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Now, the best news is that I beat my landlord in court.

The judge ruled in my favor. The landlord has no right to do anything illegal in order to obtain rent.

This meant that the whole month of July, I was able to live in the apartment rent-free.

The bad news is that I still haven't found another place to move.

However, since winning in court, the landlord has been much more amicable and actually declared a truce.

Every day, I ask people for job leads and there are a number of them. In a couple weeks, I'm going to court to get a prior legal issue resolved. It will be a whole eleven months since getting into a heap of trouble over something that is relatively minuscule.

The one positive about this whole situation is that I'm much more cautious about everything that I do. Taking less risks and laying low for awhile seems like a wonderful idea.

Jobs come and go, but character lasts for a lifetime. Although we all make mistakes, for whatever reason people magnify some of those that I make while ignoring their own.

Zoom out and appreciate the human behind the writing. Whenever, I can, I give back to worthy causes and God knows that I have a good heart for people. Nevertheless, sometimes I run before walking and don't take the time to really read instructions or look the other way when crossing the road. Life doesn't come with an instruction manual.

Zoom into your own life and notice how judgmental and condescending you may sometimes be when dealing with other people. The more you realize how sanctimonious you may seem, the easier it is to change and identify with those who have struggled in life.

When I finally do get my act together, which isn't a single moment, but rather an ongoing process, I'm sure I'll zoom out and appreciate these struggles and the number of lessons I learned along the path to wisdom.

Legal Issues

Court is a place that I do not want to become familiar with, however, due to some legal troubles, I'll appear thrice this year. Rather than sugarcoat everything, I'm going to address the issue right here. From my perspective, the court case tomorrow is about getting compensated for all the times that the landlord has made threats against me. Landlords are supposed to collect rent, hire contractors, cleaners, and those able to upkeep a property. 

The landlord that I have had over the past year has to reacquaint himself with his job description. In the last two months, the behavior that the landlord displayed towards his tenants became more unstable. Whenever I have been late in the past, the landlord commits questionable acts. For instance, stealing items from my room and trying to instigate a fight, putting a board on my bedroom door, taking the door off its hinges entirely, which exposes my room to all the visitors in the apartment and the roommates, and finally making threats about following me to work and fucking me up. 

These questionable acts grew worse because they were never reported and since landlords tend to have power in our society, none of his tenants have the gall to face him and his attorneys in court. However, the landlord met his match the minute he allowed me to stay on his property. Although it is going to be tough to prove my side beyond a reasonable doubt, I want to go forward and show him that I'm not afraid of doing the right thing. Besides, if no one else cares about their well-being and possessions, that does not mean that I have to follow suit. 

I'll continue sharing details, especially as the cases unfold and I make sense of everything (positive and negative) that has occurred in the past few years. It's a shame that it's been a whole year since I updated any blogs. 

Palm Sunday

So, instead of going to church, I went to the library and managed to contact one of my friends who is also in Computer Science.

This is one of the nicest people that I know in Pittsburgh. Fortunately, this was an ongoing problem with making sure that the operating system and office suite could be replaced.

Thus, when I managed to get to the library and tried installing Windows BIOS on the external hard drive, the device was not able to install anything on BIOS.

Besides, when I contacted one of my friends, he let me know that Ubuntu was a good OS, and it's free. After going to RadioShack and buying the DVDs, I trekked back to the library and managed to download Ubuntu. After downloading Ubuntu and burning it on a DVD, I put BIOS on a DVD. So, I didn't use more than two DVDs. I have like 8 to 10 left. I also have tons of space left on my external as well.
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While travelling back to the library, I had pizza and fries. This is the last fast food meal that I'm eating before the marathon. The last thing that I need is to register and simultaneously get a gym membership. I also have to get my W-2 forms sent to my father's accountant.

In order to be happy, I'll likely need to file taxes for the last year. It's incredibly daunting to maintain a schedule and control my diet and start a business, but it can be done.

Anyway, the day wound up being productive. Apparently, there's supposed to be a snow storm coming through the area tonight and the effects of the storm will leave the city covered in snow. Fortunately, some places will still be open tomorrow. I'm definitely going to take pictures of the city and make sure to indulge the readers with views of the city covered in snow. The photos of my cleaned bedroom need to be posted as well.

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