Pike Resident Nominated for ‘Roommate of the Year’

by ARLnow.com July 12, 2011 at 11:52 am 5,114 35 Comments

Columbia Pike resident Jesse McLaughlin is one of 12 nationwide finalists competing for the title of “Roommate of the Year.”

McLaughlin, a security analyst, advanced to the finals thanks to a humorous contest entry video that showcased his willingness to do the dishes, clean the bathroom, pay for pizza, make dessert and perform other feats of roommate courtesy. The video, entitled “Roommating MVP,” is narrated by a faux-British sports announcer.

McLaughlin will win free rent for a year and $10,000 cash if he can gather the most votes online by July 31. The contest is sponsored by Apartments.com.

  • ClizzleDizzle

    If you still have roommates after you leave college, you have failed in life.

    • Lou


    • Joe Hoya

      Try working on Capitol Hill right out of college and being able to afford a place by yourself. 90 percent of the junior-level staffers are failures, I guess.

      • Courthouse Res

        Ha, or anyone working for the government where the starting salary out of college is typically a GS-7, which is around 40k. Also, anyone who likes to put money into savings every month and a 401k is also a failure since it is necessary to have a roommate to do those things.

    • Courthouse Res

      Umm yeah because twenty somethings living in DC/Arlington can afford rent on their own.

      • ClizzleDizzle

        Yup, I do.

        • Courthouse Res

          Well, typically most cannot unless you find an amazing deal or make more than $65k. Not to mention some have significant debt from their student loans. But you go on ahead and keep judging everyone who does have a roommate.

        • J

          I make $120K per year and I still prefer to have a roommate…why? Because I love my money and I want more of it to spend on myself;)

          • Courthouse Res

            THANK YOU! Having a roommate is a good idea because you can pay YOURSELF more. I thought it was common sense.

          • Lou

            It’s not common sense. It’s called rationalization. A coping mechanism, if you will.

          • Mike

            No…no, i think it’s common sense Lou.

          • JamesE

            I make $120.5K

          • samsonite

            The people who throw their money away by renting without roommates are the ones who won’t be able to save enough to buy property later.

          • Lou

            Except for the ones who do buy property after living on their own.

          • Westover

            Those who live with roommates tend to buy much sooner than those renting on their own.

          • samsonite

            Some do live alone and then buy property. Some people are wealthier than other people. Duh.

            This debate is about how some a-hole declared that having a roommate means you’re a loser. No, it means not everyone is wealthy enough not to have one, and that doesn’t make you a loser. Meanwhile, some people aren’t wealthy, just too stupid to use their money wisely.

            And then there’s the fact that having roommates means more and better parties, etc. In general, losers live alone and they are lonely losers.

          • Stu Pendus

            U mad bro?

          • Mike

            THIS X A MILLION

        • samsonite

          I think maybe ClizzleDizzle couldn’t find anyone willing to live with him if he tried.

          • Stu Pendus

            Clizzle’s only mistake was not realizing most of his audience on here still lives in their parent’s basement, and living with roommates is about the highest aspiration they have.

          • samsonite

            TWO dooshes.

        • Vik

          I live by myself, but I still think it’s a douchey thing to say. I spend less than 10 hrs/day at home. I wouldn’t mind having a roommate or buying and renting out another room.

        • Westover

          I bet ClizzleDizzle also has an astronomical car payment, yet can’t get a date.

          Post-College Roommates create outstanding social lives. I am glad I had some They remain some of my best friends 10+ years after the fact.

        • Mike

          Having mommy and daddy paying your rent doesn’t count.

    • Westover

      Why would anyone want to live on their own RIGHT out of college? Living in a group house, socializing without having to worry about class work, coming home to hang with friends is a great time that only lasts for a short period in ones life before other responsibilities take over. Anyone who thinks this period of life equals failure is a probably a social pariah themself.

    • doodly

      ClizzleDizzle, if you are posting ridiculous comments like that one after you leave college, you have failed in life.

    • Ummmmm

      What if you’re (a) in grad school, (b) just out of grad school with debt, or (c) working anywhere in the government sector? Plenty of people have roommates for quite a while after college.

      • samsonite

        Nah, if you don’t have your own place in Clarendon and a late-model BMW or Audi by age 23, you’re a total loser.

  • YTK

    Is this new? If not, I wish I’d known about it a few years ago — woudl have nominated my roomate Steve R. — he paid the rent, kept his room clean, came back witha pizza once in a while, took care of one of my cats, was a quiet guy who lived his own life and was a buddy as well as a roommate.

  • Rosslynite

    I had a rommate once. I would regularly awaken in the middle of the night hearing him having screaming matches with his girlfriend. Only she wasn’t there. They had broken up months earlier. True story.

  • Zoning Victim

    Worst roommate of the year would have been so much more fun to read about. It sounds like Rosslynite might have had a winning nominee for that one.

  • chris

    Two minutes of my life I will never get back……

  • ken

    Jesse, if you are reading this please e-mail me at [email protected]. We want to do a story on this. Thanks.


  • good gig

    A year of free rent AND 10 grand? Wow. In Arlington, that’s at leat 20K total if you figure 1K/month for his rent.

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