Thursday, December 01, 2011

If I Had a Hammer

We know it's hard to keep track of all our noise-related complaints here, but perhaps you recall the visit we received from the gas company man a few weeks ago telling us that there would be some road work taking place in the middle of the night in order to improve gas service while not disrupting traffic. At that time, he handed us a pamphlet that does absolutely nothing to explain the nature of the work, but made very clear that it would be completed "in a period of no more than 72 hours."

That was November 11. The picture below was taken from our roof at 5AM this morning, December 1. That's 480 hours later.



In the meantime, work has continued, virtually without interruption, every night starting around 10PM. (We were lucky enough to have been away for several days at Thanksgiving. Six small children are a tremendous headache, but nothing compared to a jackhammer outside your bedroom.) What's truly baffling (and which we're too lazy to investigate when we're trying to sleep at 3AM) is, look, there's only just so much road and sidewalk around here. What the fuck are they doing? We think the problem may be that, because they don't want to disrupt traffic, they pretty much repair the road and sidewalk every morning, even though they're not done working. So the first several hours of the night's work is basically re-opening all the stuff they paved over earlier in the day. It's a little like the legend of Sisyphus, if Sisyphus were getting paid time and a half while the poor citizens of Corinth were kept awake all night by that fucking boulder crashing downhill.

One possible silver lining we've heard (meaning it's probably too good to be true) is that upgrade of the natural gas system will mean an end to the maddening musical gas trucks that come rumbling up the street far earlier than necessary every morning. In the end, 20 consecutive sleepless nights would be a small price to pay.

5 comments:

Dave said...

You know, Frank, you're interpreting it all wrong. They meant 72 Mexican hours. It's like looking at a menu there with a dollar sign in front of the cost and having to adjust your brain accordingly. Don't worry, they'll finish....uh, eventually.

Burro Hall said...

Even if they meant 72 hours of work, as opposed to "within 72 hours," they've still put in 20 nights at 8 hours apiece, or 160 hours of nonstop banging.

Dave said...

I really want to believe that it at least keeps the crazy megaphone-church guy from parading down your street...God help you (no pun intended) if he takes over once the work crews leave in the morning...

Zutano said...

Don't be in a hurry; as soon as it is finished they will begin again.

victor said...

You can't be serious about losing the sound of the gas man..it binds us together. Like the fireworks at six, the repeated bell chimes at seven, the roosters at four, the village drunks at two, trains at borough hall all night..fuck, wrong town.