I texted Chaco...
"Is your refrigerator running?"
He texted back...
So of course...
"Better go catch it! Bahahahaha!"
Okay, no I didn't.
See, we recently got him his own little dorm fridge because his roommates were eating all of his food. Like ALL his food. Recall that he shares a dorm apartment with three other guys. One is a friend from high school whom Chaco has roomed with since they were freshmen. The other two are randoms. They all get along okay for the most part, except for the food thing.
Seems like last year Chaco and his roommates shared pretty equally in the purchasing and eating, with an occasional indiscretion, but no biggie. But this year, he's had to resort to having his own fridge in his bedroom that he can lock up. Things you gotta do!
We were talking about it last week, and it got me thinking about my roommates from days past. I started taking a mental inventory, and I think I lucked out pretty well in the roommate department.
Exhibit A: Roommate 1 (and 2)
As I recall, we all had very different schedules and didn't really see each other a whole lot, but we would manage to go out dancing quite regularly.
I'm still in touch with roommate, "R". No idea where the girl is. And... that may or may not be Guano in the fedora...
Exhibit B: Roommate 4
Next, I met "A", who I think just ran an ad in the paper for an "single female" or some such. She was fresh out of high school. The condo belonged to her parents, so she took good care of it. Great roommate. She sorta became my little sister. That's her, on my right (if you can find me), the short little sis one.
We still keep in touch, kinda like sisters. She met her now-husband during one of our nights out. She is not quite 5 ft. tall. Her husband is 5'3". Their eyes literally met across the dance floor.
So they got hitched, and she moved out, leaving me in her parents' condo. They let me screen for a new roomie, and along came "I", all the way from France.
Exhibit C: Roommate 5
She was a French exchange student, attending CU for one year to become an English teacher. Very fun and outgoing! She wanted to make the most of her one year, and we had some good times. She broke a few hearts too!
I have no idea where she is now.
In the meantime, I'd been dating Magnum for a while, so when "I" went back to France, Magnum and I shacked up to live in sin in a two-story 4plex.
Exhibit D: Roommate 6
We split all the bills and shared equally in the housekeeping (yeah, riiiight). It was a nice cohabitation, until he left me...
...because he graduated a semester before I did and got a freaking job.
So I was left to find another roommate until I would graduate and get a freaking job.
I have no Exhibit E. Hmmm, maybe because we were only roommates for a few months? I dunno, but she was yet another exchange student. This time from Japan.
Like "I", "H" was adventurous and wanted to make the most of her stay in the U.S. She had rich parents, as in VERY rich parents. The only problem I had with "H" is that she would take forever to pay her portion of the bills, so I would pay the whole thing and she would eventually give me her share. She just didn't understand the urgency, having piles of money. I knew she was good for it, though. On top of that, she had a boyfriend in Montana and would spend hours each month talking to him on the phone, racking up the phone charges - remember life before cell phones? Vaguely?
But she was nice, and we had some good times. Strangely, though, I will add what I found to be a weird thing with her. Recall this was my last semester in engineering school, so I mostly had group projects. When group members would come over, "H" had a habit of walking around with nothing on but a big shirt. Walking around to where we were for no apparent reason. I think she had a thing for one of the guys in my group, but that was pretty weird.
...but she didn't eat all my food.