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06:18 pm: Brrr...
My toes were tingling with the cold within moments after I crawled out from under the covers this morning. I set my living room heater to 75, but even with the two bedroom doors shut, it barely manages to heat the rest of the apartment up to 60. I do have a kerosene heater, which would undoubtedly help, but there are two major problems with using it (aside from the smell).
  • No one has told me where to buy kerosene.
  • No one has told me how to get said kerosene back to my apartment once I do buy it.

    When I lived in Niigata, my apartment had a steel drum on the front doorstep. When the weather turned cold, someone came by and automatically filled the steel drum, then sent the bill to the school for me to pay. That was nice and simple. Here, there is a plastic kerosene container in front of the apartment, but it is apparently empty. I'm bad at estimating volume, but I'd guess it holds about ten gallons. I could theoretically take the plastic container to the gasoline station on the corner (assuming that's where I would buy kerosene) and have them fill it up, but there's no way in the world I'd be able to carry it back home again.

    So, in the meantime, I'm settling for the 60 degrees my poor electric heater can produce until I figure out the kerosene problem...and wearing really warm clothes.

  • Comments

    [User Picture]
    Date:December 1st, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
    Gas stations have kerosense, and the hardware stores like Juntendo had it near me. If you call one of the gas stations they'll usually have a truck that comes around and delivers it. (Though I'm not sure how that works for apartments)
    [User Picture]
    Date:December 1st, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
    Oooh, delivery would be nice. I'll just have to find out if the school has some preferred vendor.
    [User Picture]
    Date:December 1st, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC)
    You can try asking someone at school. They probably know how your predecessors got kerosene, and if it comes down to going to the gas station to get it, somebody might drive you.
    [User Picture]
    Date:December 1st, 2004 08:58 pm (UTC)
    They probably know...I was just debating over asking a teacher. When I was in Niigata, I was surrounded by other teachers living in the same apartment complex, but here they live in all different places, so they may not have a clue. They'd just have to take time away from all their grading and other duties to hunt down someone who knows.

    I'm just perplexed why nobody left a note or anything. The teacher info handed down from previous exchange teachers only says there's a plastic container for kerosene, and it vaguely mentions a gas station, but that's it. (It says "see map" but there's no map.) Why? Is it because someone always told them every year, but hasn't bothered to tell me, assuming I will just figure it out on my own?
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