Last year my lovely aunt bought me a very large, expensive TV — partly as a birthday present and partly because she’d noticed mine had seen better days and she wanted to treat me. It was extremely kind of her and I was very grateful, however the truth is I didn’t really want it. (далее…)
I’m going out of town, and a mutual friend wants to spend the week at my house with her family while I’m gone. How do I say no? (далее…)
I’m having problems with a neighbor for the first time in my decade living in New York. She came upstairs to pointedly complain about my dryer being on at 3 pm on a Saturday. My response was to tell her we were willing to accommodate her as much as possible, but that my laundry also needed to dry. We heard from her again on a different weekend when she could hear a tray table moving while my husband was cutting food during dinner. I was told she was nicer about it this time, but I also know she’s complained about noise to every other apartment on the floor. We are insanely quiet neighbors because we are aware that we aren’t the only people in the building; we keep our tv down, we don’t shout, we don’t stomp, and I’m allergic to making noise after 10 pm. We also live on a busy street in Queens, so the expectations of absolute silence seem off. (далее…)
Alice, How do I fix the leaky faucet that my landlord is too lazy to fix?