Tuesday, April 14, 2009


On Monday I began a 4-week contract working at a small web design and digital creative studio in Grand Rapids. I'm doing front-end web development, including coding and design for current and upcoming projects and clients. They do video work too, including motion graphics, so there's potential for that down the line as well.

This week I'm working from home while we wait for their new computers to arrive, so I'll begin working downtown on Monday. It's located in an old repurposed factory building downtown, above my favorite bar, and the bus ride (which stops very close to our house) takes about 15 minutes. It's pretty exciting stuff, and I'm very grateful to have found it so quickly.

In addition to my new gig -- which sounds like it could turn into a full-time hire if I do well -- I'm still getting a decent amount of part-time work from my old job. In fact, I'll most likely be working 11 hour days this whole week. It's good to be busy again.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Dale Newman: Epilogue

Dale Michigan, who formerly owned the dilapidated Michigan Inn, crossed wires to steal electricity, and had a long history of refusing to return security deposits, had his day in court for his life-threatening DTE fraud.

How did it go? According to the Ann Arbor News [post edited 4/3 to add link], not very well:

Newman was arrested Feb. 4 after a scuffle with Washtenaw County security officers after he entered the courthouse, authorities said. He was charged with felony resisting and obstructing an officer, causing injury, officials said. That case is pending.

Brilliant. Par for the course. But that's not even the best news. DTE's lawsuit against him was settled last week, and here's the damage:
Ann Arbor landlord Dale Newman was ordered to pay DTE $637,273 after a judge found him guilty of utilities fraud and awarded triple the damages incurred.

DTE filed a complaint against Newman in October 2007, charging that he failed to pay for gas and electric services supplied to the properties he owned or managed in Ann Arbor. DTE alleged Newman engaged in utilities fraud that involved gas meters.

Beautiful. However, $637,000 is only about 250 security deposits; I'm sure he's been at it long enough to have it stashed for a felonious rainy day like this.