Friday, January 6, 2017

Get It While You Can

The Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus offers sensational value in its coffee shop, The Boiserie. For a couple of dollars one can buy a good, fresh cup of drip and spend time in a pine paneled room from an eighteenth-century French chateau.The room is on loan from the School of Music.


In his autobiography, Keith Richards mentions the rented chateau where the Rolling Stones composed Exile on Main Street. He describes touring the interior and saying to himself, "Somebody finally got it right." Get an inkling at 45th and 15th northeast. The room will no longer be open to the public after the new museum goes up -30-
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Many Things Are No Longer Necessary

The end of the year is a fine time to evaluate inventory. The recent holidays were a proving ground for my responses to current changes in density, technology and the consumer delivery systems that are now available in the 'hood.

Deciding to let local and industrial professionals do the baking freed a good cubic yard of storage and doubled the effective size of the kitchen. Selecting exquisite small confections from the chocolatier just south of the Market displaced the umpteen Christmas treats that are a family tradition. The chocolates are far from inexpensive, but they replace a tray of baked goods the way a smart phone replaces a land line, television, and the space it takes to house them. Nutritionally we are better off.

In 1979, Paul Hawken argued for what he termed a greater degree of intelligence in industrial products. His Next Economy equated the price of a gallon of oil with the value of money. I find that high-tech clothing, recycling, and state of the art electronic devices make the best use of my time and domicile. The trick is to found household systems on the ten essentials of the outdoor community, select low-tech amenities when practical, and skip over bulky mid-tech furnishings that are aimed at markets where real estate is affordable. Design aimed at markets where space runs $14 a square foot will give you $14 a square foot value wherever you hang your hat -30-


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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Get Out And Get Under

I don't hesitate to hack a low-tech situation, but high tech is usually daunting. Recently I learned that a thermostat that fails to get a response when it is turned past the clicking point indicates an empty fuel tank. Many electronic malfunctions can be remedied by plugging in the device.

I use a luxury self-inflating camper's air pad to cushion the seat of a sofa and fit it ideal for napping. Ideal napping has been leaving unmanageable lumps under the Northwest Blanket that passes for upholstery. It was time to do something about the pad, and I was not quite ready to spring for a shorter one that would not buckle. I peeled off the covering, unzipped the pad case, and realized that trimming six inches off the top layer of memory foam would not impair the pad's field qualities. Trim accomplished, I could zip the case closed, tuck a softly inflated end into the join between seat and arm, and acquire a manageable improvised upholstered seat for five minutes' effort -30-

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Building Space

As I was putting a small appliance back in its cupboard, I realized that clearing square inches on the countertop is the functional equivalent of constructing a new worktop, but cheaper and considerably faster. So is editing inventory -30-
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