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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Politics and Pleasure in Glenview

This Glenview split-level combined two great American obsessions: politics and the pursuit of pleasure. Let's take a look.

By the time I arrived, there wasn't much left in the living room, except for this kicky carpet and that whorehouse floor lamp against the wall.

The house was cleverly designed around a central staircase, with landings that headed off in different directions. This little mezzanine looked out over the living room and entry way. It would be a pleasant place to sit and relax while you waited for other things to happen.

Perhaps in this master bedroom. It was a stunner -- take that any way you like -- with custom-built cabinetry covered in gray Formica. If I'm not mistaken, this is the room where Sonny Crockett seduced Mrs. Huxtable while the cast of Dynasty looked on.

I don't know if these newspapers were tucked between the mattress and the platform bed, or if they made their way here as part of the sale.

A lot of them were really old. For newspapers. People born during this era are definitely not old.

When people finally get all their news from some kind of screen, I wonder what they'll save after big events like these?

After seeing the Jack-and-Bobby-tragedy headline newspapers upstairs, these glasses in the kitchen made a lot more sense. It could just be a rumor, but they say the image our slain 35th president actually makes cold drinks taste better.

They also explained these TV Guides I found on one of the lower levels.

But it was this basement bar/rumpus room/pleasure dome that made the biggest impression.

Officially this area was off-limits, but one look at that rock wall and I knew I had to break all the rules. (Who's that in the mirror?)

That stained-glass window was lighted from behind. You'll think I'm being sarcastic or ironic when I say this, but I'm not: Talk about a touch of glass!

This built-in sauna was just off to the left, and I can think of no better place to sweat out this fall's election results than right here.

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