Thursday, February 08, 2007


Our new home is pretty much what I thought it would be: a characterless corporate extended-stay hotel suite with a kitchen. Our model is the 820 square-foot, one bedroom one bath variety. We have two-tone beige and less-beige stucco-patterned walls, a twelve by nine stainless and Formica kitchen hymned by a serving bar, and a little oblong bedroom totally maxed-out by its ridiculous king-sized bed. The living room is tastefully decorated in dark laminates and low, serious corduroy couches with wine throw pillows. There are vertical blinds between the couch and the cement slab patio. We're on the fourth floor of a seven story building, one of several arranged around a recreation yard. Add a few watchtowers and we'd have a serviceable upscale white-collar corrections facility. The worst thing about our new unit is the bathroom, which suffers the usual unfortunate division: mirror and sink in a little foyer to the closeted toilet and tub. When will they learn this is a terrible idea? This design means we have to stand right out beside the ridiculous bed while brushing our teeth, shaving, or picking our noses. Guests will have to access the bathroom through our bedroom. Its disastrous. Otherwise, and all in all, this was what I'd expected, however, and I'll be satisfied to spend the next eight months of my life here. We're about a half-mile from the East Falls Church metro stop (on the orange line), which is about twenty-two minutes from the Smithsonian stop at the National Mall. That makes it about eight miles to the Washington monument from here. It is three minutes by car to our old stomping grounds around Ballston and George Mason University, where there's an Italian restaurant we like, an IHOP, a little Korean-run deli, and a good public library. [Cavin]

Then, a 4 sided conversation ensued...

To which Blogger qemuel added:

Sorry to hear the accommodations are sans watchtower.

I agree about the bathroom issue; I have actually ripped two pair of pants because of that crap design.

Hope all is well!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 11:14:00 PM  
To which Blogger Ellie added:

As long as there is enough room for Bronwen and I to crash on the floor, I'm happy. Hey, at least you have a king sized bed!

Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:36:00 AM  
To which Blogger Mr. Cavin added:

Q--Okay, I've given it considerable thought, and I am afraid you are going to have to elaborate on the pants thing. Not that I don't trust you: I have not allowed any pants even near the bathroom, as per your warning, and so far no casualties.

E--Of course! There will always be room for anyone who wants it. The couches are pretty comfortable, even.

Friday, February 16, 2007 10:31:00 AM  
To which Blogger qemuel added:

HaHA! That's great!

Here's the skinny: due to the design flaw and lack of space provided I have had two different pairs of pants get caught on cabinet door handles and rip.

Once was bad luck. Two is just a conspiracy to make me pantless.

Friday, February 16, 2007 4:51:00 PM  

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