Archives for August 2009

New Images of Water Damage and Mold

Area was used to show custom salon furniture and other salon equipment now only shows mold.

Area was used to show custom salon furniture and other salon equipment now only shows mold.

This container was empty on Friday when we left for the weekend. Now it has about 10 inches of water in it.

This container was empty on Friday when we left for the weekend. Now it has about 10 inches of water in it.

Wet display case, wet Coke box, wet rug, mold on the walls.

Wet display case, wet Coke box, wet rug, mold on the walls.
Right side of the counter, from the customer's perspective, where the customers stand at checkout.

Right side of the counter, from the customer's perspective, where the customers stand at checkout.

As promised, here are a few images of the water damage and mold at 617A Grant Road in the Delcroft Shopping Center, inside Salon Supplies + Interiors.  The carpet near the counter and display case seems wetter than in past storms.  The carpet is soaked almost to the rear of the checkout counter.  The display case countertop was wet this morning when we arrived.  There were also a couple more ceiling tiles that were wet by the entry door.  One was so wet it was sagging.  The floor below those tiles was wet too.

I’ve emailed the property management company, Goel Enterprise, but haven’t heard a word yet.  It appears they are just going to string me along until the end of the lease on 31 January 2009.  Very frustrating…

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Misty & Mold

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, so I thought a new post was in order.  Over the past few weeks I’ve had a ton of bitchin’ and moanin’ to do, but no time to post — lucky for my reader(s).  Maybe if I posted more often, they’d be a bit shorter…

For those of you who are friends on Facebook, sorry to repeat the mold story.  For those of you who’d like to be my friend, go to www.facebook.com/davidbenj.  Since mid-June, water has been leaking into our business, Salon Supplies + Interiors, located in the Delcroft Shopping Center in Folcroft, PA.  At first, it wasn’t that bad.  With each rain storm, however, it has grown worse.  Since we’ve had about 10.29 inches of rain in August, and there were a couple of bad storms the last week of July, some of the carpet hasn’t been dry in over a month!  Over the past two or three weeks, the mold and fungus have really exploded on the walls, floor (both carpet and linoleum,) and ceiling tiles.  I’ll be taking some new pics tomorrow, to document the additional damage from the storms on Friday and Saturday.  I’ll post them here sometime tomorrow.

Since early or mid-July, I’ve been congested.  When I went to the doctor in late July, she asked me if I have any allergies.  I told her I was tested about 10 years ago and nothing registered.  She had a look in my throat and said it was a little puffy.  (She gave me a prescription for Nasonex, but I haven’t started using it yet.  More on that in a second.)  Over the weeks, my congestion seems to have grown worse.  I have trouble hearing out of my right ear (which is really bad, since I can’t see at all out of my right eye…)  Could it be from the mold?  Is H1N1?  Or, does some of it have to do with the new cholesterol drug I was prescribed at the same appointment?  My bet is the mold.  I will start with the Nasonex tomorrow or Tuesday.  I’ve been waiting to use it because I didn’t want to start two new meds at the same time, in case I had a reaction or side effect.

The frustrating thing with the condition of the building is how bad it makes us look.  We’ve had to move product from a storage room that gets a bunch of water with every rain.  There is now cases of product in our showroom, which looks so bad I can’t stand it.  We’ve also had to move product into Eliz’s office, so we now have nowhere in the building to meet with vendor reps.  Ken’s desk is also covered with cases of product.  He now works from home.  If I were a customer looking to open a salon and saw the disarray going on, I don’t know if I’d make a purchase.  This problem has taken our focus off operating the business.  Up to this point, the property management company has done nothing to help us.  I’ll update on the condition of the building tomorrow.

On to some better news: we are dog sitting!  Eliz’s sister’s family is in DisneyWorld for a week, so we are watching Misty.  She is a two to three year old Golden Retriever.  We’ve had her since Friday night, and so far so good.  She seems to like Eliz better than any of us.  We’ve taken her on walks each night, after dinner.  It’s made us miss having Zammy around (he died on 3 August 2004.)  He would have been 12 this coming Wednesday.

Lastly, a quick eye update.  This coming Friday, it will be 10 months since the partial cornea transplant.  My vision has been giving me a bit of trouble over the last few weeks to a month.  I don’t know if it is mold/allergies, the new cholesterol med, or a cornea/glaucoma issue.  Eliz and the kids go to our local ophthalmologist on Tuesday, so I’ll see if I can get in on that.  If not, I go to Wills on 17 September.  It seems like there is a large “hole” (blind spot) in the northeast area of my vision (in my “good” eye — the left eye.)  At times, when I am looking at someone, it almost seems like I am seeing through part of them.  Same thing when I am reading on the computer.  It is not constent though.  I’ve also noticed that while riding a car at night, I see blue (almost indigo) from other cars lights (both headlights and taillights.)  Whatever is wrong, I’m sure it can’t be fixed…

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My Last Movie in the Theater?

Today, I went to see The Hangover with Jake and his friend Maya.  I “had” to go, since both are under 17, but in reality, I wanted to go because everybody I know that has seen that film has enjoyed it.  We arrived just before the start time, but the queue at the ticket counter moved extremely slowly.  Once we had the tickets, I walked in with Jake and Maya, got their munchie order, and returned to the lobby with two ticket stubs.  Eliz and I purchased $32.75 worth of goodies (3 small drinks, a small popcorn, a medium popcorn, and an order of pretzel bites.)  Eliz and I carried them into the Theater 9.  She located the kids and gave them their snacks.  She then helped me find a seat.  The movie had just begun and she found me a seat on the left side next to a wheelchair “stall.”  I thanked her and she left to take Jane to Staples for school supplies.

That’s how the movie started out for me.  I felt stupid.  I was carrying my drink and small popcorn, so Eliz had to guide me to my seat by pushing on my right arm to go left, my left arm to go right, and my back to go forward.  Since I was in the front half of the theater, more than a few people saw me “find” my seat.  I felt like a three year old (though, with the cost of my drink and popcorn, better to feel like an idiot or child than to risk dropping my precious snacks…)

Just after sitting down, the opening credits began (the movie had a scene before the credits started however.)  I couldn’t read any of them, which I didn’t really expect to be able to see them.  I may have missed something that said, “Earlier,” or “Two days ago,” because before the credits started, the scene that was playing was one of the guys telling the bride-to-be that they had lost the groom.

I thought the movie was funny, but I’m not sure how much I missed.  I couldn’t really see what was going on, but I knew I was missing something because the audience was laughing when there was no dialog or funny sounds.  There were more than a few scenes that were visual (though one I could follow because of the sounds was the scene where one of the guys is going to the bathroom, the tiger growls, and the man must’ve turned to look, because I could hear him peeing on the floor.)  I think the funniest things I must have missed were the images at the end, as the credits began to roll.  People were laughing hysterically at some of them.  That was the moment I realized that I’ve got to stop coming to the movies.  It is too frustrating to me.  I have already given up on seeing any type of action movie or foreign film in theaters.

I love movies, but when I left the theater today I was upset/frustrated/disappointed.  Should I just stop going to the movies or is there something I could use to help me see what’s going on?  Any ideas?

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