This colorful calendar and the rest of this blog post (after the “~~~~~” mark) were actually the works of my good friend, Aileen Caalim. She sent these via e-mail to me and the rest of the Housemates* just this afternoon. She’s been tirelessly â€“ and futilely â€“ trying to schedule a simple and short dinner for the Housemates for the past 12 months. Or is it 24?
I am posting Aileen’s email here (without her permission, as usual) for three specific reasons:
- I was amazed that she actually took the effort to put together something as complex (to me at least) as this, although I am keenly aware that this is hardly complex at all in Aileen’s standard.
- It very graphically and poignantly illustrates how good friends find it more and more difficult to find the time to spend with each other as they become more and more busy with the business of living their own separate lives. But still they try, never mind how pointless it gets some time.
- I find it extremely amusing.
The following vividly illustrates the Housemates’ “timeless” friendship. We simply do not have time!
Based on the info provided so far, i am trying to find a date where we are all free, by process of elimination:
Days highlighted in black are dates when I assume all of us will not be available.
Dates highlighted in bright green are days when Mommy is not available. This includes the days after christmas, since Mommy** mentioned that they’re going out of town. I shall be optimistic and assume that mommy will not have work starting Dec. 17.
Dates highlighted in blue are days when both Bong and Mommy are not available.
Dates highlighted in yellow are days when Bong is not available.
Dates highlighted in pink are days when Kat is not available.
Dates highlighted in violet are days when both Kat and Aileen are not available.
Dates highlighted in gray are days when both Mommy and Kat are not available.
Dates highlighted in orange are days when both Aileen and Bong are not available.
Dates highlighted in red are days when both Kat and Bong are not available.
Dates highlighted in brown are days when Bong, Mommy, and Aileen are not available.
Dates highlighted in moss green are days when both Mommy and Aileen are not available.
Dates highlighted in cream are days when Bong, Mommy, and Kat are not available.
Dates highlighted in turquiose are days when both Mommy and Kat are not available.
Dates highlighted in sky blue are days when Mommy, Kat, Aileen are not available.
IN OTHER WORDS, walang date na available in November and December. Sa January na tayo magkita. [In other words, there is no available date in November and December. Let’s just see each other in January.]
*The name we call our loosely organized but very enduring core group during our MBA days in UP Diliman. That we continue to call ourselves “housemates” long after we’ve completed our MBA is evidence to how enduring our core group have become.
**Cecile Ilagan. Mommy to the housemates.