After the enormity of facing on my own the closing on my coop apartment, I then faced the equally enormous challenge of doing some apartment renovations.  One of the biggest jobs was rewiring the 1929 electrical in the 2 bedroom apartment.  There was also a pretty ambitious kitchen renovation that would mean I’d have some new appliances and also some new electrical wiring.  Ceiling lights with pull-down chains may be quaint but they’re difficult to find at night.

I remember coming around one afternoon during early March, about 2 weeks after the contractor started work.  He had started the demolition in the kitchen.   I saw the piles of construction debris and broken walls and knew that I’d be staying put in the studio sublet I’d rented when I moved out of my house.

It will be months before I’d be moving in and cooking a meal where that shovel stood.