Make me live in unlivable conditions? Let's see how that works out for you.
I have been living in my current apartment for about 11 months and a week. My roommate and I were prepared to renew our lease but in this last month the quality of our apartment has fallen off a cliff.
There are several three foot holes cut in the walls of the hallway dripping water filled with black, white and green mold that have been open with no additional repairs for almost a week. Then our hot water went out and after three days of submitting service requests online and calling the front office I finally threatened legal action. Then when the repair guys finally came (at 5pm on a Friday after I had been calling it in since Wednesday morning) the repairman kept bitching and moaning how I was ruining his weekend. And for the week proceeding and following my water heater repair my pipes have intermittently been pumping up brown and yellow water.
I went to my leasing office to complain and tell them about the issues. I brought photos and videos of all the issues and told her about the repair staffs rudeness. Her responses were “My repair guys wouldn’t say that, you’re making it up.” , “It’s just mold it’s not going to kill you and we don’t have to tell you anything about repairs not inside your apartment so why don’t you just mind your business?” and “Yeah, repairs take time, you couldn’t be patient.” and my favorite, “It’s just rust, you’ll be fine.”
She then had the GALL to tell me if we were renewing our rent would be going up. I canceled my lease right then and there. But here is where my true revenge begins.
After signing a new lease at a new apartment building I wrote a six paragraph, scathing account of the incidents including, photo and video. These then went on Yelp, Google, Rent, ApartmentGuide, ApartmentList and every other realty website I could find. I sent copies to their corporate headquarters, the Fair Housing Agency, the Code Enforcement Agency and a lawyer. I’ve already been told that what I went through constitutes ‘inhospitable living conditions’ and that I am not obligated to pay rent while living on these terms.
If they’d just done the repairs, apologized for the delay and left my rent alone they would have had us for another whole year.
Now (thanks to AdWords) every time you google my apartment complex, the first result is my scathing review and pages of photos of brown water, rotting wood and mold.
[Ikora Rey] Another Titan aphorism, I’m sure. Someday I’ll catalogue them all - as it stands, the volume shows a fairly even split between insightful wartime maxims and jokes about punching. I suppose I should add this one to the former. You’ll run out eventually.
[Commander Zavala] It seems I’ll need to think of new ones, then.
[Ikora Rey] As much as I love to see the streetlights and the lanterns and the sparklers, my favorite part to watch is when all the lights in all the homes across that great expanse are turned off. Do you know why?
[Commander Zavala] Because it means they know they’re safe.
[Ikora Rey] I shouldn’t have asked. I wonder how many times we’ve had this conversation. How many times we’ve forgotten that we’ve had it.
[Commander Zavala] Feeling sentimental?
[Ikora Rey] Perhaps. Is that so surprising?
[Commander Zavala] I would have called it rare.
[Ikora Rey] You and many others. But when you’re at a distance and you can see it shine, see the lights dance… It’s a beautiful sight.
[Commander Zavala] It is.
[Ikora Rey] Every one of them, a little beacon of hope - for families, friends, loved ones…
[Commander Zavala] Resting, now. As we should be.
[Ikora Rey] Mm. Goodnight, Zavala. Dream, but not too deeply.
[Commander Zavala] Another Warlock saying?
[Ikora Rey] Hardly an official one.
[Commander Zavala] All the more worth saving, then. I would bid you the same, if I still believed you slept.
Hospital Jargon (as explained by an American floor nurse)
Writing something that takes place in a hosptial? Consider this list of phrases to add a sense of realism:
Report/ in report: When one nurse hands their patients off to another
“PACU can f*ck right off until 1930, we’re in report.”
Sign-Out: When one doctor/resident hands their patients off to another
*returning page* “Are they dying? I’ve barely gotten sign-outhere”
EPIC- Electronic charting system. Literally any electronic charting system. Does not have to be Hyperspace/supplied by the EPIC corporation to be called this.
“Hey, could you put those vitals in EPIC for me since you’re already logged in?”
Bed 45/46-2/47-1/48/etc…: how we refer to patients, by their bedspace number, denoted “room-bed”.
“Hey Nikki, do you remember what 45-2′s blood sugar was?”
Assignment: The patients any one particular medical professional has responsibility for- be they a nurse, doctor, aide, respiratory therapist, physical therapist, etc…
“My assignment is rooms 43-45, how about you?”
The Board: Where the status of the patients on your floor get
listed, including who is to be discharged, who has certain needs, and the day’s expected admissions. Used to be a physical white board, but now is electronic. Usually used to talk about how
many patients a floor is about to admit.
“Jeeze, did you see they just put four new patients on our board? We’ve already got 16- call the nursing supervisor.”
Flexed up: Taking more patients than you’re staffed for on a floor
“Well, we’re staffed for 15, but they ‘found’ three more bedspaces so they’re flexing us up tonight.”
Code/Call a code/They’re coding: A Code Blue. When a patient’s heart stops on The Floor and everyone shows up to practice CPR and transfer them to The Unit.
“They’re coding, get a crash cart to 75-2 and call a code blue”
Rapid/Call a rapid/Rapid response team:
Almost a code, but their heart is still beating. For hospitals who have
a separate “Rapid Response” nursing team. Two Crit Care nurses show up
and handle things. Also who you call if you and everyone else on your floor can’t get an IV.
“They have an INR of 9.5 and the doc doesn’t want to do anything- I’m gonna call a rapid.”
Float/they’re floating you: When you don’t have enough patients on your floor so the nursing supervisor sends you to a different, unfamiliar one.
“They’re making me float to 9C. Again. Can you believe that??”
Full: Can’t take any more patients, either due to physical space or nursing staff.
“Tell the nursing supervisor to stop putting patients on our board- we’re full”
Clinic: Outpatient. Where you want your patients to be.
“Tell them we’ll see them in Clinic in three days. They have no medical need to be here anymore and they know it.”
KINDS OF PATIENTS:
Contacts/isolations: Any patients who’s rooms you have to don a gown, gloves, mask, and/or respirator to enter.
“Are you sh*tting me? I have five patients today and four of them are isolations.”
Frequent flyer- Someone who, for medical or social reasons, just can’t seem to stay out of the hospital
“Did you hear Darlene is back?” “Yeah, we’re officially engraving her name on the Frequent Flyer wall of fame”
Crump/Crumpy/Crumper: Colloquial term for patients who are medically
unstable/at a lower level of care than they need/will be transferred to
The Unit when a bed becomes available or when the inevitably code,
whichever comes first.
“73′s a crumper if I’ve ever seen one. Rapid’s in there working her now.”
‘Seeker: Someone in the hospital with their own agenda, but who largely has no medical need to be there and will threaten to sign out AMA (even though they’ve been discharged four times and keep refusing to go) if they don’t get what they want- be it drugs, social interaction, or over-the-top waitressing. Will probably threaten to give a horrible review of the hospital on their social media platform of choice and mention you by name if they don’t get what they want.
“49′s a total seeker. When she’s not begging for pain meds, you’re getting her crackers, juice, tea, hot packs, cold packs, everything you could think of. I didn’t sit down all night and my other patients slept pretty much the whole night. Give her some percocet and get her the hell out of here before I have to deal with her again tonight.”
Heavy: A patient that takes up a disproportionate amount of your time, but usually for a legitimate reason.
“Dr. P’s patients are really heavy. Something’s always going on with them and they have tubes coming out of everywhere that need care of some kind every hour… I had two of his patients today and I’m so tired… could we break up the assignment for the next shift please?”
The Floor: Medical and Surgical floors, sometimes
specialty floors- basically anywhere that’s not the ED, Psych, or The
Unit. These have higher staffing ratios (more patients per nurse) and lower patient acuity than
“They didn’t really need a bed on the Unit so they were transferred to the Floor”
The Unit: The Intensive Care Unit. Where crumpy patients go,
comes in the following flavors (though smaller hospitals may have just
one): MICU (medical), SICU (surgical), PICU (pediatric), TICU (trauma),
NICU (neonatal), NICU (neurological), BICU (burn), and Stepdown (in the days after
an ICU discharge).
“They weren’t doing so hot, so we called a rapid and had them sent to The Unit.”
The ED: The Emergency Department. Oh dear lord it is not called the ER.
“They’re sending up that new admit from the ED in like 5 mins, do you have the room ready?”
PACU: Post Anesthesia Care Unit, where people are stabilized after surgery.
“PACU’s calling again, they’re backing up and need to give report.”
THE NURSING HIERARCHY:
Director of Nursing: One Nurse to rule them all. Directs all facets of nursing, from training to hiring to staffing to quality improvement.
Nursing Supervisor: One nurse to rule them all… on a given shift. The nursing
supervisor assigns patients to nursing units and makes sure everywhere
is staffed accordingly.
Nurse Manager: In charge of the general staffing and personnel management of a particular floor, including scheduling, patient satisfaction, staff development, and service recovery.
Charge Nurse/Charge: The “shift manager” of nursing. Has final say on a lot of things you don’t want to be the bad guy on, as well as creating assignments/checking the crash cart, and submitting service requests when the nurse manager isn’t there. Also has a patient assignment.
Staff nurse: The nurses who do assessments, pass meds, start IVs, carry out orders, give updates to doc’s, chart, manage a patient’s day, make sure they get to tests/procedures on time with the right paperwork, and are overall responsible for managing patient care and providing first-line response to issues that arise throughout the shift.
Nurse Aide/Nurse Tech: Provides the majority of basic patient care. Counts intake and output, gets blood sugars and vital signs, sets up rooms for new admits, cleans and clothes patients, gets blood and urine samples, transports patients if necessary. Staff nurses are responsible for this when aides/techs are not available.
Would someone please add the Medical Hierarchy if you know it? I don’t feel I know it well enough to do it justice. Thanks!
This is the last post for this challenge, I promise. What I wanted to do, and something I may do at the end of art meme/challenges every now and then, is after finishing all the submitted requests, I’d submit my own. Just a few of the options I would have liked to seen that weren’t already submitted as requests.
Celebrating 17 Years of NASA’s ‘Little Earth Satellite That Could’
was little— the size of a small refrigerator; it was only supposed to last one
year and constructed and operated on a shoestring budget — yet it persisted.
After 17 years
of operation, more than 1,500 research papers generated and 180,000 images
captured, one of NASA’s pathfinder Earth satellites for testing new satellite
technologies and concepts comes to an end on March 30, 2017. The Earth
Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite will be powered off on that date but will not
enter Earth’s atmosphere until 2056.
Observing-1 satellite is like The Little
Engine That Could,” said Betsy Middleton, project scientist for the
satellite at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
the mission, we’re highlighting some of EO-1’s notable contributions to scientific research, spaceflight
advancements and society.
Scientists Learn More About
Earth in Fine Detail
This animation shifts
between an image showing flooding that occurred at the Arkansas and Mississippi
rivers on January 12, 2016, captured by ALI and the rivers at normal levels on
February 14, 2015 taken by the Operational Land Imager on Landsat 8. Credit:
NASA’s Earth Observatory
the Advanced Land Imager that improved observations of forest cover, crops,
coastal waters and small particles in the air known as aerosols. These
improvements allowed researchers to identify smaller features on a local scale
such as floods and landslides, which were especially useful for disaster
On the night of Sept. 6, 2014, EO-1’s Hyperion observed the ongoing eruption at Holuhraun, Iceland as shown in the above image. Partially covered by clouds, this scene shows the extent of the lava flows that had been erupting.
other key instrument Hyperion provided an even greater level of detail in
measuring the chemical constituents of Earth’s surface— akin to going from a black and white television
of the 1940s to the high-definition color televisions of today. Hyperion’s level of sophistication
doesn’t just show that plants are present, but can actually differentiate
between corn, sorghum and many other species and ecosystems. Scientists and
forest managers used these data, for instance, to explore remote terrain or to
take stock of smoke and other chemical constituents during volcanic eruptions,
and how they change through time.
Images of Disasters
EO-1 was one of
the first satellites to capture the scene after the World Trade Center attacks (pictured
above) and the flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. EO-1 also
observed the toxic sludge in western Hungary in October 2010 and a large methane leak in southern
in October 2015. All
of these scenes, which EO-1 provided quick, high-quality satellite imagery of
the event, were covered in major news outlets. All of these scenes were also
captured because of user requests. EO-1 had the capability of being
user-driven, meaning the public could submit a request to the team for where
they wanted the satellite to gather data along its fixed orbits.
shows toxic sludge (red-orange streak) running west from an aluminum oxide
plant in western Hungary after a wall broke allowing the sludge to spill from
the factory on October 4, 2010. This image was taken by EO-1’s Advanced Land
Imager on October 9, 2010. Credit: NASA’s Earth Observatory
Enables More Efficient Satellite Collaboration
This image of volcanic activity
on Antarctica’s Mount Erebus on May 7, 2004 was taken by EO-1’s Advanced Land
Imager after sensing thermal emissions from the volcano. The satellite gave
itself new orders to take another image several hours later. Credit: Earth Observatory
EO-1 was among the
first satellites to be programmed with a form of artificial intelligence
software, allowing the satellite to make decisions based on the data it
collects. For instance, if a scientist
commanded EO-1 to take a picture of an erupting volcano, the software could
decide to automatically take a follow-up image the next time it passed
overhead. The Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment software was developed by
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and was uploaded to
EO-1 three years after it launched.
This image of
Nassau Bahamas was taken by EO-1’s Advanced Land Imager on Oct 8, 2016, shortly
after Hurricane Matthew hit. European, Japanese, Canadian, and Italian Space
Agency members of the international coalition Committee on Earth Observation
Satellites used their respective satellites to take images over the Caribbean
islands and the U.S. Southeast coastline during Hurricane Matthew. Images were
used to make flood maps in response to requests from disaster management
agencies in Haiti, Dominican Republic, St. Martin, Bahamas, and the U.S.
Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The artificial intelligence software also allows a group of
satellites and ground sensors to communicate and coordinate with one another
with no manual prompting. Called a “sensor web”,
if a satellite viewed an interesting scene, it could alert
other satellites on the network to collect data
during their passes over the same area. Together, they more quickly observe and
downlink data from the scene than waiting for human orders. NASA’s SensorWeb software reduces the wait time for data
from weeks to days or hours, which is especially helpful for emergency
Laying the Foundation for
shows the Rodeo-Chediski fire on July 7, 2002, that were taken one minute apart
by Landsat 7 (burned areas in red) and EO-1 (burned areas in purple). This
precision formation flying allowed EO-1 to directly compare the data and
performance from its land imager and the Landsat 7 ETM+. EO-1’s most important
technology goal was to test ALI for future Landsat satellites, which was
accomplished on Landsat 8. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
EO-1 was a pioneer in precision “formation flying” that kept it orbiting Earth exactly one minute behind the Landsat 7 satellite, already in orbit. Before EO-1, no satellite had flown that close to another satellite in the same orbit. EO-1 used formation flying to do a side-by-side comparison of its onboard ALI with Landsat 7’s operational imager to compare the products from the two imagers. Today, many satellites that measure different characteristics of Earth, including the five satellites in NASA’s A Train, are positioned within seconds to minutes of one another to make observations on the surface near-simultaneously.