No, that’s not some type of code or anything — rather that is my new address. Or will be, anyway, by September 4th. I was down in Brooklyn this afternoon, and officially signed the lease for the Studio apartment. And, actually, 4J is just the apartment number, not the full address. So don’t try sending something with just “4J” written on the envelope. It won’t work. …on second thought, try that anyway, and see what happens. I’m sensing a highly metaphor-laden artsy independent film evolving from the experiment.
Whatever the case, this now means many things: (boy, I love lists, don’t you?)
- I have now marked off 2 of the 3 “big” things I was hoping to get done this summer. The first was the sale of the car, and the third (as of yet unresolved) one is the Kickstarter launch of my board game. I feel that the latter will have to wait until the fall, since I still want to get that video made first. However, I can, at least, start focusing much more on the production side of things: get quotes from card printers, investigate into having custom pieces made, and try to recruit some more accomplished artists to help dress up the game. The nice thing is that at least I can attempt to maintain the ratio of 1 Big Thing a month, and it’s possible I might be able to launch at the end of September.
- I have to make moving plans. My choices are either getting a U-Haul and some friends, or hiring a moving company. I would like to try the former, but getting my friends together to help me move, esp. at the end of Labor Day weekend, will be tough to pull off. So, while I shake some trees to see who falls out, I shall also use somewhat outdated metaphors during my research into local moving companies. The funny thing is that I doubt that I’m going to be moving much in the way of “big” stuff. The queen mattresses are really the sole thing — all my desks and bookcases are the type that should be able to be broken down. And even then, I think it’s time to sell/give away some of the things I have. For example, my little dresser has been a steady companion since I bought it when I first moved to NYC, but it’s been missing it’s bottom drawer for a while, now, and doesn’t come close to holding all of my clothes. Likewise, I think it may be time to bid farewell to my trusty twin futon, also purchased upon arrival (well, a month later, really) in the city. Besides just making a lighter load, there is another reason for this, which is….
- It’s time to upgrade things again. I went through this whole “upgrade” phase about 6 years ago, right before I moved to NYC to start Grad School. In this case, honestly, I think the sudden shift is that I have cleared out all my debt, and have started to save some real money. I have (and will have) more money coming in from my paychecks because I will have much less going out each month. But beyond that, I think I also hit a threshold where I’m just tied of living in spots that don’t, well, really looked all that lived in. So, rather than continue to get things on the cheap and solely focusing on functionality, I’m going to be looking more at things that fit within my mindset for what the new apartment will look like, which contains the following ideas (did I mention I like making lists? consider it mentioned):
- Print out some of my photos to large sizes and hang up on the walls. The shots from around Wisconsin in July are likely to be the main components
- Upgrade the following furniture (more lists! Arg!):
- Kitchen table
- Love Seat/Couch (Hey, maybe I should call Julie and tell her I bought a couch — based on her previous logic she would be breaking down the door for a date)
- Entertainment Center
- Get some new sheets, towels, etc. with more of a Blue/Green color palette
- Get some actual plants
- Lock down plans for my vacations. I have a full compliment of vacation days and personal days, plus the holidays. Now that I know that I will be in Brooklyn, I can see about getting tickets for trips home for Hayley’s wedding, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And, hey, maybe a trip of my own. No idea where I would go, but I’ve always said that it’d be nice to take a trip on my own somewhere. Maybe it’s time to make a jaunt to Tibet….
I’ll miss this apartment, particularly the large kitchen (and the non-pick bathroom), but just the flexibility in being being able to visit friends and events in the city without fear of missing my last train home will be a welcome change. In addition, the place I’m at is just off the G train to Barcade, is a short walk from Prospect Park, and a short bike ride from John’s Bakery. Oh, yeah, and I will likely be getting a bike soon after moving. There are bike lanes all around my new place.
I think it’ll take a little bit to adjust to the smaller small, but honestly, not much. I really wasn’t using too much of my current place, and I’m pretty sure that there are a number of things that I can drop before the move. A good time for a purge of the old, and all that.