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Joel Bentley: The House on 19th   Joel Bentley: The House on 19th   Joel Bentley: The House on 19th
         
Joel Bentley: The House on 19th   Joel Bentley: The House on 19th   Joel Bentley: The House on 19th

 

Joel Bentley: The House on 19th

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It was autumn when I moved into the house on 19th, two blocks from Main Street in Vancouver. It was my first time living in the city and my first time living on my own. I moved into a four-bedroom home with roommates I had barely met. We got along fine. The downstairs tenants kept to themselves, the couple kept warm in the attic, and the hermit hid in his bedroom. The common area of the living room was largely left to my domain, with its strange décor and static-ridden TV. I hosted doc film viewings, potlucks, and games nights, but mostly I was alone. I watched hockey games with a beer in hand, read a few dozen books, and learned how to cook. Sometimes friends would visit from out of town. I’d beam and point out all the great things about Main St. I’d make tea and offer the hospitality of my futons. In the summer there were BBQs, camping trips, and girls, but mostly there was just me and the green and gold walls that surrounded me, the hardwood under my feet, the simple structure that I called home.

 
 

 

 
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