Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Bye-Bye Home Dojo

I got a message from my realtor today saying that she wants to come by tomorrow afternoon to take pictures of my condo for the advertising. Part of it involves taking a 360 degree "virtual tour" of a room for people to view on the Internet. I asked if it's a problem that I have the main room of the condo basically empty of any furniture since it's my home dojo (which also has a ripple effect of making my dining room a living room and the second bedroom a dining room). She said while it would be ok to keep things as is, it would be best to make the rooms look more normal. It would be possible to explain to potential buyers that the room was empty because I use it for practicing karate, but then that gets the people thinking about karate rather than thinking about buying my condo. And while I would be all for more people thinking about karate, in this case I ought to concentrate on the task at hand, which is getting the condo sold.

So... it is with a heavy heart I spent a couple hours moving furniture into my dojo space and then moving the dining room furniture back into the dining room. Now my dojo looks like this.

Nope, it's not very dojo-like anymore. Hopefully it doesn 't take too long to sell this place. In the meantime I'll need to find some more empty space for karate practice. I've been spoiled by having the available space at home. It sure was convenient to be able to practice various kata right before going to sleep. Maybe I can just go out in the parking lot...