Merry Christmas, my ass.
Several days after my new neighbors moved in I noticed smoke wafting INSIDE of my house.
As I investigated I noticed that my neighbors had huge amounts of dark gray wood smoke billowing out of their chimney.
Their chimney is about 15 feet from my house and attic vent.
Evidently when the prevailing wind blows easterly the smoke from their chimney blows directly into my attic vent and the smoke then settles in the walls of my house.
This is not so good of a thing for a woman who has only half of a left lung and the other lung is severely compromised with a hereditary form of emphysema.
A week or two, just after these new neighbor moved in , I kindly went over to their house and introduced myself and informed them of my lung disease and asked them if they would curtail their use of the fire place, especially on Spare the Air nights and during our mild winter days.
The woman said that they would’ never even think’ of burning wood in the fireplace during the day but at nights they like to cozy up to a wood fire and enjoy a glass of wine.
She said she would ask her new landlord if he would clean the fireplace .
Errr, Umm Lady ! , I don’t think you are getting it . .. _ _
“ I have only one fully functioning lung, A clean fireplace spewing carbon monoxide is not a considerate thing to do.”
But please, do go ahead and have that glass of wine while you pollute the neighborhood air with toxic carbon monoxide, Voc and particulate matter. “ .. please do !
I mentioned that cleaning the fireplace would really have no bearing on the unhealthful pollution that would still spew from the fire place but she really didn’t seem to be too concerned about pollution control within our neighborhood.
On Christmas eve I was awoken by smoke wafting down through my walls and into the cracked opening of my bedroom window.
My neighbors fireplace was pouring thick dark gray smoke into my attic / roof vents and the smoke was settling down around the base of my house and in the houses walls.
I tossed and turned for an hour or so then at about 1 am went into the garage , erected a ladder, and set a old fan in motion to blow the smoke out of the house.
The smoke in my walls subsided but the smoke that accumulated around the base of my house could still be smelled.
And when you can smell smoke you are breathing in smoke.
The next day , a warm and balmy 58 -60 degree and the fireplace was still bellowing dark grey smoke across the roof and grounds of my house I went over to my neighbors house and again asked them to refrain from using their fire place on Spare the Air nights and especially during the day light hours.
They did not show any signs of understanding and their son dismissed me by saying “ have a merry christmas’.
Being sleep and oxygen deprived for the last couple of days I yelled back,” A very fucking merry christmas my ass. “
Now that’s the holiday spirit !
As I write this I have just filled out an application for in house oxygen tanks.
Thanks Santa, Just what I wanted.
I love having that fucking hose stuck up my nose and dragging that lovely oxygen tank around where ever I go.
Merry fucking christmas indeed.
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