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  • First to say we will win by at least 7

  • That's the first and probably only opera singer I'll ever like. Gives me the chills to hear it every time.

  • Dang MB. Have you never heard the line about age before beauty?

  • My wife usually goes to bed by 10 pm. She picks the night before gameday to stay up. All I want to do is watch and/or talk football. Damn it all.

    Had a bit of a scare yesterday. The wife stepped on a weak board on the back deck and fell through to her hip and forward on her 26 week pregs belly. She and the baby are fine. Thanks for wondering. I bring it up because occasionally you sons-a-bitches know a thing or two. So here' the thing. We rent. The landlord is a notorious cheap-ass. We've mentioned the weakening boards to the property manager before. I would obviously like to get the thing fixed. I don't pay what I pay in rent to not have a back deck. But I worry that they'll just opt to say "o.k. don't go out on the deck". So what responsibility do they have here? Do they HAVE to rebuild the deck? It's not like it's a clogged toilet. It's a luxury. But a luxury I pay for and signed a lease for. Short of suing, I am open to any and all advice.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I don't know man. You'd think that the deck isn't a luxury, its part of the house, it should be safe. Not sure on the legal issues though. Glad the wife is aok~

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    I'm pretty sure he has to fix that shit. Check with the Seattle Tenant Union. IIRC you're out in the "burbs" so some of the laws may be different out there, but this not only needs to get fixed... you possibly have a case for negligence and reckless endangerment. Even if you don't attempt to take punitive measures, I would talk to a lawyer (at least an initial consultation) or at the very least the Tenant Union. If you have documentation as to when you talked to the property manager and what about, that could be key.

    Even if you don't want to take it to court, if they give you guff, you may want to suggest to them that if they don't fix it you are contemplating legal action... and that if you start, you won't relent until a suitable remedy is actioned.

    Also I'm not sure on WA law, but if that deck is accessible from the outside, the houseowner may have a duty to ensure that all steps and accessways to doors are not a hazard to visitors who otherwise have a reasonable expectation of safety. They would be liable for all injuries that resulted from leaving a dangerous condition, and would be exposed to criminal negligence if they knew about it, knew it was likely to hurt somebody, and failed to take any positive action. If they really play hardball, then you should pursue this angle.

    Lastly, I'm not sure about the burbs but in Seattle all landlords are required by law to give you a document listing your tenant rights when you move in. If they failed to do this, they can suffer penalties. If they did give it to you, there should be some information on there about the legal responsibilities of the landlord in maintaining external portions of the rental property. If they didn't give it to you, I think there is a copy of it on the STU site. Good luck Doc, and I hope your wife and baby are really okay. Definitely be on the lookout for any signs of hemorrhaging, or anything unusual, and don't be bashful about checking with the doctor. Gross physical trauma doesn't always manifest its effects right away.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Damn brother. I would be furious if I had already mentioned it previously to them and they blew it off. So are you just supposed to not use your back door anymore?

    They can't just leave a part of the property damaged and dangerous like that.

    Get your deck son.

    And hope the fam is ok.

  • I almost posted this: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0911-haugh-bears-chicago--20110911,0,64145.column?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+chicagosports%2FBears+%28ChicagoSports.com+-+Chicago+Bears%29 but didn't want to ruin anybody's pregame buzz. Talk about a bring down.

    Oh wait.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    Haugh is a freakin turd burglar man...I'm really, really gettin tiired of te chicago media doing nothing but trashing their home team...c'mon guys get a f-in life, ya know? BEAR DOWN!! damn I'm stoked for tmrw... hey Doc, glad your wife is ok...scary stuff! My wife is 13 weeks with our 2nd, I'd flip out if something like that happened. I'll ask her what you can do short of suing, she's been in real estate 12 yrs, knows a lot of agents with rental properties. We thought of going that route too, but too much upkeep and hassle right now you know?

  • In reply to RenoBear:

    Congrats on the second, mang. The workload doesn't double, it's exponential. This is our third tour of duty.

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    doc, take photos of the area now. take out your camera phone and get a statement from your wife on camera and document her pregnancy and previous conversations you had with ANYONE regarding the deck.

  • In reply to Gucci Mang:

    oh, and make sure to listen to this for further guidance:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_Hx2NjfO3U

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    but my gut feeling says the landlord will be responsible because it is a serious safety hazard, especially because your wife already actually fell through it!

  • In reply to Doc Nitty 34:

    That article is so wrong in so many ways. Haugh has really gone downhill -- I mean he was never great, but at least he was readable before and had some measure of humility in knowing he knew nothing really about football. Now he regularly states supposition as fact, and couches speculation as known motives, and just says stupid shit. Really, he's pretty awful now.

    But having said that, there is tiny little nugget of insight actually hidden in that article:

    "Many of us misread the Bears before the 2010 season and it would be fun to be so wrong again. That success answered major questions surrounding Smith. A year later, 2011 will define the Angelo-Ruskell tandem."

    While I have my doubts as to whether he truly has fun being wrong, I don't argue with his point. Smith really vindicated himself to a large degree with a great season, and even around here you can really tell the difference between the rhetoric towards him a year ago and now. This year really does seem in fans' minds to be a referendum on the personnel department and GM. I don't think it's 100% fair in that this is really Ruskell's first complete offseason, but fair or not I think Haugh is right that it will be.

    Outside that tiny (probably accidental) observation, the rest of the article is garbage. I think it may be time to put Haugh on the permanent ignore list, just like Rosengloom and fucking Mariotti before him. He isn't annoying the way those other 2 are, but he's turned into a 2nd rate hack.

  • In reply to Michael L:

    I've dealt with Haugh enough to know that he's not someone worth taking seriously. He's not a very good writer. He's not insightful. And he's not very confident when it comes to his own work.

    I'm getting dangerously close to writing a lengthy piece on what I'm starting to call The Mariotti Mentality.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Besides it's namesake, Rosenbloom and pretty much Haugh and Issacson teetering on the brink, any others that you feel qualify?

    I mean I respect someone not being a blind homer but it seems like some of these people just don't like the teams or Chicago much.

  • In reply to Z Bearz:

    The New York media doesn't act like this and I can't understand it. You pick up the News or Post on any day of the week and they simply don't address their teams with this alarming negativity. The Giants have been a disaster this off-season and none of the writers, columnists address them with such scorn. They are critical but I find the Chicago press scornful. They don't like the organization; it's clear.

    Biggs is the exception. He's fair. He takes the team at face value and doesn't cloud his reporting with bullshit demagogy. And many people will argue that "Biggs is reporter, Haugh is columnist" but that distinction is no longer viable in modern sports media. Read Biggs' columns regularly and you'll realize much of what he writes is opinion, actually. Much of what he writes is extrapolation. But he does so without the desire to merely stir the audience negatively in an attempt to gain a reputation.

    As for Rosenbloom and Haugh. What bothers me most is they're not good writers. Mariotti was.

  • Good, very interesting article that gives a little more insight into the mechanics, philosophy, and structure of Martz's offense. I think it also bodes well for this year...

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-0911-year-2-bears-chicago--20110911,0,5972590,full.story

    Some things of note: Last year Martz never felt he had 4 receivers (tells you just how much he didn't trust Shabba and Scrappy). He also demands a lot out of the OL and the C position in particular (they are fully responsible for pass protection calls). Also the article delves a bit deeper into exactly what the WRs struggled with last year and how things have changed this year.

    It's a much more incisive view than what we had been given so far via reporting.

  • Haugh dead

  • Doc... first and foremost glad the wife and be be are ok.

    Second do what Johnny said, and gather all evidence... then go the nice route, but if he gives you ANY issues whip out the michael l on his ass (I knew you had to be an Esq mike).

    We just went through something similar with my biz... well, kind if similar, as long as you have all the evidence and are in the right, you need to have him fix it or threaten BIIIIG trouble. One thing not mentioned, don't forget to get all proof of your docs visit including any costs. Go get em tiger.

    Reno Congrats... listen to doc. Duck and cover man.

    Oh yeah, I'll be watching our bears kick the shit out of the nirds today on fabulous direct TV... much to d haugh's chagrin (the win, not my direct TV)

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