Monday, March 27, 2006

Kitchen Magic





I'm back to report that I eagerly romped around with other eager house-hungry American Apparel/Anthropologie types through the open house held in that seemingly charming shingle home posted below. I thought I could love that place, no matter what, but today am coming to grips with this: the Guff is empty in Brooklyn real estate in what might quite nearly be almost my price-range (if I put out for money-wielding strangers who fancy moms wearing dirty American Apparel and Anthropologie sale items and eyewear from many a yesteryear.)
I won't post any heartwrenching photos, only give you this: where there were mantles, there are now only outlets. They are not even grounded outlets. The children couldn't even hang the Christmas stockings out over a semi-attractive space heater. No, we'd be looking at a toaster placed neatly on the plasticated 'Q' grade wood floors for the holidays to warm our newly Brooklynified Utah assies while I, being Ma and what not, would be in charge of pushing the lever down every three minutes.

So, I am now going to cheer us up with these before and after photos of my present co-op kitchen that is 6' x 12' (yes, people in the West, you read that right) and remind me that I worked that Ikea software to a nub to design the most efficient, workable kitchen pos. I turned it into an EIK, I did! (If you have to ask, consider yourself blessed and chosen.)

Now, on a surely metaphoresque note, an SUV fell into a pothole in Brooklyn today and ruined the 'R' train below. It's a very confusing scenario, but I feel it is meaningful on some levels not yet reachable to my lax, unlimber mind.

This I know: co-op life continues and Brooklyn continues. And it's alright.

12 Comments:

Anonymous BIg Mike said...

Your kitchen is only 2 feet longer than a jail cell. Coincidence???

3:45 PM  
Anonymous tunalucy said...

Yes, I saw the photo in the Salt Lake Tribune, that SUV diving into the pavement. Apparently the driver was alright. Whew. The photo made me at once ask and then answer the question: why one would need an SUV in Brooklyn?

7:07 PM  
Anonymous KeepYerBag said...

I was hoping you'd post some pics of the inside of the house. I'm left wondering if it was what I had imagined. I suppose 'heartwrenching' says it all. Sorry it didn't work out.

The kitchen upgrade looks great.

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6:45 PM  
Anonymous fatty said...

You know, your posts on home size actually influenced our house purchase decision. Rather than going for big above all, we went for the house we felt most at home in.

That said, we intend to immediately finish the basement, adding approximately the same amount of space to our house as you have in total. It will cost approximately $20k to do so.

2:09 AM  
Blogger Writermama said...

I can personally vouch for that fact that it's a great kitchen!

11:21 PM  
Blogger Luis Bueno said...

why one would need an SUV in Brooklyn?

Because when the mutant homeboy hordes descend on your vehicle to extract your lucre at gunpoint, it's a simple matter of survival to be able to tear across the rubble-strewn ghetto to effect your escape.

The fact that there are no mutant homeboy hordes in pursuit of wheeled booty (not to be confused with bootIE) is irrelevant, of course, and it's mere coincidence that owning and driving an SUV in New York is a status symbol, vast potholes nonwithstanding.

--Lou

10:28 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

Perhaps something telling about the real estate here in Montreal is the fact a 6' by 12' kitchen sounds good to me. Or maybe its just the people I know (students, poor people).

Our rent is definately lower, but I'm still jealous.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello...

9:35 PM  
Blogger Edie said...

Lovely kitchen! You've done wonders! Kudos!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

Are you still there? Or are you another of FC's imaginary sisters? Now he is moving house and job, keeping up the pretence is too much. Imagine a childhood so dull he has to make up four sisters. Not just ordinary sisters either, a successful photographer, a successful artist, an airforce captian and an substance abuse councillor. I thought at least one of you must be real

Tim

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