Perhaps no one was more disappointed about my early return to Vancouver than former SGU script coordinator Lawren who’d been taking care of my place in my absence. An early homecoming for me of course meant an early departure for him. Instead of having until December to work his way through my liquor cabinet, his window of opportunity has suddenly contracted. Akemi and I have been back a couple of weeks now, but I assured Lawren that he could stay as long as he likes. We have the extra room and if he doesn’t take it, Akemi is going to turn it into a raccoon nursery.
Anyway, looks like Lawren has found alternate accommodations and will be leaving us in a few weeks. Akemi and I are genuinely saddened. It’s been fun having the company – someone to commiserate with over fantasy football; someone to join us for dinner; someone to reprimand if he comes home late or doesn’t call (“Akemi and I were worried sick, young man!”). Akemi likens the communal spirit to the “share house” concept common among Japanese students studying English here in Canada and, while she’s accepted the fact that Lawren will be moving out, she holds on to the hope that someone else will be moving in. She had her heart set on Ivon until I informed her that he already has a place and, more importantly, a long-term lease. Alternate candidates include: Alexander and Sarah (once they’ve finished up on Transporter), Carl Binder, Martin Gero, my sister, our friend Moro-san in Tokyo, author John Scalzi, editor Lou Anders, author Marjorie M. Liu, writer Gail Simone, that Diners Drive-Ins and Dives guy, Chef Tom Colicchio, circa 1985 Kelly LeBrock, Gintama, the Fantastic Four.
After enjoying a Sunday chock full of birthdayly goodness, I woke up this morning to THIS –
THAT is my driver’s side view mirror. Or, rather, it’s the spot formerly occupied by my driver’s side view mirror. It and my passenger side view mirror were conspicuously absent this morning. Initially, I assumed some good samaritan had taken them away to be cleaned but, eventually, it dawned on me that that wasn’t the case. On the bright side, I had to drop my car off for scheduled maintenance today. According to Alan at the dealership, those replacement parts should come in on Friday. And since he deems it dangerous to drive around without side view mirrors (I could always tape hand mirrors to doors!), he won’t return my car until then. So, if I want to get around, looks like I’ll be relying on that jet pack my mother got me last Christmas. Hey, does anybody know if you can buy rocket fuel at Home Depot?