Move to Baghdad

I would need all of my fingers and most of my toes to count the number of times the power in my building has gone out
since I moved to Silver Spring. During 2006, I
am to understand that the majority of the problems relate directly to Pepco, and in particular to flooding that interrupts
(for whatever reason) electricity to my building. Call me anal, but I am sick and tired of resetting all my clocks and
reprogramming my answering machine.

When I asked the building manager about the problem he mentioned that just a few years ago the power went out, and stayed out, for over a week. Did you say a week, my brain screamed?

The latest infrastructure meltdown is water. For the past two days I woke to find I could not flush the toilet or wash my hands. Can you imagine not being able to shower or make coffee in the morning before work?

I might as well move to Baghdad. At least here I don’t have to worry about teenage insurgents with bombs strapped to their chests, but the reliablity of basic services is about the same.

4 Comments so far

  1. Max (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    You own an answering machine?! If that’s true, I’m surprised that you know what indoor plumbing is. Time to break into the 21st century man!


  2. Doug (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 10:42 am

    I’m more of a 21st Century Schizoid Man.


  3. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    Doug, I recommend moving to Bangkok instead of Baghdad. At least there you get cold water showers, relatively little violence compared with Baghdad or DC and warm weather all year round.

    Oh, crap – I just talked myself into it again. I’m outta here!


  4. Doug (unregistered) on January 12th, 2007 @ 11:34 am

    PS. (Max) The only reason I have an answering machine (and I had to dig it out of the archives) is because in order to have DSL via Verizon, you must have a landline. So, the AM is there to field calls because I never use it.

    PS2: (Carl) I hear Bangkok is nice, not to mention the house ladies. One more prod and I may stop threatening and go expat.



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