Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis
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The randomest ever

In the past few weeks I have found myself paying attention to the way people walk. Their gate, their strides. It's amazing how different they all are. But, while I can easily spot differences - this guy walks way differently than that guy - I'm at a loss to spot why. Are his hips being used differently? His knees? Is his posture different. It's kind of driving me a little crazy.

I have the same issue with accents. I can tell if you are from South Jersey or Minnesota. I can tell the difference between Alabama and North Carolina and can nail a Pittsburghian with about 2 syllables BUT I have no clue why. Ditto with Indian, French, New Zealand, Australian... I'm sure it's vowels but are they long/short/hard/soft? What am I hearing and how do I know? I have no idea.

I got the donuts... General Porpoise. Here's the thing. In a vacuum, they are heaven. Perfect. Wonderful. But $4.65 for a donut???? I'm not sure I'm down with that.

On the other hand, I saved $1,250 today. So maybe $4.65 per isn't so bad. The homeowners association has started cracking down on hot water heater replacement. You must replace yours every 10 years. MUST. I totally get and appreciate their doing this. And they are sourcing and managing bulk installs to both keep the cost down and the hassle. All you have to do is say yes and fork over $1,250. The building management will take care of everything else - installation, removal, etc and you don't even have to be home. It's a sweet deal.

BUT they want to do this in January. And in January, I will be paying them nearly $7,000 for a special assessment (roof and tuckpointing). My water heater is top of the line. And, I rarely even use it. I shower at the gym every day, I don't use the dishwasher, I wash my clothes in cold water.

So I replied to the email asking for an extension and got a reply that they would ping me again next year. WHEW! And nice. The 'new' building manager (ok so he's now been here two years but still...new-ish kinda) has annoyed me in a million ways but lately not so much.

Ok, time to get back to the sewing machine.
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