Now, I've lived in this house for more than a year now, and in all that time there has not been a single house-meeting which was anything but amicable, even when there were differences to sort out. In each case, everyone involved (including myself) was interested in finding a mutually satisfactory solution to any problem, and generally willing to compromise. Certainly, with only a few exceptions, any unpleasantness was always followed by a meeting of the minds and good will, afterwards.
Not so, last night. I'm just not sure how to deal with two people who on one hand insist they had no obligation to inform anyone that, unlike previously agreed, they'd be staying - and yet on the other, felt legitimately aggrieved that they were "living in filth" because there were two books and a candelabra on the dining room table. What do you do with people who are self-absorbed to the point of irrationality? They stay up late every night chatting and running their hair-dryers - and then bitch about the fact that I play video games. (Never mind that I do so basically to drown out their noise.)Let's add on to this that they unilaterally decided that we would no longer split utility bills evenly, but now bills (the ones that I pay) would be split by the rooms, not by the people in the house. So, rather than equally splitting the internet access bill five ways, they believe it should be split four ways, with the two of them splitting one of the quarters between them. That might make sense if we'd done anything like it before.
I am moving out. The sooner the better. How do you reason with people who don't see reason - who simultaneously say insulting things, and then accuse me of starting a fight? Everything was fine until they moved in. That they don't see that as causal only further demonstrates their irrationality. I solemnly make this vow - I will never, ever share a living space with a person of the opposite sex, again. (I may or may not make exceptions due to romantic entanglement or marriage, though I don't appear to be in any danger of those anyway.)
Fortunately, with even one day of looking, I've found a ton of places that are just breathtaking - bright, breezy, ocean views.. and most of all private. A little pricier than I was looking for, but at the end of the day, totally worth it. I'm outta the valley, man!