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May 2, 2006
"Remember feng shui!"she says.

I tell her I will. Yes, of course I'll heed the principles of feng shui when I move into my new apartment. Absolutely!

Obviously my Philadelphia friend knows nothing about the quirks and vagaries of Manhattan rental units, including odd window placement and layout. I want to tell her I can't be bothered to make sure my bed faces a certain direction and that I'll be happy if my bed fits in the bedroom at all.

Feng shui, and its insistence that nothing be stored under a bed, has no business hanging out in Manhattan.