June 7th, 2006

krazy koati

Going to the candy store

Yesterday I went home at lunch mostly to keep my streak going, though it was a good chance to do laundry. In my lobby I ran into one of the maintenance office guys. After their last explanation that I had to wait for them to contact people to fix my bedroom air conditioner, I was ready to give them a week and then start camping out in their office. They were about to start seeing a lot of me that afternoon, in fact.

He asked if anyone got back to me about the broken air conditioner, because they needed to get a specialist. No; if they had, they didn't tell me. He took out his calendar -- one of the desk planner type books with A4-size pages, and I'm not sure where he was keeping it -- and started picking dates. ``No one's set an appointment for you?'' No, they still haven't. He started suggesting dates, for example, Monday, morning or afternoon? They'll have to get a specialist. I suggested Monday, and bid on an eleven o'clock appointment. ``And it'll be fixed?'' No. They'll have someone recharge the air conditioner, but to actually fix the leak requires a specialist. They'll call for the specialist and have him come in sometime later. He suggested in the meanwhile I sleep in the guest bedroom, which has working air conditioning, and which I've been doing.

I have no idea what the point of Monday will be, but it's thrilling just to be part of the process.

310 couples got married in Singapore for 6 June 2006, which as it happens is about six times normal for a day. Sixes are regarded as auspicious (though not so good as eights), so why not? This was the most marriages they had in one day since Valentine's Day 1995. There were also slightly more births than usual -- the evening news said ``about 17 percent'' in one hospital, and I can't help noticing that's one-sixth -- though they didn't know if that was luck of the draw or arranged deliveries. One groom mentioned he felt the date special since it only comes around once every thousand years, though you could unromantically claim that for most dates. One bride (not his) said she thought it just made for an easy anniversary to remember.

Trivia: In 1838 German scientist H F E Lenz used Jean-Charles-Athanase Peltier's thermoelectric effect to freeze a drop of water. Source: Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold, Thomas Shachtman.

Currently Reading: Big Cotton, Stephen Yafa.