Saturday, January 30, 2010


Tenants milling about, trying to go home.

IT'S GETTING TO BE A HABIT. EVERY YEAR OR SO, I receive a notice from Con Edison (the gas, electricty company) full of regrets. I immediately feel their pain. Because it will soon be my pain too...unless...
Alas, the management of the building I live in seems to be engaged in the Sherry House/ Con Ed yearly gotcha marathon. Maybe just to take our minds off impending terror trials/ strikes, disappearing subway routes, (due to renovations...where did that station go?), unmentionable inflation, etc. So I just received a neatly written note informing us that management has not paid a $1660.00 security deposit , and soooo sorry, but unless Con Ed receives the payment very soon they will have to turn off service to the commonly used areas of the building.
Hmmm, let me see. That would include interior lights, heat to the building, (now 16 degrees), garbage compactor, laundry room, and oh yes, ELEVATOR! A mere hop, skip and a jump for us to traverse 18 stories. And of course, no deliveries to be received, no visitors (or maybe) bearing flashlights or glowing candles, perhaps all the shrinks in the building meeting their patients on a landing or in the lobby, no light for postman in mail room...I'll stop now. BUT, this is own personal space, my apartment will not be affected, because I maintain such a fine relationship with Con Ed. I pay my bills. So it looks like I'll be able to flaunt my brightly lighted apartment, in the midst of a darkness that may invite my gothic imagination to take hold.
Last time around I called management in a panic...they asked me to hold...I'm still waiting. I found the supe (superintendant) who reassured me with the NY answer...Nahhh, ain't happenin'. Met fellow tenants clutching letters..did you get one too? I did phone Con Ed...Press 1 if you speak English...I finally got to press 7..very polite rep asked me if that was a form letter? Nothing to fear but fear itself... I actually bought into those winter games. Turned out, the supe was right. This time, pretty much a big yawn...What, me worry?
But what if?


Salon Delucca said...

you make impending doom sound almost better! so nothing really going to happen? - hmmmm, seems a big waste of money sending out notices that don't mean anything - interesting cycle xxo

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
Wasting money in NYC? Since this seems to be a game of chicken, I'd say so. Never a dull moment! You'll see!!

Unknown said...

Hi Lyn,

Is that your apartment building??!! Stay dry, stay warm, stay safe. Throw the letter in the trash!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
No, mine's a bit more humble..I just liked the lost souls wandering around...
Trash it is!

rallentanda said...

Solution..wear a miners helmet
( one of those with the light in the front and carry a strong flashlight and wear a whistle around your neck ..just in case!)

Lyn said...

Hi Rall-
Thanks ...I like the know how to whistle, don't you??

Unknown said...

Sounds as if you're all being held hostage by the utility company necessitating a game of chicken between the supe and ConEd. How entertaining for you, Lyn!

Lyn said...

Hi Jane-
What we have here are 2 business entities(utility & real estate) that may not always be I've learned that taking this with a grain of salt is all I can do..and keep a stash of batteries..

Tess Kincaid said...

Yikes! Keep us posted, Lyn.

Lyn said...

Hi Willow-
Dancing in the dark, anyone?
Can't imagine why the landlord can't come up with the bucks.. will let you know...


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