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I was a senior in high school. When I woke up my parents that morning by speaking wildly about planes and New York, they thought I was making some kind of Orwellian prank. I left the tv on in their room and bounded down the stairs to make a phone call. I was on the West Coast, but had just moved from Hawaii. I called a friend in the 808 so she could see it happening live (it was so early I knew she wasn't awake).

I watched the whole thing. I couldn't get through to my sister in Jersey or any of my NYC/DC friends for a while.

I didn't go to school that day. Instead, I tooled around with my dad, running his errands. Lumber yard. 7-11. Home Depot. I was in a daze, and kept musing about how it seemed like "business as usual," like nothing was extraordinary about that day.

Come to find out, none of my friends had stayed home from school because of the events. Some of them didn't even know about it before they got to school. Rumor had it that teachers offered disclaimers at the start of their classes about not talking about it during instruction- that upset students could speak with guidance counselors.

I remember feeling oddly desperate that so little seemed effected.

Apartment Therapy The Kitchn | Open Thread 171
9/12/08 09:53 AM

I was fascinated reading everyone's response to this conundrum!

Personally, I'd say this:

-Murder is more atrocious than [natural, accidental] death. There most definitely needs to be some purification going on there: I'm a sage person, myself.

Overall, I agree with raven, when they wrote, "I have lived in an apartment that was part of an old funeral home and an apartment that was previously rented by a murderer. Both were great places to live, but they did have to go through therapy first! Are you willing to put in the work? And, do you believe that your actions can make a difference?"

Obviously, if you believe that your actions can make a difference in changing the energy/feel of a place, then I say go for it. How many events aligned to bring you to this dwelling? ;) If you love it, go for it!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Good Questions: Should I Buy a Home Where a Murder Took Place?
8/30/08 07:39 PM

Ditto, STH.

I don't think it's that much of an abomination (especially in the right setting), and I certainly don't think of it as porn. I bet it's fantastic to read in, great for dozing, and a fun way to change up the sex life. I have an everpresent fear of breaking my beloved vintage sofa after breaking my bed during intercourse so this kind of furniture would be a relief for someone like me!

Then again, I don't receive emails from AT.. so I appreciate the posting. ;)

Apartment Therapy New York | The Sex Chairs: Tantra Chair and Esse Chair - Email from 4.15.08
4/21/08 10:01 AM

How can you deny something described to have, "suction velocity of a category 2 hurricane"?

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: Oreck XL Ultra Vacuum
3/9/08 05:32 PM

My lady would be stoked if I brought home a much-needed vase. Not so stoked if I brought home another bag, but I think she'd adjust... right? :)

Apartment Therapy New York | Thursday Giveaway: Agean Vase Duffle from Belongings
3/1/08 04:54 PM

The duvet cover is awesome, but should I be ashamed to say I think the pillowcases are the best part of the whole bed? :)

Apartment Therapy Los Angeles | LA Thursday Giveaway: 02.28.08
3/1/08 04:52 PM

I moved to Portland from So Cal in 1996, so I get Slim's comment...

and in response (and in my totally novice opinion), I think the aforementioned Oregon xenophobia has dissipated pretty markedly. I remember when the anti-California sentiment was pretty hardcore-- enough to be a regular joke on the local news-- but that seems to have relaxed a lot. Like everything else in Oregon.

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Blogging Sunset: Green in Portland
2/28/08 05:47 PM

Rubytubs-- I happen to really like the chandelier in this photo because I think it's fun. :)

BrittanyKate-- your room is dramatically improved, imho. You should be really excited! Congrats on a great jumpstart!

Apartment Therapy San Francisco | Northwest #4: Brittanykate's Oregon Collection Display
1/26/08 09:41 AM

I think this is a super example of how reorganizing can alter tone... and I bet that changing just this corner had an affect on the rest of the room! For costing only a couple hours worth of work, its a great project and the end result is fun. I love your plant rocking up there with the yellows. To re-pot that guy might be my next move (basic pot with chalkboard paint?)


Apartment Therapy New York | East #1: Nest's Lovelier Library
1/23/08 08:20 PM

P.S. Can't go wrong with the Sunset book! It's the best.

Have you heard of "You Grow, Girl"? it has super ideas for the urban/first-time gardener. ;)

Apartment Therapy - Winter Vegetable Garden
11/25/07 10:57 PM

Totally not planting this winter :( :( :(

but coming back with a vengeance in the new year! (2007 was my first gardening year. Built a 3'x5'x1' bed myself! Woo!) I can't quite remember when I'll start, I think February. :)

I think I'm going to skip the transplanting, though. Didn't work out well this last year and I feel like its a bunch of work I can avoid. As a busy person, I'm always happy to choose things I can live without!

Good luck and keep us updated!

Apartment Therapy - Winter Vegetable Garden
11/25/07 10:56 PM

I love the light fixture above the tub (CHECK IT OUT! *drool*), the blue and white room (because that bedspread is so unexpected), and the use of orange (is that orange?) in the first pic. Usually I dig the b/w and red color scheme but that photo just ain't doin it for me. Maybe if that plant got a little more love in the frame? ;)


Apartment Therapy - #40- Emily's Biggest Canvas
10/27/07 10:39 AM

I would've expected an orange/pink room to be UBER girly-- I think you did a good job of keeping it hip to your tastes. Only thing? The frames painted orange and pink? I might've put them on a contrasting wall or chosen a different color.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Apartment Therapy - #19- Sparkle's Bold and Expressive bedroom
10/27/07 10:36 AM

I have a feeling that if I walked into your home, I'd Oooh and Aaaah for 20 minutes. Buddha and Warhol is all it really takes! :) That said, do you get any natural lighting? (Above the bed, it seems?)

Good luck with the rest of the cure!

Apartment Therapy - #20 - DMODSF's Happy Colors
10/27/07 10:31 AM

Your shower is to-die-for! :)

Apartment Therapy - #21 - Suze's Colors Good Enough to Eat
10/27/07 10:26 AM


It's funny you mention the bathroom debacle. I lived in Uni Housing for almost 2 years (and indeed they are apartments, not dorms) here in PDX with a bath only. (If your friend is curious, I lived in Parkway, on SW Park & Market.)

There are options, but they're silly *and* against the rules. I'm not one for rule following, but... Those plastic tube showerheads? Don't really seem to go far, in my experience and in those charming (and old) buildings, most who have tried to use them end up causing serious water damage to already-thin walls. And then when you call to get that fixed, you get smacked with a huge fee. ;)

My best suggestion is to make bath time as lovely as possible. Think about water consumption, and bathe every two days (or just shower at the gym after your workout). I had a basketball hoop with a bath-approved foam ball in the tub, a stereo nearby, a shower curtain i loved, and twinkle lights... Oh, and designate some kind of cup the bath cup for pouring water down the backs of clean-shaven legs and the like.

After a short period of time, you get used to baths. ;)

Apartment Therapy - Open Thread 78
9/28/07 10:09 AM


There's some ongoing tension between bicyclists and drivers in town. Of course, both teams cite the shittiest bicyclists/drivers as examples for why the other is so damn inconsiderate.

Not all bicyclists follow the laws of the road (as they're supposed to), but not all drivers follow the laws of the road, either.

For the most part, cyclists are super respectful of pedestrians. Kind of a shared "we're the most vulnerable on the road" feeling. ;)

*I* tend to embrace a survival of the fittest mentality in the city: if I can dart on foot more quickly than someone barreling down the road on a bike, it's up to me to get out of the way. ;)

Thanks, PDXCarrie and Anne (in Reno) for the support! And FYI, they are right: Pix, Papa Haydn's, Kennedy School and St. Cupcake are all super.


Open Thread 70
8/7/07 02:06 PM

Portland, Portland!

Restaurants worth a try, $10-20/person:
The Farm on East Burnside. All local, seasonal, organic. Located in an old house, good for a small group of 2-4, chic ambience.

The Screen Door. Great southern food with even better drinks in a candlelit Arts and Crafts style restaurant. Get some Fried Green Tomatos as an appetizer and then go for the Georgia Griddle Cakes topped with mixed vegetables tossed in an herb vinagrette.

Henry's Bar and Tavern, West Burnside. Located on the edge of the swanky Pearl District, great for the beer lover and foodie alike. Fun happy hour, sit outside on the patio to have an ivy-covered brick wall behind you adorned with twinkle lights.

Tin Shed on NE Alberta. Alberta Street is home to a monthly open-gallery-local-color event and it has restaurants to match. Breakfast is great, and all dishes can be made Veggie or Vegan, if that's your thing. Servers are quintessential Portlanders and the self-serve coffee station means you can sip while you wait for a table. Their dinner service is also delish.

Simpatica Dining Hall. SE Ash. The new and communal Simpatica is run by a couple guys with high-end butcher experience so the meat here is all-organic and amazing. Brunch is fantastic but there's usually a wait. Check them out at

Aqui. SE Madison. Mexican food with a twist. The owner, Angie, is a delight and her decor of rustic Mexican art matched with mood lighting is a hit. Don't miss the jalapeno corn muffins as an appetizer because they will blow your mind.

Other delicious options:
Park Ave Cafe. SW Park and SW Market. Grab a bagel sandwich at this little cafe adjacent to the University. $4.95 gets you a bagel with cream cheese, lox, tomato, and onion. Or, go for my girlfriend's favorite: the classic sausage, egg, and cheese. Take it to go and wander down the Park Blocks to the Art Museum.

Rose's deli. NW 23rd Avenue. American food as simple and no-frills as it gets. Stop by the dessert displays on your way in and be sure to save room.

Rimsky Koraskoffee House. SE 12th Avenue. This coffee shop is filled with kitsch. Journals written in by travelers, regulars and servers alike line the entry way. Conversation starters hang from the ceiling and table tops are themed under glass tops. The desserts (a homemade waffle with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, drizzled with a homemade raspberry sauce and marionberries) are to-die-for. I think they take cash or checks only, FYI.

Hope these help! <3


P.S. And Anne-- Portland has fantastic public transport on fairly clean and reliable trains. Our city blocks are modeled after European cities so they are shorter and the whole downtown area is especially walkable. Good thing, too, because you don't want to miss all the street art installations or parks! Traveling alone at night is okay where ever you go- especially compared to NYC (I've spent some time on LI). The only potentially uncomfortable issue you might have is with high numbers of homeless people but by nightfall these folks usually gather near shelters on lower W Burnside. Plus, most of our homeless are very respectful and non-threatening. Portland (PDX) is also consistently rated as one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the US, with miles and miles of bike lanes so we're very used to pedestrians. AND, unlike NY, here it is customary for cars to wait for pedestrians to cross the road. Still, keep your head up, but prepare for the culture shock as drivers yield to those on foot.

Open Thread 70
8/2/07 11:53 AM