What a coincidence

In a freakish coincidence, while complaining about cords being strung all over the living room, I tripped over one.

The incident underscores my general unhappiness with our apartment’s layout. I’m tired of it. It’s boring. The floor plan is a straight shot from the front door to the back door, with minimal natural light and no separation of the living and dining room areas. Sean’s computer is in the living room, and he often connects it to the TV, meaning cords are strung all across the room and computer components are everywhere.

I’d like our apartment to be functional and cozy, easy to clean with a place for everything. I want Sean to be able to use his computer comfortably without his stuff being strewn hither and yon.

Right now Sean’s computer is on our kotatsu, a low Japanese table I bought when we first moved here, thinking it would serve as our dining table. Sean took it over pretty quickly and it’s been his “desk” ever since. But lately, as I said, he’s been using the TV for his monitor and sitting on the couch. The other day I asked him why, and he said the couch was more comfortable.

I decided to try and find a way for him to sit comfortably without taking over the living room, and the first thing I thought of was putting my large desk out in the living room and giving Sean a proper chair. As I was describing this idea to him, I started stepping away from the couch…

…and I tripped over a cord strung between his computer and the coffee table, wrenching a USB connector out of his computer and breaking the guide tab on the port.

Good one.

It’s almost comical. “I hate having wires all over the living room. Let me demonstrate my point!” I didn’t do it on purpose, but the coincidence is ridiculous.

Oh well. At least his computer still works, and he has another USB port he can use. I’m not sure a good solution to the living room arrangement problem will come easily, though. We’ve lived here four years and I’ve rearranged several times. I’m not sure I’ll ever be happy with it.


  1. Have you looked for any new apartments?

    My place actually is quite cozy, and I like the layout pretty well. I’m way overdue on putting together all my A/V components, though, some of which are quite obsolete. (Laserdisc! VCR!) So that makes me think I should just get an HD TV, but then I’d have to get a new entertainment center console (or replace it with a stereo console) and the new TV would make me want to buy a Wii, and a Blu-Ray player…and none of it really worth it since I don’t watch that much TV. So, I’ve decided to just pay off my bills first and then decide.

  2. I was actually looking to move for awhile, but it’s difficult to find something with this amount of space at this price. I’m not sure what the solution is, really.

    Sounds like a good plan. HDTVs are pretty awesome, but they’re the best when you’re able to fully appreciate the quality, like with a Blu-Ray player :)

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