Re: Open letter to friends, relatives and coworkers on my

Theodore Latham (
Fri, 22 May 1998 03:20:47 PDT

God is in your corner Bruce ... go with your gut feeling and enjoy that 
security my brother!  Nuff Said!


Tedrico Latham

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"Bruce D. Burleson" <> wrote:
>Hi Everyone,
>(NOTE:  This letter is NOT a plea for money, so you can
>continue reading without clicking on "Delete.")
>I do this when I find myself compelled to send similar emails
>to multiple people--that is, send the same email to everyone.
>It saves time and my sanity, both of which at times may be in
>short supply.  The only drawback is that I wonder how
>appropriate certain paragraphs are for certain recipients of
>my email.  But I suppose you are allowed to flame me, in
>any case, if you think I'm outrageous.  (The last thing my
>mother ever said to me before she died was: "Bruce, you're
>REALLY 'out of your league!'")
>As most of you know, I have reached an impasse with my
>current roomate, for a variety of reasons.  It's a long,
>somewhat stupid story which I won't go into here  Suffice it to
>say that he was already 35 years old when I was born; he
>accepts the reality and lifestyle of the downstairs neighbor 
>(who I consider a drug-dealing sociopath who ought to have
>been salinized at birth) because he doesn't want the police,
>the CIA, the FBI, or any government representative anywhere
>near the apartment.  Neither do I, frankly, but when the idiot
>on the first floor threatened me because I said I'd turn him in if
>he didn't stop his activities, I called the police.  They arrived 
>at the same time as my roomate.  Since then, my roomate
>considers me a threat, since I have an antigovernment web site.
>But then, he's been collecting radical books since 1967, all of
>which are on multiple shelves which make the apartment look
>like a library... so I have to wonder what his worry about me is!!!
>In short, I've been asked to leave by June 4th.  I've been
>scrambling around, and scrounging together my finances, to
>get out of here and into another situation on or before that
>A few positive developments have occurred, however.  Firstly,
>when my boss's boss's boss (Program Director) returns from
>her vacation next week, my supervisor is going to try to talk
>her into letting me move into a soon-to-be vacant house-manager
>apartment up on Bradlee Street.  It would be temporary, but it
>would also be FREE, meaning I can save a larger portion of my
>income for a security deposit.  Ultimately I would like to have
>a large apartment, with MY name on the lease, so **I** can
>choose who lives with me.  :)
>Secondly, there is a nice rooming house right next door to 
>where I work.  It might do as a temporary situation (I can get
>away from my 62-year-old roomate and then plan my next
>The more I think about this rooming house, located down on the
>corner of Park Street and Dorchester Ave (literally immediately
>next door to my employment), the more I like the idea.  I had a
>tour of the place tonight.  It has a nice kitchen, common area,
>lots of bathrooms and showers, and the room they have
>available is quite large.  Enough space for MY own little space,
>i.e., for my computer, books, a reading chair or my sofa, and my
>The place itself seems clean, pleasant and friendly.  What I
>don't know about yet is rent... will find out about that 
>tomorrow.  I'm assuming it's probably pretty low; typically
>rooming houses in Boston never cost more than $65-$115
>per week.
>That's pretty much all I ask for in life anyway.  Living on my
>own has trained me not to be too overly picky about living
>situations, especially when hard-up for one.
>(Uhhhhhhhhh, hhhuh huh huh hhuh huh, he said "hard up.")
>It's also given me a sense of humor, I suppose...
>The doors on each room are made of thick hard wood and have
>secure steel locks.  The building itself is secure; any visitor
>coming in or out have to buzz the specific room of the person
>she or he is visiting.
>The manager of the place lives on-site.  His name is Rufus, and
>is an amiable fellow.  He seemed pleased to learn that I work
>for the "next-door neighbors" (Paul Sullivan Housing), possibly
>because his rooming house and the housing I work for share a
>dumpster.  <<laugh>>...  Should be interesting to see how that
>plays out.
>I encountered several of the other residents of the building;
>they seem nice; mostly people going through one kind of
>transition or another -- i.e., divorce, thrown out by boyfriend
>or girlfriend, etc., or people escaping homelessness.  In
>other words, real people, who I can identify with.
>What attracts me most to the place is the fact that the rooms
>are so secure.  The place is literally like a fortress, and I like
>that; the security of living in a fortress will give me peace of
>mind.  Where I'm living now, I have to worry about whether
>my beloved computer or 21-speed bike will be here when I
>get home.  Not at 140 Park Street, I don't think.  I have this 
>thing about security, having had my stuff ripped off at that
>drug-infested dive up on Fairmount Street 2 1/2 years ago.
>Who wants a repeat of that?  Not me!!
>Well that's about it for now.  I will of course let you all know
>what kind of situation I end up in.  I wish my brother had email,
>since he's supposed to help me move... but oh well.  Take care.

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