I have good news and then bad news and then some good news again. So, Hooray? Starting and ending on a good note sounds about right. 🙂
Good news: Last Wednesday I had a shower that was actually too hot! I even had to turn the nozzle a tick colder! And so did Kamel! Dare I jinx our newly founded good hot water that has come to us out of the effing blue by saying it might just be fixed?? Dare I?
Bad news: The evening after we got back from Seattle a big wind/rain storm clobbered San Francisco, this subsequently caused the howling and window shaking that usual keeps Kamel and I tossing and turning all night long. If it’s not the noise keeping me up, it’s the startling fear that the window may indeed blow in on us, sending shards of glass flying at my face. Anyway – surprisingly this is not the point of my bad news segment. As I was heading to bed I heard a very weird splashing noise at the window. Like the noise people sometimes make with their mouths when they are imitating the sound of a water droplet. I think Mel Gibson did this on Oprah once. Or am I just sounding like a crazy blabbering woman at this point? So I heard a noise and of course I send Kamel over to investigate because I’m in the covers… at 8:30… reading… And he finds two streams of water running down our wall and leaving stains. Our bedroom window is now leaking from the bottom and the water is being blown so hard into our apartment it’s making splashing noises.
I’m thinking all of that condensation build up that had been increasing over the last few weeks was probably some kind of sign…So we go and retrieve the manager from across the hall and he also discovers that the window has been leaking for a while. And what tipped him off? Oh, just the hardwood floor now being pulled up due to water damage. Awesome.
Goodnews!: The next day Kamel spoke to the landlord and a new window is being ordered. He said it would “take a few days” because it’s an odd size. This means: check back in a few months, then badger me until I actually do it.” In the meantime the manager put caulking all around the window well to seal it off. It has yet to harden because of all the moisture, so we shall see when the next big rain pounds the side of the building. Sigh.
Hint for future apartments: Look for pulled up wood floors around the windows: this means the windows leak. There’s a section in the living room where the floor is also pulled up where the new(er) windows are but I thought it was damage from heavy furniture, not water. Live and learn.
*Also an added bonus of good news: We have been ant-free for the last few weeks. HOORAY!!! Let’s hope 2011 is a lot more bug-free on top of increasing my hot water experiences and cutting down on the drafty howling. Things are starting off well.