Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010, 05:18 pm
Hey ho, nobody home, yet will I be merry

ADVANTAGES OF HAVING HOUSEMATES

  • People to play games with
  • Shared washing up
  • Greater likelihood that someone will notice when the squirrels are doing something comical outside
  • The potplants get watered
  • The potplants exist at all, for that matter
  • When your brown sugar runs out unexpectedly, there's a good chance that there will be some more brown sugar in the house
  • Sometimes said housemates will gather around a piece of knitting and frown at it while looking perplexed [NOTE: may not be applicable to all models of housemate]


DISADVANTAGES OF HAVING HOUSEMATES

  • When you're not used to being home alone, and the house is suddenly empty for a day, the natural response is to eat two large packets of mini-eggs, drink a litre of coca-cola, dance around the house to 1930s showtunes, and see if you can still do headstands (answer: well it depends on how stringently you define headstand, doesn't it). It turns out—and it may be that this comes as a surprise to nobody except me!—that this can make you feel really rather queasy.

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
bateleur

This is the crucial difference: I never could do headstands. It therefore would not occur to me to test whether I had suddenly acquired the skill.

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
several_bees

I think headstands are useful because if they go wrong the damage is relatively limited. It is certainly a safer living-room "hm, can I still do this..." pursuit than, say, a cartwheel.

Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
reverancepavane

While the round normally suggests that meat, money, and booze are in short supply, it does indeed say nothing about the immediate availability of sugar and caffeinated beverages.

And your favourite 1930s showtune is?

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Fri, Mar. 19th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
puzzled_anwen

I second this.