News flash: The Tiny Apartment’s affinity for small things does not extend to bridges over large bodies of water.

On my maiden crossing of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, I shuddered at the side-by-side contrast of the new and old bridges. With the creaky old bridge looming next to the new one, I peered into a dark and distant past that in actuality was only last week. Were people actually driving over that matchstick construction as recently as a week ago?

While my apartment stays the same tiny size, my vocabulary is expanding. Lately I’ve been tossing around the terms footprint and double-duty like I’ve been micro-living for decades.

Example Usage: That ottoman’s footprint has Godzilla stamped all over it. And you can’t even store anything in it—I need a smaller one that does double duty.

OK, I don’t really talk like that, but you get the picture.

The words also help as shopping parameters to weed out impulsive purchases. When shopping for The Tiny Apartment, I try to find the smallest possible footprint for any given item. If it can also serve more than one function, it immediately goes into the shopping cart.

Photo of cute vintage coffee table.

Cute (oops!), I mean cool vintage coffee table that has no storage options.

For example, even though I love my smallish vintage coffee table (that’s also adorable), it’d make more sense to find a table that can store my keyboard and other things out of sight while not in use. (Please note, cute and adorable are two other words that crop up often around small things. It will be challenging but I’ll try to use them sparingly.)

If I were more entrepreneurial, I might open a home goods store that stocks only small things. I might call it Slim’s.

Photo of cute vintage coffee table with keyboard on top.

Cool vintage coffee table with keyboard (and tons of other stuff not shown) cluttering it up and masking its cuteness.

I got a late night phone call from fellow micro-dweller and friend Alan alerting me to this year’s San Francisco Mime Troupe show “Oil and Water.” The Tiny Apartment is featured in the show! Okay, not my Tiny Apartment, but a tiny apartment. Two characters in the show live in a micro-apartment, and wackiness ensues as they try to share the tiny space with themselves and visitors. In one bit, two visitors enter and everyone moves around the space like sardines in a can. Sounds hilarious.

The Mime Troupe addresses socially relevant material, and micro-living is a hot topic these days, so that’s how my and Alan’s living situations ended up featured in the show.

For all my non-Bay Area readers who haven’t seen a Mime Troupe show, it’s not pantomime. It’s actually loud and raucous satire and it’s a lot of fun.

Support the Troupe(s)

The SF Mime Troupe, now in its 54th season, is an institution in the Bay Area. But the 54th season almost didn’t happen due to a lack of funds. With seven more free shows in the parks this summer, I hope people, myself included, go out and support the show (they accept donations).

Up and Coming: TINY at Large

Escaping the four walls of The Tiny Apartment, thetinyapartment.com will venture out and report on various happenings in the micro-living community. Later we’ll take a closer look at Alan’s micro-apartment. At approximately 300 square feet, I admit to some bouts of square footage envy.