- In what forms of housing have you resided?
There were a few places in two states I don’t remember, so I’m answering beginning with ages 3 and 4, the earliest I can recall.
At least two two-story houses as part of multi-home units (military housing)
Three two-story single-family houses
Two one-story single-family houses
Four walk-up apartments
One two-story single-family mansion that was my off-campus dorm
- What are the best and worst things about the location of your home?
The best are that it’s very quiet and still very close to city things. The worst is that I sorta have to get into my car for everyday things. I’ve gone a few periods without wheels, so “have to” is too strong a word, but it’s very, very inconvenient without a car.
- Where would you keep a second home if you could have one?
I have two ideas. One is a small house in Cooperstown, New York, where the National Baseball Hall of Fame is. The other is a smallish lake in sort of the same area, where I spent a summer with R and her father. One day, when I become filthy stinking rich from being a writer for a nonprofit, I’m going to find a realtor to find me a home on a lake like this one. Not huge, but not tiny, with a no-motorcraft rule. This rule makes a huge difference. People paddle canoes or row boats, but there are no jetskis or motorboats.
- How well would you adapt to permanent RV life?
I would mostly adapt very well, but I have a tendency to accumulate stuff. I think this would be the toughest adjustment. I’d easily limit my book collection. However, I’m very attached to my music collection. I think I could manage with what I own now, actually — I just wouldn’t be able to grow it very much. I’d have to give something up for everything I picked up. Doable. And probably worth it for the life of a nomad. I have a friend who lives in a bus, and I’m envious whenever he posts photos on IG.
- What’s the prettiest thing to look at within five miles of your residence?
I think Ala Moana, the beach where I swim a couple of times a week, is six miles away, so I’m going to say the waterfront behind Aloha Tower, especially late in the day. In the year before I started working at the nonprofit, I walked there a lot, just to enjoy the view. The water isn’t the sort you’d want to swim in, however, and there’s no beach. It’s very industrial. But boy, is it pretty.