Happy unBirthday (to me)

We have a houseguest. I think this is awesome, even though I’m not a very good hostess.

I mentioned Lyle in my entry about Myspace, and here he is, showing up again, but this time he’s shown up in my house, with a toothbrush and shampoo. Through an odd twist in events, he’s landed on the couch in my living room for a few days, and I love it, having him here, especially since I actually have a living room for the first time in 1 year+ of studio-apartment-dwelling.

Of course he’s been a terrible influence–without company, Mitch and I are usually in bed by eleven, after a happy evening of homework, blogging, reading and Warcraft, but with Lyle, well. Bedtime has been extended.

Monday night found Lyle, Sarah, Galen and me (all friends from high school, recently reunited), playing pool at the Nightlight well after midnight, despite the fact that I had to work in the morning. Lyle and I, whose birthdays are April 25 and 26 respectively, bickered over scores–I told him that I let him win, as a special unBirthday present; he claimed he’d let me keep on thinking so, as an unBirthday gift to me.

Tuesday morning found me groggy, moving slowly, but not sorry for a second. Every time I rubbed my eyes I thought of lining up shots on the green felt table, of sinking into vinyl couches and listening to my friends tell stories and laugh, and I grinned. I’d yawn, and find myself smiling.

Here, let’s have a moment. I want to say: what is it about my high school friends, that they’ve all become such wonderful people? And then I will move on.

Tonight, we’re playing at domestic, the three of us. Veggies are roasting in the oven, Lyle’s out getting beer and a movie, Mitch is studying in the still, spare moment while I write and try not to think about the awful lot of writing I’ll be doing over the next month.

It’s fun coming home to another person, fun finding somebody else’s gadgets plugging into various outlets, fun getting to know somebody I’ve known so well, and discovering what a splendid person he’s become. Say what you want about houseguests, I’ll be sad when he goes back to Tokyo and takes all his clutter with him.

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