Istanbul City ManCave with a View

The plan:
1. Workbench-style workspace along one wall.
2. Shelves. Long ones… lots of them.

OK, that’s not a great plan and it’s hardly complete, but I don’t think much of planning something like this. For me, it’s a no-brainer. I need a place to put my stuff.

Moving to Istanbul is not joke, and we looked at a lot of places before settling on this one. We needed something fast and cheap, and Turkish apartments in our target area and price range are often small, moldy, and half underground with discarded cigarette butts falling at eye level.

Definitely not ManCave material.

The ideal ManCave is definitely not in the city, so to start with, I aimed for the country. By that, I mean village. I found some really nice places that were just fifteen minutes down the train line from my day job, but the city has a certain gravitational pull. To be honest, I really don’t know how we ended up where we did.

So if I couldn’t get out of the city, I decided to go above the city. Way above it.

A ManCave with a View
A ManCave with a City View

On the sixth floor (or seventh floor, by the way we count in America), there’ll be no room for a cool muscle car or a motorcycle, but there’ll certainly be room to work, breathe, work out, or whatever else I decide.

Mostly, I’ll probably be fighting the temptation to chuck stuff off of the balcony.

Feels like potential
Feels like potential

I see a lot of potential here!

If you have any comments or suggestions on how I should best use the space, leave a comment below.

Barbecuing in your ManCave… not recommended for Basements

house fire

Recently, I was asked to add barbecue products to the store, which is a fantastic idea.. because like all good vegetarians, I love good barbecue.

At first I said, “No, that’s a niche for another store… maybe I’ll make a barbecue website. I love making websites. All I want to do is make websites and not eat or sleep or enjoy myself… ever.”

So I thought about it, and decided to add some barbecue products to THIS store, because men and barbecue go together like peas and carrots, especially when you add a fire and some alcohol.

I tried this out yesterday and burned a bunch of food, but let’s not talk about that right now, because I’m still looking at the fast food wrappers from last night’s consolation “dinner”.

My thinking is, first, let’s add some Oktoberfest stuff, because hey, that’s what Halloween should be more like, and then let’s think about some stuff that we can char on our porch and pour hot sauce all over.

Now, I’ve known people who accidentally burned down their homes for the taste of barbecue, and it probably smelled pretty good until it was time to call for help.

Do not… DO NOT… attempt to barbecue in your mancave unless you consider the outdoors to be a cave.

DO barbecue some ribs, and then give them to me, because I will eat every last one of them.

Cook them outside, do a good job, bring them downstairs… into the den… into the garage… and watch something awesome with some friends while you eat them and drink something good, because that’s what this site is all about.

Also, feel free to buy stuff from this store… because I’m more than happy to take your money.

Good Barbecuing!

The ManCave Staff