Couch #4 belongs to Alex and Steve. The couch is apparently a pain in the butt. Alex enjoys Craigslist and when they moved in to their place, she started buying couches like every week. She would buy one, bring it home and not like it. And then she would sell it. She’s skilled enough at Craigslist that she would usually make a profit. Steve felt like he was moving couches all the time. This one was the display model at a furniture store in The Valley. The couch was delivered through the window. It’s so big it doesn’t fit through the door. They are trying to sell it, but are probably stuck with it. I thought it was very comfortable. They are married and live in Townhouse, that they own, in Echo Park, California. She works in web analytics, and he is a scientist. They have one cat named Frasa, although I probably spelled that wrong. Alex enjoys hanging out, walking staircases, and travel. Steve likes to play chess. Steve was a dumpster salesman for Waste Management after college. That’s what a physics degree will get you in Arkansas. We met when we were drunk on wicked strong beer at our mutual friend Wil’s birthday party in January, although I had been to their home when Wil had lived there. One of Alex’s current favorite songs is “Melatonin” by Silversun Pickups. Steve like Led Zeppelin, and would probably pick the “The Ocean” as his favorite song. He also likes “The Empire Strikes Back”. Alex likes “2001: A Space Odyssey”. She like Mexican food. Steve likes his Mom’s lasagna. Alex hopes that I don’t get hacked up. Oh, and yes, this project is part of the stimulus package.
On Thursday, June 3rd, I was sitting at Julia’s place finishing my laundry when I noticed it was closing in on 7pm. The laundry had gotten started late and there was no way it would be out of the dryer in time to make it to the next couch at Alex and Steve’s place. So, yet again, I was going to be late. I google mapped their address, pulled the clothes out of the dryer, and loaded up the car. By 8pm, I was on my way. As I was supposed to be there at 8, I wasn’t that late. With little difficulty, I found my way there and parked my car. The Laker game was on and the delicious deep dish pizza from Masa was getting cold. I was hungry and started devouring a slice of it while watching the game and getting Steve up to speed on the project. Alex and I had already exchanged emails, so she was well versed in what this was all about. Soon, the game was over (The Lakers won), the pizza was eaten, and I wanted to check my email and facebook. Once again, the wifi was down. This seems to be a recurring theme. However, it was easy enough for me to plug in and get the latest information. As it was already getting late, I made it a quick visit to facebook land and got down to business. Photos were taken. Some of which you can see here. Interviews were conducted, the basic results which are noted in the opening. In addition we discussed other things like the “7 UP” series of films by Paul Almond and their impact on the subjects. Would my interviews impact my subjects the same way? Would I be going back for seconds? We also discussed “sex, lies, and videotape”, although not in much detail. In addition, documentaries and experiences like “Super Size Me” and the “30 Days” series by Morgan Spurlock were brought up. I’d be lying if I said that these weren’t influential in me doing this project. Once the interview was over, we went up to the roof. The view of downtown L.A. from there is amazing. I put the conversation on hold and snapped away.
By this point it was getting really late and as both Alex and Steve had to get up early for work, we got the couch set up for sleeping and called it a night. This couch was quite comfortable as I mentioned in the opening. It was as wide as a twin bed, if not wider. I might as well have been sleeping on a bed. But, none of this kept me from being awoken by an extremely loud peacock early in the morning. It seems that they roam wild there. Thankfully it wasn’t that early, and so I found it more amusing than annoying. Steve woke up late and ran out the door, late for a meeting. Alex got up shortly after and after a brief conversation about their house hunt, we both headed out. She was on her way to work and I was on my way to my next couch.