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E_32A College Hill - Robinson Hall (1878) at 64 Waterman Street and The Carrie Tower (1904) at Prospect and Waterman Streets - 7:10 p.m. on the Clock - Looking North-North-East Past the John Hay Library (1910 & 1939) at 20 Prospect Street
I’m back from my West Coast trip.  Earlier last week, I wrote about landing a last minute roommate before heading out on my travel.  So how are things going with the new roommates?  It’s hard to tell.  From what he told me, he hasn’t been around much.

Apparently the headhunter who found his new job scheduled the wrong type of drug test.  Obviously, my new roommate can’t start work without passing a drug test.  What has he been doing for a week?  I know that he moved in during the day on Monday and he’s been visiting his brother who has a newborn with his wife.   So he’s pretty excited about that aspect of his life and I can’t blame him for spending time with his new nephew.

I found all this out when I ran into him last Thursday when I arrived home from my West Coast trip.  As far as I can tell, things are going well – the new roommate kept my place neat for the time that he spent here while I was away.

But it’s too early to tell how this kid will pan out, but my gut feeling is that he’ll be just fine.  The one thing that makes me slightly nervous is that he technically doesn’t have a job yet.  He’s slated to start work sometime in the near future pending the outcome on his drug test and background check.  So I’m hoping everything works out for him.

School of Life

It seems that I draw a lot of recent college graduates when I advertise my room.  Rightly so, it does make sense.  I’m offering a place to live that is cheaper than the going rate of a one-bedroom apartment.  For a recent college graduate who doesn’t have much money for a security deposit or money to “get started” on life.  Renting a room from a homeowner is the most logical solution.

More often than not, I find myself in the position of their first real landlord that they’ve dealt.  Roommates of recent college graduates don’t have too much experience and don’t know what to expect.  I try conform to what they typical expect of a typical landlord, set the rent price, term and when the rent payments are due.  I also go out of my way to ensure that they are satisfied with their living arrangement so that they have no reason not to their rent on time.

From a roommates perspective, I feel like I’m basically a stepping-stone in life either to homeownership or to another landlord.  I certainly don’t want to make their experience with a (live in) land lord a unpleasant one.  I hope everything works well with this new kid, which is now my tenth different roommate that has cycled through my spare rooms.

Creative Commons License photo credit: California Cthulhu (Will Hart)

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I’m going to be uber busy with my 9 to 5 job and maybe slow with posts.

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