Absolute dating notes
They often rejoice together that their friendship is uncomplicated by any kind of sexual attraction - but they both get murderously jealous when the other is dating.
Jane has a job at Oliver's science fiction book shop now - and since Oliver has that one moment of Naked Jane burnt on the inside of his eyelids, he now loses the place in one in every three sentences.
What he doesn't know, of course, is that even now a beautiful Israeli girl he once met in a bar, is heading towards his apartment, having been directed to the only Hebrew speaker on the island.
Steve and Susan have two children now, and have recently completed work on a sitcom about their early lives together.
They're developing a new television project, but it keeps getting delayed as he insists on writing episodes of some old kids show they recently pulled out of mothballs.
If any English speakers turn up, he pretends he only speaks Hebrew.
He is, at this very moment, staring out to sea, and sighing happily every thirty-eight seconds.
She gets very cross about this, and if he says "Yeah but check out the season poll!" one more time, he will not live to write another word. He lives a life of complete peace and serenity now, having taken the precaution of not learning a word of the local language and therefore protecting himself from the consequences of his own special brand of communication.