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Ugh [life things]

I got a call from my storage unit in Stockton yesterday, where the caller said they noticed I did not have a lock on my unit, so they installed one for me and would happily add that fee to my monthly rent.

I said a few harsh words. Between this and scrottie's debacle, I'm just about ready to give up on trying to store anything out here. I suspect the Phoenix area is just as bad. Regardless, I'll drive out there on Friday to take a look at things, switch businesses (assuming there's enough stuff left to justify it), and leave a detailed Yelp review. Based on S's experience, it doesn't even necessarily help to check reviews and crime reports because the police out here are busy dealing with all kinds of other problems.

I feel like people living in other parts of the country really have a hard time understanding these aspects of living out here.

But really, life is fragile everywhere. On Monday, a cousin of mine was out riding horses when her horse shied (or as my mom put it, spooked) and threw her off. She hit the back of her head and died from the traumatic brain injury.

I have 55 cousins on that side of the family, so I don't know all of them especially well, but certain events have made me appreciate that this particular cousin didn't have an especially easy life. Despite it, she put so much energy into loving and caring for the people around her, and it's crushing to think she's gone. I feel for her kids, who are all around my age. It could happen to anyone.

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twoeleven
Mar. 29th, 2017 11:10 pm (UTC)
I feel like people living in other parts of the country really have a hard time understanding these aspects of living out here.
Yes. :)

So, um, why is storage space such a big deal out there?
rebeccmeister
Mar. 29th, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC)
My hypotheses:

This: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-homeless-national-numbers-20151120-story.html

plus a lot of meth/drug users

plus gang + incarceration + organized crime history on this coast and in Arizona

plus large urban metropolitan areas providing anonymity

plus high housing costs (=high demand for storage units)
randomdreams
Mar. 30th, 2017 04:25 am (UTC)
Presumably someone broke in and pillaged it, hence the lack of a lock?
gah.

I'm sorry to hear about your cousin!
rebeccmeister
Mar. 30th, 2017 03:37 pm (UTC)
That's what I'm assuming, although the person on the phone said, "Well, we couldn't get the door open anyway," and she also said they were in the process of clearing out units with delinquent payments. So it may be that someone TRIED and failed because of how stuff's wedged in there, or it may be that they cut the lock off "accidentally." I'm renting a truck to drive out there tomorrow morning, so I'll know more soon.
randomdreams
Mar. 31st, 2017 03:02 am (UTC)
I rather hope they mistakenly cut the lock off: better prospects for recovery of your stuff.
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