I don't think I've ever been so excited to do laundry as today. But our washer and dryer are now working great. The loads must be quite small (first the flat sheet with one or two small things, then the fitted sheet with one or two small things), but -- the applicances work and the clothes come out clean and dry.
OMGReally?!?! Aside: Where in the US can one call the manufacturer with a problem and have the manufacturer's repairman show up the next day? And when was the last time that the cost of a service call and/or repairs was less than $50? Here, the dryer was "fine" except that the prior resident had put the filter back together wrong so it was clogged up and wouldn't dry. The service call charge to tell me that, and explain how to put the filter together correctly was about $9. And the guy came back four days later to deliver extra filters as they must be replaced about once a month. Cost - $2 for 4 filters delivered to my door. As for the washer, it had a significant mildew issue that required replacement of parts, two visits, and a 6-hour sanitizing process. Total cost including service and parts? $50. So, while MsB*tch was grousing about all the people traipsing in and out, the fact is that folks get things done here! Yaaaay.
As for other things that really stumped me in the first week - I'm developing a few "coping" mechanisms ....
(Totally First World) Problem: All the remotes are (a) mostly in Chinese; and (b) not at all consistent in that +/- on one might mean volume, but it means channel on another.
It's not fancy, but it works.
Problem: Copy/pasting addresses in Mandarin doesn't always work well in my iPhone for whatever reason.
I pull up the address on google, snap a pic with my iPhone, then show that to the taxi driver. Works every time (so far).
Problem: It's really hard to describe-by-pantomime certain things I'm looking for.
I find a pic on the web on my computer, then take a picture of it with my iPhone. When I get to the store, I just show the pic. Works much better. (But I still haven't found a store with screening. On the WanderingFool's treasure hunt list.)
Problem: I'm making dinner tonight (yikes), but can't figure out what the text on the slow cooker means. And what I do know is that there is no standard cool-to-hot/left-to-right here. (Our standard "righty-tighty/lefty-loosy" isn't even consistently applicable here. Therefore I can't really just guess without risking burning stuff up. I mean I think it's a slow cooker, but I'm not positive.....)
There's always a way...................
Update: I still burned the meatballs. Oh well. They were edible. I'll do better next time.