The Big Move

I spent the afternoon yesterday helping my neighbors pack, clean, and complete a series of fix-it projects around their apartment. They’re moving from San Francisco to a semi-rural town of 28,000 in western Massachusetts. My neighbor bought her one bedroom apartment a decade ago for what seemed like the outrageously high price of $400,000. Today … Continue reading The Big Move

Thoughts On Going Solar

I had a solar guy come out last week to see what my options were for photovoltaic electricity. It turned out to be more of a can of worms than I expected. Before he arrived I did some basic homework. Project Sunroof Google’s¬†Project Sunroof¬†is a tool that helps determine a property’s potential. Solar panels don’t … Continue reading Thoughts On Going Solar

Maids’ Rooms, Garden Pavilions, Coral Vanities, and Thought Experiments

A recent post about the regulatory and cultural dynamics in Thousand Oaks, California was reposted on various platforms on the interwebs and elicited some very different responses. Readers on right leaning sites were incredulous that anyone would criticize the hard working and already over taxed families who were merely defending what they’ve earned. What right … Continue reading Maids’ Rooms, Garden Pavilions, Coral Vanities, and Thought Experiments


A friend does woodworking in his garage as both a hobby and a pragmatic response to a century old house that needs endless repairs. His workshop is itself an expression of his resourcefulness. His work benches are made from salvaged high quality hardwood pulled from a bowling alley that was being torn down. The interior … Continue reading Shaper

Thousand Oaks

This weekend I attended the graduation of my niece from California Lutheran University. Since I was in the area for a few days and there was a lot of down time between events I wandered around the neighborhood with my camera as I am want to do. My niece rents a room in a single … Continue reading Thousand Oaks

First Dibs

A million years ago I was a student in New Brunswick, New Jersey looking to furnish my first real apartment with no money. On the weekends I would borrow a friend’s car and drive out to garage sales and church thrift shops in the suburbs – when I wasn’t picking treasures from the curb on … Continue reading First Dibs