Today was a bad day. A day generating results I really did not expect to have to face. Yeah, I know…”get over it Karen – we ALL have bad days”. I also know that there are many, MANY people out there facing the loss of their home due to circumstances beyond their control. I WORK with and FIGHT for these people every day, but I really did not ever envision finding myself where I am today.
Today was the day I learned that justice can be more blind than we could ever possibly envision – the day I learned that our blind judge utilizing a hearing device made the determination that the destabilization and flooding damage we are experiencing at our home was not clearly proven to be a result of the grading, fill dirt, construction and later deconstruction of the additional dwelling unit on the lot topographically above ours. I learned it is very, VERY difficult to translate a case built to be presented by Presentation Boards and Photographs into words to relay to a judge incapable of seeing them who also struggles to hear your words.
Today is the day I know I have done almost all I can do to save our home at 1525 Angelcrest Drive in Medford, OR. My last ditch effort is mediation with our lender to find out if they are willing to reduce our monthly payments and principal balance enough to try to take on this financially devastating work we are facing to protect our home from water coming from above us that we and the geotechnical engineer we hired believe to be the source of the structural cracking and water entering our garage and lower level that we are currently experiencing. I learned we made the mistake of not hiring this geotechnical engineer be our expert witness in small claims court due to financial hardship, relying solely on the report we already paid for, as they were needed to offset the opposing parties’ engineer brought in as expert witness to contradict our report.
Today is the day I learned that the forum of social networking and peer group interaction is still not fully understood by many. Their ignorance was NOT my bliss.
Today is the day I learned that if you choose the high road you may lose to someone willing to do anything to twist scenarios to back their position regardless the effect on others. If you make the choice to not stoop to their level, you may lose on this earth and have to hold desperately to the belief that in spite of your pain and troubles you have to know the Highest Court will make this right in the end.
Today was a day I will work hard to break down in to pieces I can use to help the families in need who come to me seeking guidance and assistance with their fight to keep their family home. I will work hard to learn from this experience. I have to find some positive in this fiasco so I can move on.
Today was my bad day. Tomorrow will be better if my prayers are answered.
See you out there!