|"Read it and Weep"|
if you are a roommate, you just gotta read this!!!
Being a loner has its' perks, especially when I hear all the horror stories from friends with roommates. I suppose being married is the ultimate roommate situation. Here you have two people from two totally different households and backgrounds, with different beliefs, living styles etc.. and you throw them together and make them try and live as one. Not an easy task.
It's funny how little "quirks' can actually be the driving force in creating a wedge between two friends; even married couples. Whenever I go to other's homes and observe the problems that arise in the 'roommate' scenario I think to myself.."if I had to make a list, I guess the top three would be": 1: other roommate won't pay his/her share of expenses. 2: other roommate is a 'slob" 3: other roommate has a PET. Now if I didn't hit a nerve with one of those, you are probably in denial. To break this down, I will take apart one problem at a time.
#1: How many times has a person agreed to move in with their roommate, only to find that the roommate loses his job after only one month in the apartment? Now roommate number 1 is stuck paying all the expenses while roommate number 2 sits in the house watching television, eating all the food and reaping the benefits that both are supposed to enjoy. This roommate has also become somewhat of a 'mooch'. "hey man, ya got a cigarette?, 'toss me over one of those beers" or "hey man, lemme hit that'. (sound familiar?)
#2: It seems one roommate is always the picker upper. Their room is spotless- bed made daily, room is dusted, clothes all neatly put away~while roommate #2's room looks like something straight outta Hoarders.' Unfortunately, the roommates sloppiness isn't confined to their room. They leave the bathroom in disarray- wet towels and clothes on the floor, toothpaste smeared on the counter, pieces of plastic from their new bottle of contact lens solution, wads of hair from their brushes etc..(you get the picture.) The kitchen is the hardest hit.. dirty dishes everywhere, beer bottles from last nights party (that YOU paid for, he drank), ashtrays overflowing (that you bought; he smoked).., again you get the picture.
#3: The new four letter word in a roommate's vocabulary may be PETS! What one person calls cute, furry, playful and fun, the other person finds noisy, smelly, obnoxious and annoying. . and No I am not talking about a husband and wife! I am describing roommate # 1's doggy or kitty. The same little bundle of playful fur to roommate #1, may be a yappy, snippy, shedding, shoe eating "demon" to roommate #2.
I say to me it's just not worth the bother. I don't like confrontation and I will go to great lengths to avoid it. I lived by myself before I was married and have no regrets. When I finally did get married, we were able to accept the differences between us, sometimes I was roommate #1, and sometimes he was. We learned to compromise on the financial, housekeeping, even PET problems that arose. I think the only one that stumped us was when I wanted a kitten and he wanted a girlfriend.