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and the air conditioners in my building stopped working.
Landlords are not required by law to provide air conditioning even for medical reasons it seems.
The air conditioning units were removed, leaving a huge gap in the wall.
I asked for screening and was told to just tape up some cardboard,
the parts needed were not available, they were needed elsewhere...
so the women and children in my building were to tolerate the heatwave
and insects that came in through the huge gaps in the walls.
My first friend here in the building spent her last night alive
playing with kids from the building in the backyard, watching fireworks.
I was told that she was moving tree branches so that the kids could see the fireworks.
I was also watching fireworks down by the lake with a woman from my building
who had came to my speech.
My friend had trouble breathing in the middle of the night,
her inhalers were not helping,
she phoned her boyfriend,
the police prevented her friends from entering her apartment.
She died in her apartment....
I was told on the Monday
by the building receptionist
my initial reaction was
I better go upstairs and get my sets of keys
for her apartment and turn them in..
I did not go to her furneral
I have not been to a complete furneral
since my brother's suicide...
a worker started chewing me out
she did not remain my worker
the receptionist had gotten me a furneral card from the service
I left it behind with this worker
I did go to the memorial service in my building
I did give sympathy card to her friends and that included the receptionist...
my favourite memory of this friend
is of her dancing in the streets.....
the air conditioning units ?
were not repaired the entire summer
a summer of relentless heat,
and assorted insects....
the landlord finally fixed them under
the out of the cold program
when i pointed out that they,
the air conditioning units were also
the heating units
tenants had gone for 2 winters
And now 2 summers later
in a heatwave,
the air conditioning units
are once again not working...
which friend will I lose this summer ?
to be continued...
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