Editor’s note: Barry Courter has a 24-year-old son who is a college graduate and a 19-year-old daughter who is a sophomore in college.
Q: Dad, One of my three roommates refuses to buy toilet paper. What should we do?
A: A classic roommate situation. Putting four people who had not met until a few months ago into one living space is bound to reveal differences and eventually drama. Some people do dishes and some people don’t. Some like to share and some don’t. These situations usually fix themselves one of two ways: Either everyone ignores it until there is a blowup, or all of you sit down and calmly discuss a few rules and expectations. I guess a third option is that the three of you could hide your own personal stash, but that seems silly. I’d suggest talking it out.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...