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Hoffman’s Home for Wayward Boys

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The moon is a Third Quarter Moon

Or, Uncle Jim becomes a slum-lord.
No, seriously, it looks like I’ll be picking up a roommate later this month. I’ve got a friend who’s hit a rough spot, gotten a little behind on rent and, basically, needs to get out of his apartment in a hurry. I offered to let him stay at place for a couple of months, then, start paying some rent. It’ll be less than full rent on an apartment and he’ll have about as much room. A bigger kitchen, though, he’ll have to share with me. And, of course, it should help me with some of my own money issues, at least in the short-term. We’re going to do it for about six months and see how it goes. He may stay longer, if we both find it agreeable. Or, not.
I’m probably going to draft a “roommate contract”, just so we have our boundries set and clear before anything gets ugly. I don’t think it will, but, just to make sure and give me that extra level of comfort, I think it’s best to draw up a little agreement and both sign it. Again, it might seem a little extra anal-retentive, but better that than hard feelings later. I mean, we need to work out things like smoking. See, I can’t abide smoking in the house. Even when I do it, which is fairly rare, I sit outside to smoke. In this weather, it’s actually sort of nice to sit in the cool evening air and enjoy a smoke in the dark while the dog chases imaginary nocturnal interlopers. Hilda loves the cooler weather! Dealing with the utilities and the groceries and kitchen sharing will be a process of adjustment, I’m sure. But, it’ll be nice to maybe cook for someone once in a while, not to mention that I know he’s a good cook.
Still, I’m not sure how comfortable I’ll be letting someone that close into my life. After college, I said that the only time I’d have a roommate again is if she were sleeping with me, but, that was a long time ago and, well, financially, it’s not a wise rule to hold tight to right now. And, Hilda will like the extra company, I’m sure, once she gets used to him. And, then, there’s dating… I think maybe a “rule” that neither of us will have overnight visitors that the other person hasn’t met at least once is appropriate. Maybe an “at least one shared date” clause, or something. And, just like in college, some kind of early warning system will need to be setup. But, not a sock on the doorknob this time.

One last thing. To protect the more-or-less innocent, should I use a codename for my new roomie? If so, what should it be?


  1. Spranger

    Comment by Hassan Voyeau — 11/23/2005 @ 12:28 pm

  2. I’ve never lived with anyone I wasn’t related to, not too sure how I’d handle that. A code name would probably be best… people tend to get a little touchy when they find out they are being discussed – even in a nice way.

    I admit I’m looking forward to the “that asshole left his skid-marked underware on the bathroom floor AGAIN” post.

    Comment by Melissa — 11/23/2005 @ 12:30 pm

  3. Okay, I give up, why “Spranger”?

    And, yes, Melissa, he’s already told me that he assumes he will be mentioned on the blog. He’s an active reader, though not so much an active poster.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/23/2005 @ 1:41 pm

  4. I’ve lived in lots of roommate situations,even a shared house in Juneau with 10 other people. If it’s going to work, it will work because you get along, rules or no rules. Remember, it’s your house. You can always point to the door and say “Get the FCC out!”

    Comment by Paul — 11/23/2005 @ 4:13 pm

  5. I think you may have a few instances of a new breed of comment spammer. I noticed the first time a few weeks ago when I checked out the sassy something’s site. If she and Mr. Hassan are valid blogs then shame on me, but judging by the content it looks a little too random. I’d imagine it probably took a long time to code that up, let alone find all the source content. I’ve heard that Akismet works pretty well to fend this off, but I’ve never tried it.

    Comment by Jason — 11/23/2005 @ 10:30 pm

  6. Well, since I’ve communicated with both of them via e-mail and their blogs, I’d say you were wrong.
    Thanks, though.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/24/2005 @ 12:33 am

  7. Good luck with the roommate thing. I definitely think a code name is in order. And I think Paul has hit on something. Remember that it is YOUR house, so if things get rough don’t put up with it. I think the contract is a good idea.

    Comment by Orion — 11/24/2005 @ 6:07 pm

  8. I’m the roomie . . . and I was thinking about “Sneezy”, or maybe “He Who Must be Obeyed”, however I’m partial to “Doc” and I don’t think I’ll answer to any name suggested by anyone who doesn’t know me.

    BTW, Uncle Jim, I thought it was going to be a tie on the doorknob . . .

    Comment by D. Phillips — 11/26/2005 @ 8:50 pm

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