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72,240 Characters

I have captured all 516 of my tweets up to July 12, 2014, in a PDF file (2.1 MB) and posted it. As of that date, I had 25 followers.

I try to make my tweets as thoughtful and informative as I can in 140 characters. Almost all of my tweets are 140 characters, hence my estimate of 516 x 140 = 72,240 characters as of July 12.

Almost all of my tweets are replies to other tweets, which are not captured in the PDF file.

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October Surprise

I’ve been aiming to write at least one article per month, and October is coming to an end, so I’d better post something. A class that I am taking online this fall has kept me busy, but I’m working on a letter to my congressman and to the Senate banking committee to demand legislation that regulates banking fees and establishes a government-run system of compiling and reporting consumer credit data. I will post my letter after I mail it, so stay tuned.

By the way, next Monday will mark the second anniversary of this blog. Although my blog posts are infrequent, I have been quite active on Twitter.

Now on Twitter

I am now on Twitter, but I am still trying to understand it.

More news. I have moved from the District of Columbia to the western part of Texas, so expect few, if any, further posts about D.C. I’ll begin writing about Texas after I begin regularly following the state legislature, and I’ll continue to write about national affairs as well. One major piece that I have in mind is a merit pay plan for the U.S. Congress, an adaptation of the plan for the D.C. Council that I formulated last year.

Clearing the Smoke over Condos

A recent commentary in The Washington Post (“Airing Out a Fiery Issue”, January 21, 2012, p. E1) made me question why anyone would prefer owning a condominium over owning a single-family home or renting an apartment.

The commentary examines the debate over condo owners’ rights to smoke in their units and the effect it has on their neighbors. I have met at least one condo owner who has had second-hand smoke seep into their unit, and a Google search on the terms “condominium” and “nuisance” shows links to several other instances of this problem. Barking dogs, loud music, people coming and going, and electrical malfunctions can also be nuisances. In fact, I have met a condo owner who experienced problems with her electrical service after some neighbors installed a jacuzzi in their unit.

In a condo building, regulating or controlling the behavior of neighbors can be difficult because of the conflict between the property rights of owners and the expectations of the condo association. For an apartment building, on the other hand, the landlord can stipulate rules that control nuisances and guarantee tenants’ rights to peacefully enjoy living in their units and can evict tenants who violate their lease agreements.

Condo ownership raises the following questions in my mind. What if major building-wide plumbing or electrical problems arise? What is the cost of insurance for a condo, when compared to that of an apartment or a single-family home? Finally, why would anyone own part of a building?