Wednesday, April 04, 2007

This n that

I've got a new morning delight. The newspaper is delivered to my door every morning. An English newspaper too, which is not even sold in my neighborhood. Blogging edged out my news junkiness some time ago, and since I don't have internet access during my work day, my news intake was limited to the free French paper in the metro. Now I have something to take with me each day, to read during breaks, and more Sudoku puzzles. I've started up doing the crossword again, a long ago infatuation that I'm revisiting. I hate myself for having forgotten those crossword words, you know, like "Oman port city" or " Ezekial's son". Words you don't need to know unless you're completing the crossword. I used to pride myself on being able to finish the New York Times weekend crossword, but now, humbled, I can't. Give me a few months.

We signed a lease for the apartment yesterday. The lease doesn't start until July, but we found a tenant within 24 hours of posting the ad on Craigslist. When the new tenant came to sign the lease, spouse was sure to point out that laundry is not to be done after 10. "Of course," he replied rolling his eyes, "everybody knows that". I piped in, "Well your future next door neighbor doesn't seem to." I'm reluctant to bitch at the girl who doesn't seem to know what everybody knows because we want her to stay for another year. She's still deciding if she's going to move in July, but she pays rack rate for her apartment, and she lives alone and is hardly home. My kind of upstairs neighbor - except for the late night laundry doing. When she decides whether or not she's staying is when I'll mention it to her. It was better last night, she finished her laundry at 10:45. I sound old being cranky about noise at 10:45. So be it.

20 comments:

St. Dickeybird said...

Meh. Start locking the laundry room at 10.

And now you've reminded me to start crosswording again.

Jason said...

I have yet to use the words, "elan" and "oleo" in a sentence (apart from this one).

Patricia said...

my old condo, we couldn't do laundry between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. i think 10 is being generous!

even now, in our own house, i still sometimes squeal with delight if i start a load of clothes at 6 a.m.

now that makes me sound old.

Ed said...

I work the USA Today crossword puzzle on line each weekday.
Go ask Renter nicely to please refrain from making noise after 10. If she refuses then it would be best if she left.
It is wicked cold today what happened to spring?

em said...

What? You are rusty on crossword? But you still do Scrabble and all those other online games!

GayProf said...

Don't forget that Asta was the Thin Man's dog. That always seems to come up on crosswords.

Lewis said...

Definitely lock that laundry room at 10. Her 10:45 finish time is about two hours after my bed time. As for crosswords, I'm not smart enough.....

Chunks said...

I like the easy to medium crossword puzzles, I keep a book in my minivan for when I am on a hurry up and wait mission. Who sounds old now?

Oh and the laundry lady? It could be worse, try to imagine that the washing machine is her bed rumbling. It might give you the chuckle you need!

dirk.mancuso said...

Just how loud is this washing machine?

(This said by the guy who sleeps through anything.)

La Sequencia said...

Oh, yes... words like ort and ogee.

Snooze said...

I would do my laundry at 11. She might not be aware of how distracting the noise is.

Cooper said...

I confess to doing my laundry after 10pm quite often. I don't live in an apartment, though. She may not be aware she is disturbing anyone.


Don't forget ocelot or wapiti. I've seen both those on several crosswords.

dbv said...

cranky, that sounds generous!! i have the 9 to 9 rule, no noise before or after, special occasions notwithstanding!!

David said...

My building is 8PM to 7AM, and it's in the basement where no one can here it. That's just annoying.

Cincy Diva said...

Actually I do laundry late at night. Due to my schedule, it's the only time I have free. Maybe she has the same dilemma.

Doug said...

You could install cork on your ceiling.

Enemy of the Republic said...

That's a good thing about a house: you can do the laundry at two. But if it doesn't have a yard, who cares?

Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

I was once soooooo modestly proud that I could complete the NYT crossword puzzle everyday in ink, in under five minutes, with never a scratch through.
I guess now I'm proud that I COULD do that.
Damn, I'm an old fart.

dawn said...

I had no idea that I wasn't supposed to do laundry after 10. That's my laundry time actually.

I am the bitch upstairs in my building, apparently.

Lemuel said...

Believe me I understand the laundry at 11 thing. It may not be laundry, but the concept is the same for us and one reason we will be glad to be out of our townhome. It seems some people just do not understand the concept of consideration.