Hotel Project: Sindy's Big Decision Part 1

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Lara shows Sindy(Katniss doll) and Barbie the new neighborhood project---turning the OLD Grand Hotel into retail and apartments. It's been empty for over 15 years. (This will be a great REDO)

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Sindy: I've walked on the otherside of the street from this boarded up building for the last four years. It's spooky!
Barbie: I bet it was gorgeous when it was built.
Lara: It was built in 1892, and well, it won't be spooky for long. The cafe area would be perfect for a mini bakery, Sindy.

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Sindy:Lots of stuff still in there...nice windows, the ones that aren't boarded up.

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Lara: BMR has great plans for this space. Demolition has already started, so walk carefully

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Barbie: Oh, my! Um, it's really ripped apart.

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Lara: It has been empty for a long time---naturally it needs work.

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Sindy: Wow, this ceiling is really low.

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Lara: The reconstruction will lower the floors.

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Sindy: But, I can touch the ceiling here, and it's sagging.


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Lara:There are lots of fixtures available in here--and in the basement. I wish you could see the kitchen, it's almost complete.


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Lara: Look at this----Drywall just went up here---the door to the kitchen could be put either place.

Sindy: How big is the kitchen? 

Lara: It's a long galley 9 foot wide by the whole depth of the building. The specs say there are four ovens and some other equipment. I'm sorry you can't see it today, since they put up the wall this week, and haven't cut out the door.




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Lara: This other side is almost done---and already rented for a beauty parlor. You will have a steady stream of people coming in all day. 

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This is just what the neighborhood needs, stable businesses in a beautiful classic setting. And, women owned! 

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I will be managing the BMR office from right here, and I'm first on the list for one of the apartments.


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Lara: And, Sindy,  a window will be here, you could put a built-in-booth in here that would be very cozy. I can see us all having latte's here.

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Sindy: What about this space and these columns?

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Lara: This is going to be an open atrium to the skylight. Upstairs will be large windows overlooking this public space. Planters and seating are planned. The columns will hold up the new second floor extensions.

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Barbie: Oh, won't that be just gorgeous---so 1892....I can see ferns and stained glassed windows or at least paneled windows.

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Lara:Richelle is working on the renditions for the advertising. But, our goal at BMR is to have all the spaces leased so we don't have to advertise. So, you save by leasing early. Advertising is very expensive.

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Barbie: BMR is really hopping, Lara. You are doing a great job. This will be a great little office.
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Lara: I really don't need much room, most of my work is face-to-face. 

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Sindy: This banquette is awfully low? So much seems out of proportion.

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Sindy: It's a great opportunity. Um, golly! I just got the letter that my food truck permit didn't come through, but I'm on the waiting list for 2021. That's so long to wait, but this is a big step!


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Sindy: The other side looks great. How long before this space will be ready and how much time do I have to think about it?

Lara: We have time. Construction will be a few months at least. You could sign a letter of intent, and then sign a lease when the space is further along. Why don't we go upstairs Barbie, and let Sindy think about it. Feel free to look around, Sindy. We will be upstairs.

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Sindy: This is a really big decision. I could get established and then hopefully open the food truck in 2021 or if I ever get a permit. Hm-m-m???



(story to be continued)

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Post Holiday in the HFIM house!


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HFIM House--Home for Impoverished Millennials is a combined townhouse/and Victorian mansion being refurbished by 16 (at the moment) Millennials. By contributing work, money, and expertise they pool together their resources and live on the far north side of the Loop, bus stop one block away--and in a neighborhood going through revitalization. Back to our running storylines.

Post holidays, it's 2 AM and Patrick (bar manager) comes home to the HFIM house. Barbie and Chelsea have just arrived from California and Disneyland from their 3 week vacation.

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Patrick: Hey, Squirt and hi, Barbie. Looks like you had a great time, tans and everything.
Chelsea: Sure was fun, Patrick.
Patrick: Boy, your dog missed you, she didn't steal my shoes once this week.
Chelsea: I know...she won't stop licking me! I'm pooped and going to bed.

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Chelsea: Stop licking me---I missed you, too. Yawwwnnnn. I can't wait to get in bed.

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(Patrick rides the elevator up to his room, and drops off suitcases for the girls. Soft snorts and snores come from the bunkbeds. And a goan?)

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Foofie: My small human is finally home. (sigh). And, no more waiting! (sigh).

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(Back downstairs Rory stirs up a bunch of fried Italian sausage and onions for tomorrows supper.)

Rory: I can't wait to tell you----I got the understudy part of Belle in Beauty and the Beast at Drury Lane. Rehearsals start tomorrow. 

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Barbie: That's super----a big break, what other part will you be playing, and what did you do to your hair?


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Rory: The director gave me a choice of dying my hair or cutting it so, I can get it all under a wig. Small price to pay. I hope this is short enough. And I have No.2 in the chorus and I have a few bars of vocals, all alone. I'm so excited.


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Rory: But it means, someone will have to take over food prep when we have night performances and those days I have matinees. I can still do all the ordering. 

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Barbie: Wow, so much happening. Did you all have a great Christmas? And, what is that in the backyard?

Midge: Christmas was GREAT. But...Well, Aidan and Stuart gave each other skateboards and a ramp. At the Christmas party, Stuart took a bad fall, but was okay.

Barbie: Well, boys will be boys. It doesn't look that high?


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Midge: WELLLLLL, this morning Stuart was trying to do a flip and broke his ankle! And guess who got to set his leg. Ken----he's on his ER rotation at the hospital. Stuart is upstairs in the guys room, cause the basement apartment has stairs.

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Upstairs, Patrick checks on Stuart who is moaning in his sleep!
Patrick: Hey, Stu...how you doing? Do you need anything?

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Stuart: Okay, I'm okay. Just took a pain pill.
Patrick: Well, just yell if you need anything? Nite! 

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Rory: So, I don't know when I will be home tomorrow---so just add spaghetti sauce to the sausage and boil up some spaghetti. There's only supposed to be 11 or maybe 12---depending on if Stuart is okay to eat. I cut up all the salad veggies, and there's boiled greenbeans in the fridge. I hope this can be worked out. This is my first real job other than painting scenery at the Goodman and singing at the bar for Patrick.

Barbie: Sure, I will make sure someone does it. I don't know if I will be around, I have a meeting with Lara and Sindy at 4 PM about a space in the Hotel project. Maybe the boys can do some cooking?

Rory: Hmmm, maybe Nemo---he's done with football now, except for weight training. He should be home by 5-ish. 


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Midge: Really? The boys cooking, I hope our fire insurance is paid up. 
Barbie: Boiling spaghetti, isn't rocket science. You have to have more faith, lol. And I will check on the insurance. Ryan should have sent out all the payments last week.

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Barbie: Aw, Foofie...good dog.

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Barbie: Just a kiss from your big Sis. Sweet dreams, Chelsea. 

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Barbie: (Crawling into bed thinks-I hope I brought a little magic back from Disneyland, replacing Rory in the kitchen will be hard. Sigh......when you wish upon a star......dreams come true.) Night, night, house. Let's hope so.

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Celebrating Under the HFIM Christmas Tree Part 1

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It's hard to believe this is the third Christmas in the HFIM house. The 'family' has grown to include extended family and friends. Missing are Barbie and Chelsea who are in California with her sister, Mulan, who is in Beijing on sabbatical, and Elsa and Anna who have moved back to Sweden. 

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Zoe: Patrick, this is Gilly, our new roommate at the townhouse.
Patrick: I think I have seen you at the bar...welcome to our little group. 
Gilly: I had no idea everyone had so many friends, this is great. My mom nagged me to come home---but I have so many gals signed up for my classes, I couldn't afford to.

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The living room furniture and tree have been moved to make room for everyone. 


The HFIM cats have been banished upstairs to Chelsea's room, and...

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...the dogs to the girls' bedroom. Foofie whines, softly. 

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Downstairs there are just too many legs to get tangled in, 

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...and nummies to get into.  

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Foofy obviously whines for the treats in-waiting.

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Rory: Merry Christmas everyone. 

I'm so glad everyone could make it to the third annual HFIM house Christmas. We have twenty-five elves who added twenty-five presents under our trees tonight. Secret Santa looks to be very generous this year. Remember---not to reveal which Santa brought which present---and think of your presents as gifts from every Santa in this room. 

Many of us have jobs, keeping us from going home to our families and our own holiday traditions. I hope everyone here thinks of the person next to you as family and this house as your home.  

So, we've asked Kevin and Ken to lead in singing a few holiday songs. 

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Kevin (L): Let's start out with "Jingle Bells"...
Ken (R): and then slide into..."Silver Bells". 

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Jeffrey: "Silver Bells" is my mom's favorite. 
Carly: My grandmother's, too. 


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Then Lara joins Dr. Ken in "The weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful, since we've no place to go,.....let it snow, let it snow, let it snow."

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Joe starts a new song, in his particularly nice baritone, "Come they told me, pa-rum-pa-pa-pum..."
Vickie:"...a new born King to see, ....


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Ryan starts with his favorite,  "I'll be home for Christmas, you can plan on me."
Richelle: "Please have snow and mistletoe...,"

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"...and presents on the tree...."

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"Christmas Eve will find me, where the love light gleams."


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"I'll be home for Christmas ....."

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"...if only in my dreams."

Rory: That was really lovely everyone! Better than our cast at the theatre. The food should be here within the hour, so how about we clear up these packages, or we won't have any place to eat.

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Rory: Ian will you please be Secret Santa's helper? 
Ian: Sure, shouldn't we start with those big ones. 

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Rory: Um, Secret Santas, these two presents look rigged, and too big for our $20 limit. 
What are Stuart and Aidan, up to?

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(sounds of frantic paper ripping)


Aidan; Wow, Skateboards and two ramps---amazing what you can find in thrift stores.
Stuart: (snickers)
Rory: Take it outside guys, so we can get some more chairs in here.

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Stuart: This set-up is perfect for this skinny backyard. Aidan, this was a great idea---thanks for the 'gift'. 

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Aidan: How far apart do they need to be, never used ramps so small before. 

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Dr. Ken: Don't break your necks, guys. I'm off duty tonight! (Shakes his head) I can't watch this.

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Stuart: Let me try, one more time, and then you can show-off, Aidan.

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Aidan: Hey Buddy, are you okay?

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Stuart: I think so?. Maybe we should go sing with the rest of the gang. I'm sorta out of breath now, anyway.
Aidan: Ken said this is his first night off in two and half weeks, so glad to hear it, and best you keep your groaning to a minimum, or at least groan in tune with the music.

(to be continued) 

"I'll be home for Christmas", by lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. First recorded by Bing Crosby in 1943.

"Let it snow, let it snow", by lyricist Sammy Cahn and the Broadway songwriter Jule Styne in 1945. Originally recorded by Vaughn Monroe--and then everyone else, lol.

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