I'm convinced that the dorm/roommate situation was conceived by an ex-Nazi sociologist. The idea that putting two people together... ANY two people... into that small a space for that period of time is a good idea is bewildering. When I was at Chicago, our dorm had rooms so small that some of the more enterprising students figured out that if it weren't for the small bay window in each one, the rooms would technically be in violation of the Geneva Convention. Luckily, I was an RA and so had a private room, but nevertheless had to mediate between countless roommate problems between people who probably would have been friends, were it not for such proximity. Also, LK, before Conne posted the picture I actually thought perhaps his roommate might be Asian, too. My experiences with some of my Japanese friends shows me that they are sometimes so literal that it comes across as cluelessness. I had an exchange student stay with me once for a month or so and sometimes I was amazed that he could get up in the morning and find his way to class without help. He once got a frozen pizza out of the freezer, took it out of the box, looked at me, and said, "...and what do I do with it?"