Phase 10 in the dark

Phase 10

We’ve been without light in our bedroom for about a week now.

No lie… as I was preparing this post, we lost the light in the kitchen as well. Fare thee well, 20/40 vision and hello bifocals.

The light fixtures throughout our home are faulty and burn every light bulb we attach sometimes after a few hours, but most recently, as soon as we plug it in and flip the light switch. We have to get the caretaker to come change the fixture for us, but we suspect that this may be a recurring issue for two reasons:

1.  The lights throughout the entire apartment building have been flickering, demonstrating that there is most likely an electrical problem. And buildings are made out of concrete here, so it’s no easy feat to access wires and whatnot.

2.  Our toilet, water heater, electrical outlets, and kitchen sink have all experienced similar malfunctions.

Why is this happening?

Because the landlord replaces cheap products with cheap products. Therefore points and one and two actually are very much related because they both are the result of attempts to cut corners to save money. As is the case in most situations regarding poor quality services, the landlord may believe he’s saving money by installing the cheapest products he can find, but he’s ultimately costing himself much more in the long run.

A month or two ago they changed the switches for the water heaters in all 21 flats. Many of our neighbors had also been complaining about impromptu cold showers. It seems that when the landlord either installed or replaced the switches, he used cheap products, so all of the switches started crapping out at about the same time. Even after this last replacement, it didn’t take two weeks for our switch to go kaput again. If ours died so fast, I know other tenants have been experiencing the same problem. We ended up just buying a more expensive switch on our own and replacing it ourselves. There was no point in continuing the cycle.

Once again the reader asks, “So what’s your point?”

This post isn’t meant to serve as a sounding board for me to rattle off complaint,s as much as it is to be what folks in the education biz call a “teachable moment”.

This is a challenge to you to always strive for the best, especially if you’re in the midst of making a decision that pits short-term comfort over long-term trouble. You can’t expect great results to come from anything that costs you little to nothing. You’re paying for what you get and sooner or later the lack of quality will come back to bite you in the wallet. Sometimes it may result in a minor inconvenience for others and yourself, but then there are times that your negligence can result in very destructive situations (i.e. house fires and the like).

If ever you are tempted to take the easy or cheap way out, just remember us as we struggle to play Phase 10 as the sun sets.


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