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ethan (3163)

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Being a 25-year old chap living in the western-most town of Germany. Stuying communication and information science and being a huge fan of XS-related things.

Journal of ethan (3163)

Friday January 09, 2004
12:08 AM

Raindrops keep falling on my bed

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Yes, literally.

I had a rather surreal situation half an hour ago. Normally I am supposed to be asleep at 5.00 in the morning but a periodic noise woke me up. Naturally, with the five senses not yet at its best it's hard to figure out what it is.

After a minute it was settled that those were waterdrops going down onto my bed, just a few inches away from me. I lid up and looked up expecting a huge waterspot on the ceiling but fortunately found none. The water was (and still is actually) leaking in where the electric wires for a ceiling light penetrate the wall.

That rather intrigued me since my dwelling is not one where such things would readily occur. Also, it wasn't raining outside. Due to the hour, I just tried to tighten this leak up and go to bed again. Naturally, a minute after I lay down I heard the plop again. Now, slightly annoyed and armed with yet more duckt tape, I put a rubber bag around the offending spot. The water is now going in there.

The reason for that appears to be a water pipe burst in the adjoining appartment. I popped my head out of my appartment door and saw the neighbouring flat lid up and heard some splashing sounds. Also, the water has been switched off. Luckily my surviving skills are intact. Quick-wittedly as I am in the face of no coffee in the morning, I've squeezed the last bits of water that was still in the pipes and was able to fix me my usual amount of three cups of coffee. Now I hope they fix it soon since I'd really love to brush my teeth and maybe have a shower as well.

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  • move the bed before the ceiling comes down on it.

    Just in case.

    Put it back when it is all dried up...
  • Last February (11 months ago) we had an amazing amount of snowfall. The gutter froze up, and the heat from the house melted the snow on the flat roof until it found a way inside -- right into my bedroom.

    I quickly woke up, moved out the computer, folded up the futon, and got all the rest of my stuff outta the way, and put a garbage can under it.

    A call to the landlord determines that there's nothing he can do.. just wait it out.

    Several hours later there's a _tremendous_ crash up there -- we thought my othe
    • You had it considerably worse than me. In my case, it was not a leak in the roof. I am on the 4th floor. Above me is not the roof but another floor with all those things that are usually situated in the basement such as washkitchens etc. (but there is no room due to a massive heating system that essentially occupies the whole basement).

      And because we have underfloor heating, all the regular water pipes are in the ceiling so if one breaks water comes in from above.

      Anyway, a plumber seems to have fixed the