I’m a shut in today. Not by choice. Forced. Whatever the opposite of kidnapped is, that’s what I am. Forced to stay at home until 7am tomorrow. Here’s why:
Right before the end of the year, the management company for my HOA sent a letter with a map showing the repaving of the streets in my housing community. During the day that the street is being slurry sealed, you can’t drive on it and have to walk along the gutter to where you can park your car. My street was not on it. I emailed Ed, the man whose email address was on the notice and basically said “Hey, my street isn’t on there, but I’m assuming it’s coming up. What happens to someone in my situation who is in a wheelchair and can’t get to a different area where cars are parked?” I sent the email on December 22. He responded at 5:45pm on the January 6 (over two weeks later!) and said my street had been inadvertently left off the map and that we were scheduled for the following Wednesday, January 11. As to what a person in my situation would do, this was his response:
“My suggestion would be to stay at home for the 24 hour period that day, or arrange to stay with a friend (or neighbor not being slurry coated) if you need to leave the community the day of the work.”
Can you imagine if someone told you that you could just stay home for 24 hours or go stay with a friend? My response was that perhaps if he were a paraplegic he could just randomly stay at home, but that I had a hearing in court on that day and could not miss it. And, let me explain what it would take for me to go “stay with a friend”. First, I’d have to find a friend whose house I could get into. Then, I’d have to make sure they had a place for me to sleep that was accessible. Showering? Well either skip it or pack along my shower bench and a hand held shower head that would have to be attached. Oh, then there’s my kid that I’d have to pack up and bring with me along with all of his stuff (you know, like a crib). I’m an adult, not a frat boy. It’s not especially easy for me to “stay with a friend”. I may have also mentioned to him that I don’t think it’s legal to tell me that I’m trapped in my house in a few days.
Well, it happened that it rained on the 11th, so they had to reschedule. This was the email I received from him:
“I understand the inconvenience involved and fortunately today the vendor requested to reschedule the project due to the rain. We are moving the slurry project forward to Feb. 1st, 2nd and 3rd. You will receive the updated email notice and maps following this email. I trust this will give you adequate time to arrange your schedule to accommodate the project.”
Do you, Ed? Do you understand the inconvenience? Because until someone tells you that for 24 hours you are a prisoner in your home, you will not understand. And, I hope you never do have to know what it feels like to have someone callously tell you that you can have adequate time to arrange your schedule to be trapped at home.
I was in court this week because I am taking a case to trial. I had to tell my client, the DA and the judge that I had to miss court today because I’m trapped in my house. The judge was dumbfounded at this! I also had to explain how staying in a hotel wasn’t especially feasible due to my baby. It’s just a huge mess.
So here I am, stuck at home for the day. I love my house, so it’s not a bad place to be stuck. But, it’s the principle that Ed from Prime Association Services can treat someone so callously. He should really be ashamed of himself!
So if anyone needs me today, well, there’s not much I can do about it since I am a shut in for the next 21 hours.