Monday, April 2, 2012

We Learn Something New Every Day...Some Things We DON'T Want to Know!

I've always thought I was fairly streetwise...but I'm now discovering just how much I don't know.


In dealing with my bad neighbor issues, I've received advice from a friend who happens to be a retired St. Louis County police officer. He's told me how to handle the situation, what I can and can't do, and what I'll need if I opt to make a peace disturbance complaint.






Today, he told me some things about the apartment complex I didn't know--like the fact that some of these apartments are HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development) units. It seems all the large complexes have some HUD units. My knowledge of HUD extends only to the short-lived Eddie Murphy Claymation TV series, The PJs. In the show, the building super of a housing project (voiced by Murphy) was always getting the window slammed in his face by an obnoxious HUD agent when he went to their office for help.






The show was funny. HUD's public image isn't. Mention HUD and the response is almost always negative. Poverty, crime, drugs, slums...those are the words spoken in hushed tones when a property is identified as HUD. Does that explain the frequent police presence here? No idea.


Then there are the weird smells around here. I've wished for smellproofing even more often than I've wished for soundproofing and a No Kid Zone!






I'm so naive, I didn't know what I was smelling. I thought there were just people here who were actually worse cooks than I am! Only when it was explained to me did I realize that awful smell was...marijuana! It smells as bad as skunk! Why does anyone want to smoke anything that smells so terrible?






Color me clueless. I just realized I wouldn't know a meth lab if I smelled one....



24 comments:

  1. It's definitely a foul smell!

    My cousin has a farm, mostly an orchard, but there's also a stretch with corn, and years ago they saw some teenagers coming out of the corn field. They went in, took a look, and found marijuana plants among the rows of corn. They cut them down, put them on a bonfire, and that was the last of the weed...

    Those teens never tried it again.

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    1. I'm baffled as to why anyone would WANT to smoke it. The first time I smelled it, I refused to go outside. I was convinced there was a skunk in the courtyard!

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  2. I reported a nurse for smoking something strange to our Matron many years ago. She stunk out our beautiful residential home, and a policeman boyfriend of another nurse recognised the smell. He suggested we report her before he arrested her. I cannot imagine smoking such a stench! No matter how happy it is supposed to make one!

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    1. I can't imagine anything so smelly making anyone happy.

      I do hear it makes the smokers lazy...and hungry!

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  3. Uh, I think I would find out in a hurry whether that is marijuana or meth. The only marijuana I remember smelling was more like alfalfa. Meth, I'm clueless. It's called a sheltered life or just saying no.

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    1. Oh, God, please...let our resident pot smokers be the parents of the ball-paying kids! Maybe I can get rid of them after all!

      Mari, maybe the pot smokers here are using a cheaper grade....

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    2. Yea - I wonder if it is meth too because marijuana has a sweet smell. In our health class we had a drug day with the police and they lit one so we could smell it. I won't forget that smell.

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  4. Sorry to hear this Norma - A few years ago we had HUD in our apartment complex. It was not pretty. One lady was sending her kids around to ask for food from other residents. Also there was a lot of drug-dealing there. When the prices went up, the HUD apartments went down. I learned that apartment complexes are not allowed to discriminate on who they rent to (yes, I know it is dangling), which means that UNLESS IT IS IN THE CONTRACT they cannot evict druggies and drug dealers.

    It turns out that our manager has had some experience with eviction when dealing with druggies and drug dealers. We have learned to complain, complain, complain to the police. Because my hubby works for the State, they sometimes take his complaints better than coming from a civilian. I know that I complained and ended up having to report a police officer. He lectured me on being too nosy. I was livid.

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    1. I've learned more about landlord-tenant law than I want to know. One thing I did discover is that in Missouri, if one is engaged in criminal activity in a rental unit, landlords can evict on those grounds.

      The police get tired of dealing with issues that should be handled by landlords. And a lot of druggies get no more than a slap on the wrists when they are busted, so the police end up wasting time that could be better used on other cases. I won't call them unless all else fails. That's why I dug around and got the name of the man who runs the management company that owns this place.

      If all else fails....

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  5. In high school, I actually fainted from the smell. The peer pressure was unbelievable and maybe it was a combination of not knowing how to deal with it and the horrible smokey smell.

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    1. I was an oddball. Peer pressure just made me stubborn.

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  6. I stayed briefly at a Navy Lodge where there were a lot of Korean wives. Marijana smell is bad enough, but count your lucky stars that you're not smelling kimchi (fermented cabbage).

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    1. Ugh! I don't think I could stand anything that smelled worse.

      Even when I read tenant reviews online, one of which made a reference to the smell from the druggies, it didn't immediately sink in....

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  7. Norma, sorry you are having not only noisy kids but a smelly environment. I'm sure if it were investigated someone would be in trouble from drugs. Yeah, I might not even realize the smell either. But I agree with Karla about the bad smell of Kimchi. Yuck!

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    1. Maybe an investigation would solve both problems!

      Kimchi smells worse than pot?

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    2. So sorry to hear about the problems with Kimchi... I love it and in NO WAY DOES KIMCHI SMELL WORST THAT MARIJUANA.
      I MAKE A FABULOUS PORK AND KIMCHI
      In fact daughter and I are trying to make our own Kimchi.
      If your ever in Tucson, come on over I will make some for dinner along with Korean beef ribs, grilled vegges and rice. Sake optional.

      cheers, parsnip

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  8. Hubby and I once lived in an apartment...weird smells permeated throughout the place. It wasn't a huge apartment building, so the smell was trapped in the hallways...I remember asking WTF that smell was...come to find out it was pot or maybe hash oil, or whatever the tenants were smoking at the time. I don't know why anyone would want to 1. smoke that to become high, and 2. want to smell/taste that all day long...gross.

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    1. I don't get it, either! How crappy must their lives be if that's the only way they can get happy?

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  9. When my brother was he head of law/investigation for the Forest Service...Four States Western Division, he had to investigate the drug bust, he had to completely cover up every inch of this body and clothes he was allergic. Me too I hate the smell... I can't believe I actually made it through the 60's.
    Good luck, I am glad you got some good advice..

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. You know the saying...if you can remember the sixties, you probably weren't there!

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  10. Oh, how annoying!!! I here ya about peer pressure and being stubborn. I think I was the only one in my senior class who hadn't tried so much as a cigarette. I try not to be a snob, but I can't help it. I tend to assume anyone who smokes pot is a total loser. We had druggy neighbors once and they broke into our apartment while we were there. I was 7 months pregnant and climbing out the balcony!
    Well, good luck with your situation!

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    1. Christina, I'm the same way. I equate "pot user" with "loser," too.

      Knowing what kind of neighbors I have, I feel a level of concern every time Collin and I both have to be out.

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  11. One of my Harpy-sisters had a boyfriend for awhile who loved smoking weed.

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    1. I'll never understand why anyone needs or even wants that crap.

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