Here in our neighborhood in the Old Northeast part of St. Petersburg, the lots are all backed by alleys that people use to access their garages. The Chicago house has the same arrangement except there isn’t bougainvillea and jacaranda blooming away back there. Some of the garages here have second floors that have rooms. Ours does and Rich uses that space for his office. His company set him up with a video situation so he spends large chunks of time having long distance video conferences, usually with Sophie sitting in.
Because Rich works in sports he has a lot of memorabilia related to events and conferences and bowl games and car races and what have you. The advantage of him having his own separate space here is that he can spread it out however he wants without grief from me. One woman’s clutter is a husband’s prize collection. I would be getting that space organized; he’s enjoying taking his time putting his stuff where he wants it. He likes having all those seat cushions from SuperBowl games lined up there, but like travel, now he passes whenever he can and he prefers to stay home and watch it on television.
He has a bathroom up there and a small bed for "thinking naps" and a lounge chair and a microwave. I know he’s planning to get a television sometime and stick it in that corner; for now, he runs three computers at a time, all gathering sports and leisure data. He’s got that weird and colorful table right out of the what-70s? Anybody seen anything like that before? I can’t figure out the geometric design part as it is perfectly smooth and seamless and feels as though it has many coats of acrylic on it. I don’t know if it’s a collage or a jumbo photograph of a collage or what. What do you think?
Rich is one of those people who can actually work and be productive in a home office. McCloud and Sophie both like to spend part of each day up there with him. Often they sit on the rail and take in the view.