Lynn and I are settling into a beautiful roommate-ship. We have a shelf in the center of our loft displaying our sunglass collection. Though it started as a joke, the sunglasses are always put in place and easy to find. We both have an unspoken and agreed respect for novelty.
I put a little telephone wire bowl next to our front door and we’ve both been putting our keys in it. Now both of us, who are prone to misplace things, always know where they keys are.
I prepare food while she’s at work and suddenly have been inspired to try new recipes. Lynn says, “For someone who ‘doesn’t cook’, you sure know what the @#*& you’re doing”. Thursday, I made Pad Thai and we watched TV, played our instruments (Lynn is a rather talented guitar player and singer), and talked about life. I got a little over zealous trying to tune my violin and broke the A string. Today I will be getting it replaced.
Is the sudden urge to cook and organize and be creative a coincidence? Or is it maturity? We decided it’s neither, but rather the spirit of our predecessor in the loft, a man by the name of Simon Bender.
The mail is delivered into little mail boxes near the entrance of our building. Larger packages are just set below on the floor. For several weeks, Lynn keeps seeing mail for our unit addressed to a one “Simon Bender”. Usually this mail gets a note on it “Return to Sender”. However, the postman does not abide. Last week, two large cylinder containers came addressed to Simon. We were curious. We opened them to see what the hell is Simon up to? Neither of us could find this character on Facebook or LinkedIn or anywhere else on the internet. Simon, if you’re reading this, I have your mail. Please contact me.
The cylinders contained Grateful Dead posters.
One came with a note, “Simon, Sorry I can not pay that much for a non-mint condition”. We pieced together the clues and decided Simon made counterfeit posters and sold them out of this very loft. We now joke about how “Simon Bender probably sat right here and made this design.” Anytime we do something out of character like clean, organize or cook, we say “Simon probably used to do this in here all the time”. He is our inspiration and explanation of all the possibilities.