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I'd been putting it off, but I finally wrote an email to the former neighbor who, approximately eight years ago, left his grandmother's spinet at our house for temporary storage, to ask what he wants done with it. Logic and everything else tell me that I'm perfectly within my rights to ask this piano-abandoner what he's going to do to make the situation right (i.e., spinet out), but it felt dreadfully awkward in the asking--some nice-ish social noises to either side of a flat demand, basically. It's not as though I'm using the dining room as anything but a sort of lost-luggage area, but if I did happen to get a decent table and chairs it'd be nice to have a place to put them.

I suppose it is possible we could end up with a decent table and chairs, though. The Mr. and I are on a quest to make our house more presentable and adult-like, which will eventually require major remodeling both upstairs and down. That way, should we ever make friends with people in Nashville (something at which we have failed, to date) we could invite them over without suffering paroxysms of shame at our hoarder-like environs. In the meantime, we did get this couch in a rather gorgeous cognac velvet but are waiting to have it delivered until after I finish repainting the living room. It's going from a depresses-me-to-look-at-it 80s-type green to a sort of dusty orange-gold which will, if nothing else, at least be a change.

I am going to visit Rhi tomorrow and we are going to see Burlesque.

Date: 2010-12-08 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tehomet.livejournal.com
Isn't it great to get stuff that's been put on the long finger, finally done? :D I'd give the spinet owner a month to get the thing out of my living room and then I'd stick it on ebay or put it on freecycle.

PS I like the sofa very much. Minimalist.

Date: 2010-12-09 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
I've been wanting to be rid of the thing for quite some time, but we had no idea where pianoman was until we ran into his old boyfriend a couple of months ago and got the email address from him. I suppose I would have been justified in getting rid of it without trying to contact him after all these years. My hope is that he'll just tell me to find it a new home instead of me having to work with him to get it shipped or stored.

The sofa is a nice blend of minimal and mid-century. It is, by far, the nicest piece of furniture thing we own.

Date: 2010-12-09 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonhero.livejournal.com
You are coming to se meeeeeeee!!!! So excited!!!!

Eta: are you coming to the nutcracker on ice with us or arriving later than that?
Edited Date: 2010-12-09 01:10 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-12-09 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
I'll probably be too late. I had my regular hair appt set for Tuesday and then my stylist canceled, so I had to reschedule for tomorrow noon. My roots are in bad shape, and otherwise I would have had to wait until after the holidays, so vanity wins over Nutcracker. Unless it's an evening thing. Is it an evening thing?

Date: 2010-12-09 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rhiannonhero.livejournal.com
It is at 7pm! :) We would leave the house at 6pm to be safe. The new neighbor from across the street is going with me and Cecily. The woman half of the new neighbors.

Date: 2010-12-10 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gothphyle.livejournal.com
And now I am endlessly humming the refrain involving "candles in the window, carols at the spinet"... Hee! I miss you! {{hugs}}

Date: 2010-12-21 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com
I miss you, too. I have been pretty much living in another (unpleasant) world for far too long.

Date: 2010-12-23 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gothphyle.livejournal.com
Perhaps I will have an opportunity to travel your way next year -- then I shall descend upon you and regale you with Fics of Doom and my status quo zaniness ;D

Date: 2010-12-10 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzycat.livejournal.com

Date: 2010-12-21 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oiran.livejournal.com

We've now taken delivery of the thing and it is wonderful. It has the not-great effect of making the rest of the place look like a cardboard box full of broken doll furniture, but that does serve as incentive to bring at least the rest of that one room up to par.

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