Age: 48

Occupation: Career counselor

Apartment: Four-room condo. $200 monthly maintenance fee, includes cable.

Location: Ravenswood

How Long in the Apartment: Moved in in 1999 after a gut rehab. Building previously had been Section Eight housing. “The only thing that’s original is the floor.”

Oldest Objects: Gifts from an elderly neighbor in his hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania: a set of syrup servers, a working reproduction of an antique coffee grinder, a kaleidoscope on a stand. He cut the neighbor’s grass and shoveled her walk as a boy; drove her places and later visited her in the nursing home weekly as a young man.

Newest Object: An Oriental rug given to him by current next-door neighbor after he redecorated her living room.

Found Objects: Fireplace mantel, chest of drawers, headboard, antique table with carved legs, Krups coffeemaker, Ikea mirror still in the box–all in pristine condition, found behind a nearby building nicknamed the “Golden Dumpster” by neighbors.

Theory of the Golden Dumpster: “These places around here are small and space is at a premium, so when someone gets something new they just get rid of the thing they had–whether it’s in good condition or not.”

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/Lloyd DeGrane.