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Josh Karpf

Member Since 27 Aug 2006
Offline Last Active Apr 20 2018 11:56 AM

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In Topic: Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

09 February 2018 - 08:38 PM

The day that my fridge tells me what I need to buy, or talks to me via my iPhone, or shows me what's inside via some sort of display, is the day that my knives need to be taken away from me.


The first such fridge I played with -- at another open house; can you tell I love those; a MF Sunday group outing could start with a home with a 20" landlord-hates-you electric Hotpoint range and end with a Viking Tuscany doubling as a ceramic kiln -- was a "WiFi Samsung Refrigerator with an interactive LCD display." A 2015-ish model of this, it let you read tweeted recipes, yet could not tweet out.

In Topic: Today I played...

09 February 2018 - 08:23 PM

Lenny and the Squigtones.


Usually when lovely spouse heads out the door I blast a bit of Insane Clown Posse. But variety's the spice of life.

In Topic: Clueless questions II (The Ones You Really Want Answered)

07 February 2018 - 08:29 PM


Of course, these terms are totally not current and I’d bet that only old timers in Brooklyn would understand why something like “South Brooklyn Casket Company” (which my friend used to manage) is on Union Street in Gowanus, between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.

Pretty soon we can start explaining the differences between the IRT, BMT, and IND.



Over a decade ago I probably drove my dear friend Bob the Mad Lawyer to his grave yelling at him that his park-tour announcements, which might say "Take the BMT Fourth Avenue line" or "Meet at the Boys' Gate" of Central Park, would hurt more than help attendance.


But now I'm so sick of "the red line" and "the green line," even though I sympathize with how badly confusing the badly evolved system is, that I've begin referring only to the "IRT" when appropriate. No one's yelled at me yet. Yet.


My South Brooklyn Casket Company shirt is now worn only for special occasions.



In Topic: Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

07 February 2018 - 07:14 PM

Lovely spouse and I are both water fiends, and she's an ice fiend. So the water's being branched from the kitchen, along the ceiling above the breakfast nook to come, and then down the wall. I hope it doesn't rain. And I must remember to change the filter once every presidential election.


Joe, we got a KitchenAid French-door internal-water-dispenser fridge too ( https://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/-[KRFF302ESS]-408491/KRFF302ESS/ ). Same model as yours? As you say, there are few available ones. Had you and I timed it right, maybe we could've gotten a group discount.


The architect had first imagined a 33"-wide cabinet-depth fridge. We're camping out in an apartment with an awful cabinet-depth Sub-Zero, so I said no to that shallowness. The fridge got kicked out of the counter lineup when the immovable pillar would've forced it to shrink to 30". That change order was absorbed by the builders, since the architect had misjudged the pillar. Then, excited by all that breakfast-nook wall, I scored a completely unnecessary 36" door-dispenser model for the same price as the 33" would have been. Then, finally (did I just jinx that?) back to 33" without the door thingy.


Let's hope it fits through the front door, even with its door off. I went to an open house of a big, beautiful apartment with a great-looking kitchen that had strangely skimpy appliances in all that space -- all the "right" brands, but the fridge was skinny, the oven small, the range a cooktop. It wasn't till I was back home and looked at my photos that I realized everything had to fit under a very low staircase overhead.





In Topic: Pre - Yahrtzeit for a Kitchen

07 February 2018 - 03:00 PM

Very envious of your beautiful bathroom. Lovely spouse and I have skipped renovating our new place's two hideous bathrooms, to save money and time. (I too have saved an old shower head, a Speakman we like.)


Except that we've lost four to five months to other delays, including the surprise of waste risers spreading like spider legs under the new kitchen's old floor. I had worked so hard to find all the skeletons in the walls that I did not investigate the ones below us.


And we've had to move our future fridge away from the counter line, after a pillar at the end turned out to be structural, unmovable. This forced me to select a new model with a breakdown-prone water/ice dispenser in the door, since the ice would now be far from the sink tap. Then we learned that removing fridge-with-door-dispenser doors during delivery is a nightmare. So I re-selected a model with a hard-to-use internal water dispenser that wouldn't require fridge-door removal.


I'm also envious of your open shelving. We decided against that, fearful of extra cleaning of dust/grime, and went for boring cabinets instead.