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March 13, 2006

Momentarily Speechless

The exterminator paid us a visit on Saturday morning. He had been working with our building for a long time and explained how amazed he was that our apartment was the same one that he had visited a few years ago.

"You did a great job fixing it up," he said, which made me puff up with pride. "You must have done a lot of work."

"Yes," I said, and went on to describe the nicotine stained walls and gigantic eye drawn on our ceiling.

We chatted for a bit more until he was finished baiting the apartment. As I walked him to the door, he paused at the bathroom and asked if he could peek his head inside. I gave him the go ahead and was in the midst of patting Alexis and I on the back for doing such a nice job when the exterminator asked, without a hint of humor,

"Does the shower still have handcuffs attached to it? I guess the other tenants took those with them."

Posted by callalillie at March 13, 2006 8:57 AM | Home Improvement , Red Hook


What a great story! I want to know more - were they real, pro handcuffs, or covered with fur? Were they on the curtain rod, the showerhead, or what? I always love trying to figure out what was going on when previous owners of a house did something, and why, but this one is the best I've ever heard. Too bad they weren't still there, although I could see it creeping one out a little.

Posted by: mark at March 13, 2006 10:36 AM

I didn't ask but, looking back on it, I should have. I did go into the shower and try to figure out where they might have been. My guess is that they were attached to one of the shower heads that was broken when we moved in (it's a double headed shower).

Posted by: corie at March 13, 2006 10:39 AM

did i say yet that you guys should put in kohler shower system in your bathroom?

Posted by: tien at March 13, 2006 11:28 AM

ha! you mean one of these things?

if we owned the place, we'd consider it, though I do feel guilty every now and again for wasting so much water with what we have.

Posted by: corie at March 13, 2006 11:31 AM

When I moved into my flat the previous occupier had left a stripdancing pole in the middle of the bedroom...

Posted by: lara at March 13, 2006 1:09 PM

There was . . . wait. That eye is TERRIBLE. I mean . . . and, was there an arrow drawn pointing at it? So--if by some bizarre chance you hadn't already seen it--you could?

Posted by: gorjus at March 13, 2006 3:16 PM

I think the arrow was leading people from the doorway to it. There was some text on the wall, too, but I can't remember what it said.

Posted by: corie at March 13, 2006 3:55 PM

yeah, that thing. i considered it, but i found i didn't really have the space.

Posted by: tien at March 13, 2006 4:41 PM

ARRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH - that is too funny.

(I'm so jealous of your double-headed shower!!)

Posted by: carrster at March 13, 2006 11:51 PM

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