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?