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Wednesday, May 19, 2010


As I may have suggested in previous posts, maintenance isn't a priority here. Once the shiny new structure, or roadwork project, or playground equipment is put up, not much thought is given to keeping it in good condition. Keeping that in mind, my apartment building is one of the oldest buildings in the area, about 25 years old I'm guessing. It's not falling apart by any means, but there are small maintenance issues like a sagging ceiling in the hallway or our toilet tank leaking into the apartment below us.

One such issue that has been going on so long that I hardly notice it anymore is the filthy windows. As you can see from the first picture, they are pretty thick with grime. This has been the view from our apartment since we moved in last August. About two weeks ago, one of my co-workers that lives in the same building as us told me that she pays one of the watchmen in our building 50 dirhams to go out on the ledge and wash the windows for her. I was tempted to find out more but never got around to it. My hesitation wasn't in paying the money, it was in paying someone the equivalent of US$13 to risk their life in a way I wouldn't so I can have a better view.

However, this past week, my moral dilemma was solved when the building management finally brought in a company to clean the windows. As you can see from the after picture, it's a big difference. Though, if they're only going to do it once a year, I might have to overcome my squeamishness and pay the guy to go out on the ledge and clean my windows eventually.


  1. Nope! Nice try, but there wuz an aborted attempt to clean the windows two years ago...one more than you began. They got half-way round the building before the a______ sheikh that owns the building decided to tear it down...only to be over-ruled by OUR sheikh.

    Yer view looks good. I can't wait for ours to look as good as well. You see, when the sheikh decided to tear down the building, the contract to wash the windows apparently was voided and OUR side DIDN'T get cleaned! Imagine what 5 years of grime looks like. Think quickly as the window washers' ropes are outside my window right now. I can't wait for the view!

  2. Well, if things don't get finished for some reason, you can pay one of the dudes at the front 50 dirhams to take care of it.

  3. I don't want to change your mind. I don't want to think about your mind. They say love is blind. I don't think you're blind.

  4. Are you telling me to narrow my eyes or something? Is that a shot at my wife?


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