have i been living in a co-op for too long or am i just weird that way?

4 Kalimat 167 B.E. (Baha’i Calendar)
Soundtrack in my head:  Seefeel, “Climactic Phase No. 3”
House Single Family Home Residence not another co-op
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A couple of days ago I was at the Willy Street Grocery Co-op and I saw a sight that not many people see.  Several check-out lanes away from me I recognized a couple who used to live at International Co-op circa 2005 or 2006.  Immediately behind them was a guy I recognized as having lived at Phoenix Co-op  in 2004.  The cashier at the same check out lane lived at Audre Lorde Co-op somewhere around 2007 or 2008. I might be wrong, but I don’t think the three parties knew each other and, being several check-out lanes away, I was not in a position where I could introduce them.  But this kind of thing only happens to long-time co-opers like me.

The next day I saw a neighbor from two blocks away on my bus.  She and her husband also used to live in the co-ops during most of the 90’s and early 2000’s.  She asked me about the latest new on MCC, and we exchanged a few co-op related stories. 

I walked home from the bus.  It’s been hot the last couple of days, but I’ve been resisting getting an air conditioner.  I don’t know why–every time I think about dropping a couple hundred bucks on a window AC unit, something in me keeps on saying, “Nah, I’ll just tough it out.”  To keep my room cool yesterday, I ran the fans all night the previous night until I found myself even pulling the blanket over myself.  And then when I woke up, I closed one window, stuffed a pillow between the window fan and my bed, and drew the shades down.  Sure enough, when I got home yesterday, I opened the door to my room and felt a cool breeze hit me.  I was euphoric until I realized that all I’d done was improve the temperature from 88 to 82 degrees F. 

So I thought this would be a good time for me to work on balancing my house’s financial books, which would require met to go to the MCC office a few blocks away–an office that happened to be air conditioned…

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