Saturday, June 16, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007
Waxing Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde
Hot and humid

Terrific couple of days, but came home to complete and utter chaos.

Newport was fascinating, and I learned ever so much. I know how different it feels to use a tiller or a wheel. I know the difference between a wood hull and a fiberglass one. I realized how enormous an actual sail is as it’s hoisted. I’m trying to cram in over 150 years of history. It’s frustrating, because so little was written recently. The weather was pretty blustery, which made it even more interesting.

The layers of Newport are interesting – the regular people who live and work there, who are friendly and helpful and very inclusive; the insulated and isolated super-rich; and the rude effing tourists who behave horribly. In Newport, the locals are still polite to rude tourists, whereas in NYC, they’ll ream your ass when you’re rude,

There’s so much information that my head is spinning, and I don’t know how I’ll distill it down for the article. I’ll have to find a way.

Lovely time at the Book Barn in Niantic – found some great books, and sat under a tree in a chair to read one for awhile, drinking coffee and playing with several of the place’s thirteen cats.

Came home tired, but happy – but that quickly eroded. The dirt, the noise, the debris are out of control. It’s been two months since the second flood and three months since the first. One expects some chaos in the clean up and rebuilding process, but not only are things getting worse instead of better, the landlords and workers are getting more and more heavy-handed, less communicative, and throwing their weight around. Uh, no. And then they’re using very loud power tools in the parking lot next door – the other building in the complex – and the noise echoes off all the walls and is even louder. And they kept it up until nearly ten o’clock at night. For no discernable reasons. Had they gone past ten, I would have called the cops because they’d have broken the city noise ordinance. Needless to say, I got a migraine.

In addition, they went in to replace the intercom at my neighbor’s – if you’ll remember, I told them they couldn’t come in while I was away. Not only did they not put it next to the door, where the intercom was before – and where it’s logical for an intercom to go – they ripped out part of her kitchen to put it in (let me add that, in the layout of these places, that is the FARTHEST point in these apartments from the door), didn’t move what was in the way, they made a mess and didn’t clean up after themselves. This is NOT acceptable. I shot off an angry missive to the tenants’ organization (since I’m merely a tenant now and not a representative). And, if they try to pull that s*** with me next week, I’ll toss them out by their belt loops. I’m not rearranging my kitchen so they can put in something that won’t work for me in that location. And, if the position of the intercoms needed to be changed, we needed to know BEFORE they invaded the various apartments. They certainly don’t have the right to come in and tear up whatever they want without the tenant’s prior knowledge or consent.

So instead of being able to work on my article and get back to City of Lost, I had to deal with this crap. I’m sick of it!

And today I have two shows on my least favorite track.

Yeah, Mercury’s Retrograde all right!

Thank goodness I had a couple of days away or I’d be in the hospital from the sheer stress of it all by now.


Published in: on June 16, 2007 at 6:23 am  Comments (6)  


  1. Glad you’re back. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Those workies sound like an absolute nightmare. Sorry you have to put up with all that crap.

  2. Newport sounds lovely! I’m glad you’re back though.

    It’s time to speed up the transition to writing full time and get the heck out of your apartment! No one should have to deal with the bullshit and stress you’re having to manage. Love ya!

  3. Last night I was walking my dog through the wooded path in my neighborhood, only to hear the peaceful strains of a chainsaw. This was around 9:30 pm. Great time to take down a tree. Too bad that guy doesn’t live next to the guy who mowed his lawn at 7:00 am Saturday morning.

  4. Welcome home! Sounds like you had a great time but what a mess to come back to.

  5. Goodness! It really does sound as though you had a great time. Sorry to hear you had to come back to the stress and mess of it all. I am sending a huge wish for good things for you!

  6. The trip to Newport sounds lovely. I wonder if all those rude tourists are that rude at home?

    And the yahoos in charge of your building need to be taken out and flogged.

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