A man who spent ten years turning an apartment into the ultimate Star Trek bachelor pad is going to lose it all in a divorce.
Believe it or not, Tony Alleyne's wife didn't leave him because he turned their apartment into a highly-detailed [and hideously expensive] replica of the interior of the U.S.S. Voyager, the starship from the sci-fi television show of the same name. He transformed his one-bedroom apartment after she left him, handcrafting the whole thing himself, and while it's a little crazy, it's also pretty amazing handiwork. Obsessive or not, and questionable choice of Star Trek series to emulate notwithstanding, the results are undeniably impressive.
Alas, that decade of hopes, dreams and hard work will all soon be in the dumpster. Alleyne's wife left him in '94 but apparently didn't bother to seek a divorce until recently, and now that she has, she wants to sell the apartment "as a conventional property."
"To say I'm gutted is an understatement. It is my life's work - and it looks like it's going into a skip," Alleyne said. "I admit there were tears."
It's hard not to feel sorry for the guy, especially since he sunk more than $150,000 into building his dream home, but tempering that sympathy is the fact that his soon-to-be-ex-wife is the one who actually owns the apartment and has been paying the mortgage on it since they split almost 20 years ago. It's a sad loss of a tremendous amount of time, effort and money, not to mention one of the most gloriously nerdy joints ever made, but I can't help thinking that if Alleyne had put some of that money and effort into actually paying for the place instead of turning it into his own personal television set, he might not have to chuck it all into the garbage.