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Famous Roommates - Advice for you and your roomie!

jaycescott

“Famous Roommates”

From ancient Rome to Sesame Street and through out the ages there have been great roommate sagas. Whether you are soon to share your abode with a real world roomies, a fellow college student, that someone special or putting up with office mates or cubicle chums, the roommate world is something we all have to face. Just realize you are not alone with your roommate “issues”. Look to the past or just plain fantasy for inspiration and advice on how to deal with that other person or persons living under your roof.

Reality is not what you see on t.v.
Unlike MTV’s The Real World bunch of misfits, you will HAVE to really deal with the real issues of your real roommates.

Gossip Girl
It is just plain old good advice. If you cannot say anything good about someone, do not say anything, blah, blah. Especially about your roommate.

Roommate bliss is not just a fairy tale
Remember conflict is a part of every human association. If Shrek and Donkey, an ogre and an ass, can get along so can you and a roommate.

Harmony on your own Sesame Street
You have to work at your relationship. After all the two muppets, Bert and Ernie stayed together for decades.

This ain’t no game show
Remember it is not always the last one standing that wins. In your roomy Survivor, you do not get roommate immunity and you do not have the privilege of always voting someone off the island.

Girl Power – The Power Puff kind that is…
Sometimes, you just have to be the hero or heroine. It takes a super human effort to live with someone much different than you.

Denial is not just river in Egypt
Anthony and Cleopatra are a classic example of avoiding the roommate issue by “playing house” at your significant other’s abode. Face up to what is going on or you might get bitten in the asp.

Sometimes Three’s Company
Some of you might want to try out a little coed roommate cohesion. Advice: Just stay roommates…no hanky-panky!

Keep your reputation Snow White…and the Seven Dwarves
Your roomy relationship, how you deal with the good times and bad is up to you. It is a reflection of you. Consider Snow White. She roomed with seven guys. Some see her as Princess others as just a tramp.

Friends for life
Sometimes you are just made to be roommates, like Joey and Chandler. All you might need is a pair of recliners and a huge television for roomy bliss.

Little Women equals Big problems
Too much of something can be hazardous to your health. In the classic by Louisa May Alcott, it was estrogen. Maybe shake and diversify things up a bit.

My big fat weird roommates
Like a family…roommates…can’t live with them and you cannot live without them. Have a little love for them regardless of how much a pain in the bum they can be at times.

Like castaways: you’re here for a long, long time.
You will have to make the best of things on your own Gilligan’s island.

Roomie, roomie, roo…where are you? - Scooby and Shaggy
Nothing breaks the ice like a big bunch of munchies and roomie snacks…just hang out in your Mystery Van and get to know one another a little better.

At times you have probably seen or will come to know your own roomy relationship as a tragedy or dark comedy. Whether your roommate experience is positive or negative, nothing beats all the growing up that takes place while you are in that relationship.

Having roommates sets you up a little bit better to handle family, co-workers, boy/girl friends, husbands, sig-nific others and the whole host of human interactions later in life. Learn from your mistakes and successes now. Don’t be like the first roommates: Adam and Eve. In the end, even they got evicted!

Shared by jaycescott on 4/16/09