Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Simple Outing

Take light rail to the Montlake station on the south end of the University of Washington campus. The hospital across the street has good coffee and snacks. Hike up the main path on campus past the fountain with its ducks and roses, pass through the forest of cherry blossoms, and make your way to the Burke Museum and its treasured legacy of Northwest culture.


Cross Fifteenth to the academic bookstore and its legendary childrn's section. Up the Ave around the corner on Forty-seventh is a fish store that carries smoked salmon strips that taste indigenous. They'll give you ice if the trip home will take a while -30-
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Price Per Pound

Assessing cost per unit of weight is an interesting way to evaluate something. Futurist Buckminster Fuller factored in the weight of a building. Weight even affects the cost of waste disposal, a critical issue at the moment.

I visualize anything the right size set on a foam tray, wrapped in cling film, and embellished with a sticker. A digital device, lamb chop, a piece of jewelry, medication-any of these contents speaks volumes when weight is noted front and center.


A fellow on Maui recently spent a million dollars on a tiny house. Presumably subsequent tiny houses will cost a little less. I'm guessing the price per pound might look reasonable when it's compared with other things that save comparable amounts of time and effort. A tiny house on a generous property with a benign climate makes a lot of sense -30-
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Nimble House

A high rate of growth in a city stresses all of its systems. It's also quite a lot of fun to take advantage of the new goods and services that accompany change. Living in the same building since 1980, I've seen the place through many iterations of content, function, and style. I have not indulged in change for its own sake, because home furnishings have a significant carbon cost. 

The following strategies allow rapid change as demands, some of which can be sudden, require. Use existing cupboards and storage areas, but make sure that additional shelving and storage containers are freestanding, modular, and knock-down. Have the same color scheme in all the rooms.
Choose soft furnishings in plain colors. Use freestanding or clip-on lighting fixtures. Take the time to tailor living quarters to suit new requirements. -30-
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Sorting Out the Details

I bought a new side bag in an attempt to reduce my daily handicap. Changing bags is like moving to a new domicile.The first night after the change felt like an awkward one in the field.
Besides the necessities of an urban day, I tote the ten essentials of survival (search The Mountaineers), because this is earthquake country. The whole works fits into a reasonably sized purse, but my requirements are complex. Every time I thrash the kit it gets a little smaller and lighter, and the process takes less time.


This season I realized that an undedicated office table with good lighting is a perfect worktop. I blitzed the project in minutes, where I used to spend an hour or more. The cheapest featherweight on-line folding plastic office table in 30"x60" is easy to handle and convenient to integrate with existing furniture -30-
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Friday, April 13, 2018

Paper Toys

I happily emptied a miniature cardboard briefcase, aka commercial packaging, and set it up to hold small-scale art materials for a young friend. I'm saving the tiny boxes that hold Italian nougat candies. Food packaging board makes great art cards. I'll look around my usual art department to see what small diameter pens and colors they have to work with.


I look forward to collaborating with Alan, standing by with hot glue and sharp tools to enable whatever he thinks up -30-
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

The In-basket

A friend who wrangled a blended family of ten children told me she made one of her sons clean his room after she realized she couldn't remember what the rug looked like. I am hoping that the drawer in which I store unprocessed paperwork is lined with something that says "All gone!" like the favorite milk mug of my childhood -30-
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Wrap

Finish the day with clear work areas: leave generous margins of time on your schedule so that you can complete small tasks that are lying around. Anything that can be done in under two minutes do right away. Especially if you're working at home, it's good for morale to be able to look around and observe visible signs of progress -30-
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