Moved out of the old spot on Huaihai Lu and into a historic building with my girlfriend, and our new cat who does not have an English name yet. Love the building and the apartment. OG hardwood floors from the 1930s, iron railings, and twelve-foot high ceilings. Just a few problems with the neighbors…
The people on the third floor maintain a mountain of garbage outside of their door; and in the fire escape but that’s another story. We’re talking a six foot high by six foot wide pile that includes: old milk cartons, expired medicine, paint chips, moldy pillows, random bits of plaster, and…a toilet. I don’t want to look at that shit every day, AND it’s a fire hazard. Landlord says Shanghainese people don’t like to cause trouble (上海人怕麻烦), so he won’t say anything to them…
So I just started throwing away a little garbage every day. After two days I came home and found the sign above, written in classical language that basically translates to..
“THIEF: YOUR FAMILY IS DYING AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT. YOUR WIFE IS GETTING FUCKED, AND YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW IT. HOW MANY PEOPLE IN YOUR FAMILY ARE DYING? CURSE YOU.”
So in addition to being slobs, these people are completely insane. Luckily they don’t know that I’m the one stealing their treasured objects. A few days later someone let their dog or child piss in the staircase just below the third floor, so we fired back with this sign…
Which politely says:
“THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC BUILDING. PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR ANIMALS OR CHILDREN PISS IN THE STAIR CASE AND PLEASE DON’T PUT UNNECESSARY OBJECTS IN THE HALLWAY.”
Will our neighbors trip out in a fit of paranoid rage? Will they have a change of heart? Stay tuned to find out what happens next!
And in music news, NGUZUNGUZU are coming to Shanghai for a Wooozy offline party at The Shelter in September, and Love Bang are DJing after Girl Unit at Arkham on the same night. Crazy.
KELELA – ENEMY (MA NGUZU IRONSOUL EDIT)
NGUZUNGUZU – Harp Bell