Well here's a first:
Finally decided NOT to give a rent increase for my older tenants. Lots of thinking and planning and agonizing on that one since I do a small one each year and usually send the letter the day after Halloween.
Went down in person for a change and gave them a water leak detector for the water heater cabinet and then handed the letter to the mom and briefly said, "You won't be getting a rent increase for 2014."
So she grabbed me, and hugged me and kissed me and...you get the picture. Ah, the joys of making someone happy. Felt good to do that for them since they do take care of things pretty well, and are pretty good tenants except for minor 'incidents'.
I could have recouped the money I spent fixing the sewer pump that they ruined with 'baby wipes' after being told never to put things in there like that.
Instead, I decided to be nice and hope that Karma will look kindly on me for the coming year. I sure could use some GOOD Karma!