June 23, 2003

Tiny Monkeys

Ok, it’s official. I’m going to start posting once a day, if not multiple times a day. Who knows how long it will last. Perhaps only as long as I’m trapped in Orange County. I guess time will tell.

Another thing that’s official is that I’m going to join Erica in the ranks of people with tiny tiny rooms next year. This afternoon, while on a three-way call with 2 of my housemates… we called another member of our cohort and had him pick names out of a hat to determine who got stuck in the small room. As luck would have it, my name got pulled last. So next year I’ll be living in a box that is 8’ X 9.5’. To give you an understanding of what this means, I’ll list a few examples of other things that are about the size of my bedroom next year.
*the handicap stalls in most public restrooms
*the walk-in closet I had in San Francisco
*the pens they keep bucking broncos in right before they release them at rodeos

Yeah, it’s gonna be stellar. I keep trying to remind myself of all the things I told Erica when she decided to take the tiny room in Berkeley. “You can put shelves up on the walls.” “It’ll seem bigger if you paint it a lighter color.” “Buy a few plants and they will liven things up.” Somehow, I seem less convincing when I’m giving myself these pieces of advice. My only consolation is that I will be paying super cheap rent, which is another thing I convinced Erica to focus on not so long ago.

Any other bright ideas???

Posted by j*2the*olie at June 23, 2003 08:48 PM

Get a bed that is 8'X 9.5' as well, have some burly lads jam it into your room, and then you'll have a gigantic-bed room. Not a gigantic bedroom, but a room with a nice, comfy, monstrous bed in it that you can climb over to get to your closet and your brightly colored walls/shelves. You lose a little walking around space, but you haven't much of that anyway and the giant bed makes it well worth it, my friend. (hang the plants from the ceiling). Space saver, eh? That's using the old noodle.

Posted by: kati on June 23, 2003 09:02 PM

no small rooms are fun. they are very comfy. plus, in a cold place (eg: where you will be) it'll be ncie to get all coozy and itll be quickier to heat.

plus... u can try to achieve "doug herstad"-ness by sleeping in small places, since he always slept in a small coat closet.

Posted by: jason R on June 23, 2003 09:34 PM

dude, it is way bigger than a handicapped stall. several pieces of furniture fit in a room that size. not many, but a few. My bright idea here is that you'd better be ok with the room since you certainly did make it seem *magnificent* to me. hussy. =P

Posted by: erica on June 23, 2003 10:31 PM

now, mind you, erica could have had a perfectly nicely sized room if she'd just waited until the last minute when our roommate decided to move out. spacious! lovely! reasonable! but no, not for erica. i stand over your small-room-dwelling self and laugh a hollow booming laugh.

Posted by: dianna on June 23, 2003 11:48 PM

okay, so the room here isn't THAT big. but you could have just extended the walls into the giant gaping echoey kitchen, right?

Posted by: dianna on June 23, 2003 11:49 PM

I'm gonna have to side with Ronbeck on this one. Some of the best days of my life were spent in the dank and tiny basement room in the Proo' house in college. You'll be so busy in school, Jolie, that you'll be glad everything in your room is at arm's length from your desk. Plus, if you and a friend are ever tied back-to-back on the floor by a bad person, and the water level begins to rise and will soon drown you both, you can climb up the wall with your four feet and chill on the ceiling until help arrives. You're lucky nobody's thought about that yet, or your rent would triple.

Posted by: jason on June 24, 2003 08:19 AM

Wow, you guys are great. I'm feeling much better already. One thing I was considering is that when I have a larger space, I don't use it very well (ie, I just fill it full of messiness). Maybe the smaller room will make me less messy. Less room for mess = less mess, right? Perhaps the small room will cause me to turn a new leaf!

Posted by: Jolie on June 24, 2003 10:43 AM

Another concern that I forgot to mention is that a tiny room comes with less wallspace to hang my artwork on. I'm not sure how that's going to work out. I may end up turning the upstairs hallway into another Black Cultural Center. Or, I may try to cram everything onto the small wallspace I have, creating a weird collage effect...as seen on the Royal Tennenbaums staircase walls.

Posted by: Jolie on June 24, 2003 10:47 AM

oh! i get it! tiny monkeys! tiiiiiny monkeys. oh so tiny!! hoo! heee!

Posted by: erica on June 24, 2003 01:45 PM

Last night, I got giddy just typing in the title. It was the first time I'd been giddy since arriving to Orange County. Those tiny monkeys get me every time. =)

Posted by: Jolie on June 24, 2003 04:07 PM