Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Using Cabinets

One of my favorite movies is Zoolander, with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, and Christine Taylor. Among the plethora of memorable scenes in this wonderfully stupid film is that of Derek (Stiller) and Hansel (Wilson) looking for files on a G3 iMac computer. They call Matilda (Johnson) to ask where the files are, and she tells them that the files are in the computer. It is, for Derek and Hansel, an "Aha!" moment. "The files are IN the computer!" Of course, they can't figure out how to open the G3, which cues Thus Spake Zarathustra by Richard Strauss, the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Hansel and Derek proceed to attack the G3 with sticks, like chimpanzees in the scene from that classic film.

The cue for this walk through a history of cinema was Megan's urging me to take panoramic photos of the remodeled kitchen. I demurred, saying that the counters are still piled with stuff. Megan parried with the observation, based on history, that our counters will always be piled with stuff.

Ouch, that will leave a mark.

OK, Megan, fair point. I am a piler, and each and every "flat spot" in our home attests to that fact. But I'm going to turn over a new leaf. Really! It's just that we can't put anything into the cabinets until we get the under-cabinet lights installed, lest our pots, pans, and dishes become as covered with sawdust in the new cabinets as they were in the old (the result of wood moving against wood in drawers without glides of any sort).

Thus the next step in our interminable remodeling process is to mount molding under the front edge of the wall cabinets to serve as a light valence, cover the underside of the cabinets with wood-stained veneer, and then install the lights. Then we can finally move in. Then, too, we can move the rest of the old cabinets out.

As proof of our determination to make a new start, we've already rid ourselves of several pieces of extraneous furniture, including the three-quarter ton bookshelves we obtained from the Mount Vernon Public Library when Erin worked there. We will compensate for the reduction in total flat-spot area by actually putting some of our things away! IN the cabinets. Then I'll take some more pictures.

As the guys at the Possum Lodge on The New Red Green Show avow:
I'm a man
But I can change
If I have to
I guess

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