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If I Can Make It There ...

Oh New York. New York is kicking my ass.

There have been some good things, don't get me wrong. lilostitch and n0thingman were in town this past weekend, and we spend the Fourth just generally roaming about. Also, I've been able to hang out with aaronbenedict repeatedly, whether running errands or having a lovely lunch in Manhattan. And I got an random phone call from kenselig, who saw one of my gowalla updates and wondered if I was nearby.

And then last night ...

I should backtrack and say that, while the day I arrived was 77° and lovely, the last few days have been like an oven. 96°. 98°. The high I saw this afternoon was 102°.

My cats were less than happy to begin with, what with having their lives uprooted and all, but last night was downright brutal. The sun came down and the cats came out ... panting, lethargic, and not being agreeable to me putting water on them or offering them cooling packs to snuggle up with. So off to the emergency vet we went.

Two minutes after we walked into the arctic, air conditioned lobby, they were fine. They sent us into an exam room, where we waited and waited. And while we waited and waited, I cried and cried.

My friend Alice called. She said the same thing to me that aaronbenedict had essentially said earlier in the day: that she moved here a long time ago from a much smaller city, that she was really scared and overwhelmed at first, but that eventually she got the hang of it.

They left us sit in the exam room until 11:30 pm, and while the (young, cute, Jewish) doctor was apologetic, I told him that really it was fine -- the longer the boys could stay in the air conditioning, the better.

We left at around 12:30 am. I was truly alarmed at how fucking HOT it was outside at midnight. That's just not right.

So bright and early this morning, I went to buy an air conditioner. It was a comedy of errors, to say the least. The one that aaronbenedict had reserved for me wasn't reserved at all, but their computer still said they had 5 in stock only -- whoops -- no they didn't. So I got a different one and paid some dude named Ricky to deliver it. Long story short: I can't use it in the tiny room I wanted to use it in, so I have it in the giant room, where it's less than effective, to say the least. I've moved the cats in here though, since, at 93°, it is by far the coolest room in the apartment.

When I was finally able to relax enough to take a bath, I missed a number of calls, including two from sillylilboi. He was calling to tell me that my grandmother died this morning.

The funeral is on Thursday, in Pittsburgh. I don't think I'm going to go, mainly because I'm too scared to leave the cats unsupervised in this heat.

To say I'm freaking out would be a serious understatement.

tl;dr: My life asploded and now it's set on simmer.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 6th, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about you. I walked by your old street today and thought, "Hope doesn't live there anymore". Then I walked across the bridge and laughed about our tattoo dates. I wish we had more time to spend together when you lived here. I think you're a cool gal and I like reading your journal. I think things will get better for you in NY. Eventually. I think your friend Alice has a good point.

Sorry to hear about your grandmother.
Jul. 6th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey. What a handful.

The heat is due to break Thursday (drop 10 degrees). I'm sure the cats will be okay in the apartment with the AC.
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
I don't know if this is helpful at all, but for what it's worth, the a/c unit I have (in NYC) is this one, bought for a good deal less than that ($200ish?) from PC Richard & Son about a year ago. At the time I felt like it was a huge expense, and it doesn't necessarily seem like the best value on paper, but this little thing is both tiny & unobtrusive visually AND it has handled all this heat amazingly well. My living room (11x12, and the room it's actually in) feels like the low-70s right now, and my bedroom (all the way over on the other side of the apartment) is kind of stuffy but a still tolerable 80 or so, with no other a/c units at all besides this one. If you're in need of a small window a/c unit, I can testify to this one's really getting the job done, a lot better than you'd expect from something so small in such scorching heat.

Other than that, you know, good luck, and it will get better. Also, mint iced tea fixes everything.
Jul. 7th, 2010 11:39 am (UTC)
What happened was that I didn't realize that portable air conditioners need windows too. So I shelled out the extra cash for a portable air conditioner and then realized that I couldn't use in where I'd intended to.

There *is* a window in the room next to that room, but the long story short on that one is that the vent piece didn't fit.

Last night I went to Lowe's and got a *second* air conditioner for that smaller room, this time a window unit. It's in there now and, so far, it works. The potential problem: I'm on the top floor and that room has a skylight, so it's essentially a sunroom. We'll see how it feels this afternoon.
Jul. 7th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
Is it possible to open the skylight a crack? If it is, see what happens if you do that -- the hot air ought to vent out before cold air does.
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
No. If I could get the inside panel off (a big, dicey if), there's still a glass top to it on the roof. I *am* considering taping a towel or something over it, though, to prevent the nonstop direct overhead sunlight. Pending what happens with the AC, that is. If it seems like the Ac is doing the trick (so far, so good) then I may just leave well enough alone.
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Tape tinfoil ( shiny side facing the sun ) to the skylight. Then do what you will with towels or dark colored material.
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