Seventh Heaven

Walking through Athens, Ohio, a tour guide will point out the grandeur of Schoonover Center or the intricate design of Baker University Center; but to some, it’s the Vernon R. Alden Library that catches their eye and distracts them from the rest of College Green.

The library towers over Baker Center and College Green; its long, rectangular eyes watching over the thousands upon thousands of students who come and go from its contemporary structure. Many fear the responsibility that comes with entering the library, it’s where people go to be stressed not become stress-free.

For me, on the contrary, it’s just where I want to be while at college; well, maybe not so much on the weekends but you get my point. The windows, reflecting the blue sky or making patterns of rain on a wet day, are welcoming. As I walk toward the fourth floor entrance with its revolving doors, “The American Woman” – the statue in Wolfe Garden, – is always there to greet me.

“The American Woman” stands prominently outside the back entrance of Alden Library.

In the spring, fresh flowers surround the bronze statue, but for me, when white snow falls around the statue, and her figure is a stark blue against the white snow, that is when the art and the library are the most beautiful.

Although I enter on the fourth or second floor, it’s the seventh level that is my favorite place in Athens, Ohio. Rows and rows of books, red, blue, green, are all parallel to one another in bookcases that fill the entire square footage of the floor. Desks are situated next to the windows, where the studious become the watchers. At times, the ability to see out and watch the busy lives below can be distracting but the connection to the outside is also calming.

I hear people comment about the smell of the seventh floor, expressing distaste in the poignant musk of the old books. It’s a smell I appreciate, who knows when those old books will be replaced by cold, thin technology that doesn’t crack when you open it or flutter as you flip through it. I’m being dramatic, I know, but when it comes to the seventh floor of Alden I can’t help but be swept up in it.

No library can ever be complete without books.

But just what makes the seventh floor better than all the others? It’s not just the books or the view, but the silence that comes with being at the very top of the library. The floor enforces the no-talking rule; the only sounds heard tend to be the shuffling of feet, the faint beat of someone’s study music or the ding of the elevator. I do my best to chew gum as quietly as possible or take my bagel out of a crinkly paper bag by moving as slowly as possible.

People respect your study space, they respect your need to work diligently without being interrupted by loud conversations about weekend antics or who won Sunday’s playoff game (sadly, not the Steelers).

Alden Library is where I go to better myself, its seventh floor gives me a serene place to relax and focus on my workload. It’s a sanctuary for those who want to get away from the world but still be able to look out and see the busy lives below. For these reasons and more, Alden Library is my favorite place in Athens, Ohio.

My chair, my desk and my past

My chair is crooked, and the seat cushion is stained with years of ass sweat. It probably smells, but I’m so used to it I’ve become immune. My desk is empty, other than the desktop I never touch and the calendar I never flip.

Photo by Pete Nakos

On my right is a barren desk of cluttered paper, filled with previous newspapers and miscellaneous papers that should’ve been disposed of weeks ago. On my left is a bulletin board packed with engaging pictures and fascinating stories, but most of the items are old. Nothing noteworthy has happened recently.

As for the inside of my desk, it doesn’t get anymore excited. Other than the dirty mugs and South African teabags, the only tenants are charger wires, a blue pen and a handful of my business cards. Are you hiring?

This is the newsroom, and this desk and chair are supposed to be coveted by The Post Sports Editor. That’s me.

It’s a strange position. For every optimistic and promising moment on my staff, there are a dozen other stories that I’d like to forget. I’ve had good moments here — four years of hard work to improve my dream of being a professional sportswriter.

I’ve had late nights that have spilled well past early mornings. I’ve watched friends come and graduate, only for a new batch of freshman to come in and try to make an impression.

A lot of times, that sucks.

But the constant transitioning has propelled me to the top. And for better or worse, I’m midway through my second year overseeing the best sports staff of any student media outlet at Ohio University, and maybe even the state.

The thing about growth, at least in this newsroom, is the constant requirement to change and adapt. Sure, writing well is important, but what about filming and editing my own video off my phone? What about the podcast I need to produce later tonight after I write my basketball game story. Oh, and I forgot I still need to meet with the executives to find a time for plan a new radio show.

This keeps me busy. Keeping busy is nice, but sometimes it’s easy to slip behind — either in writing or in class — and suddenly feel as though I’m suffocating to survive. Three weeks in and already needing a Reading Day is hardly an indication that life is going swimmingly.

Yet I keep coming back to this chair. This desk. This stuffy newsroom with no jaded faces and no windows. I’ve grown and matured a lot the past three years. Perhaps the easiest way to see that comes from daily trips to my newsroom desk.

Daily, not much changes. Our stories still seem subpar and I still feel like I’m falling behind in class.

But the mood is changing.

I’m a few weeks away from a fresh start, where daily budget meetings to discuss indoor track and field previews disappear and pay stubs and loans start to matter.

I’m looking forward to that. My current view — my reflection on the dusty desktop screen — has long lost is lure.

Porch thoughts from Franklin Avenue

The view from my porch on Franklin Avenue is rather lovely, even on the cloudiest of days.

My favorite place in Athens has always been where I’m most comfortable. When you boil it down, I’m most comfortable when I know I have a sanctuary to return to. So if I were to pick my favorite place to be in Athens, it would have to be my front porch on Franklin Avenue.

Alright, I know there are plenty of other beautiful and exciting places in the county I could have chosen. I like to think that I appreciate those locations, for I too, have been blown away countless times by the beauty of Athens. But when it comes down to my personal favorite, I have to choose the place where I can be myself, close to the comforts of my home, but simultaneously be connected to my local community.

I remember when I was younger being confused by the people that spent afternoons sitting on their front porches watching the world go by. To me it seemed that they were wasting their time. How could someone let hours slip by and not get up from their front porch?

I was always moving as a child, ready to move to the next thing. I wasn’t necessarily overly hyperactive, but I certainly was not patient enough to relax on a porch for a full afternoon. I required non-stop activity.

As a young adult, I’ve changed my views on porch sitting. I’ve fallen in love with watching people. Simply observing the world go by. Even though I still carry that anxious “What’s next?” thought from my childhood, I have learned that some of the more interesting experiences come from simply being able to sit back, wait, and observe.

I’ve had several front porches in Athens since my freshman year at Ohio University in 2013. Each of those has been unique to me, but I won’t/can’t return to those porches because they now belong to a new set of people. I can only hope that they appreciate the pleasures of porch sitting as much I did, and take advantage of their front porch.

I encourage the readers to spend some time on their porch. Bring a good book, a beverage, or maybe even a sketchbook if you feel like that would be helpful. I recommend leaving the screens indoors (phones, laptops, tablets). However, beware of the immense pleasures of porch sitting, and don’t let it get in the way of your studies and social life. If you’re really curious, check out the Wikipedia article on porch-sitting.

The infamous stop sign that nobody stops at.

My house happens to sit on the corner by a stop sign on Franklin Avenue. Within the first week of sitting out on my porch I realized that people often won’t see the stop sign, and speed by. But I have noticed that occasionally some people notice the stop sign a second too late, but they’ll still slow down as if they were going to stop, after they’ve already passed the stop sign.

I spend at least an hour a day sitting on my porch. Sometimes I have things on my mind. Schoolwork, family, friends. The more I sit on the porch and eliminate the distractions, however, I am able to have meaningful dialogues with myself. It’s mildly meditative, but more often than not, it’s simply a refreshing break from today’s bustling world.

 

 

 

My happiest times are at Union Street Diner

Eating is one of my main pastimes, so of course my favorite place in Athens, Ohio, would be a restaurant.

It’s nearly impossible to be in Southeast Ohio and starve, with the vast amount of cheap eateries here. It takes more than just good food for me to put a restaurant on my bucket list. A-list restaurants are places where you’re able to clear your mind, after a long day or week of stress.

Union Street Diner (USD) does the best job of satisfying these requirements compared to the numerous other Athens food venues I have tried.  It has an endless variety of mouthwatering meals that satisfy my food fixation, and it is an excellent environment to refresh your mind and interact with fellow food lovers.

Street view of Union Street Diner

USD is the poster child of a high-quality restaurant. With specialties like the philly quesadilla, firehouse burger and flavored pancakes; it is hard not to be satisfied by their food options even for a picky eater like myself. My go-to options are their mac N’ cheese bites and chili’ cheese fries   — which I usually add bacon to for $.69.

Even for menu items that seem pricy, it’s worth it considering the high food quality and large portions.

For my tastes, the math is simple. Comfortable scenery plus tasty food equals a 10/10 priceless experience. I can’t think of a time I have been there and not felt at home. The wait staff always has a warm spirit toward guests and their casual attire makes me feel like I fit in no matter how I am dressed.

USD features comfy booths that let me to lay back and unwind after a long week or night out in the Athens party scene. I also think of the restaurant as a sports and entertainment hub with TVs all around that let me watch games and reality shows.

The restaurant’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect place to take a significant other, parent or family member or group of close friends. The restaurant even offers free Wi-Fi, which lets me work by myself or with others on projects and/or assignments while being energized by coffee or a fast bite.

I use to think of bars, parties and organization events as the only places where I can make friends. USD has proven me wrong. Before I know it, I bump into familiar faces, giving me the opportunity to stir the kind of conversation that turns an acquaintance into a friend.

USD is always my fallback if there’s nowhere else to go.

For most students, coming to Ohio University means leaving their hometowns and comfort zones. It is essential to find what places fulfill your basic needs while trying to adjust to this new environment and way of life.  Since humans can’t live without food, you might as well get the most out of each eating experience.

If you’re looking for a place that is “home away from home,” I suggest you stop by USD and you won’t be disappointed.

Eating is one of my main pastimes, so of course my favorite place in Athens, Ohio, would be a restaurant.

It’s nearly impossible to be in Southeast Ohio and starve, with the vast amount of cheap eateries here. It takes more than just good food for me to put a restaurant on my bucket list. A-list restaurants are places where you’re able to clear your mind, after a long day or week of stress.

Union Street Diner (USD) does the best job of satisfying these requirements compared to the numerous other Athens food venues I have tried.  It has an endless variety of mouthwatering meals that satisfy my food fixation, and it is an excellent environment to refresh your mind and interact with fellow food lovers.

USD is the poster child of a high-quality restaurant. With specialties like the philly quesadilla, firehouse burger and flavored pancakes; it is hard not to be satisfied by their food options even for a picky eater like myself. My go-to options are their mac N’ cheese bites and chili’ cheese fries   — which I usually add bacon to for $.69.

Even for menu items that seem pricy, it’s worth it considering the high food quality and large portions.

For my tastes, the math is simple. Comfortable scenery plus tasty food equals a 10/10 priceless experience. I can’t think of a time I have been there and not felt at home. The wait staff always has a warm spirit toward guests and their casual attire makes me feel like I fit in no matter how I am dressed.

TV’s that display games and reality shows

USD features comfy booths that let me to lay back and unwind after a long week or night out in the Athens party scene. I also think of the restaurant as a sports and entertainment hub with TVs all around that let me watch games and reality shows.

USD’s jukebox lets you jam out to music while slammin’ on food

The restaurant’s laid-back atmosphere makes it a perfect place to take a significant other, parent or family member or group of close friends. The restaurant even offers free Wi-Fi, which lets me work by myself or with others on projects and/or assignments while being energized by coffee or a fast bite.

I use to think of bars, parties and organization events as the only places where I can make friends. USD has proven me wrong. Before I know it, I bump into familiar faces, giving me the opportunity to stir the kind of conversation that turns an acquaintance into a friend.

USD is always my fallback if there’s nowhere else to go.

For most students, coming to Ohio University means leaving their hometowns and comfort zones. It is essential to find what places fulfill your basic needs while trying to adjust to this new environment and way of life.  Since humans can’t live without food, you might as well get the most out of each eating experience.

If you’re looking for a place that is “home away from home,” I suggest you stop by USD and you won’t be disappointed.

Gamma Phi Beta: my second home in Athens

When thinking about my favorite place in Athens, my first thought was the best bars and special food places. As I thought about this longer, I realized the reason I love being uptown is because of the people I see when I’m there. This quickly changed my favorite place in Athens to the Gamma Phi Beta house. The best way to describe why is because it is a second home. Although I do not live in the sorority house, it is a place I can be myself with all of my friends.

Gamma Phi Beta big-little reveal, Photo by Allison Divens

Being able to have access to a house with multiple rooms is awesome. When I’m at the house I have the option to spend time in many of my friends’ rooms, be in the living room to relax or go hang out in the movie room. As I’ve learned the movie room is an excellent place to take a nap, which is a plus if I’m having a long day or there’s people in my dorm room.

My dorm room can be small and crowded at times. I have never been a homebound person, even when I lived in a spacious house with three other people. The past two years of living in a small room with three other people only makes me want to be out and about even more than before. In a way, the house is going somewhere else and an escape.  

Another fun room in the house is the kitchen. At most times during the day I know I can go downstairs to the kitchen and find many of my friends hanging out or doing homework. For me, it’s really nice to have others working on projects and being productive and caring about their academics. This motivates me to be better, and it’s fun at the same time. Also, I get some free meals each week at the house. This is always a perk, especially when I’m tired of dining hall foods but too broke to buy real food!

Another reason the Gamma Phi house is my favorite place on campus is because I know I will always be laughing there. I enjoy my time alone, but I’m very much a people person. While at the house, I have the opportunity to be a part of a family and hear all about my friends’ lives. Someone always has a funny story to tell about their professors or something hilarious about one of our friends.

I enjoy being at the house because there’s also a craft room where we can go to hang out and do projects or arts and crafts. I will be honest and admit that I may be one of the least crafty people ever, but I enjoy learning how to be better and try new things. At the house, we do many bonding activities. These can include anything from game night to watching The Bachelor or even decorating cookies.

Gamma Phi Beta philanthropy event, Photo by Abby Hagelberger

Finally, the Gamma Phi Beta house is my favorite place in Athens because I have the ability to grow as a person and bond with so many greats women that I can call some of my best friends. There’s a wide range of individuals who guide me and give me the advice I need to be the best version of myself.

At the end of the day, there’s always excitement and happiness in the house. It doesn’t matter if we’re hosting bid day or hanging out in pajamas eating Chipotle because I know that either way I will enjoy my time I spend there.

A place to unwind

I find myself walking up and down Court Street on a Tuesday evening, looking for a place to sit for a couple of drinks. I could go to any number of diners, shops, or hipster restaurants, but I want something between a dive and a sit-down bar & restaurant.

I choose The Crystal. Its facade is neither repulsive nor wholly appealing. A healthy mix of male and female students sit over drinks at the counter. I find the five TVs over the bar a little excessive when there are only six of us in the building, but some it seems they can’t get enough of sports talk. The shelves behind the bar are lined with a rainbow of flavored vodka and cheap liquor.

I notice a small selection of taps. Alongside the standard American lagers, the Alaskan Amber Ale stands out. I order a glass and the bartender asks for $2.00. “$2.00 for what?” I ask. “That’s how much it costs,” she replies.

The beer is cheap.

Hold on. That’s roughly what this stuff goes for bottled. I’m conditioned to paying six times that at bars in Singapore, and I do most of my drinking at home in my rural town that serves only Bud and Miller on tap. Despite the minor inconvenience of having to pay cash at The Crystal, I decide I’ll find myself here more than once after an evening class.

I take my first sip of beer from a frosty pint glass. The rim is chipped but rounded. I put the glass down so it can warm a bit and be drinkable for enjoyment. Some hip-hop song comes on and repeats, “Know I hit you with that dropkick, Marty Jannetty.” I wonder if any of these kids a decade younger than me know what the hell the guy is singing about. And then I’m suddenly swung into a mix of 2000s alt-rock and emo. The atmosphere is a little uneven.

Rylee, the bartender, thinks so too. She’s left her post at the bar, trying to get the right music going. Frustrated, she settles with Hoobastank’s “The Reason.” At the same time I think, “For god’s sake, why won’t that song die,” a customer expresses the same sentiment to the bartender. We get back on the musical merry-go-round.

As an enormous eight-bladed fan lethargically drifts over top of the bar to keep an already cool night just a bit cooler, I notice that Rylee knows all of her patrons. It seems that this place is the kind people return to for cheap drinks and easy conversation. It has no pretension. So even though I sit in a shirt and tie among a line of twenty-somethings in hoodies and jeans, I find myself comfortable and looking forward to the next time I can drop by to unwind after a long day of high school teaching and college classwork.

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Good tunes, better friends and the best coffee

I plop down in the sturdy wooden chair, prop my head up in the my arms and let out a long sigh. Week two was finally coming to an end and this was exactly where I wanted to be. Strings of tiny lights twinkle overhead and soft jazz songs play in the background. Donkey Coffee and Espresso is one of my favorite places to be to get the best coffee and live music.

My friends and I ask each other about the first days of class. We laugh and joke, complain and rave about new professors and fall into the old routine. We haven’t seen each other since before winter break and the spur-of-the-moment meetup is a welcome relief.

A vanilla chai latte and almond biscotti from Donkey Coffee and Espresso

After a moment I go and order my drink. Since its already 7:30 in the evening I decide on a vanilla chai latte, in a glass mug of course. I treat myself to a vanilla almond biscotti as well. After a bit of small talk with the cashier, I return to my friends, mug in hand. One of them is making flashcards, flipping them over and over again. Another is flipping pages in a textbook, skimming and jotting down anything that might be important. A girl at the table next to me unravels her scarf and grasps her cup of tea, warming her fingers.

The sounds surround me and replace the thoughts of lectures and homework. I pull a glossy magazine from my bag and open it to one of the dogeared articles and start to read. Eight o’clock rolls around and someone steps up onto the small stage at the back of the room. A few notes sing out from the piano, one is misplaced and the player begins again. He falls into a perfect rhythm and begins to sing, quietly, hesitantly. All at once, he is both afraid of being heard and afraid that no one is listening.

I hear him sing the first few lines and turn in my chair, the words are familiar and I match them to the tune of the piano. I recently heard this song, in the movie theater. “City of Stars,” I remember the name and hum along. The song is about dreams and the melody is equally dreamy.

He finishes his set of songs and another person hops up on stage with a guitar. Open stage night is the best at Donkey. It’s the perfect time to relax and allow your focus to stray from the stress of school. I love listening to the original pieces that people have written and chosen to play here. It’s always lively and full of people, sometimes it’s hard to find a spot to sit and you end up in a cozy little corner with a tiny table barely big enough to hold a laptop.

Around 10 p.m. I begin to pack up my things and finish the last bite of biscotti. As I push through the door and onto the rainy streets of Athens, a little bell signals my exits. The smell of brewed coffee clings to my hair and clothes. I’m already planning when I will return.

The heart of campus

 

SO ENTER THAT DAILY THOU MAYEST GROW IN KNOWLEDGE WISDOM AND LOVE

The essence of College Green remains the same despite the changing colors of the leaves each season. There’s always some kind of action going on inside the tree tree filled quadrangle. During the Fall and Spring, you usually can see people laying in their back pack hammocks and reading books. Other times, you can be entertained by watching people try to walk on a tightrope that they have attached between two tree trunks. However, when it’s Winter, most of the action consists of people walking through the Green on their way to class bundled up in scarfs and hats. However, no matter what season, you can always count on seeing a dog, or two, if you’re lucky.

For me, it’s a place that no matter what time of year it is, it always brings me the same feeling. I get a sense of nostalgia when I walk through the Green towards the shops and restaurants on Court Street. It reminds me of who I was when I came to Ohio University, and how far I’ve come.

As a Freshman, I was someone who was amazed by the amount of people in this place. I was excited by the fact that I was only one of five people from my high school in Athens. The campus felt like it was all mine. I had a fresh start to everything. But I also remember being scared. I didn’t know where things were, what buildings were which, and who I would become my new best friends. However, I sometimes miss that nervous, anxious feeling because I had fun with it. I loved getting out of my comfort zone and taking a risk. I loved discovering new things and meeting different people. I loved everything that was new to me. It was a time to experience the world and figure out what I liked while being completely unapologetic about it.

Now when I walk through College Green, along with the nostalgia, I feel hopeful and comfort. I know who my friends are, and I’ve set goals for myself. I look at the brick paths that cut all over the ground throughout the Green, and I realize that I’m on a different one now than the path I started on. I am more excited about my future and preparing for it than what is going on at J-Bar uptown on a Saturday night. I am motivated when I see the Schoonover Center of Communication while I’m walking through the Green because it’s the building that I have the most meaningful and helpful classes targeted towards my major. When I am in the quadrangle lawn, I also can’t help but notice how big the tress are. I’ll look up and see the sunlight peaking through the branches above me. It makes me think about how big the world really is, and that I still have so much more to experience. Athens is just the start of the journey.

Sunlight beating down on the Schoonover Center of Communication, a view from inside College Green.

College green reassures me that I made the right choice. Ohio University is where I belong.

A calming picture of College Green taken during a late August afternoon.

 

Union Street Dinner

One of the great specialties about living in a small town is the special dinners and restaurants everyone knows and loves. Athens, Ohio is no different. Many local eateries are located there. For those that like to go to the bars, they are in heaven as Athens has many famous bars that I’m sure the students and staff won’t complain about. But what about those just visiting that like a more family-friendly environment. I have 3 words for you; Union Street Dinner.

Union Street Dinner, or as it is often just refereed to as U.S.D, is one place that offers a variety of food all throughout the day. That’s right breakfast lovers, you too can eat in the evening or whenever you want and they will serve it too you with a outgoing attitude and personnel service. Not just that they serve All-American type dishes that I guarantee will not disappoint. It is ranked by trip advisor.com to be the 5th most important restaurant to go to in Athens.

But enough about the soundbite, let me tell you why it is the best place in Athens. Union Street Dinner is not just a restaurant to me. It is not just one of my favorite places to go eat. It is a safe haven where I can gather my thoughts on my school work and life in general. They can give me a taste of happiness with their food and allow me to sit back, watch television in some very comfortable seats, and serve me to of my favorite refreshments; a milkshake and an Arnold Palmer.

For those that don’t know an Arnold Palmer is iced tea and lemonade mixed together. They are one of the few places that can prepare this drink and with that prepare it well. Some family friends of mine always have this beverage back in Cincinnati where I’m from and this can be a good reminder of the joy that I’ve had with them over the years. I actually first ordered an Arnold Palmer from U.S.D the day after Arnold Palmer died as a toast to one of the best and definitely one of the most classy golfers of all time.

Oh, and the milkshake, best I’ve every had! Coming from Cincinnati where there are great ice cream shops this one ranks up there with the best. They give you the shake in a mug with a spoon and a straw at your choice of which one you prefer. I have tried both and it taste great either way.

Location wise it is convenient for me living on South Congress Street. I can walk over and walk back to my house no harm done. It is also the place I go to do work on projects or some sort if my house is to noisy or flustered. You would be amazed at the ideas that can be sparked when you go to a public setting like U.S.D and try to brainstorm.

After reflecting I once again recommend it to any new faces that will be going through the city of Athens. Even for the usual “townies” that are from the Athens area I employ you to go there in with a lot of things going on in life. You may find some ideas on where to go from your current situation. Even if you may find yourself wanting to just escape the stress of life, what better way is there to make yourself feel better than with good service and great food!

References:

  • https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g29942-d3247248-Reviews-Union_Street_Diner-Athens_Ohio.html

My Happy Place

Everyday I wake up in my small 12′ by 8′ bedroom on E State St ready to start the day. As I walk out the door sometimes I’ll glance back and think “I’ll be back”. The moment I return to my room is always the most relaxing part of the day. A room with power like this must be full of amazing materialistic items, no?

My frameless twin bed rests on the floor up against the wall. My TV sits on a tote filled with cleaning supplies at the foot of the bed. I have had many opportunities to get an actual TV stand but the tote is perfect. The height is ideal for laying in bed and watching TV. Another huge perk of the tote is how easily it slides along the carpet. The AK Rocker gaming chair that I have had for 15 years now sits about two feet to the right of my bed. The tote slides over and can be angled to be perfectly inline with the chair.

I have been playing Xbox from that throne almost my entire life. I plop down in it, cross my legs and cover up in a Cleveland Browns blanket I have had almost as long. The TV would sit too low if it were on the tote alone, but I add a cardboard box the adds about a foot of height. This box places the TV in the ideal line of sight for me.

Conveniently I keep a coffee maker within reach from my throne so I do not even need to leave my seat for a refill. When I am in that chair, coffee in hand, and put the headset on I have reached pure happiness. I know that nothing that happens the rest of the night matters.

I do not start my gaming until I have finished all of my school work and my classes are over for the day. It would cheapen the feeling of being in my dungeon. It is an amazing feeling knowing that no one can bother me for the rest of the night. It is just me and a few posters for the evening. I have a couple posters lining the walls of some of my favorite athletes and video game characters to keep me company.

The closet houses my clothes quite nicely although sometimes the floor becomes a place for clothes to rest as well. I have a couple shelves for miscellaneous items but that mostly is used for snacks, and by snacks I mean Oreos.

I am a simple man, who seeks simple pleasures. Let me have my xbox, my chair, my coffee and my Oreos and I’ll be fine. I will actually be better than fine, I will be in my happy place.