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#919: Have an office

…with a door.

Maybe you don’t realize how big of a deal this is.

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Posted by on October 25, 2016 in Architecture

 

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#248: Browse at Home Depot

Home Depot is a store for those with homes–it says so in the name.  So can you blame me for never particularly enjoying a visit there?

I only go to Home Depot for necessities when I’m not close to any other store that would have them: light bulbs; rugs; fans; plants; shelves.  Did I say necessities?  I meant random household items.  Whatever you want to call them, they’re not fun things to buy.

But yesterday, I had a few minutes before I had to be somewhere, and it was raining, and for some reason, Home Depot seemed like it was beckoning to me. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2012 in Architecture, NYC

 

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#189: See a dream house

When I was younger, I used to assume one day I’d have a husband, kids, and a house.  It’s not because I wanted to conform to a very narrow definition of what a normal adult’s life should look like.  I honestly didn’t even consider the possibility that there were any other possibilities.

Now, walking through room to room of a so-called “dream house” (the YMCA is giving it away to one lucky ticket-holder), it was painfully clear that 1.) one person’s “dream” is not necessarily everyone else’s dream, and 2.) it’s a dream that doesn’t fit into my current life at all. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Architecture

 

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#58: Consider Cleveland

I could buy a 2-family house today.  It’s in an up-and-coming neighborhood.  It’s within walking distance of an ice cream store and a library (which is pretty much all I need to survive).  It’s down the block from Iron Chef Michael Symon’s restaurant, Lolita.  It’s on a street called Literary Road (I mean, come on, is there anything more adorable?).  Renting out one of the apartments to my brother or sister and shelling out a down payment I’d be completely comfortable with, I would be making a monthly payment that’s a fourth of the cost of renting a cheap studio in Manhattan.

The only catch: it’s in Cleveland. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Architecture

 

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#35: Have a John Hancocktail

(Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

I can’t count how many times I’ve been someplace where you have to find your own seat, seen the perfect seat, and been heading towards it when someone else gets there before me.  It’s so frustrating, and I always end up complaining about it for at least 5 minutes afterward, from my less than ideal seat.  The person I’m complaining to thinks it’s frustrating, too. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Architecture

 

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#9: See the 9/11 memorial at night

I’ve seen the 9/11 memorial before, but only during the day.  When the sun’s out, you can see rainbows in the water and, aside from the fact that I love rainbows and am on a lifelong mission to find them whenever I can, it just adds to the beauty.  I’m lucky enough not to have known anyone who died on 9/11, so I see the memorial how I imagine most people like me do: as a respectful tribute to a horror we can never fully comprehend.  It’s not that it doesn’t affect me at all to see those huge, gaping holes, because after all, I’m a human being and an American, but it has to be an entirely different experience from someone whose entire life was personally turned upside down on that day. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2012 in Architecture

 

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#5: Cry on a street corner

Crying while walking is easy.  I’ve done that plenty of times (my 25th birthday, practically every day for 3 weeks after my last breakup).  You just continue walking along the sidewalk as if nothing is wrong while tears stream down your cheeks so anyone who notices thinks you must have something in your eye or you just poured a bottle of water over your face or something.  You can blend in when you’re crying while walking because it’s so nonsensical that the general public can’t comprehend how you would actually be crying while walking along normally.

Crying while sitting on a bench somewhere?  I’ve done that, too.  Simple. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in Architecture

 

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