I bought a new dining room table today, together with six chairs. I really hadn't intended too. It was just one of those impulse buys.
Kingsford Retravision is just down the road from my new house. I wandered in to look for a few chairs to grace the trestle table in my new kitchen. There was a compact unit in the right colour that would fit in my kitchen with six chairs but could be extended to sit more.
I actually have a nice cedar dining room table in storage with my cousin in Wagga Wagga, but it's too big and I really don't want to put it in the kitchen exposed to all the cooking fumes. I looked at the table, and then Dennis came up.
He wasn't pushy, just helpful. I said that I liked it but didn't have the cash to pay for it. He said that's okay, put a deposit on it and well will hold it for a month. I said I can't even do that. I won't have a deposit until my next pay. That's alright, he said. We will hold it for a month anyway. So I bought it.
Delivery is free since I am so close.
I really looking forward to holding some dinners around it. I am actually a very social person. For a number of reasons I haven't been able to do this - to entertain - in recent times. Now I can.
My new house isn't in any way posh, but then I'm not either. I have no pretensions. While I enjoy high life and indeed dine out on stories from my past, it's not important. People are important.
I am looking forward to making my simple house a social centre, a place that is warm and welcoming. Out the back I have a garden with an outdoor table that can provide a base for BBQs. So inside and outside I am getting set up.
I have already invited Neil to stay. Of course, in a big metro city like Sydney it's just so much harder. Transport times are a huge burden. Yet I would like to think that my place might provide a node that would link our on-line interaction to direct human contact. We will see. It's just an immediate objective.