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  • Ashleigh Kay 1:37 pm on July 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    Alas, we’ve arrived at the end of the saga.

    As we’ve always joked that The Commune was a sitcom, let us liken our series finale to the end of Friends.

    Gregg and Ashleigh are Chandler and Monica, shacking up out in the burbs. But no babies. (Get that, Mom? NO BABIES.)

    Shannon and Jessica are still partnered up in the city, I guess as Ross and Rachel. Only they are sisters so I use that somewhat creepy comparison only to refer to their living situation, rather than their relationship. (Actually, as sisters, they lived together, then didn’t, then did again. That’s very Ross and Rachel.)

    Claire has moved in with a non-Commune-ist out by Commercial Drive, also known as Hippie Headquarters. I guess that makes her Phoebe. The non-Commune-ist roommate can – for the sake of argument – be Paul Rudd.

    And The Lorna. No one knows what The Lorna is up to, so I will just assume that she’s moving across the country to pursue her dreams of stardom by way of a terrible spin-off.


  • Ashleigh Kay 12:39 pm on February 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Further Conversations of the Idle Poor 

    Did you know that the house Canucks Place is in used to be the headquarters for the Vancouver KKK?

    There were KKK in Vancouver?

    Maybe it was just two guys. 

    Who sat around all day.

    Maybe they liked the outfits. 

    Not everyone can pull off long white sheets.

    “What do you want for dinner?” “Anything but spaghetti.”

  • Ashleigh Kay 2:08 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: downton abbey, entertainment, television   

    Shows Dr. Roommate and Ashleigh Have Watched Together: an attempt to understand just why the hell we keep watching Downton Abbey 

    Shannon and I are still watching Downton Abbey. I tried to think of why, but fell short of a way to explain myself. We started watching the show because it was so damned critically acclaimed, but then we discovered that it, well, kind of sucks.

    So why were we still watching it? For reasons I’ve tried to explain, we realized that it is the best show for us to watch together. (Watching alone is just masochistic nonsense.) With the help of this handy Venn Diagram, I will try to get to the bottom of this.

    (Also, this diagram is by no means a comprehensive list of all the shows we’ve indeed watched together. It barely scratches the surface, actually.)

    In the end, I think Shannon and I just watch television shows together so we can frivolously enjoy things like this: See Bates from Downton Abbey Wearing a Flannel Shirt and Holding a Baby.

    (As a disclaimer, this is titled “Shows Shannon and Ashleigh Have Watched Together” not to exclude other Commune-ists, but simply because it was the two of us that have watched Downton Abbey, and, at Adam’s insistence, this blog needed more posts. Also, we’ve lived together the longest, so have thus watched the most shows together.)

    • Ashleigh Rajala 3:10 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      N.B. A more elaborate critique/rant on the absurdity of Downton Abbey is pending.

  • Ashleigh Kay 8:43 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    The Commune Christmas Special: It’s Not The BBC Or Anything, But It Works For Us 

    It went something like this:

    (photos courtesy of Dr. Roommate’s iPhone)

    "Thumbs up for turkey dinner!"

    "There is so much joy in this room right now. I love you all. No, really. I do. Honestly. Why don't you trust me? See: I'm making a happy face and everything."


    "I am marginally less excited than the rest of you... since I've been cooking the turkey all freakin' day."


    "I am just here for the food."


    "WOOOO! I've been drinking since ten a.m.!"

  • Ashleigh Kay 2:05 pm on December 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Douglas, The Commune Christmas Tree   

    Douglas, The Commune Christmas Tree. He’s a happy little fellow with a red star.

  • Dr. Thaler 2:41 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply  


    The Commune Bloggers are missing in action.

    The last few entries were written by me, which is alarming to say the least, and a litmus test of the general blogospheric activity of the six of us as a whole. I offer the following excuses:

    1. It is getting cold, and we are busy finding blankets.

    2. I am doing one in five call at the hospital, which is significant when you consider the trend of contribution.

    3. Deadwood and Oz have taken up a lot of recent downtime.

    4. Cats, both missing borrowed cats and noisy borrowed cats and noisy foster cats and bat-shit crazy foster cats. Related post to follow.

    5. The computers are in the north side of the house, and there was a guy in the alley with a gun.

    It’s probably mostly that last one.

    • Ashleigh Rajala 3:54 pm on September 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve also been MIA due to writing about pirates in space and step-siblings in love.

      That and people with guns in the alley.

      And missing cats. Can’t forget the missing cat.

      Oh, and trying to find my sleeping bag.

      And work. Work is busy. And it sucks.

      I’ve also been watching a lot of BBC dramas. That shit takes up time. You need to invest.



      I guess you also can’t underestimate General Laziness.

  • Dr. Thaler 12:45 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Birth of a Lorna 

    Proof positive of the presence of the Lorna in the form of birthday celebrations, before she heads off to Jesus Camp.  We will miss you!

    Look, it comes with a label.

    Cake Meets Lame.

    Even Dairy Queen Knows the Truth

    Mr. The Lorna is happy.  You can tell by the label.

  • Dr. Thaler 12:44 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    “That guy has a lot of caulk…” 

    “I bet you we can’t build a bench.”  – Ashleigh Rajala.

    Looks like you’re wrong, Rajala.

    A trip to Home Depot (we’re going to Home Depot!) by the two original commune-ists resulted, following an aimless wander that  in the purchase of the following items:

    • A box of 8×1 screws
    • A 2x2x12 plank (“I guess it’s some kind of pine?”) cut into four
    • 8 brackets
    • Some 80 grit sandpaper (“It says multipurpose, it’s probably okay!”)
    • A tin of wood stain

    Potting Soil is Unrelated

    You can probably make a bench with this right?

    So I didn’t go to Home Depot with exact measurements.  Who needs that?  (People building benches, apparently.  But it’s okay; DIY-friend dropped off a saw.)

    So Ashleigh’s “drill” was actually an electric screwdriver.  DIY-friend had a drill too.

    So I don’t strictly speaking know how to apply woodstain.  That’s what Pie Face and Ashleigh are for.

    So I couldn’t find the level.  Sanding is a perfectly legitimate way to even out bench legs.

    Lo and Behold…..


    Just don’t look too close.

    • diy-friend 12:59 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      yay! bench! you did it! i see sawdust – the saw worked okay, then?

      • thaler 11:04 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        The saw worked perfectly! Thank you so much!

    • The Other Shannon 10:11 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nice bench! Is there another reason, other than the dare, as to why you made it? Or is Ashleigh sporting a right index finger ‘stache now?

      • thaler 11:05 am on August 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        She refuses to bet for staches… Yet.

        We don’t have enough chairs, so I made it to replace two chairs upstairs so that we can move them downstairs.

  • Ashleigh Kay 8:38 pm on August 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Behavioural Tendencies of Lower Commune Residents with Focus on Frequency of Alcohol Consumption 

    There’s an interesting pattern of behaviour that has established itself amongst Lower Commune residents.

    It seems to start like this:

    Subject A arrives home following a bad day at work.

    A bad mood is inevitable.

    Occasionally this bad mood is compounded by a) Mondays, b) other monthly occurrences, c) personal baggage, d) nasty surprises, or e) all of the above*

    Subject A’s bad mood is characterized by such symptoms as a furrowed brow, lack of reapplication of makeup or other negligence of personal hygiene, donning of pyjama pants within five minutes of reentering house, and, especially the frequent emission of a noise best likened to the intolerable drone of a dozen lazy hornets (henceforth “bitching“).

    Subject A usually engages in this behaviour at some length, while Subject B nods politely but basically (and wisely) ignores Subject A.

    It seems to end like this:

    Subject B, unable to tolerate the bitching any longer, says these words: “Do you want a beer?”

    Subject A always replies with “Yes, please. Thank god.”

    And the Lower Commune is in harmony once more.

    *i.e. Today.

  • Dr. Thaler 12:41 pm on July 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: conversations of the idle poor, TP   

    Conversations of the Idle Poor 

    Morning conversation between three communists:

    I told her to buy TP.  You can never have too much TP.

    I’m pretty sure there’s some maximum holding capacity for TP.  Like when you can’t move.

    The worst thing, is when you run out of toilet paper.

    I have an emergency roll just in case.

    I have tissues.

    Once, in Salzberg, I had to use a receipt.

    My father used to use a Sears catalogue when he ran out of toilet paper.

    What a great discussion about TP.

    Another interesting thing about toilet paper….

    They have nice toilet paper in England, you know.  It’s like… four ply.

    They don’t have toilet paper in public washrooms in Japan you know.


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