As God Is My Witness, Each Individual Shall Tote His Own Weary Load

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  1. Lil says:

    I want to know what you were doing with an organ in your basement, and where did it go?

    • Jocelyn says:

      We’d gotten it maybe six or seven years ago off a Freecycle list (a church in town was getting rid of it), and it had been down in our “play room” in the basement since then. However, it was electronic and working less and less well–plus, the kids hadn’t touched it in a couple years–so we wanted to get rid of it. We listed it on Craigslist and Freecycle and had a couple nibbles, but no one ever showed up to actually GET it. So it’s been out in our garage, gradually being dismantled into pieces small enough to take to the landfill. Sad, really, but the thing was virtually dead there at the end. We’re euthanizing it.

  2. The only thing better than decent neighbors is the way you imagine they live together. Never has a group of college age boys been so entertaining and fascinating (at least in the last 15 years) as when I read your interpretation!

  3. lime says:

    i think you should use this as a creative writing assignment….alternate stories explaining the profusion of shovels…though yours is quite entertaining and easy to imagine.

  4. christopher says:

    …bold sign or not in the Fridge…short guy should know that a bunch of guys living together and leftovers doesn’t compute.

    And I like taking the shovel in the car trunk…to help me get out of snow and assure being able to make a round-trip.

  5. Bone says:

    Ah, this takes me back. Except I only had one roommate. But yeah, leftovers were good as gone, no matter how old/disgusting (read: safe) I thought they might have been. My favorite story was when the girl I was dating at the time tried making homemade biscuits for the first time, except she didn’t realize she needed to use self-rising flour. They were pretty disgusting. But we had left them sitting out and a little while later walked into the kitchen and he was eating a couple.

    You have Famous Dave’s there??? (Dave’s? Daveses?)

    Also, I like that we both blogged on the same day after a 2-3 week absence. I feel like our cycles are synced up… or something.

  6. That is a hell of a story – but what is intriguing me is why one shovel is bent. Do manufacturers make bent shovels? Or was it part of the pork-in-the-fridge wars and got bent that way?

    • Jocelyn says:

      I fancy your idea of the bend in the handle coming from Pork-In-The-Fridge wars, Fennie! Alas, it was manufactured that way. Many shovels have that bend in the handle as a nod to “ergonomics”; it’s supposed to be less stressful on one’s back. Not sure there’s any science to prove that, of course.

  7. That surely was a fun read. I, too, think that sometimes we rush too quickly to judge our young people (especially college boys). Let me know how they get on with the shovels! 🙂

    Greetings from London.

  8. Oh, I sure don’t miss having housemates! But they do seem like an inoffensive lot, so lucky you!

  9. Ann in NJ says:

    I bet they’d shovel your driveway if you brought them cookies. Being the parent of an 18 yr old gamer boy who will be leaving the nest in the fall, I find myself feeling motherly towards your neighbors, rather then suspicious. However, I, too, would have had 911 on speed dial when they first moved in.

    • Jocelyn says:

      Oh, I’m not suspicious of this lot at all. However, I was nervous when they moved in, for sure, based on the offensive behaviors of the previous college-boy tenants…

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