A to Z Challenge – BRICK

Day 2:

April 2, 2016

The Beta Letter: B


The Brick. This comes under the category of how to make that which is fictional, part of reality. It’s actually something which we (Mr. Quantum and I) have been doing for most of our married life, thus far. I think it started four years after our wedding ceremony.

Just what is IT (other than a Stephen King novel)? You’ve heard of the poem/musical tune, “The Naming of Cats,” right? Well, we have created a tradition affectionately referred to as The Naming of Rooms. That being said, we call our kitchen The Brick.


See, back in the 1990s there was a little series which brought us the joys of small town life, and we had the opportunity to spend time with people (every week) with whom we would very much enjoy spending time were they real rather than characters on a television show.


Cicely, Alaska, referred to as the Rivera of the North, makes one wish they could live in such a place. The collection of folk made that world seem idyllic. One of the main gathering places was the town’s eatery, The Brick.


Having loved the show so much, calling our own little bistro, The Brick, brought more fun to the drudgery of cooking (Later, took on the name, Kitchen Stadium); made us feel as though, perhaps, we were part of our favorite town. Of course it didn’t end there. We named our ‘music’ room, KBHR, after the town’s radio station, and our bedroom, Tranquility Base, after a room in local celebrity astronaut, Maurice Minnifield’s house. What began with a simple brick became a whole town’s worth of rooms!

This wasn’t another hole in the wall, nor was it another BRICK in the wall of communities. This was a living memorial to the program which brought us so much fun.

SIDE NOTE: what do you call a room which keeps changing its name? The Romn Room. Can you figure out what the letters stand for?


A to Z Challenge (April 2016)  – B



15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. calensariel
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 18:13:03

    Yes!!! I got this! The Room of Many Names! ? 😮 ? I assume you’re talking about Northern Exposure?

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  2. Rebecka Vigus
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 23:04:34

    I love it!! I had not thought of naming rooms. Maybe I will like my house better if I do so.

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    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Apr 03, 2016 @ 13:47:51

      Hi Rebecka! I do believe it does make a difference. Thinking I’m going to The Brick (or kitchen stadium – Iron Chef place) makes it a better experience. It makes our house feel more like a home. 🙂



  3. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 10:05:24

    Love this! Love Northern Exposure, as we have talked about before. 🙂



  4. Liesbet
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 11:33:13

    Was the kitchen build out of bricks as well? 🙂 I love the name giving of rooms. We have cruising friends who named some of the systems on their boat. It is not unusual to give a name to the autopilot or the windvane, because they steer the boat kind of like a person, but these friends would give names to their stove, sewing machine and other items! It makes life more entertaining! 🙂

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

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    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Apr 03, 2016 @ 13:56:56

      Hi Liesbet! No, the kitchen didn’t have bricks (the first place was a mobile home, and the bricks might have caused all sort of havoc on the structure), and this place still has the decoration my parents had in it, though we have made some really great changes. It’s starting to look more like a Quantum Hermit sanctuary. 🙂

      We name all kinds of things, though. All of them associated with the passion of the moment – or for something we’ve brought with us through the almost 19 years we’ve been together.

      It definitely makes life more entertaining!

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  5. Fimnora Westcaw
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 12:08:35

    Thank you, Mary! I know. It is great when we meet someone who has the same passion for a specific show. And it’s still remains a favorite after all these years.



  6. jabrush1213
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 16:26:47

    Loved this.



  7. rxena77
    Apr 03, 2016 @ 20:59:56

    What a novel idea. The only room that I named in my home which burned and my apartment is The Middle Room. It was in the middle of my home (named by my mother). It was the junk room, containing all that we could not part with. I kept the door always closed so that none could see how messy it was.

    My friends insisted the body of Jimmy Hoffa and the flight plans of Amelia Earhart were secreted somewhere in there. They told everyone that at night we left a plate of cookies and a glass of milk inside — and in the morning both glass and plate were empty!

    When I moved to my apartment, I kept the tradition alive, and I now have a new Middle Room, filled with boxes of books, tubes of autographed posters, and clothes that I hope to one day to be able to fit in again! Hey, we all have to have a goal!! 🙂



    • Fimnora Westcaw
      Apr 04, 2016 @ 00:30:02

      I so know how that is, about keeping the door of an overstuffed room closed so nobody can see the mess. But I also suspect that it’s not a surprise considering how the rest of my house looks LOL
      The Middle Room is a good moniker.



  8. Fimnora Westcaw
    Apr 04, 2016 @ 00:22:48

    Thank you, Jen!



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