Friday, September 30, 2016

Light Duty

Several years' wrestling with a commercial art curriculum steered me toward the wisdom of not working too tight too soon. A recent orthopedic misadventure taught me the value of doing nothing when a cranky wrist said it was time to quit.

On my way back to full capacity, I realize many tasks can safely be ignored until it is convenient to do them. The determining factor is my energy level, not having the house roaring along at top speed in top form twenty-four seven -30- More after the jump.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Pod

Much wailing and hand-wringing accompanied construction that resulted from a developer's close reading of Seattle's building code. A harmonic convergence of regulations allowed spectacular density on certain properties. A typical unit in such a building, known as an apodment, has seven eighty square foot rooms stacked over one communal kitchen. Each room has its own bath, and daily maid service keeps the common areas decent.

KCTS' European News Journal broadcast a story about old school communal living in Moscow that shows the tiny new units in the neighborhood are not that different. Seattle's ceiling are lower, and presumably the tenant population has not had time to evolve the social structure of Moscow's, where seniority rules in the kitchen.

In each case, location is superbly convenient -30- More after the jump.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

At Least Keep It From Getting Worse

When crunch or disability, or crunch and disability, hits, slow down enough to manage basic maintenance. Unless something is on fire or other dire event is looming, that is.

Wash dishes and clothing as usual, keep waste flowing in the right direction, and thank yourself for following navy supply practice and having two units in reserve. Thank yourself for stocking the emergency pantry.

Nothing supports good morale like an orderly life support system -30- More after the jump.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Pallet

A chance remark overheard at the Great Big Hiking Co-op revolutionized padded furniture in my house. It took years to implement the wisdom a customer shared with a staff member: each of them preferred to sleep on a self-inflating air mattress on the floor.

As such mattresses grew ever more luxurious, I became ever more willing to consider trying one under the roof. The four inch thick model topped with an inch of memory foam proved irresistable, despite its price tag.

I have enjoyed the full range of sleeping options: custom horsehair mattress, water beds heated and otherwise, a feather bed, futon, innerspring extravaganza, the bubble wrap beloved of Sixties hikers, and a pile of crisp, fragrant autumn leaves. My back tells me the self-inflater is as good as any, economical of expensive cubic inches of space, and easy to stow away for the day.

Covered with a memory foam pad, a set of self-inflaters make a comfortable, featherweight mattress for a conventional bed. Replace the box spring with units of gridded coated steel commercial display panels. I replaced the cushions on a sofa with a self-inflater, and another tapered model designed for the field is used as a pad on a garden bench. 

Sleep elegantly on a Western floor by exchanging street for house shoes at the entry and setting a ground cloth equivalent in place before making up the bed -30-


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Monday, September 26, 2016

Undisputed Championship Housekeeping

Now and then I stumble across a mother lode. Don Aslett's Is There Life After Housework? was the first, The National Trust Manual Of Housekeeping the second, and last week's visit to Universal Products museum supplies the third.

Check their offerings for what might be called medical quality cleaning supplies and recommendations  -30- More after the jump.