You might have noticed a few messages placed under the doors in every apartment. One was about clearing the bikes from the garage and bike stand so they could expand storage. We were told that this was because people had left bikes there as they moved in and out of the apartment, and the management want to clear the area of all bikes that don’t have an owner. I don’t know about you, but people out there want bikes, and bike parts. Leaving behind a bike would just be silly.
The second note was about clearing our grills off the roof. The little grill village that appeared at the start of summer up there was kind of awesome, and yes – it does look messy, but part of the attraction of the roof is the ability to grill. Which directly relates to my next point – the note that asked us not to visit the roof after dusk.
After the 4th July craziness, there were a number of stupid parties on the roof. I really hope that the people hosting these parties read this, because seriously – your parties were stupid. There’s no reason at all for you to invite 300 people to a common area of your building only to have residents overhead complaints such as “I have to pee!!! I’m going to pee on the roof!”. Seriously. Just because the management of the Viridian doesn’t care enough to tell the doorman to report visitors (or seems to have a horrible time remembering how crazy things can get each summer) doesn’t mean that you can be irresponsible with your guests. Nobody likes to find smashed beercans in elevators or left by the pool. Nobody.
Which is ostensibly why residents were told that guests cannot go on the roof, and there is no access after dusk. Because the management don’t know how to deal with things getting out of hand in a normal, pleasant manner, and people treat the building like a large college campus, they have no choice but to fight back with stupid schoolteacher tactics. We at viridian gripes place the blame squarely with the management, but those who know better can avoid ruining it for everyone else by not having stupid parties on the roof.
So now that we have our grills in our empty laundry rooms or outside our front doors, what can we do?
1) We can still grill.
It’s not like management has decided to ban guests from the apartment whatsoever. If you want to have a few friends over and have a quiet party on the roof, do it. Just don’t be a dick about it and bring a boombox or rope off an area for yourself. It’s common turf, people
2) We can still visit the roof after dusk
The doors aren’t locked. The only way they can shake the giblets out of the irresponsible residents is to threaten everyone
3) We can still have parties
Your apartment is a pretty nice place to entertain guests. Why not have a martini and listen to the new Sinatra indoors?
Oh, and by the way – thanks to the couch-surfers and ball-stealers, the games room is off limits unless you check in and out. I for one think it’s a great idea – dedicated space when I need it? Check. Guarantee that the pool table will have all the necessary equipment? Check. Wanting to go in there only to find people watching movies as if it’s their own living room? No thanks.