living in a condo is the absolute best.
- i love having little responsibility for home upkeep.
- i enjoy knowing that i have many neighbours close by (luckily, mine are all quiet, and very nice people).
- going on vacation? lock the door and walk away. no worries about who will mow the lawn, or about potential break-ins.
- snowfall overnight? the shoveling and plowing are done for you (as well as gardening and lawn care in the warmer months). yes, i will gladly pay a condo fee for someone else to do these laborious tasks.
i think i’ve mentioned before that the only two things i really miss about being a house-owner are: 1) handing out hallowe’en candy 2) slugging in grocery bags: it was much more convenient to go from garage -> side door than it is now where it’s garage -> over the parking lot -> up the elevator -> down the hall -> into the condo.
when you live in a condo, you are a member of a community. with residents of various ages and stages of life all living under the same roof, priorities will vary, likes and dislikes will be different. what’s a big deal to someone will be small potatoes to another. luckily, (again) i’d say our building’s residents all get along the majority of the time. that being said, people are funny! remember how someone or someoneS uses the garbage room as their own personal dumping ground?
tangent: i can’t believe that no one has picked up this gem of a book (the bottom one, there) from the recycling room lending library!
two situations that made me chuckle and shake my head came to my attention this past week:
1) for many years, the street lights that line our street have been non-functional. when you along the street-side sidewalk towards the condo building, it’s as black as the ace of spades (as mom would say). i make sure to have all senses on full alert when it’s dark (5 p.m. at this time of year) and i’m making my way home. it’s not a spooky-scary, deserted stretch, by any means, but still, some light would be most welcome. long-time residents have grumped about how we need light along the street, we deserve light, there is no light…blah blah, you get the picture.
finally this past week, the streetlights were activated!
now, the sidewalk and roadway are illuminated beautifully:
but now, would you believe it, people are griping because the lights are TOO bright! i was chatting with our super and he asked me what i thought of the new streetlights. well, to be honest, i had not even noticed them! the super said he had received a couple of complaints that the lighting is too strong, (someone couldn’t sleep with the light coming in the window??!) so our super is going to send a follow-up letter to the city. after observing the degree of lighting, i have no issue whatsoever (and the condo casa does face that street-side direction). we have streetlights, people! let’s rejoice!
2) another asset in our building is the fitness room. thanks to having this workout space, i don’t even need a gym membership. it’s got cardio equipment, weights, stretching mats, and – huge bonus! – a tv! it’s all you could want for a (personal) fitness centre.
because it’s not that large of a room, it can get a little stuffy. luckily, we have a nice big window that you can open to let in the fresh air. well, there are decided fresh air fans, and fresh air detesters among the gym-goers! (full confession – i am on the “bring in the outside air!!!” team).
the week before last, this sign appeared at the window:
…and just for good measure, there’s a repeat reminder at the lights by the door!
again, in chatting with the super [sidenote: if you ever need any building
gossip info, you always seek out the super], he said that someone had requested the note because the room was freeeeezing when he came in to use it. this little situation makes me laugh because it is just common courtesy to close up the window, turn off the lights etc when you leave (in my opinion) but some people need etiquette reminders, it would appear. and this scenario highlights how you need a little give and take when sharing personal space with others. (for example, i don’t issue a formal complaint when i walk in and it’s 85 degrees and smelly, in there!)
i could go on to whine about people not putting away the weights or cleaning off the equipment, but we’ll leave that topic for another day…when i can complain again.
(for sunday november 13): yesterday i was thankful for the fact that my hair is growing longer!!!
i definitely need a hairband or clip or else my bangs are too shaggy in my eyes. and the back is shoulder-length! not getting another hair-chop til 2013, i swear!