We've always been a little confused at the number of people who get off on the 11th floor of our building (it's 12 stories - we're on the top). We just figured the people living in those two apartments had a lot of friends.
Yesterday Erik learned the truth - they all live there. 10 families, 5 on each side. We realized that meant that 5 families were sharing the equivalent of the 1st floor of our apartment - probably about 1500 sq ft (yes, we have a huge apartment). It's hard to even comprehend how they share 3 bedrooms (one nested inside another), 2 bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a dining room. It's possible they have renovated it differently than ours, but the fact is that doesn't leave much space for anyone. I mean this includes kids too. You have to really like the other people in the house.
This morning I took the dog for a walk down a country road nearby where there are still row houses - long, one story brick buildings which I doubt have running water or heat (they do have satellite though). I was further reminded that when it comes to the entire world, we're definitely not the 99%.
|We could live here|
|but at least we'd have reception|