Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Hello neighbor!

You'll never believe what happened today. In the evening, we had a false fire-alarm in my apartment complex. I heard the annoying siren sound and at first thought that something in my house had gone wrong. Then finding everything okay inside the house, I cautiously poked my head into the corridor outside my apartment. Sure enough, there were all the fire alarm bulbs flashing. No other head was peeking down the corridor though and I wasn't sure what to do.

In any case, being the extremely cautious person that I am, I quickly gathered my car keys, my house keys, my purse, my cell, a warm jacket and ran downstairs to join the other gathering residents. There was a desi guy in the crowd too. Something about him seemed very familiar and when he waved at me, recognition hit me. He was my classmate K from my undergrad! And both of us went, "Don't tell me you stay in this apartment complex too!" We had both been staying in the same building for more than a month and had never bumped into each other before.

Then I asked him which apartment he stayed in. Surprise, surprise. Remember my crib of about a month ago? The one about my loud upstairs neighbor whom I wanted to hit? Well, K is that neighbor!!! I burst out into laughter and before I could stop myself, went "Oh my God, you are the noisy upstairs Tamil guy!"

K was under the impression that he is the silent kind and refused to believe that he was so loud till I started reeling off his daily movements around his house based on what I can hear below! Now K has told me that he will consciously try to reduce the noise. The fact that I casually mentioned some of the suggestions I got on that previous post about calling cops might have had something to do with this declaration. I don't know for sure ;-).

What a coincidence! After all my complaints that I hardly ever bump accidentally into anyone I know in spite of living in a desi-hub like the bay area, I find someone I know in the same apartment complex, living in an apartment above my own. Funny or what?

11 comments:

spark said...

that's awesome! wow, so much for a small village. who's the k you are talking about? drop me a hint if it's kk. all the more surprising that you haven't seen him at all. should you be less online and more worldly? ;-) btw, you get up pretty early or you sleep rather late!

Saranya Kishore said...

OMG!! :)))
You should have knocked on his door the other day only,- to shout- and boy! it would have been fun :))

Anonymous said...

Now I know why the sudden excitement in your life and the subsequent phone call to me which I missed out on. And imagine all the yelling we managed to do to irritate K, while he probably was all the time in Arizona! lol ...

Archana said...

Spark, yup, KK it is :-)! Surprising how much into our own cocoons we settle into! I get up pretty early? Why? Puriyala!

Saranya, me thought of the same scenario too and couldnt stop laughing...lol!

Anon, idiot, you should have answered your phone! To think that all the while we were yelling and shouting to irritate K...hahaha!

Ginkgo said...

Spark, you and Ginkgo are simply incorrigible! And you meant jump in the Pacific ocean, didn't you ;-)?


paathiya paathiya...
peri peri vaarthai laam use panra...

English laam correct panra...

Verbal la 720 vanginnenu kaamichukariya...

mmmm...paathukaren :-)

Anonymous said...

LOL! Small world! When I saw your missed call late last night, I suspected that my phone was calling you again!

Looks like there is no escape now...

Ginkgo said...

okee...I am confused now..

whos K and whos KK??..
wat special significance does KK have??

Is Anon one of em??

and Y is there no esp now!!!

sheesh..

Archana said...

Anon 2, yup, it was me and *not* my cell phone calling you last night :-)!

Ginkgo, K and KK are the same person! We had a bunch of people in my undergrad class whose names began with K - so spark was trying to figure out which exact K I meant. And no, neither of the anons is K! Ooof, that's a lot of Ks!

Ginkgo said...

(o)K..(o)k.. :-)

Archana said...

Glad you got it, gin(K)go ;-P!

pidhamagan said...

hmmm..