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Ordeal number X: putting up a painting

(Sweet revenge on my landlady who keeps bugging me)


1. Take a nail, a hammer and make a start on the wall. Oups, the wall is in concrete, I just made an ugly little splinter.  

2. Ok, I’m gonna find someone to do it for me. But how?? Where??

3. Oh, how convenient, downstairs there is a guy who makes frames. He must know… Yay ! His neighbor key maker / plumber can come home and do it.

4. He put his dirty fingers on my white wall and he pierced…

5. Hum, why does he take his matchbox out?

6. Hum, why does he put matches in the hole he just pierced?

Well, just because I have met the Indian MacGyver !! He puts in the hole a lot of matches, knock a screw into it, and start screwing. It’s eco-friendly: no need of plastic rawplug!!


And now, I have a thought for the Indian guy who land in Paris and wants to put up his painting. Who is going to tell him that he need to go and buy nails from the do-it-yourself megastore, borrow a drill from his neighbour, be strong, pierce the wall and try avoiding hurting himself? Who is gonna tell him huh??


Correspondence with my landlady - End of the story (at least I hope !)

Suite of my last post...


I answered my landlady:


“Do you mean you need to take stuff in the room or actually sleep in the room?

Honestly, I would not be too comfortable with the second option...”


I was very worried though and she was not answering. What if she would just come and stay? Imagine me explaining the cops that she is my landlady and I am the tenant but she is the one they should throw out?? I can pretend all that is fun, if she wants to get rid of me it is very easy for her and I love my place!


So I called my broker, who called her broker (and cousin). The guy said that he had received a mail from my landlady saying that I was not comfortable having her over and he should find her a place for 3 weeks.

And do you think she would have told me???

I swear…


Correspondence with my landlady - My trip to India.... in February 2011

I kept the best for the end… I am renting a 2 BHK but one door is locked. So naturally my landlady invited herself for 3 weeks. Has she lost her marbles??? It pissed me off so bad!!


Dear Emilie,

I have plans to travel to India for 6 weeks i.e. (3rd Feb to mid March).  It is just me alone coming down for some urgent work in Mumbai and Goa.  I will be in Mumbai for 3 weeks and Goa 3 weeks.

I will need to use my bedroom for 3 weeks whilst I am in Mumbai, as all my things are there.

I was wondering if you are having any business trips coming up....  so that I can plan my itinerary accordingly.

I know you travel a lot and so I thought, if I were to plan my mumbai stay accordingly,  I wouldn't cause you much disturbance.

I don't need to be in Mumbai continously for 3 weeks.....  I could split it ( 2 weeks and 1 week).

Kind regards