As a follow-up to my alleged "construction" noise, I got another call from the building desk a few days later at 5:30 in the morning
, saying the downstairs neighbor complained about "tapping" noises. I was lying in bed at the time, so no, I was not tapping or making noise of any kind.
I myself often hear what sounds like hammering or tapping in the ceiling or walls, and am fairly certain it's just the pipes.
In other building news, the bathroom sink drain was getting slow. My next-door neighbor shares these pipes and was having the same problem, so we had the handyman come to both of us Wednesday. He pulled out some sludge, said it was very bad, and told us not to use the sink until a plumber comes. I'm still waiting to see when that will be. I'm making do with the kitchen sink and bathtub.
Fresh Direct came half an hour late today, and the frozen yogurt and diet Fudgsicles were practically melted. Sigh, here we go again. I complained, and they immediately gave me credits and an extra week on the delivery pass.
The tournament is coming soon, so I'm doing more crosswords in books:
"Crosswords for a Rainy Day" by Harvey Estes - decent puzzles.
"Sports Crosswords: 50 All-New All-Star Puzzles" edited by Matt Gaffney - I need practice in sports, and there were times I needed to guess.
I whipped through today's NYT in 4:18, but later discovered I'd done it before, in 2005 when the constructor enclosed it with his At-Homes as a bonus for me to solve.
Non-crossword books I finished:
"Hometown" by Peter Davis - the town is the smallish midwestern city of Hamilton, Ohio (as of 1982), and not much happens.
"Small Steps" by Louis Sachar - "Armpit" is attempting to put his life back together when his orbit intersects with a teen pop star and complications ensue.
"Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer - Why would a kid from a comfortable background subject himself to the isolation and brutality of nature? I'm still not sure, but it was interesting to read about Chris McCandless's experiences and unfortunate demise in Alaska.
Movies I saw:
"Prince of Broadway" (Q&A, Sean Baker, Darren Dean, Karren Karagulian) - the creator of "Take Out" was back with another New York story, about wholesale shops in lower midtown, the immigrants who work in them, and a baby of questionable paternity.
"Sangre de mi Sangre" - more New Yorkers trying to make ends meet, this time in Brooklyn, where a Mexican teen looks for his father, only to find his companion on the trip across the border stole more than his luggage.
"The Signal" - things get weird in the city of Terminus, when a spooky signal jams TVs and phones, and people explode in violence and murder and no one can be trusted. The action is way over the top (talking severed heads?), but I was still scared.
"The Hurt Locker" (Q&A, Jeremy Renner) - this was a last-minute schedule addition, so there was just a small group left over from "The Signal" for the up-close-and-personal Q&A with the star. Looking like it cost more than $11 million, the movie covers a bomb defusion unit in Iraq (filmed in Jordan). Tense, scary, war, explosions. Well-deserved acting nominations for Renner (who I remembered from "The It Factor") and Anthony Mackie.