A little housing update for you…

May 11, 2007, 8:24 PM

Just so you know, I am now partly moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Silver Spring, Maryland. It’s nice, too. It’s right up the road from Glenmont station, and also close to shopping. Westfield Shoppingtown Wheaton is very close to where I live, and it’s home to a two-story Target store.

By the way, shopping with a cart across two levels is interesting. There are two escalators. One for you, and one for your cart. Basically, you put your cart in the special cart escalator, and then you ride (roughly) next to it on a conventional escalator. Shopping in a two-story Target is certainly something, but it’s kind of fun. Target is also so much cleaner than Wal-Mart, which always impresses me when I shop there. They also trust that their customers will do such simple things as flush the toilet and turn off the sinks, which Wal-Mart does not. Wal-Mart has automatic sinks and flushers which don’t work half the time. Target has faucets with handles, and flush handles on the toilets.

By the way, I outfitted much of my apartment on my first trip to this Target in Wheaton. I blew $300-some on stuff for the apartment, across two shopping carts. That’s the most I’ve ever spent at Target. Prior to this, I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $20 in a visit to Target.

And meanwhile, the first room that I got all set up in the apartment was the bathroom. I put toilet paper in there, a nice tan mat, a clear shower liner, and a white shower curtain. I was also going to put a black soap dispenser in there, but it wouldn’t pump, so it’s going back to Target.

Then the next thing I’m going to do is go grocery shopping. I figure I have a microwave, a stove, and a refrigerator, and so I might as well get something to use with them. So I’m going to go to Giant to get some groceries. There’s also a place called H-Mart near where I live. H-Mart is an Asian grocery store. You go in there, and the place smells like fish. They have fresh fish in the back of the store. Some are still alive, and others are already chopped up, with the head next to the cuts to show how fresh it is. I love it. I tested the microwave yesterday with some seafood nuggets that I bought there.

I’m also going to go to Wal-Mart to get the stuff I couldn’t find at Target. Realize that after Wal-Mart fired me for what I consider questionable reasons, I’m not particularly inclined to spend gobs of money there anymore. Realize that Target’s not much better, but I’ve never worked for them and don’t plan to.

And then otherwise, I hope you like the way Schumin Web looks for a while, because my real computer is still in Stuarts Draft, and won’t be coming up for at least a week (but I will have the Lappy). I also don’t have cable television or cable Internet in the apartment yet. I’m still working on that little detail. It’s coming, though.

So yeah, life is good. And I start work on Monday!

Web site: The Borf Brigade's Communique. Does anyone know the name of the piece that is being played on the accordion in this movie?

Song: I actually had that Borf Brigade song stuck in my head all day yesterday...

Quote: Meanwhile, I told Sis about the two-story Target and the mall - she's impressed. She wants to see.