Looking after my neighbor’s apartment has HAD its perks — emphasis on “had.” And there were things that I had come to expect, like availing myself of loose quarters. This time around was ever so disappointing – and I’ve never seen so many roaches!
When I went to their apartment to bring the mail and water the plants, though I was attacked by roaches, I still looked for the many packages of cookies T has insanely hoarded for like — ever. But, as mentioned in my previous post – there weren’t any – I would still have eaten them with roaches there – he usually keeps them bagged and in jars and shit. Okay so fine – I accepted that I’d be responsible for purchasing my own snacks.
Then one night, I steamed vegetables, opened the cabinet for olive oil and had the hideous remembrance that it was on my shopping list since I’d run out. “Oh dang. But T prolly has some!” I go downstairs and grab a bottle — I don’t know what the hell kind of oil was in there but, that, was no olive oil!
Okay so next, T has always kept quarters on the foyer table. Other times when I watched his apartment when he was in Ireland, I would take them if I ran out of laundry quarters and replace them later. This time the quarters looked like commemorative quarters – I was scared to touch them, so had to wait till next damn day to finish laundry.
Yesterday I came to terms with the fact that I was spoiled when it came to T’s apartment. The only thing I could partake of in there was the liquor, but I’m not apposed ta drink it.
Back home after dropping their mail and flicking off roaches that leeched onto the black garments I’d worn the last four days, I realized that looking at liquor bottles did much to warm my mind and much to loosen my sphincter – I had to take a shit.
Oh so marvelous, but, alas, no toilet paper… Thank God we live in a century where we needn’t waddle down to the babbling brook to wash our asses when this happens – so I hopped in the tub and got under the spigot. But what happens upon the ‘morrow, I mused, as it was too late to go the supermarket. Then the light bulb came on in my noggin, and I dashed down to T’s. He’d be good for at least one roll. And. He was.
Why’d it have to be weird? It was some generic brand that had been perfumed. And you know what can happen when you use tissues laced with industrial fragrance? But, oh, I am happy to report that all is well in the nether regions!
I await now the return of my neighbors, and will disclose not the least of my disappointments.