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    Not quite so alone  echo $newRAM;
    added Thu August 02 2007 at 8:19 PM
    Last weekend, a friend of mine was talking about how his lease was coming to the end and he didn't have a new place to stay yet. I spoke up that I have a couple of empty rooms and he said that he didn't really want to live in Queen Anne because it wasn't very convenient for his work (he works way up in Everett), but that he would pass it on to his roommates. On Sunday, I overheard one of the guys at church explaining that he was in a similar situation. I assumed that he was one of my friend's roommates and went up to him to see if my friend had talked to him yet. He said he hadn't, but that he would consider my offer. It turns out that it wasn't one of the roommates, but that's neither here nor there.

    A couple days later, I got a random email at work from a guy asking if I still had the room available - neither my friend nor the guy I talked to at church. At first I was a bit confused and thought that maybe the guy had spread the word that I had rooms open, which bothered me a bit. I said right along that I only wanted to accept roommates on my own terms, so I didn't really want people approaching me about having a place to stay.

    I sent a couple emails back and forth with the one that emailed me and figured out that he was a roommate of the one from church, so that made me a bit more comfortable. He actually works in the same building as I do, so that made me more willing to consider the possible arrangement. At first, it sounded like only he was going to take the offer, since his roommate wasn't too sure about the location - my house is really convenient for getting to downtown, but not especially for getting anywhere else in the city, including the University where he spends his days.

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