Thursday, September 16, 2010


For the past few weeks, the entryway of my building has been in the dark. It took me a while to notice it (yeah, sometimes I don't pay attention to things) but once I did, I sent an email to our building's superintendent. A week later, we were still in the dark, so I called her office and left a message. Today, I noticed that people have been propping the front door open in order to make the pitch-black entryway less dangerous. I understand the reasoning behind this but I don't want my front door open 24-7 so I called the super on her cell. She said she heard my message and would send someone to take care of it soon. Great... but wait... so nobody else in the building contacted her? You mean all my neighbors who were bitching & moaning about it did not even bother to report the situation? Granted, lots of my neighbors were still away on vacation but those who remained indeed did notice that the light bulb was dead and indeed wasted no time to use this occasion to bitch & moan about the new superintendent.
I assumed they were bitching & moaning because they had contacted the superintendent or had informed her of the situation (which seems like the logical thing to do) to no avail, but apparently not. Who does that? Is it really that hard to pick up the phone and call? Why waste time and energy complaining about it instead of actually taking concrete steps to make the situation better? Boh... at times I really do feel like an alien in this country.


Anonymous said...

Dear Romerican,
I know exactly what you mean. I really can't stand the incessant moaning with no action sometimes. But then I figure a lot of people here enjoy moaning. I think it makes them feel superior in some way and that seems to outweigh the inconvenience. Oh dear, I'm sounding very bitter!!

Anonymous said...

Signora,credo di poterle rispondere : poichè, i suoi vicini ritengono che se anche contattassero l'amministratore, nulla sarà risolto. E, di conseguenza lasciano correre.

Romerican said...

Mi sembra un ragionamento ridicolo, se mi permetti. Visto che l’amministratrice non ha la palla di cristallo, sarebbe utile e intelligente segnalare i guasti che riguardano il nostro palazzo e la nostra sicurezza. Un ragionamento del genere non porta da nessuna parte, il palazzo sarebbe rimasto nel buio per sempre allora. Comunque, alla fine, l’amministratrice HA risolto il problema (anche perche viene pagata per farlo).