The Patio

Four years ago I was living in Taipei and reconnected with a friend from college. This old friend soon became my boyfriend.  When I returned to Pittsburgh I temporarily moved into his apartment in a three-story castle.  Well, a Pittsburgh castle with a turret containing a carpeted spiral staircase, ivy growing up the red brick, and a toilet in the basement. This was three months after we started dating.  Long distance.

On a brief independent streak, I searched for one-bedroom apartments, while said boyfriend insisted we should just move in together. It was more practical.  There was a vacant apartment in the castle, on the first floor, the largest unit.  I won’t do it, I said, we just started dating.  But one day, when the landlord came over to show boyfriend the first floor unit I went along. It was huge. We toured the kitchen, the dining room, the living room.  It was nice, but I still wasn’t convinced. Then we got to the bedrooms.  The two bathrooms. Now I’m listening. And then we rounded the end of a long hallway, walked through a guest room, and ended up on… the back patio.

And that’s when I decided I’d move in.

The back patio is laid with stone, screened in, and the size of a medium living room. There was even a futon left there by the old tenants. It’s a gathering place, a dining room, a lounge, a workshop, an office, and (once in a while) a dance club.  And now it’s the inspiration for my brand-new blog.


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