I am here!!! I got in this am with the van. Now to unpack and fit all this into the tiny condo. It is such a relief to have the packing and driving part behind me and I will feel even better when the van is turned back in tomorrow. My to young "20 something" cousins are helping me unload .Thank god for family!!! And god bless them!!! That is the main reason I am happy to be here in AZ .I am so close now to many loved and loving family members . Now to get my beloved sister here!!!
O.K. on to a more serious subject .I REALLY hate to have to blog this. I really do !! But once again feel I must and as you read you will see why. Blogs are like journals and we are kind of our own life journalist . Cal's clients, that have not paid their last bill have taken to reading my blog. Then yesterday through an email to me from their attorney, they have threatened to sue me for slander because I said they have not paid their bill and EVERYONE who reads my blog knows Cal's clients (Question of the day what our the names of Cal's clients ???? ) They have also implied that Cal is addicted to oxycontin because I blogged that after nearly severing his finger weeks ago he was given oxycontin for the pain. I am also being accused of "happiness " because we have moved out of town. HMMMM . I am still trying to figure that one out ?!?I guess they expected Cal and I to stay close by and supply them with a warranty and punch list work even though they had not paid the thousands they owed him and the subcontractors ??? Well, to me" no pay" means "no work" !? I do feel really bad that the clients made the choice over 3 years ago to build their home and then in the middle of the project the housing market fell to one of the worse we have ever seen . I am" guessing " that when the clients started building they had grand visions of the sky being the limit and the house going up in value. The opposite is more likely the case. We our self took a horrible loss on our home sale this summer ... well we really just gave it away for what we owed. Many contractors like Cal have had to go out of business as the housing market has dropped, while building cost have gone way up due to the cost of gas . You can now buy a home for way less then you can build one. Well, all thorough the building process the clients spent freely, gladly paying all along and arrogantly spending on costly change orders and EXPENSIVE re do's, simply because they changed their minds "that stone shipped from France was just not the right shade !!!" or" HMMM we ate out at a restaurant last night and now we want that ceiling." All this when many people in this world would be happy to just to have a ceiling over their heads !!!. I personally find this kind of frivolous action shameful in light of our countries troubles as many have faced losing their homes. So now with the housing market crashed and the clients moved in .The careless spending of their past comes into questions when presented with paying Cal's final bill . They reviewed it and have turned on Cal blaming him for their careless choices . They want Cal to take the finical fall and blame along with many unpaid subs. These hardworking subs dearly need their payments as Cal needs his .Our economy needs them to be paid too so that it stays strong and healthy. These hard workers are the back bone of our country, the working middle class. The sad issue here too is Cal charged way to little for labor and his services and these cost swept him under along with the economic crisis . Cal is a great builder but not so great a business man, and as he found this out at the close of the project it sent him emotionally into the space he is in now. He is doing better but not nearly ready to face the world, Yes, I know most of your might ask , Julie why post this , why ask for more anger from the client !!! Well, I do so to say. I will not retract my post( as demanded ) I will not stop my writing and I live in a great free country that allows me these freedoms . This message is for the clients more then anyone. Beware of the humble working man as we are the back bone of this country. We have a voice .We may not have the funds for big powerful attorneys but we have our voice !!!! And so in posting this I encourage everyone with this thought. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself!!!! Let freedom ring!!!!