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Is my housemate going to kill us all in our sleep?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:21 am 
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I claim movie rights!

"The French Tenant"

"Death of a Caterpillar"

"The Housemate"

I can't decide....

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Rhizopus Oligosporus wrote:
I would find this story funny, but I'm too busy laughing at how the filter won't let your friend cork her head!

between this and panda's comment about packing yourself in a jar of rice to sleep, I am not the weird person laughing to themselves...

I'd go for direct confrontation as well. And I hope you and your phone wake up in the morning.

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You guys are starting to make me feel self conscious about all my coin swastikas I have around.

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You guys are starting to make me feel self conscious about all my coin swastikas I have around.


Just hide them in a jar of rice.

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I live to see another day!

Though it's 5am and I have to leave for work, I kinda wish someone did kill me in my sleep.

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Crazy though it may seem, I would talk to him and ask if he's doing ok.


Yes. Bring this up before asking about the swastika (if you wanted to ask about that), so you don't sound confrontational, but it sounds like he's depressed and sabotaging his/your living situation. Intervening by (gently?) letting him know what things look like to you and your roommates may show him he needs help--or, if he doesn't do anything about it or responds with something crazy, lets you guys know he's crazy, at which point you can figure out how to get rid of him and finally start using your rice for actual cooking.

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I live to see another day!

Though it's 5am and I have to leave for work, I kinda wish someone did kill me in my sleep.

How is the phone?

This is such a great saga.

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I was so distracted by this I just put my phone through the washing machine. RIP phone, the first victim.

I don't know why but I find this to be the funniest thing I have read on the new boards.


yes, yes I just laughed so hard I woke up the napping baby.


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So... I live with 5 other people, one of them has become more and more isolated lately, and barely talks to anyone. That is if we even see him, he seems to have taken over the unused part of the house downstairs. He has dropped out of uni (he is here on a student visa from france). He has also started interviewing people for the rooms that will be vacant in a few weeks when some other housemates leave, without discussing it with anyone else.

So anyway, today I was downstairs looking for some of my stuff that I left down there, and I noticed a swastika made out of coins on the table. Is this a bad sign or just, something else? Am I going to die?

Hi, I'm really too busy with work today to get too much into it, but this constellation of behaviors alarms me, having lived with someone who slid into a paranoid schizphrenic crisis when I was a teen (not saying that's what's wrong with your roommate, but the age he's at, life changes, if he has the potential for schizophrenia, this is a high time for it to hit and just from what you've given us, this, to me, is suspect).

Anyway, I would have the person who has the closest relationship with him in the house ask him what's up. Do it without judgement and be open in more of a posture of listening rather than listing grievances, etc. Most important: WITHOUT JUDGEMENT AT ALL. Even if he says appalling things, whatever those may be, keep listening until he's finished speaking. Don't judge what he's said either, dismiss it., etc. You're just gathering information, not acting.

If he says everything's okay, maybe they're not close enough to him for him to confide. I say this becasue when my brother was getting paranoid, he was convinced that the Mafia were after him but only confided in me because he trusted me. Which is why the Nazi stuff tips me off. Just a tendency to focus on a large, nefarious organization is a facet of the paranoia I saw firsthand in my bro.

Just a thought. My brother's behavior and thought processes became very uncharacteristic. What was your roommate like before? Did he seem normal? For my brother, this went on over the course of a few weeks from normalcy to acute paranoia, staying awake for days, constant pacing, consiparcy theories, isolating from everyone else, losing interest in former activities (dropping out of school for your friend--the preoccupation of what's going on in the mind of a schizophrenic eclipses all else, again, if that's the case here), etc. But again, if he doesnt know anyone else in the house enough, he's probably just going to keep everything to himself.

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if hes just dropped out and hes far away from home, it sounds like he's sad =[

but from everything else you wrote, it sounds like he's potentially psychotic.

Yes, honestly. Let someone he trusts talk to him first and see if he'll tell them what's up. There's a very good chance he won't if it's a roommate sitch because he's not close enough to anyone.

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so did you survive another day?

another tack-on to the mental health issues- if he's french and on a student visa, homesickness stuff can cause some pretty serious stress even if the person is a traveler, even if they have been away for months, it's an insidious thing. when i ran an exchange program we had two kids in one year have to be sent home early for things that probably were just triggered by stress and homesickness (one girl became bulimic and a boy became addicted to online porn, to the point that he couldn't get to classes even though he lived on campus....). i hope he gets some help for whatever's troubling him.

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Son of Seitan wrote:
I claim movie rights!

"The French Tenant"

"Death of a Caterpillar"

"The Housemate"

I can't decide....


This sounds like another role for John Jarratt.

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76% Yes, thanks for your vote of confidence guys!

I don't think he is that homesick, he has a friend from home out here too, and doesn't seem to want to go home even though he won't be studying anymore. I'll try to see how he's going over the weekend, and we are having an end of exams party on tuesday so that might give me some insight. It is a bit hard to talk to him because he only comes upstairs to shower and sleep, and I feel I might be invading his space if I go downstairs, even though it is as much mine as his. Will keep you updated, unless, you know...

Also, I like 'Death of a Caterpillar' best!

Oh, and woo I got sigged by pandacookie! I'm glad my predicament has been entertaining!

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You have to update this thread every day until he is no longer a roommate so we know that you, your phone and your rice are all ok.

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pandacookie wrote:
If that fails pack yourself in a jar of rice to sleep. Who would look for you there? And as an added bonus you'll be nice and dry when you wake.

I should start doing this in the summer when I get sweaty over night. Actually, would rice make a good antiperspirant? I'm could also start carrying bags of rice in my armpits.


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pandacookie wrote:
If that fails pack yourself in a jar of rice to sleep. Who would look for you there? And as an added bonus you'll be nice and dry when you wake.

I should start doing this in the summer when I get sweaty over night. Actually, would rice make a good antiperspirant? I'm could also start carrying bags of rice in my armpits.

Do you think if you used Arborio rice that your sweat would turn it into risotto?

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Son of Seitan wrote:
I claim movie rights!

"The French Tenant"

"Death of a Caterpillar"

"The Housemate"

I can't decide....


Clearly the winner is "The Human Caterpillar"

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I drew swastikas on paper all the time, it's a cool symbol to draw, and I was a practicing Jew at the time.


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GuiltyofBeingSprite wrote:
I drew swastikas on paper all the time, it's a cool symbol to draw, and I was a practicing Jew at the time.

I think I understand the making of the swastika out of coins, just not why you would leave it there...

I will attempt to turn on my phone in a minute, I'll let you know fupapack!

ps It's my birthday!

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ps It's my birthday!

Thank goodness you have reported in.
Happy Birthday!
I hope you have a nice bowl of rice.

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Happy Birthday, caterpillar!

I am sorry you are spending it weirded out in a jar of rice. Keep safe!

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caterpillar can you hear me? can you feel me near you?

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another tack-on to the mental health issues- if he's french and on a student visa, homesickness stuff can cause some pretty serious stress even if the person is a traveler, even if they have been away for months, it's an insidious thing.


I suffered from terrible paranoia for the first term of my degree, even though I only studied 250 miles away from my family. I've never felt paranoia like it since.


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