Monday, January 18, 2010

Lateral Thinking

Remiss is not a strong enough word.

I am negligent and neglectful in my responsibilities as a dutiful blogger.

After telling you there had been changes to my living arrangements, I forgot to report back.

Well fear not - cohabitation is still not on the agenda.

But the previous arrangement has gone forever.

I've moved upwards and forwards.

My damp, sunless, ground floor quarters have been swapped for a sunny upstairs matchbox.

If I had a cat it would remain unswung.

View in summer....

and in winter... yes it's noisy.

Unlike the downstairs flat this one has a cooker - and look what I found inside.

Kev's front door is 3 strides away. I'm at the front and he's at the back.

The shared wireless router and telephone don't work any more (thin ceilings/thick walls?)

We still prefer to speak on the phone or Skype and get together on the same schedule as before.

But it's better. It doesn't have that upstairs superior - downstairs inferior vibe.

I'm elevated and equal.

It's a vast improvement.



Blogger Roses said...

First! Yay!

8:25 am  
Blogger Roses said... that's whats happened.

Sounds much more amenable.

That is a sausage isn't it? Not a statement from the previous occupant?

8:27 am  
Blogger Macy said...

Congratulations on the house move! Urm without too much lateral thinking, there's only one place for that sausage...

9:44 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I can't see a bus from any of my windows. Even with a telescope.

10:16 am  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

I hope Kev has given you a housewarming gift!

10:22 am  
Blogger Rog said...

That's why they're called flats. Everyone is equal.

Was there a cat living in that oven?

10:23 am  
Blogger Rosie said...

Green trees and a magic bus outside! I've got a white wall and a bulldozer for my view. Enjoy the new place. It seems to me that all five people that visit my blog know each other...

10:30 am  
Blogger Kerrie said...

Sorry, once I saw the sausage I fell of my chair. I wonder if there is a couple with one sausage short?

Contrary to popular myth cats don't really like swinging. I tried it with cosmic Kitty and he wasn't keen at all.

10:33 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

Wow that was quick.
Amenable? I do try.

Thanks for the ..... no need for words.

You won't see anything at all with your blind Roman.

I think it was the labour involved in carrying all my stuff upstairs.

These days all the new residents call them apartments.
This might explain why they never speak to each other.

I didn't mention the multitudes of drunken students who parade past all night.
I've known Rog since he was a dog.

I nearly passed out when I saw it for real - I'd actually lived with it for over a month.

11:23 am  
Blogger Vicus Scurra said...

I will be there for the housewarming.

11:42 am  
Blogger Rog said...

"I'm at the front and he's at the back".

I'm concerned that this falls into the category of "too much information" Kaz.

11:57 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I shall be serving sausage on stick.

I gave the game away when I said "we ... get together on the same schedule as before".

12:36 pm  
Blogger Rol said...

That... item... left in your oven... reminds me of something a listener once sent to a radio phone-in I worked in: 'My thoughts on the show'.

12:45 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

All the best people live in small dwellings.

I bet you can now hear the cheers now that Everton have started to climb the table.

1:22 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

Isn't there a saying about the last sausage at a Jewish wedding...? Not sure how that links in with your post. Probably not at all. Nice that you can see the young Victoria from your window though - on the upper storey no less. You've both been elevated though I bet Victoria never had a black sausage.

1:47 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

You can make a burnt weenie sandwich.

1:51 pm  
Blogger xl said...

@MJ: HAR!!!

You could make one serving of Toad In The Hole.

PS: Try locating Kev's router and phone base as close to your flat as possible.

2:13 pm  
Blogger Donnw/2nz said...

Citius, Altius, Fortuous
Fortune favours those who look down on the city :)

In lieu of humming Dylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues" you can now start singing a little WHO;
I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles and miles.....

2:17 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Happy housewarming Kaz! How kind of the previous incumbants to leave you a burnt Cumberland as a pressie.

I think there is definitely a lot to be said for your lifestyle choices, though frankly I'd love to live with someone again out of the sheer novelty of being annoyed by them. And actually to make sure that I still can. ;-)

2:59 pm  
Blogger mago said...

Rise up, Dame KAZ!

3:02 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

oooo landing lovers - how lovely :)

And how convenient that there are no stairs/lift to worry about and negotiate when either of you has the crawl home.

Are we all invited to the party?

5:04 pm  
Blogger Madame DeFarge said...

I am suitably impressed by your elevation to the peerage. Even if it is only peering out your windows at the lower orders.

5:32 pm  
Blogger Istvanski said...

Oh, it's a sausage, is it?
I did wonder why anyone would want to cook a turd. Bet it tastes like sh*t warmed up.

5:50 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Happy Housemoving....sings:

"If I'd know you were moving I'd have baked (a virtual) cake,
Baked (a virtual) cake,
Baked (a virtual) cake."

But I didn't so you'll have to make do with that sausage....looks like a Linda Macca one, slightly underdone.

5:53 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I know you don't like your job - but exciting things do happen.

I always 'watch' the match on the computer (live commentary).
But I still get regular updates on the phone.
The speech became increasingly slurred on Saturday evening.

Sounds much too rude for this blog :0)
I'm more worried about young Victoria seeing me.


I thought Toad In The Hole was just a British obscenity - a bit like Welsh rarebit.

P.S. Not logistically easy - will give it another go.

6:23 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Citius, Altius, Fortuous
I shall make that my motto.
I'll have to get singing pretty fast - I think there is planning permission for more flats.

Never easy - but at least we keep experimenting.

Careful with the sword Mago - it looks a bit sharp.

Spot on - there's no need to stand upright at all.
You're invited but I promised the sausage to Vicus.

I peer at students - drunk, depressed or joyful depending on the time of year.
No doubt some of them will one day join the higher orders.

Your delicate terminology does you credit.

You know how to build a gal up and let her down again.
(avoids sick cremation joke)

6:25 pm  
Blogger tony said...

I Hope You Gave The Sausage A Decent Burial !

8:21 pm  
Blogger mago said...

You lived besides the dead saussage for nearly a month? It must be mummified. Normally a thing occurring only in Vienna through autumn and winter, where old single people drop dead in their "appartements", dry out and are found only when the concierge needs to have a look because of a broken line or something.

10:01 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

That charred sausage is a gift lovingly left to you by the last occupant.

I suggest that you mount it on a oak plinth and display it prominently in your living room.

10:28 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

You should have thrown the sausage out of the window to the student throng as an act of simple human charity.

11:28 pm  
OpenID moreidlethoughts said...

Ooh! You have the Magic Bus! Now THAT is definitely worth lashings of ginger beer!

3:48 am  
Blogger UberGrumpy said...

Can I have the sausage when you're done with it? I like them well done

10:44 am  
Blogger Lubin said...

I always think you can't go wrong with a view of trees. They're always changing, so the view changes too.

Did that make me sound like Thora Hird on a Sunday Night religious programme?

1:28 pm  
Blogger white rabbit said...

The sausage is a triumph of the embalmer's art...

3:00 pm  
Blogger Scarlet Blue said...

Interesting.... Hannah Gordon and John Alderton both appeared in Upstairs Downstairs and My Wife Next Door....
Life immitating TV programmes?

4:47 pm  
Blogger mago said...

All the time, from the start of this post, I was thinking about the "Lateral Thinking" and what it could be and what it could mean in all this. As a foreigner I am not even quite sure about the meaning of "Lateral Thinking" (I heared about "col-lateral damage" once), it seemingly could be translated as "Um die Ecke denken", litterally "Thinking around the corner", what simply means not to follow the "stright" lines from A to B, they mostly do not exist anyway ...

So you were elevated to the sausage?

11:30 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

It had already been cremated - so I scattered the ashes into the wheelie bin.

Oh dear - we haven't got a concierge.

Do you think I stand a chance for the Turner prize?

They would only come back for more.

There's no short of buses in the area. The Magic Buses are magically cheaper.

11:50 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'll just put it under the grill to brown it off.

I agree - but not about Thora - you are much better looking.

Watch out Damien - the Turner prize is mine!

Oh yes - I hadn't spotted that.
Pauline Collins was the downstairs one.

The book by Edward de Bono was very popular some time ago.
'Thinking outside the box' is the latest term.

11:51 am  
Blogger mago said...

Thank you for the explanation!

9:44 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

I think you should read the book - it's good.

10:17 am  
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