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nightmare in the elevator

except for the fact that my last apartment was less than 400 square feet, i really liked it.  it was on the first floor, it was quiet and best of all it had a back yard. the building had 20 units and 24 people lived in the 73rd street apartment house.

424 E 73rd St yard May 2008 (5)

as sweet as it was, what you will see below was pretty much the entire floor space in the living room

Dale & Ivan

this was my office in it’s entirety (in living room on opposite the wall with door in picture above)

03 19 08 424 e 73rd (11)

and the bedroom was so small, this was all i could get in a photograph:

Ivan sleeping Mar 09 (2)

the bed was solidly tucked in to 3 of the bedroom walls with just enough standing room to – well, stand.  ivan would take a running leap in from the kitchen to get into the bed at night.

the building was over 100 years old and people were much smaller back then.  if you stood in the middle of the hallway and raised your elbows to the sides, each elbow would easily reach the walls.

2009 042

living on the first floor gives you a kind of freedom to come and go a lot easier and quicker than having to do the stairs; especially when there are 5 flights of them (see 5th floor living).

now i live in a 600 square foot studio in a building with 137 apartments, approximately 250 people and 2 elevators and i’ve come to find out that elevators are over rated.  last night for example, ivan had to go out and he needed to go out quickly.  he had been suffering from an upset stomach for the last couple of days and although i had been taking him out every 2 hours, apparently it wasn’t enough.  as we waited for the elevator ivan held his tail tight between his legs and looked at me with wide eyes telling me he was trying as hard as he could to wait for the elevator.  he seemed to be panic stricken as i assured him the elevator was on it’s way and would be here any second.  finally that second arrived. the elevator doors opened, we jumped in, i pressed the lobby button and the doors closed.

the whole process took at least 5 minutes and ivan just didn’t have that kind of time.  i will spare you the details.


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama

important news for a thursday

i find it funny that people still buy newspapers.  incase you were planning on doing so today, i will save you the dollar.  straight from the ny post, these are today’s top stories:

lindsay lohan was arrested last night for punching a woman in the head at a nightclub.  i, for one, am shocked by this.

i did not win the $580,000,000 powerball,

elle mcpherson is going to miami to visit her ex boyfriend in the hospital,

a wayward zebra and his pony pal went on safari down a staten island street yesterday

and andrea peyser proves that she is still a sleaze monger.

however, there is something from the post today that you should see and then you can thank me for saving you $1.

this is truly funny:

Ghost girl’ terrifies elevator riders in hidden cam prank

“When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun. Then, you grow up and learn to be cautious. You could break a bone or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes you don’t leap at all because there’s not always someone there to catch you. And in life, there’s no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary?”
~ sex and the city

take the elevator!


who knew?   🙂


“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself”
 – Buddha


Sara is my niece.  She was born with cerebral palsy.  Someday she will walk and I believe that from the bottom of my heart.  But today she can’t –  so we will get her an elevator.  Sara faces a lot of challenges – and always with a smile.  Please help ease her path by making a donation so that she can get an elevator in her home.  No amount it too small.

Strides For Sara was started in 2009 to provide Sara with the tools she needs for mobility and accessibility in her everyday life. An electronic wheel chair was purchased proceeds raised in 2010 for which Sara is so grateful. Now in 2011 we would like to make Sara’s home wheel chair accessible. The funds will be raised by several social events focusing on family and celebrating life including a fun day of golfing on August 8th.   If you don’t golf, just join us for dinner.  If you don’t eat, you can make a donation.  🙂


Date: Monday, August 8, 2011  (Rain or Shine)

Place: Basking Ridge Country Club
185 Madisonville Road
Basking Ridge NJ 07920

Attire: Spikeless shoes only; Shorts permittedon course; Swimsuit required for cocktail reception


Registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00am

Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:00 am – 11:45 am

Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Shotgun Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:00 pm

Cocktail Reception . . . . . . . 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Dinner at the Johnson House – 35 Franklin Road, Mendham, NJ




Donate what you can – no amount is insignificant.
Thank you. 

Strides for Sara Brochure


“The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
 Albert Schweitzer