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07222016-32


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After the massive entry yesterday catching up on the many things I did and people I hung out with over the weekend, there's not much more to add today. Outside of work, Shobhit was the only person I hung out with last night, and it was at home. We watched the first two episodes of the Netflix series Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which I thought were all right. I honestly think Jim Carey was better cast as Count Olaf in the 2004 film -- only the fourth that I ever reviewed over at cinema_holic; I gave it a solid B -- than Neil Patrick Harris. And I actually love Neil Patrick Harris in general.

We weren't a quarter into the first episode and Shobhit declared it "slow." He said the same thing about La La Land. Shobhit's attention span is far too short. That said, the first episode of the Series of Unfortunate Events was not particularly fast paced; the second episode picked things up a bit. I do want to keep watching, although honestly I'm more interested in continuing with The OA. (Can you guess what Shobhit said about that one? "It's too slow." Shobhit can't pay attention unless there's non-stop action or naked men.)

I'm up 1.3 lbs this morning compared to yesterday morning. I wouldn't have had any ice cream after dinner last night if not for Shobhit insisting he wanted dessert . . . and so I took some too, because it was a delicious ice cream (lemon gingersnap) and I knew that if I didn't have any then Shobhit would wind up eating it all and I wouldn't get any. Not that it really matters, considering how often I get samples at work. That was actually the last of three sample pints of ice cream I'd had in our freezer for weeks before Shobhit came home from L.A. anyway.

I can't really blame him, though. It's really because of the truffle macaroni & cheese I shared with Karen at lunch yesterday. It was insanely rich (and insanely delicious -- therefore worth the calories), and Karen, being a little person, can always eat a fraction of what I can. I probably had close to three quarters of that dish. Too much. But oh my god, it was good!

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I keep forgetting to mention a brief portion of conversation I had with Ivan on Sunday, which gave me at least somewhat of a sense of how much longer we are likely to have a roommate. He mentioned he has already picked up an extra shift to work on Sunday this coming weekend, and when I said, "Why?" he just said, "Because I need the money." Standard response. And then he added, "I need to save up for my three-month tour of Eastern Europe."

Now. This should be partially taken with a grain of salt. Ivan has a history of changing his stated plans every single time I talk to him about them. That fact notwithstanding, I asked him when he thinks that trip might happen. "Probably next spring," he said.

So. Even though I did tell him, "I would bet large amounts of money that will change," it's the best we've got to work with. Clearly he has no expectation or intention of moving out any time soon. I'm perfectly okay with that; I love having him around. So I guess if nothing else we can expect to have the income of his rent for a bit over a year, maybe even around 15 months. If that changes -- and I would not be at all surprised if it did -- the change would be much more likely to be a postponement rather than his leaving early, which would mean having him around even longer.

Even then, such a trip begs the question: what of his return after said three-month tour of Eastern Europe? Would be want to continue renting the guest room? Would he leave his stuff stored in there while away? I know his ultimate goal is to move to Vancouver, B.C., but there has never been any indication of an expected timeline on that at all. It's entirely possible he could go on this trip and then come live with us for some indeterminate time again.

Compared to every other Seattle roommate I've had, Ivan's current stint is unique in many ways, not least of which is the fact that, if he weren't there already when Shobhit moved back home, we almost certainly wouldn't be renting out the guest room at all anymore. I'm not particularly interested in finding any other new person to live in there after him, regardless of how nice it is to have the rent payments (which go straight to Shobhit anyway). I had already loved having Ivan as a roommate the first time around for his 8 months in 2014, but since we subsequently established a real friendship that evolved well past any point we got to back then, this time around -- so far at least -- is actually even better, to a fairly significant degree. I just can't see any other roommate filling his shoes in any way.

Furthermore, with no roommate, Shobhit would almost certainly get right on planning to have his mother visit us again. I'm frankly in no hurry for that to happen, although I'll live with it if and when it does. (Now that I think about it, experiencing seven roommates will probably make it easier to deal with Shashi Ji if she ever returns. She's a spectacular cook, if nothing else.) I do wonder if there might be any way to have her stay in the guest room while Ivan goes on his trip, if he ends up leaving any of his stuff here when he does that. But I guess that's a bridge we'll cross when we come to it.

In any event, I've pretty much settled on the expectation of Ivan being around for the whole of 2017, and possibly well into 2018 as well.

I hadn't realized this, because I see Lynn and Zephyr so seldom, but at Lynn's birthday party two Saturdays ago, they had two different people who had been former roommates they had. Evidently they have also spent time as a couple with a roommate living with them -- multiple ones, even, and for what sounded like at least a few years. The roommates apparently remained good friends with them even after moving away. I found it heartening to see that.

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11302016-01

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positive energy please