Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vernon Foster Property Management

Now that I blew off some steam about the previous tenant in my house, I will take on the supposed 'property management', and I use that in the loosest possible sense. I have used Foster Realty and then Vernon Foster Property Management, as Vernon worked at the previous before starting the latter, for eight years now, and I should have listened to my ex girlfriend when she told me that Vernon would screw me sooner or later. I have had three tenants, and the property management has progressively gotten worse each time. With the first tenant, there were a couple of repairs that seem questionable but nothing beyond that as the house was left in good shape. The second tenant left the house dirty and knocked a hole in the wall, then tried to repair it and did a terrible job. Vernon gave them the whole deposit back and let them skate.

The third tenant deserves a paragraph on its own. The person who signed the lease never lived in the house at all, as it was a contractor that put a Mexican crew in the house. They left it filthy beyond belief, and there is no way that anyone from property management ever walked in the house after it was rented, and if they did, they were wearing Ray Charles glass or turned a blind eye to anything and everything that was going on there. The tenant removed 90% of the vent covers in the house, and then tore a hole in the ductwork so that cats could come in and out from beneath the house, where they also broke a vent in the foundations so that cats could get in under the house. The walls are filthy, mainly from sweating as the tenant never used the air conditioning or had any kind of air circulation in the house. There were greasy places all over the walls where they had been touched by dirty hands, and black insect specks on the walls. The floors looked as if they had never been swept or vacuumed, and if you let a water drop fall onto the floor, it would create a black circle from the dirt on the floor. The kitchen and the bathrooms are absolute disasters- the drawers in the kitchen are super filthy and the bathrooms are going to need to be repainted, even though they were just painted less than 18 months ago. The small bathroom had insects smashed in between the door and the door casing, and the shelves in the closets of one of the back bedrooms had greasy dirt on them so bad that I may have to pitch them and have new ones cut. The yard had not been cut in a long time, and the shrubbery around the house had not had anything done to it, such that I had to cut it to the ground as it was too big to be pruned. The screens in my porch and two of the storm doors had been pushed out....and many more small things to numerous to go into. In my opinion, if you have an extra dog house to rent out, let Vernon manage that, but I would advise seeking your property management elsewhere.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

End of the line...for now

I didn't post it in the blog before, but last month I had most of my roll stolen from where I was staying, either by housekeeping or pest control. I told the management and called the police, but my chance of seeing that again is  like hitting the lottery. It has cut me so short, that I can't continue with my grinding for now as it would be playing with scared money, and that is a loser every time. I am heading back to North Carolina for a while as I have had a couple of job offers, and since I am debt free and have a house that I am renting out, it will not take me long to get rolled up again. The one expense that I do want to take on though is a car, as much as I love living without one, I just wasted too much time walking here in Las Vegas, but I am in quite a bit better shape for it. I walked a minimum of six miles a day here, and when I walk, I really walk, so I burned some calories also.
So it isn't a terminal end of the line, just a bit of a setback, and I will be back. I still would love to build guitars here as well, which would mean a move out into the suburbs, which will also be better with a car. The last hand I played here is my six weeks in Las Vegas in a nutshell- pocket aces under the gun, raise to ten and it folds around to the big blind, who raises to 35. Being in position and with aces, I flat it. Flop comes JJ5 rainbow, so with card removal, I am crushing his range here. Money ends up all in on the flop, and he shows quad jacks. 470 to 1 to flop quads, gg me. It was a cooler for sure, just cold decked there.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Up and down

This week has been a rollercoaster so far- I made $400 profit on Monday, followed by a horrible session at Planet Hollywood where I gave back 3/4 of the previous night's profits making second nut and strong, but losing ones. Case in point- I picked up pocket jacks in MP after one limper and raised that shit up, and got called by a player on the button and the original limper. Flop came AKQhh, and it was checked to me, so I c-bet with my gutshot. The button folded and the early position player called. Third heart came on the turn and the player checked and I checked behind like an idiot....think I was too tired as it was around 4 AM. I should have bet there and seen what happened. Anyway, a T on the river gives me broadway, but the EP makes a bet. I am mostly putting him on medium flushes here, as I have two jacks and with card removal, the likelihood of him having one is pretty low. I decide that the only way I am going to win is to raise, so I put him all in with a raise of just a bit over 3 times his bet. He calls, of course, because that is what fish do. And I lose, obviously, to an 8 high flush. Also, QQ < KK as the guy played it so passively.
I did have a good night tonight and doubled up my buy-in, mainly with two hands. One was a suited king and I made trip kings, the other was KQo, flopped top two, turned a boat, then let a guy keep betting into me. I raised him on the river, hoping to get paid off, but no dice.

Monday, June 4, 2012

one time

I have been running SO bad since the nice win at Wynn. Set over set, card dead, not making any hands....the worst downswing I have ever had. And not only that, but got a life bad beat from having half of my roll stolen from where I was staying. Told management, called the police, blahblahblah....never see any of that back for sure, I would think. The day that I moved out of there, I didn't sleep so well the night before and was hurrying to pack, and accidentally left a few things. Mostly small stuff but it included my $80 Merkur Futur razor, so after the other incident, I figured I wouldn't get that back either. Luckily, I did get it back earlier this evening, so my first onetime of the day.
After getting the razor back, I decided to go play some poker. I first went to Planet Hollywood, then to Bally's, then to MGM, which looked lifeless, so back to PHo. I bought in for 150bb, and was card dead again. I was down to 125bb, when a guy on the button put down a 5bb straddle. I was in middle position with 88 and flatted (in retrospect, I should have raised) and it was two to the flop. Flop came 7d5h2d, and I checked, so he put out a bet of  15bb. My thinking is that he didn't hit that flop, and I made it 43bb and he flatted. Another under card to my 88 that didn't complete the flush came on the turn, and I checked, and he put out a huge bet. I still think he is full of it and normally I shove it in here, but because of my recent run bad and having half my roll decimated, I fold and he shows the bluff, Qc3c. I should have trusted my instincts.
A few hands later, the button (different player) puts on the 5bb button straddle again, a player two before me raises to 15bb, and I look down at TT. Because of the previous hand I discussed, I am down to 78bb because I haven't had time to rebuy yet, so I ship it in. The player on the button ships it in also, then it is back around to the original raiser, who thinks about it for a bit before she shipped it in also. The flop is QJ3 (sorry, can't remember suits), the turn is an 8 and the river is a 9, for a runner runner straight for me. The button straddler had AA, and the woman had JJ for the flopped set and I suck out for a triple up. I get a second onetime for the day. Because of the run bad for the last couple of weeks, I rack it up and take the hundred profit, and will be back at it tomorrow.