October 26, 2004

Kim Jong Il is Wonely

Filed under: General Me — tomemos @ 1:34 am

Don’t tell anyone, but I’ve been living here for more than a month and they still haven’t given me a roommate. With the exception of the party in September, when some people went in there to smoke weed, the room next to mine has sat empty all the time I’ve been here. I’ve more or less forgotten it exists.

I don’t know why they haven’t found anyone for my place. There is construction going on up the hill from me, so maybe the noise is keeping lighter sleepers away. But other people in the same complex have the same situation, so maybe the demand for housing has dried up suddenly. Whatever the cause, I’ve long since taken it for granted. If I ever do get a roommate, he’ll have to bring his own kitchen, because mine is full.

The storage space is nice, but there are a few cons to being alone here. Being alone here is one. I realize that several of my friends are living in other people’s houses and would really like more solitude, so I won’t try to play for too much sympathy, but it does start to get kind of eerie occasionally. Somehow, it’s easier for me to be productive in an occupied home; left to my own devices, I just wander around the apartment indolently.

And God, is the place a mess. My room has always been a mess, all my life, but I’ve never had a whole place all to myself, to despoil and defile how I will. If I leave mail on the dining room table, or dishes on the coffee table, or Trader Joe’s bags on the kitchen floor (what’s wrong with me?), who’s going to complain to me about it? It’s kept me from working out any kind of organization, because there’s no end of space to dump stuff. The whole effect is pretty pathetic–I was pretty familiar with my own weakness without having it spread all over a two-bedroom apartment.

On the other hand, nothing says that my act will be cleaned up by another guy living here. That’s like owning only seven pairs of socks so that you have to do laundry once a week: it’s a pipe dream. My bad habits aren’t going away anytime soon. But hopefully a disapproving roommate can help me keep them in check, or at least restricted to my closet and under my bed.



  1. well we could all be dissaproving if you wanted. ahem … Tom this place is a total mess! Its disgusting. How can you live this way? … better?

    Comment by ariela — October 26, 2004 @ 4:15 am

  2. No roommate is better than too many roommates, and right now, I’ve got too many roommates . . . lying dead and shriveled on my living room carpet. And then, of course, there are those stupid bugs.

    You know, in a slightly different universe where you didn’t get your new place quite so early, you could have moved in as our new third. Hold on a second, ‘Oh, Pat from the slightly different universe future, what are you doing here? A paper-filled marsh you say? Giant swamp rats, huh?’ Sorry bout that . . . what was I saying? Ah yes, well it’s really too bad that you got your own place. (whew)

    Comment by Pat K. — October 26, 2004 @ 10:45 am

  3. Tom-

    Have the same issue here in China. It’s not easy realizing that someone else isn’t going to just clean the mess you left in the kitchen

    Comment by MattSchiavenza — October 27, 2004 @ 8:28 pm

  4. Something occured to me — do they let you know ahead of time when they assign you a roommate? Because you don’t want the guy to walk in unexpectedly and see shopping bags all over the floor and Ol’ Drippy handing out lattes in your living room. (What is *wrong* with you?)

    Comment by Julie — October 28, 2004 @ 10:45 am

  5. i was about to post that i need someplace to live when my roommate runs off to tampa with her new love, but then i read the part about how dirty you are. boo! grossatating.

    seriously though you should have a lot more than 7 pairs of socks, and you should appreciate the wonderfulness that is living alone, without the world’s two nastiest cats and a kitchen full of vegan soy protein fat-burning organic extra-strength powder meal replacement mix, family size.

    Comment by alex — November 17, 2004 @ 11:44 pm

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