Patrick Kwan, who once referred to this couch as a “straight person couch”, has previously lamented the difficulty of finding a vegan roommate. I swear my couch is comfortable and welcoming to all sexual orientations!
Am I crazy to think I can find a vegan roommate in New York City these days? How many of you live with other vegans? Did you try to have a vegan household and fail? How much of a priority is it for you? Me, I’m going a little bananas over the issue.
I’ve got a really nice place, for a reasonable price, in a nice part of Brooklyn. Just finding a roommate in general would not be that hard. But I’ve lived in a vegan house for many years now (longer than I’ve even been strictly vegan myself), and I’ve gotten pretty used to it. It really means a lot to me to live with another vegan. Not someone who is kind-of-sort-of willing to try to maybe be vegan in the house if that’s the only way they can get the nice apartment. Believe me, Craigslist is hooking me up with plenty of such folks. And with even more who contact me without even mentioning the vegan thing (which is quite prominent in my listing). Does that mean they’re so vegan they don’t even think it’s worth mentioning? Or does it mean they’re too lazy or inconsiderate to even bother addressing the issue?
Obviously, not just any vegan will do; all the other stuff that makes a good match applies. They’ve got to tolerate my landgrabbing record collection, my curious cats, and my allergy to dirty dishes. But in exchange I’m willing to put up with all manner of idiosyncrasies from them, as long as we basically get along. That’s what roommates is all about, right? (Well, and splitting the bills.) I’d settle for Felix and Oscar. I know we can’t all be as tight as this odd couple:
So, what do you think? Should I give up? Do you have any encouraging or discouraging war stories to tell (either about the cutthroat NYC market or elsewhere)? And most importantly, do you know anyone who might be good for moving in with me? All the details are here.