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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #40 on: May 05, 2017, 03:42:48 pm »
Yeah, I have a real hard time believing some of those, "and their parents weren't doing anything wrong" stories.


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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #41 on: May 05, 2017, 03:51:28 pm »



Here a kid needs to be neglected really badly, for years, and everybody has to know it, and it has to be reported a dozen times, before anyone from the state will even consider coming around. 

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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #42 on: May 05, 2017, 04:02:03 pm »
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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2017, 06:26:41 pm »



And it will go onto a piece of paper in a pile on someone's desk two inches thick of similar pieces of paper with similar reports.  A 6 month backlog of reports on the desk of a person paid barely above poverty level to investigate.

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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2017, 06:53:56 pm »
Trust me, I know from experience just how easy it is to get child services to come knocking on the door escorted by a cop or two.  Around here, there is a law that not only protects whoever called it in, but the cops HAVE to show up to investigate, even if they are 100% sure it is just harassment.  And there is no limit to it, as long as someone calls every day to anonymously report you, a cop has to show up to investigate that day.  I lived it, and no, I never abused or neglected my kids, I was just unfortunate enough to marry into a crazy family who put criminals above the kids.

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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #45 on: May 07, 2017, 07:00:12 pm »
In the apartment now.  I hate it.  I feel like I am on an episode of Tiny House Living.

In other news, a wifi only network sucks balls when you are trying to get your wired NAS units to connect to all the wifi devices.  Shouldn't be this hard, but so far I am on device#4 and still no luck.  When the brochure says "Internet included in the lease", it's best to not take for granted that you will have a regular internet connection.  I found how to register the MAC of devices that can't access a browser to register with the cable service, but so far each time I try to extend or bridge the network, the hardware starts out working and then fails after a few minutes and nothing works after that.  I finally found a way to find the gateway and subnet mask of the crappy access point they are using, but I already bricked two devices trying to make this work. 

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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #46 on: May 07, 2017, 07:19:13 pm »



That is most definitely not the case in Massachusetts.  There are Stephen King level horror stories here that have to happen before the state steps in.

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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #47 on: May 07, 2017, 10:37:08 pm »
That is most definitely not the case in Massachusetts.  There are Stephen King level horror stories here that have to happen before the state steps in.

Same here from all accounts, and I know several former social workers.



Dkersten - what did you expect?  You'd have to put a gun to my head to get me back into an apartment.




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Re: Moving after 16 years..
« Reply #48 on: May 08, 2017, 10:33:28 am »
Dkersten - what did you expect?  You'd have to put a gun to my head to get me back into an apartment.
I have to admit I expected the internet to at least have an ethernet cable I could attach my router to.  And I expected the manager to actually do things they promised, like getting us keys, adding us to the call box, and getting us our welcome packet before we moved in.  Last night my daughter went out with friends and she doesn't have a key yet.  Her phone died just as she got home and since we are not in the call box yet, she couldn't ring up to our apartment so she was standing out in the rain for 45 minutes until someone came along and opened the door. 

As for the small space, I will get used to it, but damn, I walk 6 steps to get anywhere in the apartment, and it's freakin' weird.  Walls are like thin paper, and the appliances are all loud as hell.  The washer sounds like a klaxon alarm going off when it is washing, the dishwasher could wake the dead, and even the microwave could be heard down the block.  It is amazing how crappy builder grade stuff is.  Even the toilet couldn't flush a hair if it isn't dead center in the water.  The water saving screens they put on the faucets mean I have to run the water 5x longer just to rinse a toothbrush, and I can't figure out how to replace them because there is some security ring over the screen. 

Despite my hatred of this lifestyle, I am 99% settled in.  The old house is 99.9% empty now, with one junk drawer and a couple cleaning supplies left to go pick up.  Walking through the empty house makes it feel a lot less like home, which helps.  It is still going to be weird when I close on Friday and it is no longer mine.  Regardless of how I feel about things, I keep doing what I always do and keep moving forward.  It is amazing what you can accomplish when you just keep moving forward and not stopping and not looking back (at least for too long, lol).  Even the most insurmountable tasks get done before you realize how much progress you made.  Eye on the prize...

  
 

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