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Knock-Knock! Welcome Home!

After a weekend in Seattle with K.K. which included the EMP/SFM (Experience Music Project & Science Fiction Museum), visiting "The Cuff" (leatherbar), going up to the top of the Space Needle, wolfing down a couple of Dick's Drive-In cheeseburgers, visiting Pike Public Market where they throw fish and is home to the first-ever Seattle's Best Coffee and the first-ever Starbucks' Coffee (which are so close to each other, you'd think there'd be volleys of coffee grounds being thrown at each other!)

Of course, there are photos and a few videos at http://photos.chazhome.com for those that care to see them in the "Trans-Canada Train Trip" folder. Seattle marked the end of my 20-day, cross-country journey by rail and we flew home on an overnight flight.

There's nothing quite like arriving home to discover the door to your home was busted down by cops and firemen two days prior for a "life alert" alarm which was sent with the wrong apartment number (ours!)... Sigh. Of course, the thick metal door needed to be bent back into something resembling a "door shape" so they could close it and a new lock had to be installed.

Now we're working on getting one of three NYC agencies to admit they broke our door down so the city will pay for a replacement door (we're estimating it will cost about $700, without the expense of new locks & keys.) The cops were here this morning and say since there's no incident number, "it didn't happen" (although eye-witnesses saw NYPD, NYFD and our apartment's own security guards here). This is something we didn't need.



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Mar. 1st, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
What a pain. I suppose they thought you should be grateful that they would break down your door if you had a life-threatening situation.

What happened to the person who sent the real life-alert? I suppose s/he expired in her apartment.

Good luck in getting the cops/firemen to admit blame and pay for your door.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 12:26 am (UTC)

Apt 9A's is fine. I guess they either answered the door (or died). We're in 9E. Of course, in Spanish, the letter "E" is pronounced "Eh" (or "A"), which is very likely the reason our door was flattened.

I'm sure this sort of thing happens from time to time, and the city should pay without threat of a lawsuit.

Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
well........unless they are protected from lawsuits, 911 must have received and recorded the call from someone; and all 911 calls are stored for 3 years or more; and they are used in court cases all the time; but we are talking about someone admitting they made a mistake............

By the way, welcome back........
Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
P.S.; Larry from Boston who now lives in San Jose said to say hello. Remembers a few fun times at the Salt Ash Inn and I was to break your balls about him leaving some things in the room.......grins........Yeah, got his email address for you.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Larry -- I haven't heard from him in a long time.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:22 pm (UTC)
The NYPD, NYFD, building security and paramedics (about ten people in all) were all here. We have eye-intentnesses.

We're hoping the door will be replaced today.

Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
Good luck with that one. You have a better chance of the republicans becoming tree huggers then getting the NYPD to admit they were wrong and replace the door. This is not a rare mistake and takes a really long time to get a refund for. You will have better luck going through small claims court and a FOIA request for the info.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)

That's my concern...

Mar. 8th, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Holy shit! That's all I have to say...I would be pissed, and freaked out if it were me. At least you are all ok.

Maybe when all is settled you guys might be up for some company?
Mar. 9th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)

New York City acknowledged our claim. That does not mean they will PAY, just that they acknowledge we're requesting one. ;-)

I got home last night relieved to see our door intact and my motorcycle still parked nearby.

If you're interested in coming to NYC, do let me know!! You know where my calendar is, right?

- Chaz
Mar. 10th, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)
well, good luck, I hope it goes well.

I do not know where your calendar is...and I would like to visit NYC, since it really isn't that far.
Mar. 11th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
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