Kiki (apologyhat) wrote in binky_betsy,
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Two letters from minor characters

Hello Everyone. It's Carleen Stein, writing for myself and Josef Weeder. When I told him about the idea to write a letter like this, he made a joke about maybe I should write it, and he'll take the pictures to include. "Oh, great," I said, "I knew you saw me as a replacement Mike!"

All kidding aside, it's pretty obvious how much he misses Mike. He never really open up about it, but it's always there. He'll mention how they planned to start a business together, and last month, when we were in China for some shoots, he said that he and Mike once talked about going to the Great Wall together. I can't imagine Mike was ever really serious about that kind of talk, but apparently Josef really took it to heart.

I know how he feels too--my two closest friends from college have kids, and it seems like every conversation we have is about Elijah, Christian, and Hunter (Christian being a boy, and Hunter being a girl, by the way). They're aways asking when Jo and I will have kids--not "when you you get married?" but "when will you have kids?" I tell them over and over that I'm just not interested in having a family (and haven't been, ever! Not even when I was a teenager), and they'll tell me that I'll change my mind. When? I'm 31 years old--shouldn't I have already changed my mind? They mean well, I know--but it's getting exhausting to spend any time with them at all. Jo's parents might be the worst, though. Mine are okay, probably because my younger siblings all have kids, but Jo's dad mentions it almost every time they talk, like he needs an heir or something. Mike and Deanna aren't so bad, I guess, but there's definitely some weirdness going on. I feel like they look down on us or something for not having kids.

Speaking of, we saw the two of them recently. Things are remaining  localized for us on the work-front (at least until May), so we invited them to our place to cook them dinner (really! Jo's become quite an accomplished chef. He still relies on cookbooks and recipes, but he knows his way around the kitchen), but they said the drive was too long. So we met half way (kinda) in Weston, which I think is a neighborhood at the far end of Toronto, but Jo says it's a first ring suburb. It's becoming a little gentrified, but there's some great Indian restaurants there. I was looking forward to seeing Mike and Deanna--it's been months! We've done so much since we last saw them--China, Belize, and an amazing trip to Alaska (that one was pleasure, not business)--we weren't gonna set up a slide projector or anything, but I thought Deanna especially would've interested in hearing about it. Instead, I feel like we just talked about Meredith going to school, and she and Robin getting their own rooms (which was weird to me--I hadn't realized they'd been sharing a room). And Deanna made a big deal about Mike being a stay-at-home dad, and talked about how Robin is starting to show signs of being gifted linguistically, something about him playing with words. Maybe that had to do with "bunk beds/bump beds" story they told? Anyway--I should say that they also talked about other things--Deanna mentioned a couple times some volunteer work she does with an AIDS organization--but for the most part, it was all about their kids, who, honestly, kind of sound like brats. I know, I know--I'm totally being the judgmental childless person here, but both kids seem really out of control. Anyway, dinner was nice, and it is always nice to catch up with people.

Jo seemed kind of distracted on the way home. I hope he wasn't thinking about having kids!

Best,
Carleen



Hey hey! This is Julia--I'm glad to catch everyone up with what I'm doing. I'd kinda hoped that I'd have the chance to appear in the strip again, but I guess that's not happening. Too bad--I think I'm pretty fun to watch : )

The big news is I got a new job! This was back at the beginning of the year, but I'd been looking for awhile. Mayes Motors was great, but there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of room for advancement. The accounting department was just me and another guy (who was a part-timer). I suppose I could have tried to finagle Anthony's job, but no way he would leave! He's been there almost ten years, and he's 27 years old. Think about that for second.

Plus, I was looking forward to moving closer to the city. I got a great job at a big architecture firm close to downtown. My favorite part of the job is that I get to do a lot of teaching and training, and I get to meet just about everyone in the office. I'll admit--I've got a very outgoing personality! That was one of my issues with Mayes; everyone was nice, just so deadly serious all the time, and not much for socializing. I remember the Monday after that wedding I went to with Anthony (man, I can't remember the bride and groom's names. Isn't that awful?!), he came into the office, and just looked like his regular hangdog self. "Oh, man!" I thought. "Things must have went TERRIBLY after I left, and he tried to pick up his HS GF." I felt sooooo guilty--it was my idea for him to even talk to her! I didn't even want to mention it--I kept avoiding him. But eventually, weeks later, he did talk to me about that girl, and it turns out things went really well. ?!?!?! Really?! You could have fooled me. He didn't look like a man in love.

When I had my going away happy hour after work in January (which, again--I had to plan. Sheesh, the social life of those people has probably gone completely downhill since I left), Anthony invited her (and I can't remember her name either! I'm normally so good at that, too), so I guess they must still be seeing each other. They even said that Anthony and his little girl spent Christmas with whatshername's family, which is a big step, especially since Anthony is so close with his mother. That must have been a big deal.

Well, I'm happy for them, and I wish them the best. I just wish they'd act like they were happy, too!

Speaking of dating, I'm still playing the field. I was seeing this guy James, and we still get together every once in awhile, but nothing serious. But I did meet this guy a few weeks ago. His name's Warren, and he's a helicopter pilot. I'm crazy about him! He's coming into Toronto next weekend, in fact! I only just met him, so I don't want to jinx anything, but I've got good vibes from him. Last time I talked to him, he kept mentioning over and over again how his job has him traveling a lot, and it takes a special kind of person to be cool with that, but for the time being, I think it'll work out well. Plus, if things get more serious, I've got a pretty transferable job--I can be an accountant anywhere he goes; I could even freelance.

Keep me in your thoughts!

Hugs and Kisses,

Julia!
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