Tonight is my co-op's board meeting. I am still undecided about whether I should attend or not. First, I don't want to get involved in a long, drawnout discussion concerning the fee increase. I believe I made my feelings about the increase and possible solutions known in a previous email. Second, several shareholders and I have emailed the Board requesting a separate meeting for all shareholders to discuss the proposed fee increase prior to our January Annual Meeting. And, third, I have a Christmas Craft-Making Gathering to attend.
I learned on Friday at a neighbor's holiday party that the board did not propose this increase. It came directly from our new (and, supposedly, better) management company. This raised several questions (and a few more emails to the Board) about the efficacy and responsiveness of this new management company. It's very easy to propose a drastic increase in fees when you don't have to pay them yourself.
Finally, I know, and consider myself friends with, most of the Board members. I know that they have our best interests at heart and will not approve an increase that will be a hardship on the shareholders, including the several residents who are retired and on limited incomes.
So, keep your fingers crossed that the meeting will have a positive outcome.
In other news ... I bought eggnog today (for the party tonight) and was reminded of a poem written by the Most Fantastic Cuzin. The poem has been lost to the ages, but I committed the first few lines to memory. So, here goes:
Is not for me.
No way. No how.
Is how I like it.
Eggs and cream and
Then, I spike it.