Yes, it's the start of heating season. Well, it started everywhere else except here. With that in mind, here is a copy of the e-mail that I sent the bitch managing agent:
X: Yet another evening with no heat, and none expected. Yes, I called [the thing that pretends to be our super]. He said the boiler works. I don't doubt him. After all, the boiler did come on for, oh, 15 minutes sometime after 7:00 a.m. this morning. Not enough to actually heat the building. I would say it was more like a "hint of heat." UNACCEPTABLE.
In any event, [the thing that pretends to be the super] says that the problem is the timer, and the "boiler timer people" who are responsible for repairing the timer have been called. He called them. But then he said he told you and you would call. Or something. [He] added that these "boiler timer people" who will "fix the electronics" won't or can't come here tonight. No, apparently they can only make calls sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. This is New York City. You can get anything here. Even timely boiler repair service.
Yes, I am keeping a record of every day we don't have heat--and I'm not the only one. Signed, Me
P.S. Did you pay the outstanding Con Ed bill or are we going to have no light and no heat?
Ah, New York City living. And yes, I've met the new neighbors, gave them the low down and am considering (possibly with them) hiring a lawyer (once again). This time things may get resolved sooner than later. You see, there is one good thing that has come out of the [induced] financial crisis. My landlord--a man who truly defines the term douchebag--apparently was convinced that he was going to be up there with the Durst, Silversteins and other real estate moguls, so he put second mortgages on some of his buildings, including the one I live in (which is a cash cow). Apparently the banks have helped themselves to three of his buildings, and this one might be next. Since about half of us are rent controlled or rent stabilized, the bank can't take the building and just kick us all out. Oh, and they will have to provide heat, hot water, clean the building, etc. So this should give you and idea of how much I hate my landlord: in a fight between him and the banks, I want the banks to win.