Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Super super and nice neighbors

What's the definition of a super super? Someone who comes to your apartment at 6:30 in the morning to fix your bathtub/shower, so you can get ready to go to work on time. It's also someone who follows up on your behalf and works hard to ensure you're happy with the work he and his team are doing.

That's Tom, or Big T, as he's also known (he's very, very tall!).

Met some more of our neighbors at a little party here in the building. Everyone seems very nice and friendly, willing to talk to the new kids on the block!

Also scored some storage space in the building, so we moved some of our boxes in there (like Rachel's keepsakes and some extra chairs). We have a few more items to put in there, but that was enough for one evening.

Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the details of renovation and moving to the point where you lose perspective. Saw a segment on BBC News tonight about some people in South Africa who can't find work and live in tin shacks. They showed this one absolutely lovely woman who cannot find a job, who lives in one of these shacks. Inside, it was spotlessly clean. But there was no running water, just a hot plate, and when it rains, the roof leaks badly. Why should this woman, who seems intelligent and responsible, have such trouble finding meaningful work so that she can afford to live in a real home? We're no better than she, and yet look how much we have.

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