Photo of a local fishmonger's lovely underwater mural on aluminum shutters. I took this photo while standing across the street; you can see the mural's reflections in the rain-slick sidewalk pavement.
It's not just the weather that's wet and unseasonably cool. Our hallway carpet is being continuously soaked from a leaking hot water tank. After three weeks of waiting for the gardien to bring a plumber, we sent a letter to the building management. This afternoon - exactly one month after the problem began - a plumber arrived. But this being France, after identifying the problems, did the plumber begin to fix them? No. After two phone calls, the plumber announced that his office will telephone us to let us know when the work will begin. Meanwhile, I'm doing two loads of laundry per day to wash towels soaking up the leak.
A wide crack and damp patch in the ceiling of the second bathroom appears to be caused by a leak from our upstairs voisin - this would be the same neighbour that has screaming fights with his girlfriend and plays basketball indoors. The plumber advised I should telephone the neighbour to complain about the leak. Instead, I'll have to write a letter and send it with proof of delivery. The neighbour doesn't like confrontation. In the past when we complained in person, then by letter about his incessant basketball-playing and occasional shouting matches, he denied everything. He insisted the sound "must be coming from another apartment," even though the basketball net was clearly visible from his open doorway.
After informing the rebellious neighbour of the leak coming from his apartment, the next step is to notify the building owner and our insurance company to file a claim. Normally with this sort of problem, we would have phoned a plumber right away, then applied for reimbursement through insurance and the building owner. But this being France, certain procedures must be followed. Ah, the bureaucracy; nothing is ever easy in this country! Hope your week is off to a better start!
More hand-painted underwater murals grace the local seafood shop's shutters.