Just to give you an idea of my relationships with my friends back home, here are people’s various responses to when I texted them that I made friends today here in Maryland. I’m exposing you all!!
Henry: Imaginary ones don’t count, Lilian.
Ysidro: You do realize puppy dogs and large old trees with lots of character don’t count right?
(Me: One person said, “Welcome to our club” after I quoted Arrested Development and it reminded me of two years ago when you said, “Welcome to the family” after I understood your Family Guy reference.)
Tony: And I’ve regretted that moment ever since!
Khanh: Are any of them cute? You want to keep them for a while, right?
And my favorite…
Mom: Are they boy or girl?
In the Maryland office, we share office space with an organization called Asian American Lead, which focuses on creating opportunities and programs for at-risk youth. My desk is right next to the door that leads into their office, so I couldn’t help overhearing some awesome conversation when I first came in this morning. I got up and introduced myself and found out one of the girls went to same training as I did in Philadelphia back in July. After talking to the rest of the staff, I found out they were into Arrested Development, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and the Office.
Don: I am officially declaring lunch.
John: You can’t declare lunch.
Don: Screw you, I’m declaring it.
Me: Usually, people declare stuff like war, bankruptcy…Lunch, not so much.
Jessica: This woman has five daughters and one son.
John: I too…have a son.
(He doesn’t really.)
Me: New Office episode tonight! I’m so excited!
Don, Edison, and John: (from the other room, simultaneously) PARKOUR, PARKOUR!!!!!
We spent lunch watching the Afternoon Delight episode of Arrested Development. I think I’m going to like it here.