Jim and Tess

Years ago, when I first saw my apartment two weeks before I was to moved in, there were many things that needed to be patched, repaired, primed, painted or replaced.  When I actually moved in, none of the projects to make the apartment livable, were done.  After one week, I was no longer able to use my bathroom sink or tub.

It took seven and a half months for all the actual projects to be completed.  Because of all the problems, I was given access to other vacant apartment to shower and shave.

During a period of time, I was on the fourth floor.  Once, when I was going to the apartment, I saw two of my neighbors, Jim and Tess, sitting on the floor outside their apartment.  They had locked themselves out and were waiting for Dave, the property manager, to come and open their apartment.

I gave them some nut bars to eat while they were waiting and I remember that there was  novel concept that Jim and Tess could use in the future so they would not have the same problem ever again.  (Please remember that I enjoy humor!)

I found a wonderful flat rock on Gompers Avenue behind our building, cleaned it up, drew a “Key Shape” on the bottom side of the rock, wrapped it up and gave it to them.  In the note, included with the gift, I explained that they could leave the extra key under the rock and place the rock just outside their apartment.

They gave me the following “Thank You Note” and never had a problem of being locked out ever again. 


Jim and Tess moved out of the building long ago, but I still see Jim once in a while walking his dog. The following picture is of Jim and his pet dog, Mulder.  I still am trying to get a photo of both Jim and Tess but with all the crazy schedules, it just has not happened yet.


Author: shutupjohn8

My name is John Burkhart and I reside in Indiana, Pennsylvania. For over 25 years, I worked in Visual Merchandising and Store Design for different companies across America. I have lived and worked in San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Honolulu, Boston, and Richmond. In 2000, I went home to help my parents. For the back story, go to Youtube, type: John Burkhart on the search line and see a video that Sean Yoder and James Nestor at the Indiana Gazette did over 2 years ago. Be that as it may, in an effort to be/stay productively busy, I was told I should transfer some of my visual and written humor from my apartment walls to a blog. It is all new to me but I hope that you see/read my blog, get a laugh or two and let me know what you think. Looking forward to any and all comments!

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