I’ll Have the Ecru.
So, I’m in the T-Mobile store on Valencia and 17th just down the street from my apartment and I’m talking to the salesperson about getting a new phone. My old crappy Motorola was getting zero reception in the new pad and I thought it was high time to get me one of them fancy phones that plays, like, Usher songs or whatever…and works in my apartment. The guy informs me that often cell phones don’t work in older San Francisco homes because of lead paint and/or chicken wire. I just nod my head and said “ah, that must be it.” I then purchase this rather large Nokia 6600 that takes pretty pictures (for blogging, obviously), and go on my merry way.
My new phone works better in my apartment than my old one, but if I’m not in the front room with the bay window or in the back near the porch, I don’t get reception at all. And that got me thinking about lead paint and chicken wire. Well, lead paint, anyway.
According to Cole Hardware (which, if you didn’t already know, is the urban alternative to Home Despot, offers a “frequent shopper” card and reminds me of the hardware store in the small town where I grew up) 93% of San Francisco housing units built before 1978 contain lead-based paint. So that’s, what, nearly all the housing units in the city? I’m not especially worried, since I have no plans to do any “dry abrasive blasting,” but it was a bit of an eye-opener.
So was the notion that “your child might eat sweet-tasting lead-based chips.” Bust out the salsa. These lead-based chips are flippin’ sweet.