June 16th, 2015

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100 days of LJ: Day 2

My day did not get better.

Ordered Chinese food at 7:23pm. I know this was a little late, but because of life, this is how it worked. Usually, Chinese takes about 45 minutes to get here, but my preferred place fell off the foodler list, so I ordered from the similarly named place with the same menu (Hong Kong Cafe 2, instead of Hong Kong Cafe). Estimated delivery time 8:30... okay, that's kind of late (I was feeding the kids, who generally start bedtime routines around 9pm), but doable.

8:45, nothing. Call the restaurant. "Oh, sorry, did you order food? I have no record of it, but I'm sure the driver is on his way."

9:15, nothing. Call the restaurant. "Can you find out when the driver will be here?" "No, what would I do? If I call him, and tell you when he'll be there, the food won't be there any faster." No, but I'd know whether I should be ordering other food, you jerk. Bicker back and forth for 5-10 minutes, at the end of which he basically tells me to call Foodler if I want a refund, and hangs up on me.

The food did eventually arrive at 10pm. Complaint email to Foodler asking for a refund got me a $10 foodlerbucks credit, since the food was still coming at the time. (I'm going to send them an email saying "No, I asked for a refund, not $10 credit; I had to get an alternative dinner, you jerks.")

Anyway, at the end of an emotionally draining day, not getting anything to eat until 10pm sucked.

Also, our front door latch is now sufficiently broken to no longer be functional. Looking at a random YouTube video, it seems like maybe I can fix this by taking it apart and cleaning it out, but at the moment, it's basically impossible to get out our front door without serious brute force.

Dear life: this isn't what I meant.
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Door knob, and Email

A few months ago, our door knob started not being easy to open anymore. It's long been a problem when opening the (lever-style) handle *up*, but now even down wasn't working; and as of this morning, I couldn't get the door open at all, and had to go out the back. This has gone from "annoying" to "unsafe", so it was time to do something.

I watched a few YouTube videos on potential issues with my doorknob. They suggested that it was likely just sticking, and some WD40 could fix it up. So, I took it apart... and I don't think that's actually true. It seems that the metal parts against which the door knob pushes in order to push the latch have worn down -- it's hard to know exactly how much, but at least 2mm on one side, if not more, which is enough to cause the latch to stick.

This means that there's no way for the knob to turn the latch far enough to not catch; the backstop is just too worn down. (The door knob appears to be many years old, and looking at the quality of the construction, and the lack of the brand name anywhere on it, I'm thinking that it was a pretty cheap knob in the first place.)

So, I went out and bought a cheap Schlage lever knob to act as a stand in; it's not a real replacement, because it's not an exterior doorknob (no lock), but at least I can get in and out of the door again.

I also wrote an email to the landlady which I should have written a week ago, asking to change a specific term of the lease, and letting her know she'll need to buy a better doorknob for me to put in whenever she gets a chance.

So, at least I did get something to go right.

Of course, the stress over the door and the email I just sent woke me up at 4am. So, you know, you win some, you lose some.