Notes on 2018's home displacement

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For the last three years each winter we have had to leave our home because of rain leaking in. I often get so caught up in the process, I forget to publicly document it. While I take notes and photos, I haven’t shared the experience, and I think that is important. And this displacement has been very strange, as we are staying in a different unit in the same building. The following are random notes and observations I’d like to share.

The horrible screeching sound from above

This year the leak started Nov 21. If that date seems interesting to you, it is because it is the day before American Thanksgiving, as in the Wed. before a four day weekend. The leak was in our hallway, the center of our apartment.


As I email the company, asking for details of The horrible screeching sound from above, I am reminded that during this latest bout, I learned that another tenant in another building is having trouble with their heater or pilot, and would prefer to be home when they come and check on it. Because I was copied on their thread.

And then the person apologized to me, privately. And then the tenant replied all, and I go the response. Because my property management company is a living lesson is the dangers of ignoring integrity and dignity.

And it isn’t the first or second time they’ve done this. I guess “maiki” is just one of those super common American names…