Sunday, February 25, 2007
Steam Room or My Apartment?
I'm learning that there are consequences for choosing a "charming" apartment in an old buiding. This is the latest in what seems to be a never-ending string of potentially hazardous "issues" involving apartment *806, where I live. Here's what happened to me this morning. Around 8am this morning I grew tired of the constant hiss being emitted from my bedroom radiator, which heats up the entire apartment. I notice, too, that the clothes next to the radiator are completely soaked. So I go to twist the nob and see that even more steam escapes, and the hissing is angrier. I'm pretty sure my radiator called me a bitch as well. So I try and turn the thing off without exacerbating the steam problem when the ENTIRE NOZZLE unscrews completely and falls off and my room immediately fills with a steam that quickly travels throughout my apartment. It's around 8:30am or so. For the next hour my apartment turns into a steam room. I opened all the windows and my front door, gather my laptop, digital camera and ipod and sit in the hallway with my dog Bean who's scared out of her wits and shaking uncontrollably. Steam is now pouring out of my apartment into the hallway and it starts to rain in my corridor. Around 9:30am or so the plumber arrives. At one point I went back inside to find my video camera and couldn't find it at first. Then I remembered it was in my closet, right outside my bedroom, and go in and grab it. But the water already worked its magic and I can't get it to record. Fortunately I was able to get video from my Canon PowerShot, which I may post on YouTube or MySpace. Not sure yet. Anyway, it's been an eventful day so far. Oh, I also burned my left hand and cannot put warm water on it without it burning.
Anyone else have rental horror stories? Feel free to share or vent. I did.
*Not my actual apartment number.