- Hot Water: The hot water is variable, to say the least. It doesn't run out but it fluctuates and does the thing where it starts to drops to luke warm so you nudge up the shower knob a millionth of an inch and your scalding yourself. I am exaggerating a little but I wonder why it does this. Som reason maintenance gives are "this is an old building" and " there are a lot of other apartments using the same hot water." First of all, I was told the building was built in the '50s. I honestly do not know which century. I've narrowed it down to either 1950's or 1850's, and I'm about 90% sure it's 1950's. However, I've also heard our apartment be called "pre-war." This would mean that it's either "pre-Gulf War" or "pre-Vietnam conflict" if it is 1950's. If it's 1850's, well, then I guess it's pre-Civil War. And, if that's the case, this apartment is in amazing shape and I have no reason to complain about having to keep one hand on the knob while showering.
If it is, in fact, 1950's, then that's not too old. And as for "other apartments," there are only 5 (five) other apartments and when I'm taking these showers is either way after midnight or during the work day. I know, I need a job, but that's beside the point, Live Journal! I mention it because I'm not competing with anyone for hot water while I'm showering.
- Buzzer - I've lived in New York City (mainly Queens) for 10 years and never had a functioning buzzer. This may have changed today. To be fair, the buzzer did not work until today. The guy who was fixing it came up after testing it and said "it works now." Then continued to say, "it doesn't make a sound but the buzzer opens the door." I said, "you mean when I 'buzz' someone up, there is no 'buzz?'" He nodded then realized that I might not yet sign off on it and said he'd go back down to see if he could fix it. Truth be told, I would have signed off on it since it did save me from having to walk all the way down to open the door when someone visits. Not sure what he did next but within five minutes it was buzzing. I did sign off on it but had to ask if it was possible to turn down the volume of the speaker. As it is, if someone rings our doorbell, a prison alarm sounds in our living room. It's so loud! I understand women always have their cell phones on high volume settings in the event it's at the bottom of their handbags but in a small Manhattan apartment, we do not have that luxury. The living room adjoins the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen. The buzzer fixer said he couldn't turn ours down without turning down the volume for the whole building. I was ok with this but he was not. So, now when you visit, call me ahead of time rather than ringing the bell. If you do ring the bell, understand we may need time clean up the sh*t that just got scared out of us when you did so.
- Good Food - Today we decided to try the Thai Place that is immediately downstairs. It's called The Siam Grill but the menus say "Talent II." They have a decent lunch special...$6.95 for entree and soup or salad. It was pretty filling too...oh, and tasty. I felt dorky though since I showed up wearing a scarf, huge jacket, and knit hat and this place is literally IN my building. The address of The Siam Grill/Talent II is the exact address as me yet, judging by what I was wearing I was expecting to be served in an igloo. Afterward I just went right back upstairs (a decision the curry helped me make). The good news is that the Thai place downstairs and the Mexican place (Zuni) up the block are both tasty enough to revisit...and, oh, don't get me started on my proximity to a Chipotle. I've already been three times.
That's my update.