Lockdown Day 74: One Man’s Ceiling / Encierro Día 74: El Techo de un Hombre

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I MENTIONED RECENTLY THAT THE apartment above is being renovated. I think we may be almost finished with the demolition. It’s been unpleasant, to say the least. The work (noise) starts every weekday around 8 and ends around 4. I suppose we should be grateful they don’t work late and they don’t work weekends.

I’ve run out of the bathroom a few times when I’ve heard ceramic tile crashing above my head. I have no confidence their floor and our ceiling can withstand the strain.

We’re especially grateful we can at least go out for coffee and escape the noise for an hour or more. We’ve been going to El Jazzy Bar this week, a cafe and tapas restaurant alongside the Roman Ruins park (click here). That, at least, has been a pleasure. And our friend Tynan has at times met us there. Today’s photos should give you an idea of our daily idyl.

LAST NIGHT WASN’T ONLY THE best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time, it was the BEST night’s sleep. I may have even come close to sleeping eight consecutive hours. Blissfully! I had a smile on my face when I got out of bed. A smile!

But the drilling has just begun right above my head again (I’m in my office). They’re turning the water off in two hours. So, I’m off to the showers. And then I’ll be all Jazzy.


RECIENTEMENTE MENCIONÉ QUE EL PISO de arriba está siendo renovado. Creo que casi hemos terminado con la demolición. Ha sido desagradable, por decir lo menos. El trabajo (ruido) comienza alrededor de las 8 y termina alrededor de las 4. Supongo que deberíamos estar agradecidos de que no trabajen tarde y que no trabajen los fines de semana.

Me he quedado sin baño varias veces cuando escuché que las baldosas de cerámica se estrellaban sobre mi cabeza. No tengo confianza en su piso y nuestro techo puede soportar la tensión.

Estamos especialmente agradecidos de que al menos podamos salir a tomar un café y escapar del ruido durante una hora o más. Hemos estado yendo esta semana a El Jazzy Bar, una cafetería y restaurante de tapas junto al parque de las Ruinas Romanas (haz clic aquí). Eso, al menos, ha sido un placer. Y nuestro amigo Tynan a veces nos encontró allí. Las fotos deberían darle una idea de nuestro idilio diario.

ANOCHE NO FUE SOLO LA mejor noche de sueño que he tenido en mucho tiempo, fue LA MEJOR noche de sueño. Incluso podría haber estado cerca de dormir ocho horas consecutivas. ¡Felizmente! Tenía una sonrisa en mi rostro cuando salí de la cama. ¡Una sonrisa!

Pero la perforación acaba de comenzar justo por encima de mi cabeza nuevamente (estoy en mi oficina). Están cerrando el agua en dos horas. Entonces, me voy a las duchas. Y luego seré todo Jazzy.



Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

26 thoughts on “Lockdown Day 74: One Man’s Ceiling / Encierro Día 74: El Techo de un Hombre”

    1. anne marie:
      It IS having its effect. But, in our case, it’s not easy to measure the change. Moose and Dudo are sure not pleased. They’ve gotten used to the hammering but the drilling and crashing of tile was a bit much for them to take. That appears to be done. Now on to the sawing and hammering.

  1. ‘…….is another man’s floor.”
    THE music album that shaped my life! Sounds dramatic but it is true. 1973 was a very formative year for me in so many ways.
    Looks like a wonderful location to have a coffee……..with Roman ruins around.
    Good on you having 8 hours of sleep. Must be a relief.

    1. Jim:
      Last night’s sleep wasn’t as great but still a lot better than it’s been. I’ve also noticed they’re doing more work on the ruins, have replaced all the old crappy signage with new excellent signage, AND the building that was intended to be the museum/visitor’s center has signage, too. Maybe I’ll get to see the Fuengirola Venus!

  2. The joys of tile or stone covered floors, when they replace them, it is noisy. We have had a few of those in our building, most of these were carpet.

    1. David:
      Marble is the standard around here, so all the original floors are marble except for bathrooms and kitchens which are ceramic. Replacing with wood makes things a LOT quieter and that’s what most people have been doing. I just saw the boxes of flooring waiting to be hauled upstairs, however. They’ve gone with ceramic!

  3. Ugh. A form of Chinese water torture–on the ears. Heck, I bet you can feel it in your bones, too. To do this while in lock down is seriously unkind. Glad you can at least go out a bit these days.

    1. Mary:
      The jackhammer and crashing tile was overwhelming at times. But that’s done! So, now it’s all about sawing, drilling, and hammering. I thought doing it during lockdown was unkind, as well, especially with not even an apology for the disruption. But they’ve never been considerate when the few times a year they’re here, so it’s no less than we’d expect.

  4. The pix are gorgeously beautiful, and that’s just you and SG, ba dum tssh. I’m so happy you were able to sleep, Scoot. That is something that’s never fully appreciated until it’s gone. Renovation noise is the absolute worse, especially when it’s somebody else’s . Take care, Scoot. Be safe, be happy.

    1. Deedles:
      Ba dum tssh! I like that! I’m not a good sleeper to begin with, but these nights have been awful. Last night wasn’t great, but still much better than last week. What really sucks about the renovation is that we can’t be gone for very long because of lockdown rules and our own stress levels when we’re out.

    1. Steve:
      Under normal circumstances, we’d simply disappear outside for most of the day, but that’s currently not permitted (nor is it very relaxing to be constantly among other people… and masked), so we’re captive to the noise. Such thoughtful neighbors!

    1. Mistress Maddie:
      That rosy building is the smallest of three buildings in an actually very nice complex with beautiful gardens and pool, tennis courts, nice balconies and terraces, and several penthouse apartments. But from certain angles, like that one, the buildings are simply ugly and that’s an especially unpleasant backdrop for the Roman ruins. They’re also walled in, so there’s no welcoming relationship to the neighborhood. Well-built, unfriendly design.

  5. Wow – that is a LOT of noise. And wow – I can’t remember the last time I had 8 hours of sleep – you must feel on top of the world after that. Hope it is not a one off.

    1. Wilma:
      Yesterday was amazing. And, although it appears to have been a one off, last night was still an improvement over recent weeks.

    1. Cheapchick:
      At least we could escape the overhead jackhammering by going out on the terrace. It’s been unpleasant (to say the least). But the demolition is now done. The power saw and incessant drilling and hammering is what we have to look forward to.

  6. There’s nothing worse than a neighbour’s construction noise — I feel for you!

    1. Debra:
      The one thing I’m grateful for is it’s not a do-it-yourself project. They’ve got a professional team doing all the work. So we should have less than three weeks to go.

  7. Be aware it’s not over yet! Just before Christmas, the apartment above us was being renovated. For 4 days there were two drills taking up the old tiles. It was deafening! I wanted to kill him, or at least preventing him from entering the building. Our building manager (concierge) told me the best advice was to go and sit in the public library all day to save myself from going mad! I later discovered he was doing the rest DIY in his spare time. It went on till EASTER. Every afternoon, just as we wanted to take our siesta, the tap-tap-tapping would start as the new tiles were laid. I once encountered him in the carpark and asked how long his renovations would take. He replied: I wish I knew. I didn’t trust myself to reply and just walked away.

    1. Margaret:
      Funny you should mention DYI. I just replied to Debra that the one saving grace is they’re NOT doing it themselves. We should have less than 3 weeks left of major work, and the demolition is done. One of the restaurants downstairs was renovated 2 years ago. The new chef/owner is a bit of a jerk (well, not just a bit). He did almost all the work himself, which meant we had to listen to the construction noise for nearly 3 months when it could have been done in less than 1. He even power-washed the outdoor terrace and didn’t turn off the spray when people walked by. People got soaked, yelled at him, crossed the street. He didn’t make any friends… and he clearly doesn’t care. NOT good for business. Right now, he’s having his new terrace installed (city requirement). To save money, he’s working alongside the licensed team. And he walks behind and inspects and measures everything they’ve done. They just finished the other restaurant in our building and clearly enjoyed their work. They now look miserable every day.

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