January 30, 2004

My landlords and epistemology

One of the radiators in my apartment has decided to crank itself up full-time, without regard to the thermostat. (Temperatures in Salt Lake have got high enough that this is a bad thing--sorry, East Coasters.) Yesterday I called my landlord agency to complain and had this conversation:

Woman in Office: If it's not responding to the thermostat, you can shut off the valve manually.

Me: OK; where's the control.

WiO: It's on the radiator; there's a brown knob to the right, marked with the directions for "open" and "close."

Me: I don't see it.

WiO: Look around. It's a brown knob on the bottom.

Me: [burns hand] Ow! That's not it. Ok, I'm looking at the right, and there's a white plastic thing saying "umpty-ump valve company; default setting: closed."

WiO: It's definitely brown.

Later I got my neighbor to come in and confirm that the valve is, indeed white. (And that there isn't any way for me to turn it off. The maintenance man responded admirably quickly and is coming this afternoon.)

Posted by Matt Weiner at January 30, 2004 12:04 PM

Matt Weiner? Aren't you supposed to be dead?

Posted by: Theresa Roll at January 31, 2004 08:29 AM

See this google search--the first, seventh and eighth hits are me, but the rest are other people named Matt Weiner.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at January 31, 2004 02:40 PM