nine square metres (or ninety-seven square feet, for those back home).

March 22, 2007

the weather has been just awful the past few days. i’ve been spending as much time indoors as possible. thankfully, this has given me a chance to arrange my studio the way i want it. i think i’m finally set up. today, i managed to put together the final pieces, thanks to a trip to barbès rochechouart (i also scored a fantastic plate of couscous for lunch – so much better than the version that they serve in the caf at school). i’d really like to have a little string of christmas lights for my “living room”, but i’m happy with how things are as is.

i also picked up something that i’d been meaning to get since i’ve been here: an opinel pocketknife. these are tiny (though they get big) pocketknives with the most simple of locking mechanisms. they look pretty cheap – the fact that they cost anywhere from €4.50 to €5.50 for a convenient size doesn’t make them seem all that trustworthy either. but what a bargain: these knives are ultra-sharp, low maintenance and very, very cool-looking. i should probably buy a few and send them home as presents.

i figured i should treat myself for all that, so last night, i made myself lemon chicken (!) stir-fry with a coconut risotto on the side, finished off with half a hazelnut ritter sport. add to that a bottle of fischer, a couple of hours watching “the two towers” and no classes early the next morning. i was a very happy camper.

though, i shouldn’t use that term. i’m not camping here.

even though i really am.

ps. i might just be crazy, but i think i’m getting a little tubby. thanks go out to the 18 bakeries/pastry shops within two blocks of here.

pps. i’m going to build myself a fixie. murat, a guy i know from the bike squat, has offered to help. how cool is that?


2 Responses to “nine square metres (or ninety-seven square feet, for those back home).”

  1. Milan Says:

    One thing to keep in mind with Opinel blades is that the steel in them is optimized for edge retention, rather than corrosion resistance. Many of the world’s best steels have these characteristics, but it does mean you need to think about the tool a bit more, and do more active maintenance.

    As such, you should avoid getting them wet, dry them promptly if you do, and consider using protective oil and/or a reducing agent regularly to prevent oxidation.

  2. mkushnir Says:

    it’s funny you say that…i noticed that very early on with my old opinel. the blade remained sharp, though it ended up with a mottled appearance.

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