Some of these, I have blogged about previously, & I shared a few with Best Friend J. And because we were young & poor, we put up with things we would probably not be happy about, today. And usually the cooking facilities were less than ideal, & some were almost nonexistant.
We were friends with some Australian girls, who shared a flat in a very large old house, which contained around 8 flats. The Aussie girls would say to us, "Bring a pie, & come round for tea." Meaning we needed to take our own meal, not provide theirs too.
As things worked out, I ended up later living in a flat in that same house, sharing with a girl, Adele, who was mysterious indeed. She had been in a small flat by herself, & spent her days at home, alone. She told everyone her husband was an American, who was down on the Ice.
America has a Base in the Southern City, where the men, & I suppose there may be women, are stationed on their way to & from, the Antarctic quarters at the South Pole. At certain times of the year the city will be flooded with young randy Americans, who have just wintered over at the South Pole, or are about to depart to winter on the Ice.
These American Personel were loved or loathed, by the locals, depending who they were. Young girls were very attracted to the Amercians. They were courteous, polite, lavish with their money, & intent on having a good time. Of course mothers & fathers of young girls were not so keen on the Americans, & warned their daughters to 'Beware'.
Having already met GOM, & having a loose 'understanding' with him, I was not interested in said Americans, & really didnt 'know' any. Adele claimed she was married to one, called Jack, & she was pregnant with their first child. Jack was away on the Ice, so Adele was living alone. A larger flat became available upstairs, in the house, so Adele asked if I would like to share it with her. It seemed a good solution, as it was a two bedroom flat, with nice little kitchen, & large lounge- luxury compared to some of the other small flats in the house, which were basically just one room, with a cooktop in a corner, & small sink.
As we got to know each other better, Adele told me her story. She was not really married to Jack, he was unaware she was having his baby, & he already had a wife & sons in America. Not my business, really, but I did wonder how Adele managed to live, I dont know what she used for money. And I felt sorry for Jack, being unaware of what he would find on his return. Though it was supposedly a "my wife doesnt understandme, & we are about to part" marriage according to Adele.
I worked full time, & would find a nice hot cooked meal waiting for me when I got home from work, & Adele seemed happy with things. She was a good cook, & could make a nice meal for very little cost, so we shared expenses, & rent, & it seemed to work very well.
GOM would come calling from time to time, & Adele got along well with him. As time came close for her to have her baby, she was insisting she would drive herself to the hospital. There were some Army men living next door to the flats, & they insisted they would be ready to take her any time, day or night. All she had to do was ask. She had begged me not to tell anyone her secret, that she was not married, so I didnt.
The baby was duly born, (& no, I cant remember who took her to hospital!) a lovely little girl, & Adele came home quite quickly after giving birth. She called the baby Jaqueline. And she was a good little baby, & I dont remember being denied sleep to any great extent. I remember Adele got Thrombosis, & I found her crawling about her floor trying to bath the baby, so called her Doctor, who came to visit her. She recovered from that, & occasionally I would babysit for her to have a night out with friends.
I had not told GOM the true story of Adele & Jack, so when Jack eventually arrived back, Adele asked me if she could put the baby in my room, so I said OK. She said she wanted to break the news to him alone. GOM came around & was not happy. He thought Adele was in bed with her husband's best friend. It all sounded so seedy & strange. I finally told him the truth, which seemed much more acceptable than the lies Adele had told.
She stupidly told Jack, that Jaqueline was my baby. Poor chap. I think it dawned on him next day, who the baby was, because she really did look like him.
I have no idea what happened eventually. Adele wanted to move to another suburb, & I wanted to stay, so she went & I found another flat. I came home to find my scissors had gone, plus various other things of mine. Our neighbour had lent Adele some suitcases, & she was talking police, to get them returned. I heard Jack had returned to USA with a promise of return. Which didnt apparently happen.
Each set of tennants in that huge old house of flats had unique & interesting stories to tell about their lives. I can still remember some of them vividly.
And though this story is not at all funny, some of the other tennants were hysterically funny.
The young English girl, who had left her husband on her wedding night. She had a beautiful satin nightgown, & negligee, which she showed us, torn to shreds on the wedding night, by the suddenly turned-rapist husband. She had fled in the tatters, & never returned.
She was too ashamed to go back to England, so she stayed in New Zealand. GOM introduced her to one of his friends, & they seemed to hit it off very well. Extremely loud noisy sex would take place in her small flat, & the walls seemed very thin, between our kitchen & her bed. At first we thought she was being strangled or something. And had all looked at each other in horror. Then it dawned on us those were not cries for help!
GOM apparently had a quiet word to his mate, but there never seemed to be any decrease in the volume of noise. We would then turn up the radio.
Neil Diamond, Song Sung Blue