This does mean I’ve consolidated my drinking into one weekly payment however. And I’m really feeling it right now…
Thankfully I’ve got a coincidence free and very high quality episode of Friends™ to see me through.
“The One Where I See My Dad Again, Eventually”
Stupid Ross, being twenty nine… When he referenced his age I thought for a second I’d got it all wrong and my age was out of sync with the Friends™ by a year. Then I remembered I am in fact about to turn twenty nine, and not twenty eight for a second time.
Dammit, I feel like I’ve just lost a year of my life through my own confusion!
I suppose it could be worse, I could have been cast in Friends™ as “Guy Whose Balls Keep Falling Out”. Phoebe’s loose-shorted new bae is a fun distraction from the bittersweet bulk of T.O.W.M.A.R.A.J.F. as Monica and Richard briefly rekindle things after a chance meeting in a video store.
Their unrequited love story is timeless, but the meeting not so much. Would it have happened at all in today’s world of Netflix™?
I wonder how many chance encounters with old Real Live Friends I’ve missed from simply not needing to go out to get anything.
Or do they still happen just in different ways? Like my re-connection with Chandler Number Four via my sister.
After Monica and Richard fail at being just friends he looks a little sleazy by today’s standards. Initially he’s fine with things, as she seems to be, but surely he knows she wants more? Is he taking advantage? I suppose you could argue they are both adults, or that he’s blind to the way she truly feels. But with the age gap it does seem a little off.
Whatever you think about it, it's still sad that, no matter how much they want each other, they both know it's not worth going down this road again. And that equally they cannot remain just friends. Maybe they both just needed to pretend things could go back to the way things were for a while? With one last game of “racquetball”.
Speaking of older men, my father has returned from his extended holiday.
Even though we haven’t seen each other for two months, and are now living in the same house, it somehow took three whole days for us to bump into each other in the hallway. I’ve put this down to a combination of his jet-lag influenced sleeping pattern and me going off early to work (#ModernMasculinity).
Hopefully it is that and he wasn’t just avoiding me a little longer.
He hasn’t had any trouble with the cats yet. Although I did just see him walking through the hall with a hacksaw, but I think that was just to fix a frozen water pipe…
The first thing he did when we saw each other was hand me a DVD of my Grandpa’s memorial service. I haven’t watched it yet. I think that, like Joey putting his books in the freezer when they get too sad, I might just put it in my own freezer for a while.
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
I’m not counting this as a coincidence, as both parties were aware of Friends™, but my fiancé and her sister re-enacted the scene where they all wear wedding dresses the other day after realising both dresses had ended up in their parents house.
I, of course, had to imagine the whole thing as I’m not allowed to see her dress yet.
It sounded like everyone was having great fun as I sat downstairs by myself waiting for them all to come back.