Monday, October 16, 2006

It's not all bad

Yesterday as we were running around like headless fowl, and answering dozens of apartment inquiries, I said to spouse that we could just "decide" that all of this was fun. It was the first time he laughed in days. We kept chuckling the rest of the day at the "fun" we were having.

We've shown the studio apartments downstairs to lots of people, and one of the first things people notice is that the bathroom is not a closed room. Consequently, we have had a couple of amusing remarks from the looky loos.

"Dude, if I have my girlfriend over, how am I going to take a shit?"

"I guess I can't go crap if my friends are over."

"Where's the bathroom?" (he didn't even notice the toilet in the corner, and then when we pointed to it, he gasped)

So yesterday, we went and bought rods and curtain panels to install around the toilets so that some semblance of privacy could be had. Sure, the noises and smells will still have unfettered access to the unit, but no one is going to see you wiping.

Then we showed the apartments and 4 people decided they wanted them. I guess enclosing the toilets was the magic missing ingredient. It won't be a done deal until signatures are given, but I'm hoping. Then just one more apartment to find renters for, and one problem renter (payer) left that we'd like to see get out.

I know I've gone on for weeks about this stuff, sorry, that's just my life right now. It'll change though, because if there's one thing you can count on, it's change.


Jack said...

Well I'm glad for you.

Funny how rods always seem to make it all better.


Glad you guys are back to laughing about it.

Anonymous said...

You should do an episode for A&E's "Sell This House"! The kind of "magic" you did to rent for your apt is the kind of things they do to sell a house. I'm amazed at how little imagination people who are going to buy (or in your case rent) have.

BTW, that is a stunning apt! Very nice!

Anonymous said...

Isn't it a quirk of human nature that a guy could have sex with someone and then be shy about performing other bodily functions in their presence?
Glad to hear you guys are laughing again. I enjoy hearing about your renting problems but then I'm a masochist at heart. I didn't realize they were Studio apartments. These are usually only good for students. If they are embarassed to have friends over maybe they won't be throwing any loud all night parties.

toobusyliving said...

Rent in Montreal is so cheap.

Timmy said...

dude, I would totally live there with out the covering of the toilet area.

dirk.mancuso said...

Wow, an unenclosed toilet.

I think that would freak me out.

I shut and lock the door whenever I use the bathroom. And I live alone.

Kevin said...

Yeah, obviously you couldn't crap with company over ... and your company would have to be pretty open-minded ... but I could probably manage it.

St. Dickeybird said...

I wouldn't rent a place without a dedicated ROOM to poo.

However, an old friend had a "luxury" apartment, beautiful old place, where the bathroom wasn't enclosed. He did the same thing, stylish panelling, and it worked out well.

But... ew.

GayProf said...

It’s a pretty stunning studio. While a bit peculiar that the architects didn’t enclose the toilet (I mean – come on – it’s all about the wiping), it doesn’t look it would have taken all that much to put up some sort of divider.

That’s great news about the number of units you have rented! See? Things are turning around pretty quickly, no?

Blobby said...

I guess the show Designed to Sell REALLY works!

madamerouge said...

nice units

A Bear in the Woods said...

Well, I guess the veil has been torn from the romantic,glamorous and exotic lifestyle that we all were living through you and Serge.
Ah well, even through our tears, we still love you.

Patricia said...

i love that you broached the idea of "deciding" that it could all be fun. i try this once in a while and sometimes - often - it actually works.

it's such good news about getting renters. i can understand being stressed about empty units.

change, indeed. whatever it is, i'm just glad i get a front-row glimpse of your world :)

Anonymous said...

Who craps when they have friends over anyway? I mean, I am no Marth Stewart but how do people do that? "Oh, pardon me. Here's a magazine, I gotta go take a shit. Entertain yourself, get the phone if it rings."


That apartment is adorable. I want to move in now.

Topher said...

Wow, that's a really nice studio apartment. I would soo rent that if I lived in Montreal. Awesome decor..My friends would probably get over the loo issue sooner or later.

dpaste said...

The magic of excretory privacy.

Spider said...

Those are TWO GREAT SPACES! You all did a hell of a job!

S said...

Just make sure you place the TP holder out of reach.

You'll never have to guess when someone is done - their arm extends from beneath the "wall" when they have to grab a piece of TP.

It's also good for a few laughs.

dawn said...

That bathroom situation is bizzare and not unlike some nightmares I've had. Why on earth would there just be a toilet in the middle of the room? And WHY am I naked in front of all these people?!

Wait, where is the shower? On the porch?

Adam said...

Thats a fab apartment even with the toilet exposed.

Anonymous said...

Rent it out to a hot military guy that is used to crapping without privacy.

Joel said...

I amde a similar comment on my blog today about going on and on about the same thing over and over but it is my life.

Anyway, glad thigns are working out.

Doug said...

Awesome apartment!

Looks like the perfect place for a webcam. ;)