The Old Apartment, Part 2

November 18, 2014 11:01pm
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  • The Cleanliness: Taken roughly six months after the last photo was taken, I think this is probably the cleanest that you would’ve ever seen my apartment. Circa spring 2005, I’m pretty sure I was getting ready to go on a trip or something – no idea how it got this clean, but I assure you it didn’t last.
  • Snoopy Blanket on the Couch: My god, I’ve had that thing forever and I love it so much. It hardly has any warming properties left to it – my Mom had stitched it up and stuffed some filling in it before sending it down to me, but it’s a bundle of childhood and probably my favorite blanket ever. Sadly, in 2014 it remains folded on a shelf in the closet because Cleo would just tear it to shreds…
  • Sprint Phone on the Counter: LOL – that was my first phone when data kind of started being an option with phones, although it still totally sucked. I think I could post MoBlog photos and e-mail posts to LiveJournal, and that was about it!
  • Patio Furniture: I got that FOR FREE up in Michigan – the warehouse where I worked rented some space out to a furniture store and they would constantly leave people’s old furniture that they had picked up by our dumpster, so when I saw this almost brand new table & chair set, I threw it in one of the work vans and drove it home after hours! It’s kind of sad because it started out as really nice furniture, but I kept it outside and the weather just ruined it over time. Sara even helped me cover it in plastic at my next apartment to give the table another year or two, but the chairs were pretty gross by the time I finally got rid of them.
  • Neon Dolphin???: No clue where I got that thing – maybe Walmart or something? I was kind of in a dolphin kick at the time, so they went into a lot of my decorating … you can also see a great white shark statuette on the other side of the door frame where the stairs were.
  • TINY OFFICE!!!: If my office in my Mom’s basement was big enough for me to fit a couch in comfortably, this thing was basically the size of a closet! There was almost no room on the floor around my chair and I had bookcases and crap piled everywhere, but for my first two years in Florida, that tiny room was where I spent an exceeding amount of my time in front of the computer!
  • Our Loser Friends, The Poster: I had those printed up after we finished the series and all three of us signed them so we each had one. Unfortunately, I didn’t take care of mine nearly as well as I did the signed money poster and it’s about ready to get thrown out because the ink is bleeding, but it was still a neat memory to carry around for a while. The two photos below the poster are ones I took in Michigan during the few months before I left – one is a waterfall in the Upper Peninsula, the other is a sand painting at the bottom of the campfire bowl done by the camping group I was a part of in scouts.
  • New Networking Stuffs: Apparently I had just bought a new router from Best Buy, too? I don’t know – I can’t remember everything… 😛

Also noteworthy:

  • I really loved that couch! The couch that you see there in the photo was totally my bachelor couch – I paid maybe $300 for it when I first got my apartment and within two years time the cushions were already starting to get a little gross after becoming coated with my hair gel over time, but I can’t tell you how many nights playing video games in that place I spent kicked back on that couch with no place better to be and no girlfriend to be there with anyways! Just like the TV, it lasted quite a long time until it got demoted to being an outdoor couch at our last house and from there, the weather and a hungry puppy got the best of it after many, many comfortable (to me) years.
  • I remember being particularly proud of the pillows that I found to match with that couch, too! 😀

Scott’s 21st Birthday

November 18, 2014 10:32pm
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  • The Feast!: So yeah, my Mom kind of went all out for my 21st birthday … I came home to find 21 pink plastic flamingos decorating the front lawn, and then this happened!
  • The Lobster: I cooked it myself – ordered his own gruesome, boiling demise – which was and still is sickly kind of amusing.
  • Corona: And I was sort of a beer drinker back then, although it was mostly because I felt like I was supposed to at the time. I think I picked Corona just because it seemed tropical and although I had the maps up on my walls, this was still several years before I would actually pack up and move away to Florida, so it was very much still a pipe dream at that point.
  • Birthday Comix: It’s kind of hard to make out, but on the keyboard towards the left you can see one of the very first comics that my sister and I did together years before Ink, Paint & Tears… actually came to be. It was a little four-part series we did for Just Laugh called Our Loser Friends – my friend Matt and I who ran the site wrote the series as Two Guys from Nowhere and Lori did the artwork under Loriginal Comix.
  • Jam Session: I have no idea why there is not one, but two boomboxes in this photo. I guess my Mom just throws that kind of party! :mrgreen:

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The Original Office

November 18, 2014 10:03pm
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  • More Monkey!: Same poster as seen before moved with me into my new office, which essentially consisted of me crudely cutting a hole in the wall and knocking out the stud in the middle so that I could get from the room where my bed was into this new office space that I had annexed for myself. By this point I had pretty much taken over the entire basement of the house, turning it into sort of my own makeshift apartment during my college years before I left.
  • On the Printer: The cover to my final project for college – a journal written after we took a week-long class trip down to the Everglades to study nature and ecology and all that jazz! I ended up posting the thing online and also printing out a few copies for close friends – you can find it here for the time being, in all of its 2002 Scott’s Sense of Humor glory!
  • Felt Figment!: I actually have that laying around here somewhere, too, because I grabbed it the last time we were up to visit – I think I got that my very first trip to Disney World, which would’ve been like 1982??? I keep saying that I want to properly frame it, but then I never do.
  • Sea Life, Framed: I want to say that maybe that was a gift from my Dad at some point? All it is is a big sheet of fabric wrapped around a wood frame, but it was BIG and I needed something to fill space on the wall, so there you go!

Also noteworthy:

  • I seriously feel cold just looking at that photo! Living in the basement meant that it was cool in the spring and summer, and absolutely freezing anytime else…  😕

My Basement Lair…

November 18, 2014 9:45pm
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  • Everywhere: I’d like to say that the reason the room is so messy was because I was getting ready to move to Florida in this picture, but its metadata marks this photo as circa December 2001 and I didn’t move until 2003… 😯
  • The Tie Dye: very much played the part of the stoner in high school and then on through college … what you can’t see behind me is an entire wall covered in trippy black light posters and a couple of tie dyed wall hangings that pretty much covered the walls completely. Hey, it was an unfinished basement – what do you want from me?!
  • The Bead Door: OMG, was this thing such a pain in the ass! Just ask anyone who ever caught a shoe on one coming in and brought beads crashing down all around them! There are a couple of dozen strings hanging, they were all done by hand, and the difference between mine and the ones you could buy at any head shop? The professionally made ones are tied off at each bead so you can cut them, and also to prevent said crashing to the floor whenever company comes over…
    • Standard rule was that whoever broke it was the one stuck picking up all of the beads.
  • Christmas Lights: I was also, like, really big into decorating my Mom’s house for Christmas. It was one of the few times I didn’t mind going out in the cold, even though snow + climbing on the roof = terrifying beyond belief.
  • The Just Laugh Monkey: This is the same one as seen in this post, pre-signed and back when the magazine was still in active production. It was the summer before I moved down to here that I spent about $100 on postage to mail that thing around to all of our contributors for their autographs … maybe somehow I knew then that it wasn’t going last much longer.
  • The Expensive Music Equipment: Directly below my monkey is one of the reasons it took me so long to move … because I thought it would be a good idea to run up $4,000 worth of credit card debt for music stuff while I was still in high school! Worst part is, all of that crap now sits under a bunch of sheets in that same basement…  😐

The Old Apartment

November 18, 2014 9:24pm
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After stumbling across this old photo while I was working on backup stuff, I started noticing random details in it and thought that going through it might make for a fun, little blog series, so here we are! 🙂

  • On the TV: HBO’s Oz … I used to watch that show a lot, despite the constant shanking and man sex that apparently comes from life in prison without parole.
  • On the Table: Remember CD-Rs?! We used to save all of our digital media to these cheap, optical discs that were super easy to scratch and got really bad if you left them in the front seat of your car! It was a strange time.
  • On the Table: In the corner is my very first, and actually the only laptop that I’ve ever owned. I don’t remember exactly when it died, but it’s definitely in a recycle pile somewhere now.
  • On the Shelf: Nintendo games! Also, my Aerosmith CD collection and it looks like a bunch of TV series on DVD.
  • On the Speaker: I own an iron?!?!?! Actually, I think I still have that exact same iron. Fun Fact: I’ve never used it to iron clothes … I think it was out to try and get melted wax out of the carpet or something.
  • Fishtank in the Corner: I miss the days when I was responsible enough to keep a nice fish tank, but those days are gone.

Also noteworthy:

  • The TV (and the metadata on the image) dates this photo November 2004, meaning I had just gotten my brand new HD TV a couple of months prior! Although we technically still have it in our living room today, it’s been acting real funky lately and my wife mentioned she smelled smoke and burning coming from it, so a decade is probably the lifespan for that reliable, old rear projection TV.

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