and then finally the highlight of today was meeting my upstairs neighbor steve for the very first time. i rang his doorbell a few times but nobody answered, so i was just going to write him a note and slip it in his mailslot, but i heard noises coming from upstairs so i knew somebody had to be there. i knocked on his door instead and he came down to greet me. i showed him my place, gave him a sense of what i'd be doing with the house, then he brought me upstairs to show me his space. oh my god jesus christ mary joseph mother of all creatures great and small he has the most beautiful apartment i have seen in a long time! apparently one of the previous owner of the upstairs unit was an architect, so you can imagine what kind of marvelous home an architect would design for himself! a lot of wood, recessed lights, drop ceilings, spot illumination, a real feast for the eyes, a myriad of fine detail work everywhere. late at night when i stare up at the ceiling of my first floor unit, that's what i'm going to be thinking of. right upstairs from me is a whole different world, an apartment that should belong in some sort of architectural digest. after seeing his place, i feel inspired.
we chatted for the longest time, steve and his housesitting friend shelley. he's sort of a gardening guy as well, and from the 2nd floor deck we surveyed the backyard, both agreeing on what should be done (less bleeding hearts, add ferns). he was impressed with my flower knowledge but i confessed i had secretly researched a lot of the backyard flora when i first got the place. i told him about replacing the four basement windows with ones that can actually open up to allow some circulation into the cellar, he seemed to be fine with the idea. he told me he got laid off from his publishing job back in november, and i revealed to him that i got laid off a month ago. what irony, two guys sharing the same house, both unemployed. we talked about all the good and bad of unemployment, and then when the subject got depressing, we started talking about houses in the area, and lessons in home improvement, as only home owners can! after 3 hours (it didn't seem that long!), i went back downstairs. kind of scary, but my front door blew open while i was upstairs, but fortunately everything inside was intact. i closed up the house and had a cold motorcycle ride back to belmont.
in a recession, even big name stars have to appear in bit parts, just to make ends meet. that's the only explanation why julia stiles was in the bourne identity and natasha lyonne in kate & leopold. i just had to share that.
finally, saw the strangest insect tonight, a creature that i'm calling the t-moth. i have never seen anything like it, can it even fly?*
* i found out that it's called a plume moth, they're fairly widespread all over the country. 020728