Paul Novak and Note!


Paul A. Novak is my across the hall neighbor.  He has lived in Penn State Towers for over 10 years.  He works at IRMC in the IT Department and from what I have seen when his door is open, he enjoys growing plants.

When I first moved in 4 years ago, my apartment needed lots of work to be done and I was able to use my past work experiences to make all the positive and necessary improvements.  It took a lot of time and money.

I repaired the walls with tape and mud.  Primed and painted everything with shellac and oil based primers and paint and used the venting system in the kitchen and bathroom to make breathing healthy.

It was not until 7 months had gone by and the actual shower installation was finally being done, did Dave, our maintenance man, noticed that my vents were not connected to the outside venting system.  They were just laying on the ceiling tiles in the hallway and Paul’s apartment.  The corrections were made and Paul did not have to smell any more bad odors from my apartment.

When my apartment was ready for guest, I planned several small parties for my different neighbors from all different floors.  I put a simple note under their doors and just wanted them to call or just come over to have some food and see my apartment finally completed.

Paul, returned his note with an explanation as seen in the following picture.  I am glad I could do something fun for Paul, and his note was and has been the inspiration for all the collections of notes, photos, social comments and my actual interactions with the world on the entry walls of my apartment and now, in my blog.


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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