Thursday, September 24, 2009

The heat is on!

Well, a moment I've been dreading has come: the building management for my apartment building has turned on the central heating. It's 76° F outside, and they've turned on the heat. Now I have to pay for the heat that they are wasting, plus I have to pay for the electricity to run an air conditioner to remove the heat from the apartment, unless I want to croak from hyperthermia in 90° temperatures. I can't believe the incompetence of this company. How do they make their decisions?

At the same time, there's been no move to fix the increasingly severe leak in my kitchen. I called ista-CIS again, and they told me they'd send someone out on Monday morning. We'll see. In the meantime, I have to empty the 6-litre bucket in the kitchen every 2-3 hours.

I tried bringing some things to the store that just opened in my neighborhood that sells your stuff on eBay. They accepted two of the things I brought, but not the third, which was just too worthless in their estimation. I don't have much to sell because the government seized my personal property years ago, and of course I've never had the means to replace anything. But I'm trying to scoop up whatever trinkets I can find and maybe get something for them. I only have €20 left for many weeks to come, so every euro helps.

My last grocery errand brought me to the Carrefour City supermarket I talked about a few posts ago, in order to see what the place was like. The choices were poor, the prices were no better than Monoprix, and the lines in front of the cash registers were all 20 minutes long. I won't go back. The only advantage it had was that it was on the way back from school, but that's not enough of an advantage to stop going to Monop Daily.

Several people have reneged on debts they owed me, leaving me even more poverty stricken. I have a diet of flavored rice and pound cake with milk.