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Confrontation

I confronted my Bosnian neighbor today.

I told her she did not have the right to put her clothes up in the laundry room on my day.

She told me she could use the drying racks because the racks were not mine.

I asked her if the racks were hers and she said no. I knew that they weren’t because they belong to the wife of the conceirge who told me I could use them. Even if the drying racks did belong to her I would have told her to take them out on my day and dry her clothes in her own apartment.

I told her Monday is my day and no one is allowed in there on my day. I reminded her that she had not only used the drying rack but pushed my clothes on the line over to hang her pants. She didn’t say a word about that.

I reminded her that I had told her twice already but in fact I remember another time I asked her to not use the room on my day which makes it three. Doesn’t matter because she told me that I never told her she couldn’t. She is a liar. I am not surprised.

She went on to tell me that I had told her before that she could hang clothes in the laundry room which is true. However, that was in the summer when I hung my clothes outside to dry.

It was before I realized what kind of person she was.

When it was too cold to hang my clothes outside I politely told her that she couldn’t use my day anylonger because I needed the room. That was the first time. Since then she has tried to at least two other times.

The second time, I mistakenly let her leave the clothes because I didn’t have much laundry. I didn’t see a reason to make her take down her clothes if I didn’t need the lines. I told her she could leave her clothes but only for that one last time. I said it clearly and made sure she understood it was the last time.

Two weeks later she had her clothes hanging on two of the lines in the laundry room. I could not believe it! I had to knock on her door and tell her to get them down. She did. I, then, told her a third time that I don’t want her using the room on my day and if she did it would be a problem. A big problem. I warned her.

This morning, after I told her she had no right to be in that room on my laundry day, she had the nerve to tell me that she will continue to use the drying racks because they are not mine. She told me that there is nothing I can do about it.

I lost my cool at this point and assured her that if she comes in that room on my day and hangs her clothes anywhere in that room I will take them and throw them at her door. Then, I will call the landlord.

Actually, Vilay is going to write the landlord a letter. Our landlord is a busy man and I hate to bother him by phone because of these idiots. We, also, want to have it in writing in case something else happens with her.

Tonight, I will talk to the concierge about this ridiculous problem. I do not want her or anyone else for that matter in the laundry room on my day. I do not go in it when it is not my day and I would appreciate it if everyone else showed the same respect.

What I have found out in dealing with my neighbors?

When I am angry, I don’t have time worry about my French. Somehow, it just flows out perfectly!

I speak better in French when I am pissed off.

:)

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  • sissi April 16, 2008, 4:59 pm

    Good for you!
    You can bring your laundry at my place,we got 2 washing machine!

  • Pumpkin April 16, 2008, 6:27 pm

    I would love to have a laundry date!

    Laundry is no fun and it would pass faster with someone else to do it with. :)

  • buzzgirl April 16, 2008, 8:08 pm

    You know, it’s funny that your French flows when you’re angry. I’m pretty good after I’ve had a drink or two. I wonder if it’s because our defenses are down and we’re not too worried about making a mistake? Who knows?

    I can’t believe this chick. I’m sure she knew she was in the wrong, but never expected anyone to call her on it! Good for you.

  • Anne April 16, 2008, 8:36 pm

    I must be crazy because I love doing laundry. It’s instant gratification- dirty clothes in, clean clothes out. Friday is my wash day. I do all the laundry for the 4 of us all on one day- so I know it can get kind of crazy. However, I have my own washer/dryer in my basement. That makes life A LOT easier. I wasn’t too fond of doing laundry at NIU because I’d have to go sit in the dorm basement, usually studying, while it was all washing. However, there were 8 washing machines. You could do a ton at once. (granted, you don’t have that much laundry in a dorm to do!)

  • Pumpkin April 16, 2008, 9:35 pm

    Buzzgirl,
    I tend to speak more in French with Vilay after a couple glasses of wine. I agree that it has something to do with my defenses being down. I don’t THINK so much about what I am saying and I talk freely.

    Anne,
    My big laundry day when I lived in the States was Sunday. I still did little loads during the week. Generally, I don’t mind laundry. However, I miss the convenience and privacy of doing laundry in my own apartment.

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