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  Friday, December 20, 2002


When Will We Have Our Kitchen?

Yesterday morning, I was standing in what's left of our kitchen with two contractors and two of our building's staff, trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I don't know anything about risers, shut-offs, waste lines, and the like, and I don't speak Spanish, so I wasn't able to participate in the conversation. There was a great deal of discussion about the position of various newly-installed pipes and how that would affect the replacement of the portions of the wall that have been removed.

Yesterday afternoon, everyone went their separate ways, and our walls were still open when I left for work this morning (though work was scheduled to be finished yesterday). This evening, the walls in the kitchen are sealed, but they still have to be sanded and painted, the floor has to be leveled and tiled, and the cabinets have to be installed. And that's before we can order the countertop and have it installed, and then I think there's more. I don't know anymore. I've been reduced to relying on our building staff (who will be very generously tipped this year) to make sure that everything happens properly.


6:44:58 PM     What do you think? ()

What Is New York To You?

In its current issue, New York Magazine has a feature on "Classic New York," which includes a piece called "This Is New York." Some of my favorite items from the list:

  • Shakespeare in the Park...

  • the fine distinction among bodegas, delis, and corner stores...

  • that first warm day in spring when suddenly everyone's walking around nearly naked...

  • the Brooklyn Heights Promenade...

  • art students sitting on the floor of the Met with sketchbooks...

  • trying to figure out which is a taxi driver's first name and which is the last...

  • Staten Island threatening to secede and no one (except Republican candidates) caring...

  • New Yorkers gathering around lost tourists to argue about how they should get where they're going...

  • pride in showing off the city to friends in from out of town, profound disappointment when they just want to go to Saks...

  • the little pinpoints of light from the Empire State Building's observation deck when tourists forget to turn off the flashes on their cameras...

  • clever acronymic neighborhood names: Tribeca, Noho, Nolita, Dumbo, etc....

  • a whole subway car full of people pretending nothing is happening even when someone just two feet away is screaming obscenities at the top of his lungs...

  • jokes about combining the real-estate and obituary sections of the paper...

  • making fun of those dopey New York Times TV spots--"She goes for the 'Arts & Leisure,' and I head straight for the magazine"...

7:57:29 AM     What do you think? ()


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