Tuesday, September 21, 2010

They Grow Up So Fast

It seems like just last week that Huyen's brother Su was sharing a bed with me. Okay, it was actually last week. For about a week before Su began university, he was back at my place co-starring in my personal version of "Perfect Strangers." The last time Su stayed at my house, Huyen and Su shared a bed while I slept on the floor. We tried this arrangement for one night but I woke up the next morning with a bunch of mosquito bites on my feet (those bastards never show their face until I'm sleeping without a mosquito net!). Fearing Dengue, I told Su and Huyen that for now on the three of us would share my bed. Anyway, once I reclaimed eight inches on my bed the three of us began to reenact our own version of "Three's Company." Okay, enough of the old sitcom references.

After a few days of cohabitation, Su was admitted into his university's dorm. In a case of perfect timing, Su had to return to Ha Nam the day he was scheduled to move in. This meant that Huyen, Huong and I got to move Su into his dorm...sans Su. I can assure you that I was the only non-Vietnamese person in the dorm that day. I got plenty of stares and one brave freshman even asked me, "Are you studying at Transportation University?" As much as I would love to go back to university, there's no chance in hell I would be willing to stay in this dorm:

(PICTURE: Huyen cleaning Su's bed. Huong checking out the other freshmen.)


Hannah said...

How many people to a room is that?

Benjamin said...

That would be 10. Can't you smell the reality show: "Vietnamese Dorm Room." Throw Paris Hilton in there and you've got millions of dollars in advertising waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

eurgh. it's not even about poverty at this point. those ten roommates should have a weekend where they get together and scrub/repaint that room. it shouldn't be too bad and it wouldn't look so much like a dinghole