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What Sound Looks Like

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This is one of those haphazard urban residential fixes that, once you get over marveling at the, shall we say, low-rent implementation, begs a whole new layer of questioning. First some answers. There is, sadly, no mysterious Xth floor where a neighborhood superhero hones vigilante skills and bones up on all the local spoken languages. There is no designation “X” in cutting-edge real-estate jargon for a premium flat that is neither basement nor penthouse. No, it’s simply a matter of the 5 buzzer having died and been moved to the bottom of the interface. Now the questions. Does the (non-superheroic) inhabitant of apartment 5 warn visiting friends about the confusing entrance situation? Was it really too difficult to take a wire from a lower button and extend it to where the 5 button was formerly situated? Did the landlord know in advance that this might happen, and for that reason purchase a doorbell system with more bells than the building has dwellings? Or, perhaps, was it bought broken at a discount and installed this way from the very start?

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By Marc Weidenbaum

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