After a glorious first day of work, I came home last night to find something wrong. Seriously wrong. I walked in my brand new apartment and heard what sounded liked water under me. Actually it sounded more like I was walking on a waterbed. Upon further investigation I noticed water coming out of the cracks in my floorboards. I also noticed lots of water coming out of the baseboards. For a split second I freaked, but soon realized that wouldn’t fix my floor. I called my landlord, who speaks a little English, to try to explain my situation. I don’t think she understood the severity of it, as she calmly said she’ll stop by tomorrow morning.
I woke up this morning around 8, to two maintenance men knocking on my door. Apparently the store below my apartment had water coming through the ceiling. I told the men to come in my apartment and showed them the water. Two men quickly turned into four, then seven or eight. The men began pulling up my wood floor in search of the problem. They moved my refrigerator and dining table to access my sink. Apparently when the hot water got turned on yesterday a pipe burst. Good to know it wasn’t something I did! When I left for work around 10 am half my floor was gone and the men were working to vacuum up the water.
So where am I right now? I’m at the office blogging, before I sleep here. Luckily our office has two big IKEA couches, a kitchen area and two bathrooms. Sure sleeping without a blanket sucks. I could probably use a shower too, since I didn’t shower yesterday or this morning. Ok, I look more like a Geico caveman. On the bright side, tonight I ate a hot meal, have a roof over my head and things will be fixed tomorrow. I could be in a much worse situation. Millions of people live below the poverty level and would be happy to shower once a week. A few days without a shower won’t kill me. Plus I’ve got Degree Powder Fresh.
Like I said before, “In China everything is possible, but nothing is easy.” Amen to that.