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I Got One Foot On A Banana Peel, The Other In The Twilight Zone

Just about a year ago, my upstairs neighbor accidentally started a fire in his unit a couple of floors above me. That set off the sprinklers, and the consequent torrent pretty much destroyed my apartment. I ended up relocating three times before settling down at pad #3, where I currently abide.

And recently, one of my new neighbors apparently thought he was possessed, and did the old "exorcism by fire" routine. Luckily, my damages are minimal -- a busted door (firefighters, when evacuating a building, apparently follow the "knock once with a hand, then knock with an axe" philosophy, and I really can't say I blame them) and, somehow, a really, really battered internet connection.

I was on my way to a business meeting at the time, so I wasn't there to answer the first knock. And Mr. Duckie was firmly ensconced in his rolling home, secured to my dashboard, so he was never in any danger.

I have no idea how they're connected, or even if they are, but that's how things stand here in West Nowhere, New Hampshire...


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Comments (8)

File for TARP funds, can't ... (Below threshold)

File for TARP funds, can't hurt and may help. mpw

JT, you've got to start scr... (Below threshold)

JT, you've got to start screening your neighbors better!

If I were you, I'd be sure ... (Below threshold)

If I were you, I'd be sure I always had at least two functioning smoke detectors in my home!

Now I think I've lived an i... (Below threshold)

Now I think I've lived an interesting life so far, but I admit I cannot say that my apartment was damaged after my neighbor attempted exorcism by fire.

Jay, it's time for you to t... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Jay, it's time for you to take control of your life. Given low home prices, low interest rates, and government incentives there may never be a better time to buy a single family home. It's always a stretch getting into your first home, but if you can afford it you'll likely never regret it. At least look into it.

I'm thinking we all need to... (Below threshold)

I'm thinking we all need to chip in and buy Jay a beanie with a propeller. My guess is he's the type with a little raincloud that follows him around all the time, hovering just over his head.

+1 for the superb, albeit s... (Below threshold)

+1 for the superb, albeit somewhat obscure to those outside the area, pop culture reference.

Same advice as Mac Lorry...... (Below threshold)

Same advice as Mac Lorry...

Get the hell out of apartment dwelling hell and either buy a house or start renting one where you no longer have menaces living in the same structure.






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