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21 Marts 2008 @ 14:04
They may have finished already  

There was a young lady named Bright
Whose speed was much faster than light;
She set out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night.

—A. R. Buller, 1923

Today a notice from the property manager came through the mail slot in the door to my apartment. It says, in part:

PARTIAL SHUTDOWN OF DRIVEWAY

From Monday, March 24, 2008 until repairs to basement roof concrete slab area is completed, which is anticipated to take plus or minus 1 month.

I'm guessing that the actual time needed to complete the work will be much closer to the high end of the range indicated in the estimate.

 
 
 
w1ldc47w1ldc47 on 21. Marts, 2008 21:19 (UTC)
I'm also not convinced that shutdown is something that can be applied to driveway in that manner. Unless your driveway is a conveyor belt of some sort or something.
Vizcachachillyrodent on 21. Marts, 2008 21:54 (UTC)
Bonus points for finding an appropriate limerick. The world would be a better place if we all used more of them.
(Anonym) on 21. Marts, 2008 23:36 (UTC)
How much plus or minus one month? Zero months? Twelve months? Seems like a crucial piece of info has been left out. (The probable explanation is just that this was terribly worded, and they really meant 'approximately'. But I like the idea of it taking negative one month.)
wolfangel78 on 21. Marts, 2008 23:37 (UTC)
Appropriately logged in now.
(Anonym) on 22. Marts, 2008 00:53 (UTC)
But unclear about why I repeated your post's content in my comments.
Merlemerle_ on 22. Marts, 2008 01:21 (UTC)
If they can hire contractors who sometimes complete jobs before they start them, please find out who they hired. If possible, of course. I would pay double for such a service.

I do have to wonder if a partial shutdown of the driveway means that they will work on it in sections, or if during certain timespans it will be completely shutdown. There could be a large difference.

"until repairs [...] is complete"? That sounds a lot like my landlord's idea of grammar.
Prof. Bleen6_bleen_7 on 22. Marts, 2008 03:26 (UTC)
To me it reads like a pair of alternatives rather than a continuous interval of time. I conclude that because the project was not finished one month before it began, it will require one month to complete.
frogofthelakes on 22. Marts, 2008 14:50 (UTC)
We used that limerick to practice cursive back in the day. ;)
Tishiewahooweena on 23. Marts, 2008 21:28 (UTC)
If you'll look outside, I think you'll see that the work has been complete for nearly three weeks.