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June 21, 2005

Is it Really Only the First Day?

Le premier jour heureux d'�t�! Did I write that correctly? Digging into my one year of French from high school was quite laborious�all of those accent marks and whatnot.

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Apparently, today is the first day of summer. I forgot all about the vernal equinox, what with all of that sweltering, humid weather we have already gotten. Nevertheless, this morning I woke to beautiful clear skies and abundant sun. I decided that I needed to celebrate in some way, being that I could use a bit of cheer these days, particularly if it involves going outside�something that I have not been doing, despite my love for wandering.

This brings us to my summer resolutions. I like to make resolutions quarterly, not annually, as I find it hard to keep them no matter what and lessening the time span busts my chops a bit. Behold my goals for the summer...

  1. Walk home from work today. This will be my last walk home from work involving the West Village. Henceforward, the trip will involve some fifteen miles or so�not impossible, but most likely not realistic unless running.
  2. Explore one new neighborhood. This is a tricky one, as it is an activity most cherished by Lex and me and one that has lost much of its grandeur upon his absence. I am open to suggestions�somewhere that does not involve South Brooklyn or any of the Harlems, areas that I know well
  3. Cancel my landline. I am most likely the last person on the planet to cling to my real phone. Today�s goal: cancel it and get used to the cell phone, no matter how much I hate it. Suggest that I use a headset and I will cut you. Done!
  4. Get my mofo dishwasher repaired. It is broken and I am afraid that I will break it further [Read: Flood my downstairs neighbor�s apartment] if I do it myself. Who do you call to get a dishwasher fixed? Plumber? The company that made the appliance?
  5. Get my bedroom wall repaired. Necesito a un contratista. Minor plasterwork. Again, how do you find a good one? And will someone take my cats for the two days that the work occurs?

    ...and finally...

  6. Put the apartment on the market. Late July/early August...the deadline is set. Northern Park Slope, nice breakfast bar, hardwood floors, southern light, great view from the roof�and the coop finally has its act together! The goal is to be out by November.

The last three are reserved for after the job change. As of 9:01 this morning, my main focus is canceling my landline and walking home. Perhaps you will see me tromping over the Brooklyn bridge this evening. Right now, it seems like the perfect celebratory activity.

Posted by callalillie at June 21, 2005 8:40 AM | City Life , The Year of Change


>>Cancel my landline. I am most likely the last person on the planet to cling to my real phone. Today�s goal: cancel it and get used to the cell phone

I'll never use a cell phone unless I can be guaranteed a monthly bill of between $20 and $25, which is what I pay for my cord phone...

Posted by: Kevin Walsh at June 21, 2005 9:17 AM

Funny you should say that. My monthly cell bill is about $30. My landline is $40. I rarely use the landline, and when I do it is local calls, as my parents have an internet phone with a 718 exchange. I have the minimum amount of minutes on my cell, but I have never, in three years, gone over them. Now if only they could make a cell phone that felt like a real phone in my hand...

Posted by: corie at June 21, 2005 9:20 AM

Definitely cancel the landline. I cancelled mine last November and haven't missed it. Actually the only times I miss it are a) forget to charge cell phone b) long conversations are more annoying as I have sneaking fear of brain tumor the size of watermelon c) without a headset, long conversations are annoying d) poignant conversations become more ridiculous when you yell "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW" to the mix.

Posted by: jenn at June 21, 2005 10:11 AM

I like the idea of the quarterly resolution. We have a date to walk across the bridge. I'll walk with you until we part ways at Flatbush - I won't come with you often, because walk way too fast

Posted by: jenn at June 21, 2005 10:15 AM

i havent had a landline since 2001.. and i don't really miss it either. actually, a lot of my friends don't have one and it's never an issue. since it's been like 4 years it almost seems silly to imagine someone talking on a phone that's NOT a cell phone.

Posted by: rachelle at June 21, 2005 10:19 AM

i pay about $30 a month for my landline but i need it for directv. besides getting a headset, you could get a really old cellphone that is big and clunky. that would be just like a landline.

as for dishwasher, you can contact the people you bought it from or the manufacturer. everybody wants to repair stuff as it's generally expensive.

Posted by: tien at June 21, 2005 10:20 AM

A short tale, not intended to sway you at all: On Friday as I was bustling to leave for a wedding, I realized my cell phone service had cut out. I have no land line. And I needed phone service to coordinate things. So I walked to the corner. The first pay phone out of service. The second pay phone another block away had no "three" button. The third, three more blocks away, had the coin slot blocked... and so on. You get the picture. Always the way.

As for neighborhoods, try Queens! Astoria and Jackson Heights for starters. LIC is great, too, but I wouldn't have felt safe in the seedier areas on foot.

Posted by: beth at June 21, 2005 10:29 AM

jenn-- you should walk home w/me tonight.

why is fixing a dishwasher expensive. drat. i should just slap a cabinet in and throw the thing away.

the dying cell phone is one of my fears. i think i might need to invest in a new phone as a result of canceling the landline-- i wonder if i can actually find one that DOESN'T have a camera in it.

Posted by: corie at June 21, 2005 10:48 AM

"Henceforward, the trip will involve some fifteen miles or so � not impossible, but most likely not realistic unless running." Okay, this made me laugh out loud, because if I had to run that far, I would fall over in 3.5 blocks and have a heart attack. If I had to WALK that far, I would probably sit down on a curb and cry until someone gave me a ride. It's things that this that remind me all people are not created equal. After my laughing fit I thought, "Oh yeah, she ran a marathon, that's, like, WAY long." Happy commuting, however you do it!

Posted by: breana at June 21, 2005 11:35 AM

Great resolution! Gorgeous skirt!

Posted by: Sonia at June 21, 2005 11:49 AM

I'm worried that if enough people cancel landline phones, Verizon will discontinue them and I will be forced to accept a massive raise in my monthly phone bill if forced top get a cell phone...

Posted by: Kevin Walsh at June 21, 2005 12:00 PM

you should get a cell phone anyway. i only know one person who doesnt have one (he's 23, can you believe it!?) and it's a major pain when we're trying to meet up places. even my parents got a cell phone - just last weekend!

Posted by: rachelle at June 21, 2005 2:03 PM

Re: the dishwasher.
The repair may be something simple and not necessarily expensive.

Take it from a toolbelt diva/1920s bungalow owner who has learned the hard way: check the yellow pages for "appliance repair" and then go with a repair service that lists your brand as one of their specialties. It's much faster and cheaper than going back to the store where it was purchased.

Good luck!

Posted by: sunshine at June 21, 2005 3:47 PM

Happy Summer! It has finally arrived here in Duluth - I'm actually hot. I celebrated by getting up early (6am for me is earlier that 6:50!) and riding my bike to work. At lunch I sat by the canal and watched the silly tourists and boats and after work I rode the LakeWalk to the groc for a couple things and then back home. It is *hot* (80's) and humid and I'm loving every minute of it!!

Posted by: carrster at June 21, 2005 6:41 PM

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