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The Battle is on! My landlord now demands I remove my dish

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Installation/MDU Discussion' started by Lord Vader, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Jan 27, 2012 #861 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    I wonder if anyone is smart enough to fight this. I doubt it. I think I'll forward the OTARD info to the Tribune for the heck of it.
     
  2. Jan 27, 2012 #862 of 1128
    ChicagoTC

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    Odd I wonder how many installers the alderman "talked" to. I'm a ward away from the 31st, my house faces due west and the installer put mine on the back of my house.
     
  3. Jan 27, 2012 #863 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    I sent the Tribune article's author some info and even linked to this thread.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2012 #864 of 1128
    Richierich

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    I don't believe with all of the Evil Forces in Chicago that they are More Powerful than the Federal Government and the U. S. Supreme Court which would rule for the FCC Rules.
     
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    butters

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    Don't underestimate the 'Chicago Way'...
     
  6. Mar 3, 2012 #866 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    This is rather amusing...

    Last month while visiting SE Texas (I REALLY want to move there), I spent a day in Galveston. I visited an apartment complex along the beach called Club of the Isle, mainly because it's managed by the same company that manages my complex in suburban Chicago. So I get a free tour of the grounds and units, and I notice a few with dishes on them--and these dishes were bolted to the sides of the balconies, railings, etc., where mine used to be; but I digress.

    I asked the leasing office about dishes, and the property manager replied, "We allow satellite dishes here, but we require you sign an addendum and submit a $500 deposit." :eek2:

    So I proceed to explain OTARD rules to her. She gets a little ornery, maybe even a little combative. I told her about my 3 battles with Marquette Management and my property; she doesn't like the sound of that. While I remained polite, I admittedly got a wee bit arrogant (probably because I'm having fun stirring the pot with these dish battles) and explained to her that I'd sign an addendum, but I'd reserve the right to strikeout anything that's contrary to the OTARD rules, and that I'd decline to submit a deposit because they're not allowed.

    Well, she seemed rather confident and told me that I wouldn't be allowed to install a dish, then. Of course, I told her I would, and that if they tried to prohibit me, I'd file a petition with the FCC, which would get awful costly and annoying to Marquette Management. I eventually left, content in the knowledge that I've irked another bunch of corporate hacks a thousand miles away.

    I should mention that there's no way I can see myself living there. Sure, the property is frickin' beautiful, with humongous patios/balconies, workout center, putting course, pool--the works (and $300/month less than what I'm currently paying). However, I'm not going to be living in a place that will get wiped off the face of the earth when a hurricane comes ashore there. They're right smack in the bull's eye.
     
  7. Mar 3, 2012 #867 of 1128
    Davenlr

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    If I were to live on the beach, it definitely would be on property owned by someone else :)
    Renters insurance is much cheaper than replacing your entire house every 10 years.
     
  8. Mar 3, 2012 #868 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Well, if you're familiar with Galveston, there's a 15-foot seawall, then the road, then this apartment complex, which is a 4-story complex built on very large and sturdy concrete pillars/stilts. A storm surge of greater than 25 feet would probably destroy the first floor. However, because the property is on 10-foot pillars/stilts, this means the units are higher up, and in hurricanes, the higher one goes, the greater the wind speed. I'd live in either the 2nd or 3rd floor there, but that makes it more susceptible to wind damage, and in a category 3 or greater hurricane, despite what the leasing consultant told me, I truly believe that the building(s) would not just get damaged; they'd get totally destroyed, just like what happened this week in the Ohio and Tennessee Valley Regions.

    The fact that Galveston itself sits on an island doesn't make it the safest place to be in a major hurricane anyway.
     
  9. Mar 3, 2012 #869 of 1128
    Groundhog45

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    That seawall is only on the Gulf side. The back side of the island faces the bay and isn't protected nearly as much. And your right, the storm surge often is higher than the seawall. It is pretty, though. :D Sounds like you had fun poking the bears.
     
  10. Mar 3, 2012 #870 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    It really doesn't matter on which side one lives. A major hurricane (defined as Category 3 or greater) will utterly destroy the entire complex of buildings.
     
  11. Mar 9, 2012 #871 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    All right. Now management's got me irked again. Seems that because of my dish battle last summer--and the fact that I talked about it at the weekly Sunday night bonfires--this makes me someone who's "not very positive" about the property. Consequently, when I applied for the position of "breakfast buddy" (it's a 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. M-W-F job where you prepare the free breakfast in the clubhouse and they knock a few hundred off your monthly rent), Amanda, the property manager, told me I couldn't have the position. Never mind my referring people to live in the complex. Never mind my positive reviews of the complex on several web sites. Guess that isn't considered "positive" in their minds.

    I might as well file an FCC petition for the hell of it just to cost them money. :mad:
     
  12. Mar 9, 2012 #872 of 1128
    Inkosaurus

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    Yeah i lived in galveston for awhile it gets slammed nearly every year.
    Its a great place to live but the hurricanes are a major head ache.
     
  13. Mar 9, 2012 #873 of 1128
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    LV - You would make an excellent "breakfast buddy" and, if they change their minds, may I suggest bangers, mash and beans? That was a favorite breakfast of mine (along with Scottish eggs) whilst living in Scotland. Might I also suggest a Don Imus retort for the next time you speak with Amanda: "You want me to come over there and hold my breath"!!
     
  14. Mar 9, 2012 #874 of 1128
    Richierich

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    LV, I wouldn't classify you as a Postive Tenant either as you have caused them Grief (rightfully so) and I would expect them to Retaliate in every possible way to get even with you for causing them Grief.

    That is just Human Nature and they are Not going to Reward your Behaviour that has caused them Grief by making you a Breakfast Buddy so you can make some extra money on the side.

    I would have expected you to totally understand and anticipate this type of behaviour on their behalf as you are a Smart Dude!!! :lol:

    As you stated in your Thread Title "The Battle Is On!" and I would expect your combatants to do everything to make your life unpleasant and to defeat you as you have humiliated them and usurped their Power to control everything in their complex.
     
  15. Mar 9, 2012 #875 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Well, Amanda's explanation was that they're looking for someone who "...exudes a positive image of the property and its residents."

    I asked her, perhaps somewhat rhetorically, if someone who recommended and referred people to live here, someone who posted positive reviews about the complex on various websites, someone who participated in several of the year's biggest events, etc. wasn't a "positive image" of the complex. I'm sure this was all irrelevant after my dish fight.
     
  16. Mar 9, 2012 #876 of 1128
    Laxguy

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    Sorry for your disappointment, LV, but shirley- er, surely you're not surprised?
     
  17. Mar 9, 2012 #877 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    Actually, I'm not.

    I'll get my revenge. One way or the other. In fact, I'm speaking with DirecTV about something that I'm sure will earn the ire of management here.

    Bwahahahaha !Devil_lol
     
  18. Mar 9, 2012 #878 of 1128
    inkahauts

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    And you wonder why they don't want to give you more power? :lol:
     
  19. Mar 9, 2012 #879 of 1128
    Lord Vader

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    I'll get it eventually, one way or the other.
     
  20. Mar 9, 2012 #880 of 1128
    P Smith

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    You will get it by absorbing additional kinetic energy applied to your ummm... lover back passed by the management company to you :D.
     

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