When Dumb Just Keeps Getting Dumber
October 8, 2017 8:53am CST
In the two years since I first moved to this senior housing complex, I've seen no end to the ways in which humans can muck things up. In the "real world," an apology often follows such an event, which is sometimes accompanied by an offer to rectify the situation. But here in "Old Folks Land," we are pretty much the forgotten minority. And once the managers clock out on Fridays, we pretty much no longer exist. That said, our esteemed managers decided that yesterday would be a good day to come in here and seal all the asphalt, which is comprised of the drive-through, the parking spaces, and our walkways. I guess no one took into consideration the fact that putting sealant down on old asphalt is best done on a hot dry windy day, NOT on a cloudy, cold, damp day, which was exactly what yesterday was. The end result? Much of the sealant hasn't even begun to dry, our cars are still all parked way out on the main road, and a barricade tape has been strung across the entrance to keep everyone out. The more capable among us CAN manage to get in and out without having to walk across wet sealant, which is accomplished by skirting the very edges of our narrow gardens, hopping onto our individual concrete stoops, and then circling around to the grass behind the buildings. That's all well and good for some of us, but totally impossible for those who use walkers or canes or who have other mobility issues. We've been given no further instructions as to what to expect going forward, and this whole thing was contrary to what they told us was going to happen via a flyer they handed out last week. We were supposed to be able to get back in here at the end of the day, but that didn't happen. We were also supposed to be able to get in and out of our units as long as we steered clear of the workmen, which also did not happen. Someone brought up the issue of emergency vehicles, but we all concurred that fire and rescue personnel wouldn't be deterred by the sealant, and it would serve the management and the owners right if something were to happen and they tracked all that sealant inside on their precious carpets and tile! It's been 18 hours since they left yesterday, and the sealant has just begun to dry in small spots. It's breezy and humid, but the sun keeps going in and out, and more rain is predicted for later today and tonight. So here we all are, stranded, and all wondering, "Now what?" Which, as I have learned, is a pretty accurate motto for this place! (Public Domain Image)
11 people like this
• Saco, Maine
8 Oct 17
@ElusiveButterfly Nope. And get this...it's pouring rain now, so I was just out there watching all the sealant puddling up. I dipped my junky old broom in it, and turned it black. If we're lucky, it'll all wash away and we'll be back down to the old tar!
• Saco, Maine
10 Oct 17
@allen0187 I made sure it did yesterday by getting permission to take the caution tape down so we could all get back in here. How it plays out for the company, though, is quite another thing, as they totally wasted their money on that job.
• Trinidad And Tobago
8 Oct 17
Sounds serious and funny at the same time...the way you tell it. It didn't seem as if a lot of planning went into it.maybe it was 'old people' who they thought didn't matter one way or the other. Hope things improve today. Pity they can't be chastised. irresponsible bunch.