I am sitting in one room of my apartment and I am making a mental inventory. I have the great good fortune to be merging households with someone special and that is a gift from the universe. However, we each have one of everything, so the other one of everything is going to be liberated.
The Danish Modern coffee table was reclaimed from a dumpster in Hamilton. At the time I was riding out the economic collapse caused when the bad men flew airplanes into office towers in New York and thereabouts. The table is funny because it has dark shadows that are surely caused by safety razor blades. It evokes more sordid times.
Next to it is the last leaf on an Aloe Vera plant. It is sad and not decorative. It was given to me when I had my cancer scare. I had cancer, and I was scared. Now I am four years cured. One year from now I will snap the last leaf off the plant, rub it on some bad patch of skin (I always have bad patches of skin) and thank it for helping keep alive for five years.
Then it will go in the trash.
Sundry other items in this room include an amusing 4 hub USB station shaped like an audio cassette, and a Peugot pepper mill that was a souvenir of someone's trip to Paris. In the late 1970's my ride was the legendary 10 speed bicycle the Peugot UO-8. When I put the aluminum racing rims on I would fly like Eddy Merckx. It was a fine ride. I wish I had it today. But then I wish I had 1970s me today. Then I could fly.
Immediately adjacent to that is a ceramic salt-and-pepper set with a Santa Fe glaze. Almost certainly purchased at Stokely's, the Kitchen Plus Stuff of their day. It matches a “lazy susan” spice rack. Same vintage, same shop. If you want them, they're yours.
The IKEA System 210 base cabinet dates to 1985. That was the apartment on Queen West, in Trinity Bellwoods Park. It fit perfectly next to the fridge, and gave us plenty of storage space that was otherwise absent. It was at that apartment that we had three aquaria. The one on the System 210 base cabinet was slowly leaking. We realized this when we saw how distended the top had become. We covered that up with some tape.
Between the System 210 base cabinet and the fridge is a microwave cart. IKEA, circa 1999. With a George Foreman grill, a bread maker, and a Danby microwave oven that still works.
There's also a rice cooker, an electric wok and a budget slow-cooker. The highlight is probably the dinner set that my father scrounged out of the dumpster when he was doing custodial service at that place on Glendale.
It's all up for grabs. I am moving on...