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August 6th, 2002

friday

I seem to be in a rut of "weekend catchup" entries. Oh well.

Friday after work I wound up watching the original uncut version of Towering Inferno, the classic 70's disaster movie. It was as campy and periodesque as I remember it, except that watching it now, Steve McQueen's dark warning to Paul Newman sent chills up my spine.

You architects keep building them taller and taller, knowing we can't effectively fight fires above the twelfth storey. One day there'll be a fire so bad that a skyscraper will just come tumbling down.

In any event, after the movie was over Becca and I went to a housewarming party at Andy and Mariolga's. It was mostly psych people, which I'm comfortable around. I did meet one of the incoming first-years, a woman named Sarah that seemed very cool and nice and hopefully I'll see more of at future events. Becca was doing just fine flirting with someone until it all got interrupted by her old Psych 100 TA. And I got to catch up with some people that I hadn't seen in a while.

Everyone asked about Kate, and I did my best to explain how her internship is going, but I don't know all the language and what's "interesting" from an academic psychology standpoint vs. what I personally find interesting about her work.

One of the more amusing moments at the party was Sarah asking if Becca and I are brother and sister. Since then we've asked people if they see any resemblance (I really don't, except that we both have blue eyes), and the jury is still out I guess. I suppose we do have that certain friendly and familiar banter that might be perceived as familial.

I had a good night. It reminded me that I really do have a lot of friends in this town.

on roommates

So this evening, Kathy moved in. Somewhat Spartan-ly; bringing only a dresser and a suitcase. Presumably she'll have more stuff to bring over as she makes more trips to and from Indianapolis where she and her husband Chris live now.

It's really a perfect arrangement: she wanted a remote base here in town since she's still in school here and doesn't want to make the trip back and forth to Indy (a 2-hour drive each way). I wanted someone else around in the house to keep me from slipping too far back into "bachelor pad" mode. She's easy to get along with, and will only be here four days out of the week, so I still get time to myself which I think I will really need. She gets along well with my dog, too. And I get a little bit of rent money out of it.

Still though: it's very strange so far. I haven't had a plain old roommate (other than live-in romantic relationships and marriages) in over fifteen years, and this is going to take some getting used to. I'm far, far, FAR better boundaried than I ever have been before, so it should be relatively easy on us both, but there'll be things I have to remember and relearn, the right kinds of tact and negotiation to re-find, and a situation to become familiar with again.

But in the end, this is really a chance for me to do something right that I did so wrong in the past. For that I feel blessed.

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