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Totally wasteful post about nothing - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
fernwithy
Totally wasteful post about nothing
Well, wasting time looking for a fun quiz (and not finding one) is nowhere near as much fun as just doing one.

I'm feeling vaguely irritable for no reason that I can pin down (Monday, I guess), and I'm snapping randomly, considering unfriending metaquotes because I'm sick SW bashers quoting each other, and growling at work I should be doing. There's not even a biochemical excuse for it; I'm just in one of those moods today.

I miss my cat. He was sitting on my mother's lap while we talked out the phone last night, and he kept meowing, and I kept thinking, "I'm the one who convinced her we could get that cute little tom kitten and not the uppity queen she liked... how come he stayed in New Mexico with her?" I miss having something around that purrs. Purring is a good, comforting thing.

You know, they have signs all over the place trying to get people not to feed the geese and squirrels and pigeons, and it does no good. This is my theory: This is a city with a large percentage of renters, and a lot of landlords forbid pets. People need pets. Therefore, they feed pushy birds and bushy-tailed vermin. If they were really interested in returning the ecology to something resembling nature, they'd pass laws guaranteeing a person's right to have a pet, so that landlords couldn't forbid it.

Just sayin'.

I guess that's it.

I feel a bit...: irritated irritated

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azaelia_culnamo From: azaelia_culnamo Date: October 18th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I dislike the "no pets" rule myself. I know people are allergic, but people are allergic to cigarette smoke, and I don't see anyone banning *that*. (Besides me - I am bound and determined not to let anyone smoke in my place when I get my own someday).
ashtur From: ashtur Date: October 18th, 2004 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Neither here nor there, but the "no pets" rule for apartments and rental houses tends not to be because of allergies (which I have btw) but because pets are able to do fairly signifigant damage to an apartment. Making "messes" on the carpet, chewing holes in the carpet, and the like. (not to mention issues of smell and noise)

Not saying I agree, just that's the reason so many places ban furries.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 18th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
:waves from state where smoking is banned in public buildings, including bars and restaurants:

Also, some landlords do ban smoking on premises; it's not a protected right.

But pets aren't allergens except when people actually encounter them, so there's no good reason to forbid them in people's homes, where they would presumably not acquire a pet to which they were allergic.
sreya From: sreya Date: October 18th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
And actually, cigarette smoke as an allergen is harder to clean out of an apartment than pet allergens, because the smoke can permeate dry wall, woodwork, all sorts of stuff, whereas dander allergens just require cleaning carpets and draperies (fabrics, basically)

I really wish NJ would follow NY's example and ban the smoking in at least the restaurants, but it seems like people here are just more determined to smoke since NY banned it. *pout* I miss California!

Pets as companions -- I do like pets, though I think the cats always liked me more than I liked them. Sometimes I wish I had a pet around, but seeing as I'm moving every few months and will likely be taking frequent trips that are at least a week long, just not a smart idea. (okay, shutting up before this comment turns into an essay!)
lync From: lync Date: October 18th, 2004 08:42 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess the laws are different in the states because here landlords can't forbid someone from having pets. For example, they can't not rent to you if you have a cat. They can't evict you for having a cat either unless it's incredibly disruptive or destructive. :\
mafdet From: mafdet Date: October 18th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd miss my kitties if I had to live somewhere where I couldn't have them! :(

Boston has a tight rental market, and I surmise that is one reason why so many landlords don't allow pets. Here in CA I haven't had any problems ever finding a place that allowed cats, though I've always had to pay an extra pet deposit (which I think is reasonable). The local SPCA has what they call an "Open Door" program which matches pet owners with landlords who allow them.

In my neck of the woods, at least, landlords are more accepting of cats than dogs. And since the dotcom meltdown and the low interest rates on mortgages - which means everyone who can is buying a home - there is a HUGE vacancy rate, so landlords can't be too picky. IME, a tight rental market and/or college towns (which Boston also is) tend to be less accepting of pets. Why college towns? Because students who have pets are often (not always) terribly irresponsible pet owners.

About pets causing destruction: So do people. I believe that responsible pet owners don't cause damage out of the ordinary. And requiring a pet deposit to cover any untoward damage is a very reasonable landlord request. Not all bad tenants own pets, and even "good" tenants can cause damage to a unit by accidentally spilling red wine on a carpet or having kids who crayon the walls. Wear and tear is inevitable in a rental.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: October 18th, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
In this college town, it's fairly easy to find places that let you have a cat, but fairly hard to find one that'll let you have a dog. Extra deposits are common and reasonable, I agree, but lots of places also make you pay higher rent to have a pet. My landord does neither, but you have to modify the lease to get a cat, and then it's limited to *one* cat. Of course, most cat experts will tell you that they're less destructive if you have more than one, because they keep each other from getting bored, so that seems a rather counterproductive policy to me. (Also, I couldn't get the first cat I tried for because they wanted him in a multi-cat home. I love the cat I found after that, but it still bugs me. She could use some company, too.) Anyway, I agree that you can't have too much purring. :-)
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