When I moved to DC, I did it with almost no notice and knowing next to nobody in the city. I was offered a job on Christmas Eve and expected to be in DC by the first week of January. Again, I knew about four people in the entire city, and none of them were looking for a roommate. So, I did what tons of people in this glorious digital era do when looking for roommates: I went to Craigslist. After a two-day search, I found three guys looking for a fourth in Arlington, sent off a security deposit without so much as meeting them, packed up the car, and hit the road.
What I discovered when I got there was a city filled with people living with strangers, each pairing seemingly more random than the last. Some worked well, others just coexisted, and others... wow. If you find yourself navigating the murky waters of DC Craigslist, here are 10 people you might encounter.
1. The Affable Big Ten Bro
This guy will (obviously) have graduated from a Big Ten school (now including Maryland!), a fact easily discernible from his choice of T-shirt and basketball shorts when you come home to find him chilling on the couch after taking the Silver Line home from his gig in Tysons Corner (or nursing a hangover from a night out on U St). His friendliness will disappear quickly when his team drops a game to Northwestern. It is best to disappear during these times.
2. The Absent Overachiever
He will be the CEO of some startup, or the communications director of some NGO, or on some leadership council and will literally never be around the house, what with all the entrepreneurial conferences hosted by Jeff Bezos or Clinton Global Initiative Summits to present at. The few times they ARE around the apartment will just make you feel increasingly inadequate, luckily they’ll be moving out as soon as they can afford it. Which is going to be really soon.