Full House (not starring Bob Saget, unfortunately)

Posted: August 29, 2007 in Blog

At times it is difficult to know how many people I live with. Our house has six bedrooms, but three of them have two beds and another has, I believe, four beds. On top of that, there is a cottage in the backyard that four people can live in and they use our kitchen and living rooms, so at any given time 16 people can be using the house.

Needless to say, it’s a busy place. Sometimes this is not so good, like when it comes to keeping food in the kitchen. Food flies off those shelves at a furious pace and the fridge would be considered nothing more than a bar fridge elsewhere, but for us it has to keep 16 peoples’ food cold. Space is at a premium.

The other night I came home late and found all the guys in the house crowded into the living room watching the movie 300. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s the “Guy’s Movie”. There is a plot, but only between war battles. I threw my bag down, squeezed onto the couch and watched movie characters massacre each other for a couple hours. It was fantastic.

With so many people, the house is full of interesting and diverse characters. Most of my roommates are on six-week medical placements and come from the U.S., U.K. and Australia. But every now and then a couple Dutch get thrown into the mix to keep things interesting.

And so it was that I came home last night to find one of the Dutch roommates slicing fresh fruit on the back porch in the light of a kerosene lamp.

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We talked for a while— I’ve been writing articles about a terrible car accident that killed over 70 people, and he’s been stitching up many of the survivors in the hospital— and then headed inside to have a late dinner and watch a movie.

I had left the newsroom about 8 p.m. intending to head home and do more work on a few articles, but instead tossed my bag in a corner where it stayed until this morning. A work-free movie night never hurt anybody, right?

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