The Myth of the Awesome RoommateTuesday, October 02, 2012
Earlier today, I read this article about the 20 people you'll meet in your 20s on Thoughtcatalog.com, which is scarily accurate. Time after time I found myself nodding and muttering, "YES! That's (insert name of person I know)!" In fact, I've met all these people except for #19: The Awesome Roommate. I'm pretty sure The Awesome Roommate is a bit like Santa Claus and Bigfoot: as in, fictional, mythical, does not exist.
Over the course of a year, Awesome Roommate has morphed into Shitty Roommate. You inform her in a snide voicemail message (because you're NEVER home anymore, because you can't stand to be in the apartment with her) that you won't be renewing the lease in July. You cancel the cable. You don't have to cancel the Internet because you've been stealing wifi from your neighbours for the past year.
Maybe an Awesome Roommate does exist - someone with good basic personal hygiene, someone who is tidy, someone who can be quiet when it's quiet time and fun when it's fun time, someone who won't steal food or bring home all manner of riffraff. I just haven't encountered one, just as I've never seen a sasquatch.