Someone threw up on our house last night.
Not on the curb BY our flat, not on the sidewalk in front of our flat, ON our flat. Luckily (if there is a luckily in this situation) it wasn’t on the windows or the door. I was home making dinner waiting on Mike to come home and heard the unmistakable sound of retching (barfing? ralphing? heaving? there is no good word). The dogs went nuts. No, I did not go check it out- I try not to interrupt people barfing on the street, common courtesy and all. Mike got home and said, “did you know there’s puke on our house?” I told him yes but I didn’t want to go out without him home because what if The Puker decided to pop a squat and recover? I filled pots and pots of hot water and Mike went and poured it on and washed it off. (That’s real love and marriage, folks.)
Someone asked us in the comments a while back if we liked living somewhere without a car and being dependent on the public transportation system. I kind of lump this question in with just living in a giant crammed city in general because it is impossible to discuss one without the other. The answer is: it’s frustrating but we love it. On a day-to-day basis, I love using the public transport. I love the tube and I am getting better at figuring out the buses. I love that we spend ZERO dollars on gas and car maintenance. I like that I can get anywhere and I never have to find a parking spot. I like that my calves look awesome because I have to walk a half mile to get to the tube every day. I really like the walking culture of getting somewhere on my own feet and meandering down roads I would never explore, go into shops I would have driven right past and walking the city at night with Mike. Lest you think it is all roses and unicorns there are also times when it is a giant pain. I hate when I need to buy things bigger than a regular shopping bag and I get stuck in the gate going into the tube. I hate when I have to pay for a cab to the airport because there is no way I am getting all my crap through three tube changes. I hate that I have to go to specialty shops for everything and it takes all day and I know I could knock it all out in an hour at SuperTarget. Right now though, we love the city. We love walking and eating at dives and walking to pubs with friends. We love late night cab rides and little shops and the freedom of not having a car even though it would come in handy sometimes. Right now the trade off is worth it. Maybe it won’t be one day but for now, most days it is.
But then again, some days someone pukes on your house.