Every time I turn around I continue to get love from the blogosphere.
This time it comes from a similarly themed blog named bewarethebuilder.blogspot.com.
Oooh whee----Mr. Thomas Doyle is one angry condo purchaser. He’s one pissed off brother.
And he’s my new idol.
Not only is he fighting the good fight against his developer, but his developer Bryton Development LLC and it’s principal Kevin Bryar is suing him for defamation.
Defamation----that gets me kinda hot.
Now I’ve been through Mr. Doyle’s blog and I see a great many similarities in our experiences and I feel for him
Beating your head against the wall when it comes to this condo thing ain’t no joke.
Questionable construction quality and apathetic neighbors will drive you to drink.
You went ahead and took the plunge and took part in the American Dream and threw down a chunk of money to purchase your own home.
I was shitty when I didn’t get my full condo value for my paltry $125,000.
So I get that Mr. Doyle, also know as Truth In Advertising, is beyond incensed where his $390,000 is concerned.
Personally speaking, I’d launch a full scale war if that type of cheddar was involved.
So I say to Mr. Doyle and those of you who may follow in our steps, call it like you see it----but with caution.
Documentation, documentation, documentation.
Let me make myself abundantly clear----make sure you can document your claims.
Oh yeah, no matter how tempted you are to call the people you write about names and offer your opinion, resist.
Well, mostly. Sometimes you have to slip in a "shifty" here and a "scumbag" there to make your point.
Yeah, I name my developer and write about Mt. Carmel but majority of my posts are based in fact and can be verified by court documents or pictures.
My posts about random neighbors and the Jenkins Boys notwithstanding.
Note: Woody + Cell phone camera = trouble. I’m a picture snappin’ broad. Don’t do anything dirty, I will put your shit on blast.
For those of you who have been reading from the beginning you’ll remember that at first I didn’t name names---it took quite a while before Mr. Knight’s name was mentioned. I didn’t even refer to Mt. Carmel by name until earlier this year.
My intent in starting my blog was two fold---As a form of therapy and to inform others of some of the pitfalls on condo home ownership.
Everything else just kinda fell into place.
But as you all know egregious acts call for egregious actions. Hence names were named.
But through it all I adhered to my number one rule---be able to prove it through documentation.
Ladies and gentlemen, avail yourself of secrets hiding in plain sight. The freedom of information act was made to uncover potential deception.
Or at the very least be able to prove a pattern of behaviors that will lend credibility to any future acqusations you may make.
Ladies and gentlemen those government links on the left side aren’t there because I needed space filler.
Hell, I think that the kids at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office almost know me by name.
I find most if not all of my documentation right there.
You’d be surprised what you can find in legal proceedings in the Cook county court system.
Actually, you’d be surprised at what you can find when you start leafing through bankruptcy filings at the federal building.
But I’m sure you get the point.
It’s all right in front of you. Dig through, make copies and factually post your findings. Throw in your voice and you have a blog.
Now I’m not sure how this brouhaha is gonna turn out for Mr. Doyle.
But I would think that if he can properly document past behaviors and the current situation, he may stand a chance of defeating this lawsuit.
What do I know, I’m not a lawyer (even though I know an ass load of them).
This has all of the makings of a possible 1st amendment test case.
Time will tell if I’m right.
But I’ll tell you this; I’m running down to the clerk’s office tomorrow to get the 411. I’ll be the one at the copy machine.