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What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« on: March 15, 2017, 10:11:08 AM »
In keeping with my recent thread on how to cook when you live with a slob, I am curious about this one.

I once for a month lived with a hoarder and by that, I mean she literally could should be on the show hoarders. As in, I see some of those hoarders and think, they have nothing on her. The room I was supposed to live in was full of stuff so I had to stay on the couch for that month. A couch that had rat droppings and you could hear them scratching around at night.

Even the bathroom was completely cluttered. Like the only free space was the little path made to go to rooms. We had to clear the couch for 30 mins so I could sleep in it.

I believe this is a mental condition here as she was amazingly sweet but she would often buy things. I tried to mention trying to declutter and she managed to clear some stuff but then went and bought more.

When my sister and I first entered the house it was like our soul left our bodies. We had to control ourselves to really not show any negative expressions.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2017, 11:04:01 AM »
I once shared an on-campus apartment with a slightly unusual woman who became increasingly deluded and unstable (she was a talented artist however -- how i got to know her). She was a slob, but accused me of being the messy one. Her: "Yeah, your room looks neat, but it's not clean. It's disgusting!!!" (Really it wasn't.) Me: "Are you implying that you pick up all this stuff strewn everywhere, clean all your surfaces and then put it back again, because I don't think so." One day, she was so pissed off about something that she purposely got every single dish we owned dirty, then threw them on my bed. She would rip the phone out of the wall and unplug it while I was using it (because my dirty hand were on her phone.) She threatened with a knife.

It is a testament to my naivety that it was not me but she who wound up going to the campus housing department and complaining -- trying to get me kicked out. We had a hearing and the board sided with me (not surprising, since she appeared totally irrational and unhinged when she presented her case) and refused to let her stay in the apartment. To make things fair, I had to get another apartment too, but that was totally fine with me. After we were split up, she stalked me for about a year or so. Really strange.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2017, 12:00:06 PM »
My worst was just living with three guys in a rental house. None of us were very tidy. It would get better and worse and better. Usually bad and then someone would make a declaration and we'd all pitch in to make it better. Weeks later, back where we started at.

One roomie was a braggart but not dangerous. I had a potentially dangerous roomie once at a different location and left soon.  That situation was expensive and inconvenient.

Edit: I should add that the house did not have heat or a/c. The water could be irregular in the hot months so we had to work with a well and pump. Do not drink that water. House was very drafty but fortunately winter seldom went below 40F. We used kerosene space heaters. Other problem was a high theft rate. Had to keep everything locked up b/c if you went away for 30 mins there was a good chance it would not be there when you came back.
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2017, 12:38:58 PM »
Studio apartment in Texas with insufficient lighting, AC that alternated between failing entirely and leaking like a faucet, a persistent weird smell, and huge cockroaches. I didn't own a bed and slept in the floor.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2017, 01:38:10 PM »
I think I have the weirdest roommate story: a life-size jesus lying in a glass coffin. I was living in a barn with bats for a year whilst doing volunteer work in South America. Big J came to stay with me when they were re-roofing the church. He used to freak me out at night sometimes, but then I'm an atheist.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2017, 02:00:18 PM »
Spent about a week in a prison cell in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on my first deployment.  Couldn't help but wonder what had gone on in there durin Saddam's reign. No roomate though, and the cell door was never locked, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  The prison made for better mortar protection than a tent would have. 

P.S. My unit didn't show up there until after the events during the Abu Ghraib torture/photo scandal had taken place, but we were there when the photos came out.
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2017, 02:04:07 PM »
For a while I had a non-roommate "friend"-of-roommate that would just show up at our house, eat our food, sit on our couch, watch our Netflix account, and be generally unpleasant and complain about things.  And use our shower at inconvenient times and mess up our bathroom.  It was a big house with a very open floorplan, which worked against us, because I and my actual roommates felt trapped in our bedrooms.  It was stupid.  And she'd just drop off her dog before work 99% of the time without asking.  Said dog shed an unbelievable amount of hair, was badly/not trained, and ruined two couches in a row (she of course did not clean up or replace the couches for us).

That lasted a little too long (few weeks) before it devolved into a shouting match and then she left and that shit ended.  Dumb dumb dumb.

I think I have the weirdest roommate story: a life-size jesus lying in a glass coffin. I was living in a barn with bats for a year whilst doing volunteer work in South America. Big J came to stay with me when they were re-roofing the church. He used to freak me out at night sometimes, but then I'm an atheist.
Yeah, that would probably freak me out.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 02:18:58 PM »
My worst was just living with three guys in a rental house. None of us were very tidy. It would get better and worse and better. Usually bad and then someone would make a declaration and we'd all pitch in to make it better. Weeks later, back where we started at.

This.  Senior year of college, scuzzy off-campus apartment, 4 of us dudes.  Once we saw a roach in the living room, plopped an upside down glass over it, and left it there for a month or two. 

I'd give quite a bit to go back and live like that with those guys for a month.
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2017, 02:34:18 PM »
My worst was just living with three guys in a rental house. None of us were very tidy. It would get better and worse and better. Usually bad and then someone would make a declaration and we'd all pitch in to make it better. Weeks later, back where we started at.

This.  Senior year of college, scuzzy off-campus apartment, 4 of us dudes.  Once we saw a roach in the living room, plopped an upside down glass over it, and left it there for a month or two. 

I'd give quite a bit to go back and live like that with those guys for a month.

When I read Tasty Pinecones' post it made me think of the good old college days.  We would clean every other Friday or whenever we had people coming over.  With the three of us, and focusing on only the common areas, it didn't take long.  I think a lot of guys were in the same situation... but the women's apartments somehow were clean no matter when I stopped by.  Weird.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 02:39:10 PM »
My worst was just living with three guys in a rental house. None of us were very tidy. It would get better and worse and better. Usually bad and then someone would make a declaration and we'd all pitch in to make it better. Weeks later, back where we started at.

This.  Senior year of college, scuzzy off-campus apartment, 4 of us dudes.  Once we saw a roach in the living room, plopped an upside down glass over it, and left it there for a month or two. 

I'd give quite a bit to go back and live like that with those guys for a month.

When I read Tasty Pinecones' post it made me think of the good old college days.  We would clean every other Friday or whenever we had people coming over.  With the three of us, and focusing on only the common areas, it didn't take long.  I think a lot of guys were in the same situation... but the women's apartments somehow were clean no matter when I stopped by.  Weird.

I was involved in a campus group that auctioned off the seniors every year (you could make them drive you around, throw a party at their place, do odd jobs, etc) to raise money, and I remember my roommates and I pooled a fair amount of money together ($50-75 ea) and bought a friend of ours and the deal was we made her clean our kitchen and living room in preparation for a party.  We did let her get good and drunk in the process and the party at the end was worth it for all involved :D
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 03:10:10 PM »
Spent about a week in a prison cell in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on my first deployment.  Couldn't help but wonder what had gone on in there durin Saddam's reign. No roomate though, and the cell door was never locked, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  The prison made for better mortar protection than a tent would have. 

P.S. My unit didn't show up there until after the events during the Abu Ghraib torture/photo scandal had taken place, but we were there when the photos came out.
I know someone in this exact situation. I  now wonder if you knew them. Were you army?

My worst living situation to date was either the navy ship, or the 12 x 12 room with 5 other ladies (triple bunk beds - we each had one dresser drawer and 1/3 of a closet). Not sure actually which was worse.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 03:19:27 PM »
My worst was just living with three guys in a rental house. None of us were very tidy. It would get better and worse and better. Usually bad and then someone would make a declaration and we'd all pitch in to make it better. Weeks later, back where we started at.

One roomie was a braggart but not dangerous. I had a potentially dangerous roomie once at a different location and left soon.  That situation was expensive and inconvenient.

Sounds like first year of engineering to me! 3 guys in the house and it would just slowly get more and more messy until we were too embarrassed about it and would finally clean. Pizza boxes, empty beer cans, dirty plates not put away, etc. Luckily that only lasted for the first semester.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 07:37:37 PM »
My story is pretty tame compared to some others, but here goes...

For a while my now-husband and I lived in the unfinished attic of an old house that had been broken up into apartments.

One of the walls was made out of brick, and brick dust got all over everything constantly. You would wake up and be covered in red powder.

The roof leaked in a few places, including directly onto our bed, and we could see the hole had been patched before with yellowed old newspapers.

At one point a tree fell in a storm and smashed one of the little garret windows, which let cold and rain in for quite a while until the landlord got it fixed.

There was no bannister around the ladder area that led downstairs -- a kind of gaping hole that took up about 1/3 of the available floor surface. So we always had to be careful not to trip and fall down a storey in the night.

But the worst was that one of our roommates downstairs had an aggressive dog that growled at me and tried to bite my ankles when I walked by it. I am a dog person and have been around dogs my whole life, and never before had I experienced anything like that. The roommate suggested that I start kicking the dog to demonstrate my "dominance." I refused to kick the dog and so just had to deal with my movement in the downstairs common areas being limited.

That place was dirt-cheap. But it was such a relief to leave.
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 06:37:54 AM »
Off-campus apartment in "the Fens", near Fenway Park in Boston with two other girls. At that time, maybe still, you could not get an apartment that didn't have roaches. One of my roommates had a high tolerance for them. I once saw her put a box of opened cereal flat on the kitchen table so the roaches could run out. Then she poured herself a bowl and ate it.
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2017, 07:36:34 AM »
Currently I live with four other roommates. One is pretty good and reasonable and good to look at ;) The others; complete jerks. constant yelling and fighting. Leaves their half eaten food out. insists on watching tv non-stop. wakes me at all hours of the night. Never cleaning up after their selves, the other roommate and myself do basically all the chores, it is great if they even put the dishes in the sink. None of these people have jobs, completely supported by us. Come'on just try to pull your own weight!

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2017, 08:20:29 AM »
Not me, but my brother's college apartment that he shared with 3 other guys. 

They left dirty dishes in the sink so long that when one finally emptied the sink, they found what they thought was a bowl of Spaghetti-O's, only to find out they were maggots.

Bathroom shower -- uncleaned for so long that things started to grow in the grout.  The guys thought it was hysterical and soon started to protect the wildlife.  The final time I visited, there was a three-foot sapling growing out of the grout on one of the walls -- made it so you couldn't close the shower curtain all the way, but all the guys were adamant -- "don't hurt the tree"!!

Another kitchen sink story -- they found that they had a lizard living in their sink at one point and didn't want to disturb it. 

To this day, I am made fun of because of one weekend when I went to visit and I left the morning after I arrived.  I slept fully clothed on the couch and I just couldn't bear brushing my teeth in their sink or showering in their bath, so I left and drove 12 hours home. 
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2017, 05:34:09 PM »
They left dirty dishes in the sink so long that when one finally emptied the sink, they found what they thought was a bowl of Spaghetti-O's, only to find out they were maggots.

AHHHHHH!!!  Okay, that's "nightmares for life" material right there.
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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2017, 06:07:26 PM »
Spent about a week in a prison cell in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on my first deployment.  Couldn't help but wonder what had gone on in there durin Saddam's reign. No roomate though, and the cell door was never locked, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been.  The prison made for better mortar protection than a tent would have. 

P.S. My unit didn't show up there until after the events during the Abu Ghraib torture/photo scandal had taken place, but we were there when the photos came out.
I know someone in this exact situation. I  now wonder if you knew them. Were you army?

My worst living situation to date was either the navy ship, or the 12 x 12 room with 5 other ladies (triple bunk beds - we each had one dresser drawer and 1/3 of a closet). Not sure actually which was worse.

Second tour in Iraq I lived in what was essentially a re-purposed storage closet.  It consisted of four plywood walls, a dirty stone floor, and took up no more than 50 square feet. Since I had a real mattress this time around I can't really complain too much, I know some guys who went through much worse than that.

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« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2017, 09:47:20 AM »
Not me, but my brother's college apartment that he shared with 3 other guys. 

My son is a recent grad with an engineering degree. He spent a year with three "dudes" in a rental house, a few blocks from campus. His mom and I went to visit. I headed in first, did a quick reconnaissance of the situation, and immediately headed out to the car to inform my DW that she would not be going inside.  There is no way that she would of allowed a child of her's to remain in such squalor.  If the situation had occurred a few years earlier, and the kid was living in similar horrendous conditions, under the guardianship of his two parents, we would of both left our home in handcuffs, charged with negligence,  while the local news trucks videoed the scene. It's been a few years but it's still too gross to think about.

He did have some great stories however. Two of the guys were legitimate students, who both happened to be short, obnoxious, Irish alcoholics with hair trigger tempers, and a talent for stirring up a good shit storm. In the end he made it through. Sadly, the Irish lads didn't. The university and the local police force grew tired of their antics, and they were encouraged to find their futures elsewhere.

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Re: What's the worst living condition you've lived in?
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2017, 11:04:57 AM »
I hated cleaning up for company back then - took forever b/c there was so little being done in between. Every clean up with the roomies was a major operation.