I would still be stuck working in Taiwan. Looking on-line, I started to research career options that I could do on my return to America. I discovered by chance Bright Hub. Writing for Income I started writing for income in November of 2010 and then joined with Bright Hub at the end of December 2010. Originally, my writing was just intended to create a side income to pay off student loans. As the income from on-line writing grew, I started considering just writing full time. I had the savings built up to ensure that I could write for six months without it being profitable and rent in America had gotten cheaper because of extra roommates. Currently, I am paying for my cheap rent-150 a month- and making my student loan payments through freelance writing. This option may not work for everyone (how many people can find rent that cheap?), but for me, it works. It means that I can live closer to my fiancé and work at my dream job. English Lessons The next step in my plan for making my student loan payments on time is to start teaching private English lessons again. Prior to my departure from Taiwan, I was teaching English lessons on the side for an extra four hundred dollars of income a month. Although I doubt I will be able to charge the same per hour in America, the side income would still be decent. The area I live in is populated by a population of migrant workers- one third of the county speaks Spanish as their primary language. Experienced teachers are in demand. Making my student loan payments on time and in advance is possible provided I plan ahead and consider where my next source of income comes from.