Date registered: Nov 2003
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RE: Bachelor Pad
One year in college, I lived in a house with 4 females and 7 other males.
After that year, I went on to live on my own whereever I went until I met my wife.
All the friends under one roof was a fun concept but soon turned into Big Brother meets Enduro (you know, that crazy Japanese show that tested the physical and mental limits of the participants). Everyone expected that someone would eventually do the dishes, take out the trash, buy a new roll of toilet paper, and vacuum the floor. Things got nasty when the girls became involved with guys in the same house. We were virtually evicted at the end of the term and every single one of us were placed on the blacklist amongst the network of landlords in the area.
You are at a more mature stage of your life than I was when I went through that experience, but unless you have a disciplined set of friends when it comes to keeping their living quarters tidy, share responsibilities and keep up with the trash collection schedule, I can foresee a sorry looking loser frat house rather than an idealized bachelor pad as it would grace the pages of Esquire, FHM and Maxim.
Personally, I felt much more free when I lived on my own. Everything was done on my own terms, and any consequences were a result of my actions.
The funny thing about owning 'toys' is that the owner ends up playing only a little. It is no different from a three year old who find the toy she owns more enticing when she finds it at her friend's place. That same year at college, we had real arcade Defender unit sitting in the foyer. All of us fought to play in the beginning but soon, it became a magnet for urchins and hangers-on who would come in and play whilst consuming our food and imbibing our drinks. You'd do better if you go to pool halls, bowling alleys, or something like Dave and Busters when you feel like doing so.
If you must live in a house with others, I'd suggest that you hire at least maid service, and if you have expansive lawn or grounds, lawn and yard care service and some high school kid to mow the lawn in season - you might be able to negotiate with the landlord on this issue for a lower rent. In most cases, landlord does not care about the grounds and nothing is more pathetic than said types of automobiles in the driveway but with a dustbowl for a front yard.