Advice with some spice
November 16, 2012
Q: Some of my housemates are real a**holes and do things like yell, “IDENTIFY YOURSELF” whenever someone walks in the door. What should I do?
Paprika: Hello Sunshine! First off, your roommate is hilarious! She is probably just concerned that you might be a serial killer or Marsha Brady. It looks like she will never stop yelling, so you should start thinking of more clever responses. Maybe you should try spicing it up a little bit and yell, “Identify yourself!” at her and see what happens.
P.S. Did I mention that your roommate is hilarious?
Sage: Dear Kindred Spirit, I truly understand what you’re going through. While we all love a little spice in our life, sometimes people add too much and come across as plain crazy. So you need to ask yourself, do you really hate this? Or do you actually think it’s an endearing quirk which you’ve come to love? I personally live with a crazy roommate and it keeps life just spicy enough.
Q: So, I don’t know how to tell my roommate I don’t want to live with her anymore. How should I approach it? Neither of us like confrontation sooo…
Paprika: Let Paprika take you under her wing. There’s no point in waiting to confront the situation. The easiest way to solve this problem is to just bite the bullet and talk to her. Though you do not like confrontation, you have to sack up and hope for the best. If you need to borrow Paprika’s big girl panties just shoot me another email. Good luck, my little duckling.
Sage: You’ve got yourself in quite pickle here. Unfortunately, there is no way to deal with this but to tell her straight up, no chaser. Make sure you tell her the reasons in a favorable light. If you’re moving out because you two have just grown apart, try the “It’s not you, it’s me” speech and say that you’ve just had a change of heart. If you’re moving out to go somewhere better, make sure you let her know that you’re making a change for yourself and doing what you think is best for you. Either way, let her know that you two will still be friends and that not living together shouldn’t change that.
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