I can totally relate, having been more content living in my small motor home than living in my house. Maybe it’s a womb-like security feeling but I like cozy and I love the challenge of living with less. I wouldn’t want to be in her apartment in an earthquake, though. Too much vertical storage. But maybe you don’t have earthquakes in NYC. And she seems to have far too many clothes but she will learn to pare down her possessions over time.
Did you ever see those tiny overnight compartments in Japan–about the size of a tanning bed? Those are a little TOO cozy for me. But the Japanese know how to live in a small space without clutter. I admire that.
I have lived through a tiny earthquake in NYC. I woke up in the middle of the night, felt/heard it deep in the earth below my building, and knew right away that it was an earthquake, not a subway (which also goes right under my building). If you’ve ever experienced one (I had lived through small earthquakes in Palm Springs, CA, that felt like being on a train), they are unmistakable. They make a kind of groaning sound. The news about NYC and potential earthquakes is worse than you might think, especially given the siting of “the controversial Indian Point nuclear power plants, 24 miles north of the city,” which “sit[s] astride the previously unidentified intersection of two active seismic zones.”
Gulp. The place already has a great big Al Qaeda bull’s-eye painted on it. Oh well. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.