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Cheri and I took the plunge today and finally replaced our grimy old couch. We got the Ektorp loveseat from Ikea with the cover that matches our other chair (not pictured).
Yesterday we reserved a pick-up truck to rent from Avis to haul the couch from Ikea to our apartment. We did this because it was much cheaper than having the loveseat delivered ($80 versus $300).
We had made the reservation to pick up the truck this morning at 10 am. When we got there we were told that the truck was being brought in from another location and would be there shortly. Shortly translated to 90 minutes. We were easily upset since we wanted to return the truck the same day. When the truck finally arrived I asked for a discount and the Avis guy surprisingly gave me one. He knocked $30 off our rental. Cheri and I were pleased as we drove down to Ikea to pick up our new couch.
While we were down there we saw a coffee table we liked too that was on sale and went ahead and picked it up. As you can see from the picture its been put to good use.
Sunday night (read, 2 AM), our apartment flooded. Cheri woke up to a noise in the kitchen and yelled to me that the apartment was flooding. After a frantic search for my glasses I took a look under the sink to find the hose that connects the sink to the dishwasher had busted and water was flowing. The entire kitchen, bathroom, and half the living room were soaked.
Needless to say, we shut off the water and called the emergency maintenance line. In about 30 minutes the maintenance guy showed up with a wet-vac and soaked up the water, ripped up the carpet, removed (most of) the soaked carpet padding, and placed two carpet dryers on the floor.
Its been a few days now and the carpets are almost dry. Hopefully things will work out so we don’t have to move or anything. We’re just glad that we were home when it happened.
Well, once again, this weekend came and went. And the only thing that stayed the same was the garbage pile up at the trash compactor. It was monstrous this week. It was probably the largest pile up I’ve seen since living in this complex. One thing that I just don’t get is that there is another complex next door to ours that has a trash compactor at their entrance too, but they never have an issue with the compactor breaking down and having residents pile up their garbage in front. Maybe people in my complex are just too stupid or inconsiderate to know what to do when the compactor is full. I guess we’ll never know.
But next week, our property management (Camden) will be giving each resident a “receptacle” to place our garbage in to place outside of our apartment doors. Then, each evening a maintenance worker will come by and collect any garbage we put outside our doors (a free service for now, but when we renew our lease, then it will be like $30 a month). I wonder if this will alleviate the weekend garbage pile up or not.
Last year when I moved into my apartment, I loved everything about it. It was a great size, the layout was wonderful, and the area we lived in was very nice. But then I noticed an issue with the trash compactor (as noted here and here). When the compactor was full, people tended to leave their garbage on the ground in front of the compactor. This led to the issue of not being able to actually reach the compactor when the compactor (which runs on a timer) was empty. Thus, every weekend, the compactor would fill up and we would be left with a huge pile of trash (as shown above).
Previously, it would pile up almost every other day. But recently, its only been piling up on the weekends. I think this is because most people tend to wait until the weekend to take out their garbage (this is the only place in the entire complex to do so). So by the end of the week, most people have 2 or 3 bags of garbage to get rid of. Because of this, the compactor gets over-worked and the pile of garbage shows up once again.
Starting on June 10th, our property management is going to start providing “valet garbage service” to everyone in the complex. Basically, we can now leave our garbage outside our doors, and in the evening, maintenance workers will come collect the garbage and put it in the compactor. Hopefully, this will cut down on the garbage pile ups, but we’ll see if that actually happens.
As reported earlier, my apartment complex has a large trash compactor at the entrance to the parking lot. Here is where everyone is supposed to dispose of their household garbage. Since the last time I wrote about this subject, the management has finally gotten the compactor working. Thus no more need for a dumpster parked right next to the compactor. Unfortunately, I think people are using the compactor incorrectly.
What you are supposed to do, is walk (or drive) your trash to the front of the complex, open the compactor’s door, toss in your trash, and close the door. But apparently, no one follows this logic. Instead, people just leave their garbage on the ground right in front of the compactor. And once one person does this, everyone else follows suit. Then after a while, there will be so much trash on the ground in front of the compactor, that I can’t even access the compactor door to throw my own trash into it. Thus, I must join in the trash free-for-all by leaving my garbage on the ground as well.
I just don’t understand what can cause a person to just leave their garbage on the ground when they can easily access the door to properly dispose of it. That’s like loading the dishwasher, filling up the soap container, and saying, “I think I’ll just go play hackey sack instead.” Just finish the job! You’ve taken the garbage this far, just open the door, and throw it in! There aren’t any buttons to press, no dials to turn, no levers to pull. Just a door and chute. You don’t even have to push it into the compactor. Since the chute is vertical in design, gravity will do the rest!
Damn I wish I had a digital camera so I could share in the chaos.
I believe I witnessed one of the laziest acts of mankind.
At our apartment complex, instead of having multiple dumpsters situated strategically around the parking lot, we have one mammoth trash compactor at the entrance to our complex. But since there is only one of these in a complex that has approximately 20 (give or take) buildings, most people take their garbage out on their way out (you know, when they go boar hunting, salsa dancing, or whatever it is people around here do).
Personally, I usually just walk the garbage to the compactor from my building. I don’t like the idea of putting a bag of garbage in the trunk to bring out when I leave in the morning. Mainly because I’m afraid I’ll forget about it and then open the trunk a week later to discover that I invented the mobile compost heap.
But on our way back from dinner one evening. I noticed someone taking their garbage out to the compactor in an unusual manner. Instead of opening their trunk and driving the garbage to the compactor, they decided it would be quicker and easier to transport the waste on top of the trunk. Not inside. On top of the trunk.
How hard is it to open your trunk and place a bag of refuse inside it?
Maybe they had to protect their precious subwoofers or didn’t want to ruin the leather interior—of the trunk! Who is going to see the inside of your trunk? No one will ever notice the dirtiness of your trunk (unless you decide to kidnap someone; and if you make it to that point, does it even matter what your trunk is like?).
Obviously the person doing this lived in a building that was fairly close to the compactor. I deduce this because if you lived on the opposite side of the complex (like me), then you aren’t going to place garbage on top of your car without securing it. It could fall off the car during, scatter in the parking lot, and you have the embarrassing job of cleaning up your Tiger Beat magazines and boxes upon boxes of empty Little Debbie snack cakes.
If the person lived close enough to the compactor to manage transporting their garbage in these means, why didn’t they just walk it over in the first place? It would have saved on gas, saved time, and it would have saved them from being the subject of this post.
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